While one Bruins legend turned 95 last week, we look back on the life of another one this week. Also featured, are a double-digit winning streak, milestone victories for a pair of legendary coaches (including also the final win for one of them) and a pair of lasts against two of the teams from the early years of the league. This is This Week In Boston Bruins History.
On March 10, 1929, the Bruins beat the Rangers, 3-2, to begin a nine-game winning streak. The ninth game? The Stanley Cup clincher against those same Rangers in New York.
On March 10, 1942, legendary coach, Art Ross, won his 300th game as coach of the Bruins in convincing fashion as the team scored a season-high nine goals in a 9-1 win over the Black Hawks. The B’s finished 25-17-6 that year. Ross would spend three more seasons behind the Boston bench and accumulated an overall record of 361-277-90 as well as winning the 1939 Stanley Cup.
On March 10, 1971, the Bruins won their eighth consecutive game, 8-1, over those California Golden Seals. They would go on to win five more before their streak ended at 13.
On March 10, 1987, Tuukka Rask was born in Savonlinna, Finland. Currently in his sixth season with the Bruins, Rask has gone from starter to backup to starter back to backup and back to starter. In 119 career games, he has a record of 59-37-14 and a .926 save percentage. He ranks in the top-10 in franchise history in shots against (3,294), saves (3.051), goals against average (2.17) and save percentage, which he is the all-time leader at .926.
On March 10, 2000, the Bruins acquired winger, Mike Knuble, from the Rangers in exchange for Rob Dimaio. In five seasons with the B’s, Knuble scored 69 goals and became a first-line player.
Mike Knuble was acquired by the Bruins from the Rangers on March 10, 2000.
On March 11, 1930, the defending champs won their 11th straight game, which was the second-longest for them in franchise history at the time. They had a 13-gamer earlier in the season. They beat Chicago, 4-3, in their first game in a week to extend the win streak to 11.
On March 11, 1937, the B’s put up six goals for their second consecutive game in a 6-2 win at Chicago. The six goals matched the season-high for the team, which finished 23-18-7 and suffered a first-round playoff loss to the Montreal Maroons.
On March 11, 1954, the Bruins began an interesting four-game winning streak with a 1-0 win over the Rangers. They scored one, two, three and then four goals in their respective wins during the streak. The 1-0 win was followed by 2-1 and 3-0 wins against the Maple Leafs and the streak was capped with a 4-2 win over the Red Wings.
On March 11, 1989, the B’s played to a 6-6 tie against the Sabres, allowing their second-highest goal total of the season. Ray Bourque led Boston with two goals and an assist and Scott Arniel finished plus-3 for Buffalo.
On March 11, 2010, the Bruins beat the Flyers, 5-1, to improve to 30-24-12. Unfortunately, I think they blew a 3-0 series lead to those same Flyers about two months later. Painful.
On March 12, 1932, the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs, 5-3. Normally, this would not be significant, but this was an overtime game. That’s right, a two-goal overtime win for the B’s to improve to 14-19-11 on the year.
On March 12, 1961, they fell, 5-0, to the Leafs in their fifth straight loss. They would go on to win two of their three remaining games, but would finish the season a disastrous 15-42-13.
On March 12, 1977, the B’s won their seventh straight game. They beat the Flyers, 3-1, in Philly.
On March 12, 1988, the Bruins won their 1,900th game in franchise history, beating the Quebec Nordiques, 4-3. They would finish the ’88 season 44-30-6, led by Bourque and Cam Neely, with a loss to the Oilers in the Stanley Cup Finals.
On March 12, 1997, the B’s played their final game against the Hartford Whalers before they became the Hurricanes. They won, 6-3, a couple hours south down in Hartford. Boston went on to finish the season 26-47-9 and Hartford went out with a record of 32-39-11.
The Bruins beat the Whalers in their final matchup on March 12, 1997.
On March 13, 1941, the Bruins played their final game against the New York Americans franchise. They won their fifth consecutive game, 8-3, and went on to win the Stanley Cup.
On March 13, 1949, Dit Clapper won his 100th game as coach of the Bruins, defeating the Red Wings, 6-2.
On March 13, 1961, former Bruin, Barry Pederson, was born in Big River, Saskatchewan. In seven seasons with the B’s, Pederson scored 166 goals and added 251 assists for 417 of his 654 career points. He ranks in the top-10 in franchise history in shooting percentage (17.8%), assists per game (0.66) and points per game (1.10).
