Today in Boston Bruins History: May 23
1929: Vic Stasiuk is born in Lethbridge, Alberta. He started his NHL career with the Chicago Black Hawks and spent time with the Detroit Red Wings, becoming a Boston Bruin in 1955. By the time he suited up for Boston, he already had three Stanley Cup rings to his name. He spent five full seasons as a Bruin, including two in a row where he played a career high 70 games, and always had pretty high point totals while on a line with Johnny Bucyk and Bronco Horvath. But in 1960-61, he went back to Detroit and stayed a Red Wing until 1963, when he retired and went into coaching other NHL teams.
1978: The Bruins lose 4-1 to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
2011: The Bruins defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. Nathan Horton, Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley (empty net) all score. Though the Bruins manage just 20 shots, which is pretty low but not the absolute lowest for a playoff game in Boston Bruins history, they beat the Lightning and place them back on the brink of elimination.
This is the game with that amazing stick save by Tim Thomas on Steve Downie. Downie looked for all intents and purposes like he had an open net to tap the puck into after getting a pass from Eric Brewer, but Thomas’ quick thinking and goal stick stopped that from happening, which would have tied the game. In a postgame interview with Pierre McGuire, Thomas jokes that whatever he has to say about the save will be taken out of context and used in billboard advertisements.
That save would later be featured in a History Will Be Made ad, but without any pull quotes from Thomas, just play-by-play commentary.
Here’s a 20-minute highlight reel from the entire game, too. Enjoy!
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