1980: Jonathan Girard is born in Rawdon, Quebec. A defenseman, he was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1998 and played as a Bruin for five years–his best was 2000-01, when he scored 16 points, although in 2002-03 he played a career-high 73 games. But then in July 2003, he was driving with friends around Rawdon and he lost control of his car, causing it to flip over. He broke his pelvis. Unsure of if he’d play again, he did appear at the Bruins’ practice rink in Wilmington in March 2004. But his attempted comeback was cut short by the 2004-05 lockout. He did play one more game with the Providence Bruins in October 2005, but then he decided to retire for good.
2011: The Bruins play on the latest day to date in team history, although they will soon pass that date after they defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Nathan Horton has the only goal, scored near the end of the third period. There are no penalties called on either team in this game–at all. At the end of the game, there’s a nice little moment in the handshake line where Tim Thomas encounters Martin St. Louis, his teammate back at the University of Vermont. Then when the Prince of Wales trophy is presented, Zdeno Chara executes a little idea he had, getting Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi to help him corral all his teammates together to get a team picture behind the trophy instead of standing alone. No one on the team touches the hardware, per superstition.
In addition to this being a late date, this also marks the first time in Boston Bruins history where the team has played two seven-game playoff series in one year. (They’re not done going all the way to seven yet, of course.) Also, they advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1990.
Enjoy a 25-minute highlight reel here.
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