Today in Boston Bruins History: November 1

By Emma Harger
Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton hug to celebrate a goal on the 87th birthday of the Bruins. Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE


1924: The Bruins are born! Grocery magnate Charles F. Adams, owner of First National Stores, is given the first American-based team in the NHL. He developed an interest in hockey after watching the 1924 Stanley Cup Finals and persuaded the league to give him a Boston franchise, awarded Nov. 1, 1924.

1942: On the road against Detroit, the Bruins lose 3-0.

1947: Visiting Toronto on a field trip that takes the Bruins to every other NHL team in the league at the time, the two teams tie at one apiece.

1951: The Bruins get a 3-2 win at Detroit.

1952: Visiting Toronto again during another long road trip, the Bruins lose 3-2.

1953: During the first half of a home-and-home with Chicago, nothing happens. Seriously–the two teams tie at zero.

1956: This time when Boston and Chicago meet, there is a score to report: a 5-2 win for the Bruins.

1958: Facing off against Detroit brings a 3-1 win for Boston.

1959: Toronto comes to town to finish a home-and-home, but the Bruins get the 6-3 victory.

1962: The Bruins drop their meeting with Chicago 4-2.

1964: Chicago, a common Nov. 1 foe, gives the Bruins an opportunity for a 5-2 win.

1966: Once again, the Bruins match up with the Black Hawks, winning 3-2.

1967: The Bruins take their first trip to the home of a new expansion team when they visit the St. Louis Blues and come away with a 5-1 loss.

1969: In their biggest loss of the season to date, the Bruins take a 9-2 loss to Montreal on their home ice as they finish up a road trip.

1970: The Bruins shut out the Minnesota North Stars 5-0.

1975: The Bruins visit Philadelphia and lose 8-1 to the Broad Street Bullies.

1981: Against the Hartford Whalers, the Bruins get a 4-1 win, their second in a row. The Bruins were working on a shutout for 59 minutes out of 60, but then a goal literally scored at the last second spoils that.

1984: Playing another team that later relocated in the mid-90s, the Bruins win 7-1 over the Quebec Nordiques.

1986: Visiting Philadelphia again doesn’t go well again for the Bruins, who lose 4-2.

1987: The Bruins lose 6-5 to the New York Islanders.

1990: This time, the Blues come to town and the Bruins get a 3-2 win.

1997: In their one game of the season with the Edmonton Oilers, the Bruins keep alive a long win streak against the Oilers when they win 3-1.

2003: After a long interim without any games on Nov. 1 for Boston, they lose in overtime 3-2 to Pittsburgh.

2005: The Bruins take a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders. Dave Scatchard, Nick Boynton and Joe Thornton all score for Boston, but Shawn Bates gets the overtime goal for NYI. Thornton’s goal comes with about a minute to go in regulation and ties it at three, forcing overtime. Interestingly, Garth Snow is between the pipes for the Islanders. Today, he is the team’s general manager.

2007: Another overtime game for the Bruins, but this time it’s against division rival Buffalo Sabres and the Bruins get the 4-3 win in overtime. Glen Metropolit, Phil Kessel, Marc Savard and Marco Sturm score–Sturm in overtime–for the win. The 2007 World Series Champion Red Sox are honored in pregame ceremonies, plus the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies are on hand.

2008: The Bruins beat the Dallas Stars by a 5-1 margin. Sturm has two goals, Kessel scores, plus Mark Stuart and Patrice Bergeron each get one. It was a heated game–146 penalty minutes handed out in total–especially in the third, when Andrew Ference fought Sean Avery and Shawn Thornton tussled with Krys Barch, followed by a big brawl involving many players from both sides.

2009: One goal is enough to give the Rangers a 1-o win over the Bruins. This is the fifth time in the past nine games between the two where only one goal in either direction was enough.

2011: The Bruins win 5-3 over the Ottawa Senators. Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly, Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille all get goals to help kick off November 2011 in a better way than October 2011. Boychuk and Paille’s goals are clustered less than a minute apart to help break a tie and secure the victory.


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