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Bruins shooting blanks

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  November 4, 2009 03:22 PM

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Desperate for offense, the Bruins will take on the Canadiens tomorrow night on Causeway Street, hoping to avoid being shutout for a third straight time.

Their back-to-back blankings, 1-0 Sunday at the Rangers and 2-0 last night at the Red Wings, were the first back-to-back bagels by the Bruins since the 2006-07 season when they lost to the Rangers (7-0 on March 17) and the Canadiens (1-0 on March 20).

Looking back 40 years, to the 1968-'69 season, the Bruins have been shutout in consecutive games seven times.

According to Bob Waterman at the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bruins only once have been blanked in three straight games, which happened in 1929 (the same year the Bruins won their first Cup).

On Feb. 2, 5 and 9 of 1929, the Bruins were stoned by Toronto (3-0), the NY Americans (1-0) and the Montreal Maroons (1-0), respectively.

That 1928-29 campaign was the final season, reminded Waterman, that the NHL didn't allow forward passing in the offensive zone. It was also the same season that the Bruins opened their state-of-the-art Boston Garden on Causeway Street with a 1-0 loss to the Canadiens on Nov. 20, 1928.

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