1971–72 Boston Bruins season

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1971–72 Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Champions
East Division Champions
Division 1st East
1971–72 record 54–13–11
Goals for 330
Goals against 204
Team information
General Manager Milt Schmidt
Coach Tom Johnson
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains John Bucyk
Phil Esposito
Dallas Smith
John McKenzie
Arena Boston Garden
Team leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (66)
Assists Bobby Orr (80)
Points Phil Esposito (130)
Penalties in minutes Dallas Smith (132)
Wins Eddie Johnston and Gerry Cheevers (27)
Goals against average Gerry Cheevers (2.50)
<1970–71 1972–73>

The 1971–72 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 48th season in the NHL. For the second time in three years, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

Offseason

NHL Draft

Round Overall Player
1 5 Ron Jones
1 14 Terry O'Reilly
2 28 Curt Ridley
3 42 Dave Bonter
4 56 Dave Hynes
5 70 Bert Scott
6 84 Bob McMahon

Regular season

Season standings

East Division1
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 +126 119
2 New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 +125 109
3 Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 +102 108
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 +1 80
5 Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 -1 −1 76
6 Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 -86 −86 51
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 -94 −94 48


Schedule and results

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 10, 1971 1–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 0–1–0
2 W October 13, 1971 6–1 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 1–1–0
3 W October 14, 1971 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 2–1–0
4 T October 17, 1971 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 2–1–1
5 W October 20, 1971 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 3–1–1
6 W October 22, 1971 5–1 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–1–1
7 W October 24, 1971 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 5–1–1
8 L October 27, 1971 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 5–2–1
9 L October 28, 1971 0–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 5–3–1
10 W October 31, 1971 5–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 6–3–1
11 W November 4, 1971 6–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 7–3–1
12 W November 6, 1971 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 8–3–1
13 L November 7, 1971 2–3 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 8–4–1
14 L November 10, 1971 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 8–5–1
15 W November 11, 1971 5–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 9–5–1
16 W November 14, 1971 11–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 10–5–1
17 W November 18, 1971 5–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 11–5–1
18 W November 20, 1971 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 12–5–1
19 W November 21, 1971 6–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 13–5–1
20 W November 24, 1971 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 14–5–1
21 W November 25, 1971 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 15–5–1
22 T November 27, 1971 6–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 15–5–2
23 W December 4, 1971 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 16–5–2
24 W December 5, 1971 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 17–5–2
25 W December 8, 1971 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 18–5–2
26 W December 11, 1971 6–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 19–5–2
27 L December 12, 1971 2–4 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 19–6–2
28 W December 16, 1971 8–1 New York Rangers (1971–72) 20–6–2
29 W December 18, 1971 4–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 21–6–2
30 T December 19, 1971 2–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 21–6–3
31 T December 23, 1971 4–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 21–6–4
32 W December 25, 1971 5–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 22–6–4
33 W December 26, 1971 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 23–6–4
34 W December 29, 1971 5–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 24–6–4
35 T December 30, 1971 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 24–6–5
36 W January 2, 1972 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 25–6–5
37 W January 5, 1972 2–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 26–6–5
38 W January 6, 1972 5–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 27–6–5
39 L January 8, 1972 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 27–7–5
40 T January 12, 1972 2–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 27–7–6
41 T January 13, 1972 1–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 27–7–7
42 W January 15, 1972 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 28–7–7
43 W January 16, 1972 9–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 29–7–7
44 W January 18, 1972 2–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 30–7–7
45 W January 22, 1972 8–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 31–7–7
46 T January 23, 1972 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 31–7–8
47 W January 27, 1972 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 32–7–8
48 W January 29, 1972 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 33–7–8
49 W January 30, 1972 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 34–7–8
50 W February 2, 1972 2–0 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 35–7–8
51 W February 3, 1972 6–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 36–7–8
52 W February 5, 1972 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 37–7–8
53 L February 6, 1972 2–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 37–8–8
54 W February 10, 1972 9–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 38–8–8
55 W February 12, 1972 5–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 39–8–8
56 T February 13, 1972 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 39–8–9
57 W February 15, 1972 6–3 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 40–8–9
58 W February 17, 1972 4–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 41–8–9
59 W February 19, 1972 6–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 42–8–9
60 W February 20, 1972 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 43–8–9
61 W February 22, 1972 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 44–8–9
62 W February 23, 1972 8–6 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 45–8–9
63 W February 26, 1972 5–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 46–8–9
64 W March 2, 1972 7–3 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 47–8–9
65 W March 4, 1972 5–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 48–8–9
66 L March 5, 1972 0–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 48–9–9
67 W March 8, 1972 5–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 49–9–9
68 L March 11, 1972 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 49–10–9
69 T March 12, 1972 4–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 49–10–10
70 W March 16, 1972 8–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 50–10–10
71 W March 19, 1972 7–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 51–10–10
72 W March 23, 1972 4–1 New York Rangers (1971–72) 52–10–10
73 T March 25, 1972 5–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 52–10–11
74 W March 26, 1972 5–4 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 53–10–11
75 L March 28, 1972 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 53–11–11
76 L March 29, 1972 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 53–12–11
77 L April 1, 1972 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 53–13–11
78 W April 2, 1972 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 54–13–11

