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Goaltending Demons of the Bruins’ Playoff Past

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X @stmcclure1993

Every generation of Bruins’ fans—in one particular year or another—has come to suffer the springtime sting of facing an opposing goaltender who comes to haunt their dreams. The goalie who makes dazzling and unlikely stops just when you think your favorite Bruins’ team is turning the corner or ready to advance. The netminder who … Keep Reading

Happy Birthday to Former Bruins D-Man Al Sims

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X at stmcclure1993

Happy 71st birthday to former Boston Bruins defenseman Al Sims. Sims was on the Bruins’ back end from the 1973-74 season through the 1978-79 season, intermittently returning to the Bruins’ Rochester farm club over the course of those years.

The solid six-foot Sims played in 311 regular season games for Boston, scoring 22 … Keep Reading

Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Playoff History

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X at stmcclure1993

It’s officially springtime! The Boston Bruins’ 2023-24 regular season has come to a close, and with their second-place Atlantic division finish, Boston will be matched with the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. So, with the NHL postseason ready to consume our attention, let’s take … Keep Reading

Former Bruins Forward Don Marcotte Turns 77 Today

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X at stmcclure1993

Happy 77th birthday to Don Marcotte! Don played fifteen seasons in the NHL—all for the Boston Bruins. He was a prominent player on the 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup champion teams and reached the Cup finals in three other seasons.

The left-winger was one of the best defensive forwards of his era. … Keep Reading

Happy 60th Birthday to Bruins Alumni Rick Tocchet

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X at stmcclure1993

Happy 60th birthday to former Boston Bruins right-wing Rick Tocchet! The rugged Tocchet arrived in Boston via a trade with the Los Angeles Kings for Kevin Stevens in January of 1996.

Unfortunately, the power forward was plagued by injuries during his time in Boston. Over the course of two abbreviated seasons in Boston—67 total … Keep Reading

Boston Bruins’ All-Time Playoff Goaltenders

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X @stmcclure1993

There is no doubt a correlation between the elite type of playoff performance a goaltender must demonstrate for his team in the NHL playoffs and the actual hoisting of the Stanley Cup. Few goalies in modern times can afford to play below regular season form over the grueling long haul that today’s playoffs demand. … Keep Reading

What Might Have Been: Ewan ‘The Elk’ Cartwright and the 1976-77 Boston Bruins

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X @stmcclure1993

In the summer of 1976, while the city of Boston was celebrating the country’s bicentennial, the Bruins were looking to bolster their NHL lineup. They thought they might have found their man—Ewan ‘The Elk’ Cartwright—who they invited to camp as a ‘walk-on’. The rest of the story is a relatively obscure … Keep Reading

Bruins’ First Stanley Cup Clincher—March 29, 1929

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter/X @stmcclure1993

On this date in 1929, the Boston Bruins won their first National Hockey League title, sweeping the defending champion New York Rangers in two games.

The Bruins and Rangers were embroiled in a 1-1 deadlock until center Bill ‘Doc’ Carson, a Toronto dentist in the off-season, scored with 1:58 left in regulation, disappointing the Madison Square … Keep Reading

Bruins’ Tiny Thompson Stood Tall in 1929

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X @stmcclure1993

As we approach the anniversary of the Boston Bruins’ first Stanley Cup celebration in 1929, it’s important to understand the contribution of one Cecil ‘Tiny’ Thompson, the 25-year-old who took over the team’s goaltending job in the fall of ’28.

Thompson had usurped Hal Winkler, who had accumulated 15 shutouts the prior … Keep Reading

Eddie Shore, Bruins’ Cup Winner of 1929

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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter @stmcclure1993

The Boston Bruins’ 1928-29 Stanley Cup-winning year was only Eddie Shore’s third season in the NHL. Yet the ‘All-World’ defenseman was already the league’s greatest defender and the league’s biggest box office draw. 

Born in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, Shore clambered up the professional ranks in Saskatchewan before making his mark with the Western Hockey … Keep Reading