Today in Boston Bruins History: October 20

By Emma Harger
Patrice Bergeron scores a goal during a 6-2 defeat of Toronto. Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Boston Bruins history for October 20:

1946: The Bruins play to a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Black Hawks. This game follows a 1-1 tie with the Montreal Canadiens to open the season.

1948: Once again, Boston meets Chicago on Oct. 20, but this time the Bruins pull out a decisive 8-3 win.

1954: The Bruins meet the New York Rangers on their home ice and lose 6-2.

1956: A visit to Toronto results in a 2-2 tie for the Bruins.

1960: Traveling to Detroit doesn’t do much good for the Bruins as they are shut out 5-0.

1962: This time, the Bruins are on the road at Montreal, but they lose 7-3.

1963: The Bruins wrap up a five-game road trip to every other destination in the NHL with a 2-0 loss to New York. This was a very bad road trip for Boston—they lost every single game in it.

1971: Boston meets Detroit again, this time on Garden ice, and the Bruins get a 4-3 win.

1974: The California Golden Seals make the trip to Massachusetts and are defeated 5-0 by the Bruins.

1976: The Bruins make their first visit to the then-new Colorado Rockies and win 2-1.

1978: On a western road trip, the Bruins visit the Vancouver Canucks and bring away a 5-1 win.

1979: Just before embarking on a road trip, Boston beats the Los Angeles Kings 5-4.

1981: While on a road trip, the Bruins win 4-3 over the St. Louis Blues.

1983: During the second stop on a mostly eastern road trip, the Bruins tie it 3-3 with the Philadelphia Flyers.

1989: The Bruins are on a road trip that takes them to mainly Canadian destinations. They make their second visit to Edmonton of this same roadie and win 3-0.

1990: Nearing the end of a long road trip, perhaps the wear is starting to show for Boston as they lose 8-1 to the Calgary Flames on the last stop before heading home. This is the second consecutive 8-1 loss and follows a 3-1 loss, a 7-1 loss and a 3-3 tie.

1996: The last stop on a western road trip sees the Bruins take home a 5-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks.

1999: On a visit to Los Angeles, the Bruins tie it 2-2.

2000: This time when the Bruins meet Calgary at the very end of a road trip, they don’t lose 8-1—no, they lose 3-2 this time.

2001: The Bruins make a visit to Nashville and win 2-1 over the Predators.

2005: In what was Boston’s second home game of the season to date (out of eight games played), the Bruins lose 4-3 to the Buffalo Sabres. Sergei Samsonov scores twice and PJ Axelsson adds another goal, but the Sabres broke a tie in the third to take the win. This game was on an unusual Fan Appreciation Night that was held to reward fans who stuck around through the lockout—one fan won a car, the players gave away their sweaters and lip service was paid to the other fans with a thank you sign painted on the ice.

2007: The Bruins and Rangers play an unusual game. Tied at zero at the end of regulation and overtime, a single shootout goal by Phil Kessel was what it took for the Bruins to win 1-0. At the time, both Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr were on the Rangers.

2008: The Penguins come to town and beat the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout. Kessel has the goal for the home team, but Evgeni Malkin ends a five-round shootout session after assisting on Miroslav Satan‘s goal in regulation.

2011: Boston builds a 6-2 win against Toronto for one of the few wins in October 2011. Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara both score on the power play while Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin each have goals of their own too. Shawn Thornton also gets in a fight with Colton Orr early in the first period.


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