Boston Bruins history for October 29:
1944: The second game of the season, and of a road trip for the Bruins, brings a 7-1 loss to Detroit.
1947: Kicking off a six-game road trip, the Bruins win 3-1 at the New York Rangers.
1949: A visit to the Toronto Maple Leafs ends with an 8-1 Bruins loss.
1950: On the road in Detroit, the Bruins lose 2-0.
1955: Visiting New York again, this time the Bruins win 1-0 over the Rangers.
1958: Once again on the road in Manhattan, the Bruins and Rangers tie at two apiece.
1960: Visiting Montreal to begin the first half of a home-and-home doesn’t go as desired for the Bruins, who come off with a 3-2 loss.
1961: At home in Boston, the Bruins and Black Hawks tie at two.
1964: Visiting Detroit once more during a three-game road trip, the Bruins lose 2-0.
1966: Traveling to Toronto brings a 3-3 tie for Boston.
1967: Just days after playing their first game against an expansion team, the Bruins welcome another new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins win 4-2.
1969: On the road again to the T.O., the Bruins lose 4-2 to the Maple Leafs, snapping a six-game win streak (not counting a tie in the midst of the streak).
1970: A short jaunt to the Motor City ends badly for the Bs as they lose 5-3.
1972: The Bruins play the new team on the block, the New York Islanders, at home and win 9-1.
1977: Another meeting with Pittsburgh, this time on their ice as the Bruins wrap up a six-game road trip, ends with a 5-3 win for the visitors.
1981: The Bruins and Canadiens play to a 5-5 tie.
1983: In St. Louis for the first half of a home-and-home, Boston comes away with a 3-2 win. This also ends a six-game road trip for the Bruins.
1985: Visiting New Jersey to cap off a six-game roadie, the Bruins win 6-4.
1987: The Bruins lose 4-2 to the Quebec Nordiques.
1988: Playing a home-and-home with the Buffalo Sabres, the two teams tie this first half 3-3.
1992: In their first game back home after being on the western end of the continent for five games, the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 8-3.
1996: Against New Jersey, the Bruins win 5-2.
1998: To close out a home-and-home with Montreal, the Bruins tie 1-1 after defeating the Habs 9-2 the night before–what a difference 24 hours makes.
2005: The Devils beat the Bruins 5-4 in a shootout. P.J. Axelsson, Joe Thornton, Glen Murray and Sergei Samsonov have goals, but when it comes to the tiebreaker, the Devils have an ace up their sleeve. Goalie Scott Clemmensen, filling in for Martin Brodeur, spent the lockout year in the AHL, where the shootout was tested as a way to win games before being adopted in the big brother league.
2009: Another Oct. 29 meeting with the Devils–again with someone other than Brodeur in net for NJD–results in a 2-1 Boston loss. Patrice Bergeron has Boston’s lone goal.
2011: A 4-2 loss against Montreal in the second half of a home-and-home closes out a less-than-grand first month for the Bruins as defending Stanley Cup champions. Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin score. With Boston in the basement of the Eastern Conference, this game could have one effect or another: it could demoralize an already-demoralized squad or provide inspiration for them to do better. So, which will they choose? (They’re going to choose the latter.)
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