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26-27Bruins

1926-27 Boston Bruins

1926–27 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division Second American
1926–27 record 21-20-3 (45 points)
Goals for 97
Goals against 89
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain Lionel Hitchman
Arena Boston Arena
Team leaders
Goals Harry Oliver (18)
Assists Percy Galbraith (8)
Points Harry Oliver (24)
Penalties in minutes Eddie Shore (130)
Wins Hal Winkler (12)
Goals against average Hal Winkler (1.66)

The 1926–27 Boston Bruins season was the team's third in the NHL. The Bruins finished second in the American Division, making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The team competed in the first Stanley Cup finals to be held exclusively between NHL teams, losing to the Ottawa Senators.

Regular seasonEdit

See also: 1926–27 NHL season

The collapse of the Western Hockey League not only placed the Stanley Cup in the exclusive control of the NHL, but also resulted in a flood of skilled players bolstering NHL rosters, allowing not only for three new expansion franchises (the New York Rangers, the Chicago Black Hawks and the Detroit Cougars) but providing the Bruins a complete overhaul of their roster. Goaltender Hal Winkler came from the Calgary Tigers and replaced holdover Doc Stewart in net, while Calgary scoring star Harry Oliver would lead the Bruins in scoring. From the Edmonton Eskimos came two players: star scorer Duke Keats and the real prize of the offseason, defenseman Eddie Shore, who in a Bruins' uniform would be one of the great players in hockey history. Another find would be Percy Galbraith, who joined the Bruins after a long career in the senior leagues.

With ten teams, the NHL realigned into two divisions, placing the Bruins in the new American Division with the Black Hawks, the Cougars, the Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shore made an impact early, both as a rushing defenseman and as an enforcer, provoking the ire of the Montreal Maroons in a December 23 game in which he and Sprague Cleghorn both slashed repeatedly at Maroons' star Nels Stewart, much to the disgust of the Maroons' team owner, who after the game blasted the referee in the newspapers as "incompetent." At the halfway point of the season, the Bruins were in third place behind Chicago.

Despite performances such as Oliver's four goal night against the Black Hawks on January 11, the club executed a major overhaul in mid January, first dealing Carson Cooper to the Canadiens for Billy Boucher and purchasing Hal Winkler from the Rangers, and then trading Duke Keats, who seemed to have faded, for Frank Fredrickson at month's end. Fredrickson and Winkler paid immediate dividends, with the Icelander scoring four goals against the Rangers in his first game in a Boston uniform and Winkler supplanting Doc Stewart as the club's starting goaltender. Nonetheless, the Bruins still relied heavily on rough play, and Cleghorn and Couto were specifically cited by Toronto Maple Leafs governor Charlie Querrie when he resigned in February as being "only good for chopping and slashing."

Inconsistent play marred the end of the regular season, with the Bruins losing four out of their last seven matches, but they did well enough to secure their first playoff berth. With a combined 31 points between Detroit and Boston, Fredrickson finished fourth in the NHL in scoring with Oliver placing ninth, and Winkler had the fifth lowest goals against average of the league's goaltenders. Eddie Shore finished only three behind Nels Stewart as the league's most penalized player.

Numerous bonuses were given out at season's end to the team's players: $1,600 to Galbraith; $1,400 to Hitchman; $1,000 each to Shore, Oliver, Herberts and Cleghorn; $850 to Winkler; $750 to Fredrickson; $700 to Coutu; $300 each to Stuart and Boucher; and $250 each to Meeking and the team's trainer.

