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.