There are few things better than watching the Boston Bruins shut out the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs - and doing it to cap a four-game sweep to boot.
In fact, Andy Moog's shutout of the Habs in Game 4 of the Adams Division Finals on May 9, 1992, may be one of the most satisfying B's victories over their archrivals. The battle in goal between Moog and Montreal's Patrick Roy was one for the ages, but Moog and Boston's offense prevailed in a 2-0 shutout of the Canadiens.
This was the first time the B's had swept the Canadiens in a best-of-seven playoff series and it couldn't have ended any better. Moog stopped 26 shots in the finale and posted a .922 save percentage in the series.
Of course, this wasn't the last time the Bruins shut out the Canadiens in the playoffs. A four-game B's sweep happened again in the 2009 East quarterfinals. Boston has actually seemed to have Montreal's number the past few seasons.
Although the B's swept the Habs in the division finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins swept Boston in the conference finals to move on to the Stanley Cup Finals. Moog was... not great in that series, posting a .830 save percentage.
Even though they lost in the conference finals, the sweep of the Canadiens will never be forgotten.
In the last year of his initial two-year contract with the Bruins, Jaroslav Halak probably could have tried for a No. 1 goaltending job somewhere in free agency based on the two seasons he’s had in Boston.
But the 35-year-old goalie was also facing unprecedented uncertainty given the coronavirus crisis that’s put the 2019-20 season on pause and has put into question exactly when next season will even begin. So, Halak made the smartest move and instead signed a one-year extension with the Bruins for next year that will pay him $2.25 million along with a very easily attained $1.25 million in bonus money.
Halak will again back up Tuukka Rask, but he’ll also get plenty of playing time, continue to suit up for an elite NHL team and make certain he’s got a job next season no matter what the salary cap landscape looks like.
"It made me think, not knowing what's going to happen this year or next,” said Halak, who is still in Boston while quarantining with his family the past few months. “There's always positives that the team is great, the fans are great. It wasn't tough to take a one-year deal. It’s been a special group. We have unfinished business.”
Halak was 40-17-10 in his two seasons with the Bruins with save percentages of .922 and .919, and has, even more importantly, allowed the Bruins to limit Rask’s workload to the ideal 50-game range. At the time of the 2019-20 regular season being shut down, the Bruins goaltenders were leading the NHL with a 2.39 goals-against average and .921 save percentage on the way to winning the Jennings Trophy as the league’s best goaltending duo.
Now that will continue for at least one more season while young B’s goaltending prospects Daniel Vladar, Jeremy Swayman and Kyle Keyser get another season of development before they might be pushed into action.
As many Boston sports fans know, the Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens in seven games to move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, and that's where the magic really began. In Game 1 against the Flyers, Krejci tallied two goals in a 7-3 win over the Flyers, but Game 2 was where he truly became a playoff hero for the B's.
One of Krejci's most memorable performances from 2011 came on this date, May 2, when he scored 14 minutes into overtime to propel the B's past the Flyers. This goal caused some confusion on the ice, and the referee behind the net actually said there was no goal scored, but upon further review, Krejci's goal was deemed good and the B's won, 3-2.
As we all know, the Bruins went on to sweep the Flyers and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Krejci ended up tallying four goals in those four games against Philadelphia, and ended the playoffs with 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 25 games. Krejci led the entire playoffs in goals, game-winning goals (four) and points.
Here are some other notable Bruins games played on this date.
2019: Semifinals: 4-1 win at Blue Jackets 1999: Quarterfinals: 2-0 win vs. Hurricanes 1978: Semifinals: 3-2 win vs. Flyers