Boston Bruins: The 5 Most Memorable Moments from the Boston Garden

Chris Blanchard@@BlanchardNHLContributor IIIJanuary 3, 2013

Boston Bruins: The 5 Most Memorable Moments from the Boston Garden

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    The legendary Boston Garden was home to Bruins hockey for 67 years from 1928 to 1995. 

    Garden spectators saw the Bruins win the Stanley Cup fives times during their residence in the classic venue. 

    Flaws such as an undersized ice surface, awful sight lines and a lack of air conditioning made the building obsolete by the time of its demolition in the 1990s but its unique character only added to the mystique of the spectacular hockey played within its confines. 

    Here are five of the most memorable Bruins moments in the old Garden. 

5. The 1929 Stanley Cup Finals

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    Led by Hall of Famers Eddie Shore and Dit Clapper, the Boston Bruins ended the Garden's inaugural season with their first Stanley Cup Championship. 

    The Bruins swept the New York Rangers in a best of three series, with rookie goaltender Tiny Thompson allowing just one goal in two games. 

    It was the first Stanley Cup final series featuring two American teams. 

4. The Demolition

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    The Boston Garden was demolished in the spring of 1998, 70 years after its construction. 

    The Bruins closed the old Garden with a preseason exhibition against the Montreal Canadiens on September 28, 1995. Following the game, they moved next door to the brand new Fleet Center, now known as the TD Garden. 

    The site of the building now serves as a parking lot for the new arena, which raised its first Stanley Cup Championship banner in 2011. 

3. The Retirement of Phil Esposito's No. 7

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    On December 3, 1987, the Boston Bruins retired the No. 7 worn by Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito. 

    Esposito won two Hart Trophies, five Art Ross Trophies and two Stanley Cups in nine seasons with Boston. 

    Bruins captain Ray Bourque shocked the crowd by removing his No. 7 jersey and passing it to Esposito, vacating the number permanently in honor of the legendary Bruins center. 

    Bourque would wear No. 77 for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career. Bourque's No. 77 was retired in 2001. 

2. The Stanley Cup Finals Power Outages

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    The Bruins faced the Edmonton Oilers in both the 1988 and 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, both of which were affected by Boston Garden power failures. 

    On May 24, 1988, excessive heat created a thick fog that covered the ice surface during Game 4 of the Cup Final series. In the second period, a power transformer failed causing the arena to descend into darkness.

    The game was ended and ruled a 3-3 tie. The Oilers went on to win the series two days later. 

    Two years later, the lights failed a second time during Game 1 of the finals. The game was delayed in overtime but power was eventually restored. The Oilers went on to win the game by way of a Petr Klima goal in triple-overtime.

    Once again, Edmonton claimed the Cup in five games. 

1. The Goal

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    The greatest player to ever call the Garden home, Bobby Orr jettisoned himself into the history books with one of hockey's most iconic goals. 

    Entering overtime in Game 4, the Bruins had an opportunity to clinch the series and hoist the cup on home ice with a single goal. That goal was delivered by none other than the legendary Orr. 

    Tripped immediately after firing off his fateful shot, Orr flew through the air as the puck crossed the goal line, creating one of the most memorable images in sports history. 

    The moment is now memorialized by a statue of the Soaring Orr outside of the TD Garden. 


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