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Greetings from Calgary

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  October 30, 2008 11:52 AM

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CALGARY -- Early and chilly here in southern Alberta, where the Bruins tonight hope to sustain their stingy and winning ways when they face the Flames at Pengrowth Saddledome. Cars in the parking lot here at Olympic Park needed a light scrape of the windshield to clear the overnight frost.

Offensively challenged, but nonetheless euphoric after back-to-back wins in Edmonton (Monday) and Vancouver (Tuesday), the Bruins are expected to put Tim Thomas back in the 24-square-foot crosshairs tonight against Mike Keenan's club.

The Bruins also hope to equal an impressive bit of history with yet another 1-0 win. The last time they rattled off three straight 1-0 wins: March 10, 15, 17 in 1936. If you remember that one first hand, I suspect you are reading this blog update from a retirement community in Bonita Springs or Winter Haven.

The prey in those days included the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Canadiens, all of them Original Sixers. Legendary Boston backstop Tiny Thompson was in net for all three, and they were all on Causeway Street. The last time the Bruins put together a pair of 1-0 wins? Not since the '36 stretch.

Later in the spring of '36, in the days when German paper hanger Adolph Hitler was just conjuring the horrors he would perpetrate in Europe, the Bruins met the Maple Leafs in Round 1 of the playoffs. After Thompson opened the series with a 3-0 win on Causeway Street, the clubs met two nights later at Maple Leaf Gardens and Thompson was shelled for eight goals in a humbling 8-3 loss that eliminated the Bruins from the playoffs. The Leafs then were eliminated in the Cup finals by Detroit in four straight.

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