Boston Bruins history for October 14:
1950: The Bruins inaugurate their 1950-51 season on the road in Montreal and tie with the Montreal Canadiens 1-1.
1951: Although this year it is not the season opener, nor is it played on the road, the Bruins once again meet the Canadiens and lose 4-3.
1954: Boston gets a 5-3 win against the New York Rangers, their first decisive win of the 1954-55 season.
1956: Another meeting with Montreal is successful for the Bruins as they win 3-1, which also serves as the first decisive non-tie win of the 1956-57 season.
1959: The Rangers provide another win for the Bruins, this time 4-3.
1959: Alexei Kasatonov (Alexei Viktorovich Kasatonov) is born in Saint Petersburg (then known as Leningrad), Russia. Drafted by New Jersey in 1983, he had already spent many years playing in Russia before he ever came to the NHL. While in the NHL, he played for New Jersey, Anaheim (he was the only Duck at the 45th NHL All-Star Game), St. Louis and Boston. He spent two seasons in Boston and one in Providence, which spelled the end of his NHL career after he got a shoulder injury. He went back to Russia to start a new path, first playing for CSKA Moscow one more time, then retiring for good because of the injury.
He became Russia’s GM for their 1998 Olympics team, winning the silver medal in Nagano. (During his playing days, he won two gold medals and a silver medal himself–that silver coming in 1980 at Lake Placid.) He also started teaching his young son the game and coaching teams in the New York City tri-state area. Plus, he coached Columbia University’s team for a time. Later he went back to Russia to be the head coach of teams over there–now he is back with CSKA Moscow, but this time as the vice president and GM.
1961: Mired in a losing streak, the Bruins lose 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1961: Dale Dunbar is born in Winthrop, Mass. Though he went undrafted, he spent four years with Boston University before signing with Vancouver as a free agent. He spent time in that team’s farm system, but then came to the Bruins in 1987, again as a free agent. Once again, though, he spent most of his time in Maine instead of Massachusetts, although he did get one chance to play on Bruins home ice in the 1989-90 season. Then he tried his hand at European hockey, first in Finland and then in England, but his career was cut short by a knee injury. After his time on the ice ended, he went into coaching, first for the OHL, then for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He still operates hockey camps today and coaches Winthrop High’s team in his hometown.
1962: The Bruins tie 2-2 with the Chicago Black Hawks.
1964: Boston gets its second loss of the season at Chicago, losing 3-0. This is far from the last time the Bruins will lose a game in October 1964.
1970: The Bruins begin a three-game western road trip by beating the Los Angeles Kings 8-5.
1971: The Bruins win 6-2 over the Buffalo Sabres.
1972: Boston meets the New York Islanders on their home ice for the first time in that team’s first season–and beat them 7-4.
1978: The second part of a season-opening home-and-home with the Pittsburgh Penguins ends in a 4-4 tie.
1979: Again the Bruins meet the Penguins, but this time they lose 4-1.
1981: The Bruins defeat Chicago 8-5 to keep a winning streak going.
1982: The Bruins welcome the Vancouver Canucks to Boston and win 2-1.
1984: To cap off a home-and-home with the Hartford Whalers, Boston wins 4-2 at home.
1986: Traveling up to Winnipeg to start a six-game road trip, the Bruins beat the Jets 2-1.
1995: In the middle of a five-game roadie, the Bruins lose narrowly to the Dallas Stars, 6-5.
1996: Once again, the Bruins meet the Canucks. This time, they’re in Vancouver and the visitors win 5-4.
1998: The Bruins kick off another of their October western road trips by shutting out the Colorado Avalanche 3-0. This is actually the second 3-0 shutout the Bruins have put together in two games.
2000: While on a western swing, the Bruins lose 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks, the second consecutive loss for the traveling team.
2002: Another visit to Colorado in another western road trip ends with the Bruins winning 2-1.
2006: The Bruins lose 4-1 to the Islanders. Glen Murray has the only goal for the visiting team. This was the last of a five-game road trip to start the season–Boston was actually the last team in the entire league to have their first home game in this campaign.
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