The Boston Bruins are a franchise that is steep in tradition and history. They were the very first American based hockey team to join the NHL and a member of the Original Six.
With so much history there is bound to be great moments and with the Bruins there are plenty. So many that this list will leave off some that could have made it if the list had been expanded to more than just 10.
This is the second of a five part series I will be writing based on the history of the Bruins. The first one was the greatest Bruins players of all time.
The Bruins had capped off one of their best seasons ever and were riding high going into the playoffs as players and fans alike had strong hopes for the Cup being brought back to Boston.
Standing in their way was their arch nemesis the Montreal Canadiens. As many B's fans remember the Habs have knocked the Bruins out of the playoffs more times than any of us want to remember.
This year would be different though as the Bruins went on to sweep the Canadiens in convincing fashion and capturing their first series victory since the 1998-99 season when they beat the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round.
This was more of a sentimental moment than a great moment in Bruins history. The B's played in the Garden from 1928 to 1995.
The Bruins played great in the Garden and for a lot of reasons most notably being the rink was nine feet shorter and two feet narrower than the other NHL rinks at the time. This threw opposing teams completely off and gave the Bruins a strong competitive advantage.
The Bruins played the last game to ever be played in the Garden in a preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens. When the game ended a ceremony was held as the banners and retired numbers were removed from the rafters and moved to the Bruins new home now the TD Garden.
This would be one of the marquee events in the days of the Big Bad Bruins. During the 1970s nobody messed with the Bruins or else fear the wrath of pretty much the entire team all of whom could throw down.
On December 23, 1979 a fan stole Stan Jonathan's stick and started hitting him with it after a post game fight. Then Terry O'Reilly one of the B's toughest players scaled the glass and started fighting some of the fans in the stands. His teammates followed and eventually they were brought back onto the ice.
O'Reilly would wind up getting an eight game ban for his actions which in today's NHL he most likely would have been suspended for the year.
The Bruins traded away Gary Pederson for Cam Neely and a first round draft pick that would eventually turn out to be Glen Wesley. Just a few years after the trade was made it was clear the Bruins had received the better end of the deal.
Neely who had underachieved in his first few years with the Vancouver Canucks flourished during his time with the Bruins. His combined style of being able to hit and fight along with his scoring touch was something that wasn't seen much in the NHL at that time.
Neely would finish with 395 goals and 2999 assists and eventually had his number retired by the Bruins. He helped lead the B's to a couple of Stanley Cup appearances as well.
The Boston Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues to win the Stanley Cup in 1970.
The Bruins would go on to sweep the series in what was not very competitive up until Game Four. With the score tied at three going into OT Bobby Orr cut across the crease and shot one past the Blues goaltender winning the game and the Cup for the B's just 40 seconds into OT.
Orr was tripped right after scoring the goal and the image of him flying through the air with his hands held high is one of the most recognizable photos in sports history.
The Big Bad Bruins as mentioned earlier were one of the most feared teams in NHL history. They took the NHL by storm in the 70s and struck fear into all of their opponents.
Led by the likes of Terry O'Reilly, Stan Jonathan, Wayne Cashman, and Bobby Orr the Bruins had one of the best teams for the entire 70's.
They had Orr who would skate circles around opponents and go up and down the rink and then score an amazing goal while Cashman and Jonathan would beat the snot out of any opposing player who even looked at them the wrong way.
The Bruins traded for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield in 1967 in what turned out to be one of the most lopsided trades in NHL History.
Esposito would become the first player to score 100 points in a season finishing with 126 in 1969. Hodge would play right wing on a line for the Bruins that broke the record for most points by one forward line and Stanfield would average over 20 goals a year in his six years with Boston.
The trio helped bring the Bruins two Stanley Cups in 1970 and 1972 and were a mainstay with the Bruins during their glory years.
The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 1929 five years after joining the NHL.
The Bruins were led by rookie goaltender Tiny Thompson, defenseman Eddie Shore and forward Lionel Hitchman.
Thompson would win 26 games that year and set Bruins records for goals against average with a 1.15 GAA and posted a record 12 shutouts.
Shore would lead the team in penalty minutes with 96 and also scored 12 goals.
Bobby Orr debuted with the Bruins in 1966 and right from the moment he touched the ice he was one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
Orr won so many awards that I can't even put them all on here. He revolutionized the way the defenseman position was played. Orr would skate circles around the opposing team gong up and down the ice just to waste time and then after going around the rink a couple of times would skat through all five opponents and put the puck in the back of the net.
Orr will go down as one of the greatest if not the greatest players of all time and Bruins fans are blessed that they got to see such a great player play the game.
The Boston Bruins joined the NHL in 1924 becoming the first American based team to join the NHL. The B's played their first game on December 1 against the Montreal Maroons and beat them by a score of 2-1.
Little did Bruins fans know back then that this team would go on to win five Stanley Cups and plenty of division titles. The Bruins might not be the No. 1 team in Boston right now but their are plenty of Bruins fans out there and as long as they are around the Bruins will continue to play here and try to bring back another cup back to Boston.