Today in Boston Bruins History: May 24

1988: The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers play Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Well, sort of. It’s tied at three when a transformer blows inside North Station and the power goes out inside Boston Garden. Before that happened, the ice had been getting very foggy because it was hot in there (over 80 degrees), forcing play to stop and making the players do laps around the surface to diffuse it a bit. But once the power goes out, it all stops. Both teams and NHL President John Ziegler agree to replay this game as a Game 7 at the Garden if necessary. But it ends up not being necessary at all because the Oilers clinch the Cup in the next game. Statistics from this game count in player totals, but the game stats and score don’t count, so in a way it was the game that was never played and occupies a weird place in Boston Bruins history. This event also exposes the advanced age of Boston Garden and how that age can sometimes be a bad thing. It’s a part of the reason TD Garden was built.

Here are some interesting videos from the game.

This one really focuses on the fog:

This one is just audio from the CBC radio broadcast:

1990: The Oilers beat the Bruins 4-1 and win the Stanley Cup in Game 5 of the series.

2011: Between games in the series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins meet with the media and discuss the series so far.

Gregory Campbell:

Tyler Seguin:

Mark Recchi:

Johnny Boychuk:

Claude Julien:


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