Playoffs

Boston defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 and the St. Louis Blues 4–0 to advance to the final.

Stanley Cup Final

Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers

Date Visitors Score Home Score
April 30 New York 5 Boston 6
May 2 New York 1 Boston 2
May 4 Boston 2 New York 5
May 7 Boston 3 New York 2
May 9 New York 3 Boston 2
May 11 Boston 3 New York 0

Boston wins the series 4–2.

Player statistics

Regular season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 76 66 67 133 76 55 28 2 16
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 76 37 80 117 106 86 11 4 4
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 78 32 51 83 4 16 13 0 7
Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield LW 78 23 56 79 12 20 5 1 4
McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 77 22 47 69 126 19 10 0 3
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 78 25 33 58 108 25 0 7 2
Walton, MikeMike Walton C 76 28 28 56 45 23 6 0 4
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 60 16 40 56 81 41 0 1 2
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 74 23 29 52 103 42 1 0 3
Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 77 18 26 44 19 29 0 2 5
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 78 8 22 30 132 34 0 1 1
Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 73 9 13 22 64 11 0 0 0
Leach, ReggieReggie Leach RW 56 7 13 20 12 5 0 0 2
Green, TedTed Green D 54 1 16 17 21 10 0 0 0
Smith, RickRick Smith D 61 2 12 14 46 53 0 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 47 6 4 10 12 0 0 0 1
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 16 4 6 10 37 2 0 0 0
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 34 1 8 9 52 20 0 0 0
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 38 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
Boldirev, IvanIvan Boldirev C 11 0 2 2 6 2 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 41 0 2 2 25 0 0 0 0
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ravlich, MattMatt Ravlich D 25 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jones, RonRon Jones D 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Peters, GarryGarry Peters C 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Stewart, BobBob Stewart D 8 0 0 0 15 3 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 2420 41 27 5 8 101 2.50 2
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 2260 38 27 8 3 102 2.71 2
Team: 4680 78 54 13 11 203 2.60 4

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 15 9 15 24 24 2 0 3
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 15 5 19 24 19 3 0 1
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 15 9 11 20 6 5 0 0
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 15 9 8 17 62 2 1 3
McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 15 5 12 17 37 3 0 0
Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield LW 15 7 9 16 0 1 0 0
Walton, MikeMike Walton C 15 6 6 12 13 1 0 2
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 15 4 7 11 42 1 0 0
Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 15 4 3 7 10 0 2 1
Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 13 2 4 6 16 0 0 1
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 15 0 4 4 45 0 0 0
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 15 0 4 4 22 0 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 14 3 0 3 6 0 1 1
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 11 1 1 2 44 0 1 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 15 0 2 2 43 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Green, TedTed Green D 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hayes, ChrisChris Hayes LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peters, GarryGarry Peters C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 483 8 6 2 21 2.61 2
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 420 7 6 1 13 1.86 1
Team: 903 15 12 3 34 2.26 3

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions

September 4, 1971 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Boston Bruins
Doug Roberts
November 17, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Ivan Boldirev
To Boston Bruins
Rich Leduc
Chris Oddleifson
February 23, 1972 To California Golden Seals
Reggie Leach
Rick Smith
Bob Stewart
To Boston Bruins
Don O'Donoghue
Carol Vadnais
March 5, 1972 To California Golden Seals
cash
To Boston Bruins
Tom Williams

Roster

Boston Bruins 1971–1972 Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ "1971–1972 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1971-72 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 







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