Happy Birthday to one of the greatest of 'em all - Phil Esposito!
Phil knew how to celebrate his birthday ...
On This Day in 1971: Espo scored his 50th goal of the season (on his 29th birthday), in a 5-4 Bruins' loss in Los Angeles. He became just the fourth player in NHL history (and the first Boston Bruin) to get 50 goals in a season.
On This Day in 1972: He scored two goals, including his 50th goal of the season (on his 30th birthday) and added an assist as the Bruins won 3-1, at Chicago. It was Esposito's second straight 50-goal season.
2007 - Patrice Bergeron’s season is ended by a severe concussion after he is driven into the boards on a hit from behind by Philadelphia’s Randy Jones.
1984 Rick Middleton scored a goal and added three assists as the Bruins won 8-3 over the Islanders at New York.
1973 Phil Esposito scored twice as Boston won 3-2, at Toronto.
1974 Boston's Phil Esposito scored twice to become the second player in franchise history to score 400 goals as a member of the Bruins. The milestone goals (along with an assist) came in an 8-2 win against the visiting Kansas City Scouts.
1990 Ken Hodge, Jr. son of the former Boston star, made his debut as a Bruin, in a 5-4 win over the Blackhawks, at Boston Garden. The Bruins won with five goals in the third period, led by Cam Neely's goal and two assists.
1938 Boston Bruins signed goaltender Frankie Brimsek.
1965 Boston's Gerry Cheevers made his Bruins debut, a 2-1 loss to the team he began his NHL career with, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1968 Johnny Bucyk had three assists to lead the Bruins to a 4-2 win over Montreal in Boston.