On March 13, 1980, the team retired both Johnny Bucyk‘s No. 9 and Milt Schmidt‘s No. 15 in a pregame ceremony. The team would defeat the Red Wings, 4-2, to improve to 40-19-10. In 1,436 career games with the B’s, “the chief” scored 545 goals and registered 794 assists over his 20 years in Boston. He ranks in the top-10 in 18 statistical categories for the Bruins, including being the all-time leader in goals with 545. Schmidt played all 18 of his NHL seasons with the Bruins and scored 575 points in 776 games. His 346 assists are tied for the 10th-most in franchise history.
On March 13, 2003, the Bruins beat the Devils, 4-3, in their fifth straight game that saw at least one player score at least two goals. Martin Lapointe had a hat trick in this one and the team improved to 32-27-8 before getting knocked out of the playoffs by the same Devils in the first round.
On March 14, 1935, the Bruins picked up their fifth consecutive win, 5-4, over the New York Americans. A first-place finish in the NHL’s American Division was for not, though, as they were eliminated in four games by the Maple Leafs in the first round.
On March 14, 1939, the B’s came out on top for the seventh straight time with a 4-2 win against the Black Hawks. They would go on to capture their second Cup with series wins over the Rangers and Leafs the playoffs.
On March 14, 1976, the B’s played their final game against the California Golden Seals before they became the Cleveland Barrons. They won, 4-2, on the ice of the old Boston Garden.
On March 14, 1991, the Bruins won their 40th game of the season, 3-2, over the Canadiens. They would go on to lose to the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
On March 14, 2002, the B’s lost their only game in a 10-game stretch, 2-1, to the Maple Leafs. Bill Guerin scored the lone Boston goal. They would win their next six, but fall to the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.
Bill Guerin skating for the Bruins in 2002.
On March 15, 1930, the B’s played their final game against the relatively short-lived Detroit Cougars franchise and pulled out a 5-2 victory at home.
On March 15, 1962, the team ended a 20-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over Detroit in their first W since Jan. 27. Their final record that season was 15-47-8.
On March 15, 1967, the Bruins gave up 11 goals in an 11-2 loss at Montreal. The nine-goal loss was their worst of the year and the team finished just 17-43-10 on the season.
On March 15, 2007, they won their sixth straight shootout game by beating the Caps, 4-3, to improve to 34-31-5, but would miss the playoffs. Chris Clark scored all three goals for Washington and Patrice Bergeron scored the equalizer for Boston 1:35 into the third period just 65 seconds after Brandon Bochenski got the Bruins within one. The B’s erased a 3-0 deficit in the game to force overtime and the eventual shootout.
On March 15, 2011, the team picked up just its second shootout victory of the season, 3-2, over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tyler Seguin scored the only goal in the shootout and Rask stopped all three Columbus bids.They would, of course, go on to win the Stanley Cup.
On March 16, 1943, the B’s scored a season-high 11 goals in their season finale, an 11-5 win over the Rangers. They would fall in a four-game sweep to the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals, however.
On March 16, 1944, the Bruins lost to the Red Wings, 10-9, in their second 19-goal game in less than two weeks. This total matched the new single-game combined record set in the contest on March 4 against the Rangers in a 10-9 Bruins win. Boston gave up 10 goals in each of their two final games of the regular season and missed the playoffs with a 19-26-5 record.
On March 16, 1972, they won their 50th game of the season in their third bid, 8-3, over the L.A. Kings. They would also go on to win their last Stanley Cup for 39 years.
On March 16, 1985, the B’s lost a legend with the death of Hall-of-Famer, Eddie Shore at the age of 82. Shore, who played 14 of his 15 NHL seasons with the organization, had his No. 2 retired on Jan. 1, 1947. In 540 career games in Boston, he scored 103 goals and added 176 assists for 279 points. He ranks in the top-10 in several Bruins statistical categories, including penalty minutes, which he is sixth in with 1,038.
On March 16, 2006, the Bruins won their first shootout ever after being unsuccessful in their first six. The win came against the Senators at the Garden They blew a 2-0 third-period lead before coming back to get the win. Patrice Bergeron scored his 21st of the year in the third and also added the shootout winner. Tim Thomas got the win in net.
Eddie Shore’s No. 2 hangs in the rafters at TD Garden.
While the 2013 Bruins appear to have gotten it back on track, it’s always fun to take a look back at some of the franchises’s biggest victories and highest goal totals. Look out next Monday for history from March 17-23, including a look at St. Patrick’s Day games.
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