Feb. 3, 1953

The last-place Bruins did what typical last-place teams often do – they blew a 3-0 lead against the Detroit Red Wings at the Garden.

Sticking to the script, they then blew a 4-3 lead and sent 11,892 trudging out of the old barn grumbling about a 4-4 tie. Red Wings great Gordie Howe beat B’s goalie Ed Johnston with 1:01 remaining in the game.

Howe submerged the good feelings that flowed shortly before his game-winner when Johnny Bucyk regained a Boston lead.

The tie brought the B’s to 9-29-12, their 30 points precisely half that of the league-leading Chicago Black Hawks. On the bright side, it was a vast improvement over the 9-2 pounding they took from the Black Hawks two nights earlier.

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