2011–12 Boston Bruins season

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2011–12 Boston Bruins
Northeast Division Champions
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 2nd Eastern
2011–12 record 49–29–4 (102 pts.)
Home record 24–15–3
Road record 25–14–1
Goals for 262
Goals against 202
Team information
General Manager Peter Chiarelli
Coach Claude Julien
Captain Zdeno Chara
Alternate captains Patrice Bergeron
Andrew Ference
Chris Kelly
Arena TD Garden
Average attendance 17,565 (100%)
Total: 737,730 (42 games)
Team leaders
Goals Tyler Seguin (29)
Assists Patrice Bergeron (42)
Points Tyler Seguin (67)
Penalties in minutes Shawn Thornton (154)
Plus/minus Patrice Bergeron (+36)
Wins Tim Thomas (35)
Goals against average Anton Khudobin (1.00)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The 2011–12 Boston Bruins season was the 88th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 4, 1924.1 The Bruins entered the 2011–12 season as the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

Off-season

Veteran forward Mark Recchi retired. Forward Michael Ryder went to the Dallas Stars in Free Agency, and defenseman Tomas Kaberle went to the Carolina Hurricanes. Forward Benoit Pouliot was signed.

Regular season

The Bruins' opened the regular season with a home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, whom they had swept swept in round two of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs just five months earlier. They recorded their first regular season success against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 8, a 4–1 home victory against their 2011 Conference Final opponents. The Bruins closed out the month of October with a home-and-home series defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, en route to the worst start by a defending champion since the current playoff platform was adopted in 1994.23 The back-to-back losses at the hands of their hated rivals proved the catalyst to a resurgence that saw the team secure at least a point in every game through November, the first time the franchise went undefeated in regulation for an entire calendar month since January 1969.4 During this run, defending Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas posted a 9–0–0 record and earned First Star honors for the month.5

With a win over the New York Islanders on March 31, the Bruins clinched an Eastern conference playoff berth. On April 1, the Bruins won the Northeast Division Title, by beating the New York Rangers, 2-1.

The Bruins allowed only 1 shorthanded goal all the season, the lowest total of all 30 teams.6

Playoffs

The Boston Bruins qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Bruins lost in the first round to the Washington Capitals in a seven-game series 4–3.

Standings

Northeast Division7
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
2 Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
5 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Eastern Conference8
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and results

Pre-season

Regular season

2011–12 game log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Scorer of game-winning goal in italics

Player statistics

Skaters

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Goaltenders

Note: GPI = Games played in; MIN = Minutes played; GAA = Goals against average; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; SV% = Save percentage

Awards and records

Awards

Player Award Notes
Tyler Seguin15 NHL First Star of the Week November 14, 2011
Tim Thomas16 NHL First Star of the Month November 2011
Brad Marchand17 NHL First Star of the Week December 26, 2011
Zdeno Chara18 NHL Second Star of the Week April 2, 2012

Milestones

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
David Krejci 300th career NHL game October 8, 2011
Brad Marchand 100th career NHL game October 10, 2011
Chris Kelly 500th career NHL game November 7, 2011
Adam McQuaid 100th career NHL game November 21, 2011
Milan Lucic 300th career NHL game November 26, 2011
Rich Peverley 100th career NHL assist November 26, 2011
Benoit Pouliot 200th career NHL game November 26, 2011
Rich Peverley 300th career NHL game December 6, 2011
Tyler Seguin 100th career NHL game December 8, 2011
Milan Lucic 100th career NHL assist December 10, 2011
Chris Kelly 200th career NHL point December 14, 2011
Shawn Thornton 400th career NHL game December 17, 2011
Joe Corvo 600th career NHL game December 19, 2011
Zdeno Chara 300th career NHL assist January 5, 2012
Patrice Bergeron 500th career NHL game January 19, 2012
Dennis Seidenberg 500th career NHL game January 21, 2012
Tuukka Rask 100th career NHL game February 17, 2012
Carter Camper 1st career NHL game February 22, 2012
Carter Camper 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
February 25, 2012
Gregory Campbell 500th career NHL game February 25, 2012
Lane MacDermid 1st career NHL game March 11, 2012
Joe Corvo 200th career NHL assist March 6, 2012
Milan Lucic 200th career NHL point March 6, 2012
Max Sauve 1st career NHL game March 11, 2012
Andrew Ference 700th career NHL game March 15, 2012
Zdeno Chara 1,000th career NHL game March 24, 2012
Benoit Pouliot 100th career NHL point March 25, 2012
Johnny Boychuk 200th career NHL game March 31, 2012
Torey Krug 1st career NHL game April 3, 2012
Torey Krug 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
April 5, 2012
Patrice Bergeron 400th career NHL point April 7, 2012

