Boston Bruins history for October 8:
1955: The Bruins open their 1955-56 season on the earliest day to date, but are shut out 2-0 by the Montreal Canadiens.
1959: Just like four years prior, the Bruins’ season begins with a trip to Montreal. It ends in a loss again, though by a 4-1 score instead of 2-0.
1960: The second game of the 1960-61 is yet another meeting with the Habs, but this time it ends in a 1-1 tie.
1963: Another year, another season-opening meeting with the Habs, another tie–a 4-4 score this time.
1972: The Bruins begin their 1972-73 season, but are beaten by the Los Angeles Kings 4-2.
1981: A different Quebec-based team, the Quebec Nordiques, provides the opener for the Bruins. Boston loses 7-5.
1983: The first part of a home-and-home against the Hartford Whalers sees the Bruins travel to Connecticut and lose by a margin of 4-3.
1987: The 1987-88 season begins with the Bruins narrowly defeating the Washington Capitals 4-3.
1988: Another trip to Hartford as another home-and-home turns out better than it did five years prior: this time the Bruins put together a 6-2 win.
1992: The Whalers are a common beginning-of-season foe and the Bruins notch another win against them, this time 3-2.
1997: Out in Arizona, the Bruins put up a 3-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes. This is the second stop on a long Western trip that will see the Bruins hit eight different cities before returning to Boston near the end of the month.
2001: The Bruins get their first shutout of the season and their third consecutive four-goal win of the season when they defeat the Capitals 4-0.
2003: The 2003-04 season kicks off with a 3-3 tie against the New Jersey Devils in the last season that will allow a tie as a final score.
2005: Boston has its first win of the 2005-06 season as they travel to Pittsburgh and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-6 in overtime. The goal-scorers for the Bruins are Sergei Samsonov, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Leahy, Travis Green, Glen Murray (twice) and Brad Boyes. On the other side of the ice, Sidney Crosby has his first career goal and Mark Recchi has a three-assist night.
2009: The Bruins are handed a 6-1 defeat by the Anaheim Ducks. Marco Sturm has the only goal of the night for Boston.
2011: The Bruins’ first win of the 2011-12 season comes as they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in their first meeting since the Eastern Conference Final. Rich Peverley scores twice, Daniel Paille and David Krejci get goals too, Benoit Pouliot debuts as a Bruin and two Bruins hit game milestones: Krejci’s 300th game, Zdeno Chara‘s 400th (with Boston).
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