Believe it or not, they were still playing hockey this time of year in the ’30s and in one particular year, the Bruins were enjoying a run to a championship. Also featured in this week’s turning back of time are the final games for a number of coaches, including Claude Julien‘s predecessor, a record-setting loss, a double-digit playoff win streak, one now-enemy’s glorious final game and, of course, a multitude of playoff defeats at the hands of the Canadiens. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History: April 7-13.
On April 7, 1984, the Bruins lost, 5-0, to the Canadiens in Game 3 of their first-round series to be swept, three-games-to-none.
On April 7, 1995, they acquired veteran goaltender, Craig Billington, from the Senators in exchange for a ’95 eighth-round pick that turned out to be Ray Schultz.
On April 7, 2001, Mike Keenan coached his final game in a 4-2 loss against the Islanders.
On April 7, 2007, Dave Lewis coached his final game for the Bruins – a 6-3 loss to Ottawa. The team lost six straight games to end the season as well as Lewis’ tenure with the team and finished the year with a 35-41-6 record.
On April 7, 2012, the Bruins won their regular-season finale, 4-3, in a shootout over the Sabres. Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal of the shootout and Tyler Seguin had two in regulation.
Dave Lewis coached the team for just one unsuccessful year.
On April 8, 1943, Boston was swept by the Red Wings, 4-0, in the Stanley Cup Finals, losing Game 4 by a score of 2-0. They had finished the regular season with a record of 24-17-9 and beaten the Habs in the first round of the playoffs.
On April 8, 1951, the B’s lost their fourth straight to the Leafs to be eliminated from Round 1 of the playoffs after winning the first game of the series. Their season ended with a 6-0 defeat in this one.
On April 8, 1971, the best team in the league (with a franchise record-setting 57 wins) lost, 2-0, to the Canadiens in Game 2 of their first-round series, 7-5. The seven goals were the most the team allowed that season and they would lose the series in seven games.
On April 8, 1993, the franchise played its first-ever 81st regular-season game and beat the Nordiques, 6-2.
On April 8, 1999, the team’s point streak ended after 11 games with a 3-0 loss to the Lightning. The B’s would finish the season 39-30-13 and lose to the Sabres in the second round of the playoffs.
On April 9, 1939, the Bruins lost their last game of the playoffs, 3-2, to the Maple Leafs in overtime. They would win their next three to claim their second Stanley Cup, four-games-to-one.
On April 9, 1946 they were eliminated by the Habs with a 6-3 loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
On April 9, 1986, the team lost its first playoff game, 3-1, to the Canadiens. They would get swept in the series, 3-0, and Montreal would win the Cup.
On April 9, 2003, the Bruins lost, 2-1, to the Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. They would drop the first three games of the series before ultimately being eliminated, 4-1, by the eventual champs.
On April 9, 2009, Mark Recchi led the B’s past the Habs as he scored the game-winning goal 2:42 into overtime. He had four points on the night and Bergeron had three. Tim Thomas got the win in net and the team improved to 52-18-10 on the year, but would fall to the Hurricanes in the second round of the playoffs after actually beating Montreal in the first.
Mark Recchi’s heroics led to an overtime win against the Canadiens in 2009.
On April 10, 1958, the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 5-2, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but fell in the series in six games after a sub-.500 regular season at 27-28-15. They had beaten the Rangers in six in the first round.
On April 10, 1969, they lost Game 1 of their semi-finals series against the Habs, 3-2, in overtime. After sweeping the Leafs in the first round, Boston lost this series in six games with Montreal scoring the double-overtime winner to end it. The 42 wins by the Bruins, at the time, were the most they had ever had.
On April 10, 1983, they beat the Nordiques, 2-1, to win their first-round series and advance to the division finals. Boston would, however, lose to the Islanders in the Conference Finals.
On April 10, 1988, the Sabres beat the Bruins, 6-5, in overtime of Game 4 of the division semi-finals to tie the series at two. Boston would go on to win that series in six, however, but lose to the Oilers in the Stanley Cup Finals. John Tucker had five points in the game for Buffalo.
On April 10, 2008, the team lost in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to the Canadiens before dropping the series in seven. Boston’s only goal was scored by Shane Hnidy.
On April 11, 1953, the Bruins won their only game of their Stanley Cup Finals series against the Canadiens. Montreal won the series, 4-1, as the B’s finished the regular season below .500 again with a record of 28-29-13.
On April 11, 1968, they were swept by the eventual champion Habs, 4-0, in the first round of the playoffs with a 3-2 loss in Game 4. Boston had finished the regular season with a record of 37-27-10.
On April 11, 1972, the eventual champs clinched their first-round playoff series with a 3-2 win over the Leafs in Game 5. It was their third of nine consecutive playoff wins and second Stanley Cup in three years.
On April 11, 1981, the North Stars completed a three-game sweep of the B’s with a 6-3 win in Game 3. The series was the only one ever played between these two teams in the playoffs.
On April 11, 1997, the Bruins tied their franchise record with their 47th loss of the season. It came in their 81st game, 2-0, to the Devils and they ended the year 26-47-9.
The worst record in the league led to the No. 1 draft pick and this guy.
On April 12, 1941, the B’s won their third Stanley Cup with a 3-1 win and a four-game sweep over the Red Wings. They finished the postseason on a six-game win streak after putting up the league’s best regular-season record at 27-8-13.
On April 12, 1970, the champs lost their final game of the playoffs before going on a 10-game win streak and claiming the Cup. The Rangers beat them, 4-2, in Game 4 of their opening-round series.
On April 12, 1987, Montreal completed its second consecutive first-round playoff sweep of the Bruins with a 4-2 win in Game 4 of the series.
On April 12, 1991, Torey Krug was born in Livonia, Mich. He has played in only three career NHL games, but has points in two of them.
On April 12, 2009, the team beat the Islanders, 6-2, in their season finale. Phil Kessel had a hat trick in his final regular season game as a Bruin.
On April 13, 1966, Ken Hodge was born in Windsor, Ontario. He played just four NHL seasons, but two of them came as a member of the Bruins and in 1990-91, he scored 30 goals and collected 29 assists.
On April 13, 1977, the Bruins beat the L.A. Kings, 6-2, to take a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the playoffs. They would win the series, 4-2, but, again, lose to the Canadiens in the finals after finishing the regular season 49-23-8 in first place of the Adams Division under Don Cherry.
On April 13, 1997, Steve Kasper coached his final game for the Black and Gold in a 7-3 win over the Penguins.
On April 13, 2002, P.J. Stock logged a career-high 12:05 of ice time in the team’s 7-1 win against Pittsburgh in their season finale.
On April 13, 2004, Boston beat Montreal, 4-3, in double overtime in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to take a 3-1 series lead. The Habs would win the next three, however, and take the series, four-games-to-three. Andrew Raycroft made 42 saves and Glen Murray scored the game-winner on a breakaway 9:27 into overtime.
Unfortunately, some of the history this team has had around this time of year was relived on Saturday night with yet another April loss to the Canadiens. That’s it for this week, but look out next Monday for history from April 14-20.
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