Final roster

Updated April 23, 2012.19

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
37 Canada Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron (A) C R 28 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
65 Canada Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk D L 25 2006 Drumheller, Alberta
55 Canada Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk D R 30 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
11 Canada Campbell, GregoryGregory Campbell C L 30 2010 London, Ontario
58 United States Camper, CarterCarter Camper C R 25 2011 Rocky River, Ohio
38 Canada Caron, JordanJordan Caron RW L 23 2009 Sayabec, Quebec
33 Slovakia Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara (C) D L 37 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
14 United States Corvo, JoeJoe Corvo D R 36 2011 Oak Park, Illinois
61 Canada Cunningham, CraigCraig Cunningham RW R 23 2010 Trail, British Columbia
21 Canada Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference (A) D L 35 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
62 United States Hennessy, JoshJosh Hennessy C L 29 2011 Brockton, Massachusetts
18 Canada Horton, NathanNathan Horton Injured Reserve RW R 28 2010 Welland, Ontario
23 Canada Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly (A) C L 33 2011 Toronto, Ontario
35 Russia Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin G L 27 2011 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union
46 Czech Republic Krejci, DavidDavid Krejci C R 27 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
47 United States Krug, ToreyTorey Krug D L 23 2012 Livonia, Michigan
17 Canada Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic LW L 25 2006 Vancouver, British Columbia
64 Canada MacDermid, LaneLane MacDermid LW L 24 2009 Hartford, Connecticut
63 Canada Marchand, BradBrad Marchand LW L 25 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
54 Canada McQuaid, AdamAdam McQuaid D R 27 2007 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
27 United States Mottau, MikeMike Mottau D L 36 2012 Quincy, Massachusetts
20 Canada Paille, DanielDaniel Paille LW L 30 2009 Welland, Ontario
49 Canada Peverley, RichRich Peverley C/RW R 31 2011 Guelph, Ontario
67 Canada Pouliot, BenoitBenoit Pouliot LW L 27 2011 Alfred, Ontario
40 Finland Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask G L 27 2006 Savonlinna, Finland
12 United States Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston RW L 41 2012 Flint, Michigan
74 France Sauve, MaxMax Sauve C L 24 2008 Tours, France
91 Canada Savard, MarcMarc Savard Injured Reserve C L 36 2006 Ottawa, Ontario
19 Canada Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin RW/C R 22 2010 Brampton, Ontario
44 Germany Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg D L 32 2010 Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
30 United States Thomas, TimTim Thomas G L 40 2002 Flint, Michigan
22 Canada Thornton, ShawnShawn Thornton RW R 36 2007 Oshawa, Ontario
1 Canada Turco, MartyMarty Turco G L 38 2012 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
79 United States Warsofsky, DavidDavid Warsofsky D L 23 2010 Marshfield, Massachusetts
42 Canada Whitfield, TrentTrent Whitfield C L 36 2009 Estevan, Saskatchewan
6 Canada Zanon, GregGreg Zanon D L 33 2012 Burnaby, British Columbia

Transactions

The Bruins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season, or the off-season between the previous season and this season.








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