Final standingsEdit

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 44 25 13 6 95 72 56
Boston Bruins 44 21 20 3 97 89 45
Chicago Black Hawks 44 19 22 3 115 116 41
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 15 26 3 79 108 33
Detroit Cougars 44 12 28 4 76 105 28
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WNovember 16, 19264–1 Montreal Canadiens (1926–27) 1–0–0
2WNovember 18, 19262–0 @ Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 2–0–0
3LNovember 20, 19261–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 2–1–0
4LNovember 23, 19261–2 Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 2–2–0
5LNovember 30, 19261–2 Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 2–3–0
6WDecember 4, 19264–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 3–3–0
7LDecember 7, 19260–1 New York Rangers (1926–27) 3–4–0
8LDecember 12, 19261–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1926–27) 3–5–0
9WDecember 14, 19267–2 Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 4–5–0
10TDecember 16, 19262–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1926–27) 4–5–1
11WDecember 18, 19263–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 5–5–1
12LDecember 21, 19263–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 5–6–1
13WDecember 23, 19262–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 6–6–1
14WDecember 28, 19262–1 New York Americans (1926–27) 7–6–1
15LDecember 30, 19261–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 7–7–1
16LJanuary 2, 19270–3 @ New York Americans (1926–27) 7–8–1
17WJanuary 4, 19272–1 OT Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 8–8–1
18LJanuary 8, 19270–3 Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 8–9–1
19WJanuary 11, 19276–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 9–9–1
20LJanuary 13, 19272–3 @ Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 9–10–1
21LJanuary 15, 19274–5 @ Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 9–11–1
22WJanuary 18, 19277–3 New York Rangers (1926–27) 10–11–1
23TJanuary 20, 19272–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1926–27) 10–11–2
24TJanuary 22, 19272–2 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 10–11–3
25WJanuary 25, 19273–1 Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 11–11–3
26LJanuary 29, 19270–2 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 11–12–3
27WFebruary 1, 19271–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 12–12–3
28LFebruary 5, 19270–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1926–27) 12–13–3
29WFebruary 8, 19272–0 Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 13–13–3
30WFebruary 12, 19273–2 @ Montreal Maroons (1926–27) 14–13–3
31WFebruary 15, 19273–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 15–13–3
32LFebruary 20, 19271–3 @ New York Rangers (1926–27) 15–14–3
33WFebruary 22, 19273–2 Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 16–14–3
34LFebruary 26, 19270–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1926–27) 16–15–3
35LMarch 1, 19270–3 @ New York Americans (1926–27) 16–16–3
36WMarch 5, 19275–0 New York Americans (1926–27) 17–16–3
37WMarch 8, 19275–2 Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 18–16–3
38LMarch 13, 19270–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 18–17–3
39WMarch 15, 19272–1 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1926–27) 19–17–3
40LMarch 17, 19270–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1926–27) 19–18–3
41WMarch 19, 19273–1 @ Detroit Cougars (1926–27) 20–18–3
42LMarch 22, 19270–1 Montreal Canadiens (1926–27) 20–19–3
43LMarch 24, 19273–4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1926–27) 20–20–3
44WMarch 26, 19274–3 OT New York Rangers (1926–27) 21–20–3

PlayoffsEdit

The Bruins beat the Black Hawks on March 29 (in a game played in New York) 6-1, and tied 4-4 in Boston on the 31st, to win the two-game total-goal series ten goals to five.

Their second series against the Rangers was also a two game total-goal series, where they played to a scoreless tie in Boston on April 2 and won 3-1 on the 4th in New York to win three goals to one.

The Stanley Cup finals, a best-of-five series, began in Boston on April 7, where the Bruins and Senators skated to a scoreless tie. Galbraith scored for Boston in the overtime, but the goal was ruled offside. The second game in Boston on the 9th was won by Ottawa 3-1, as Boston allowed two shorthanded goals in a game marred by five power plays on Shore penalties alone.

On April 11, the series moved to Ottawa, and the teams played to another tie, 1-1. The final game was on April 13, won 3-1 by Ottawa, in a match marked by numerous fights in which several players received match penalties, fines and suspensions, and league President Frank Calder was summoned to the ice to sort it all out. The most egregious act was Bruin Billy Coutu attacking the referee, for which he was the first NHL player to be expelled for life from the league.

The Stanley Cup win was the eleventh and final one for the original Ottawa Senators.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver RW 42 18 6 24 17
Herberts, JimmyJimmy Herberts C/RW 34 15 7 22 51
Fredrickson, FrankFrank Fredrickson C 28 14 7 21 33
Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 40 12 6 18 130
Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith LW/D 42 9 8 17 26
Keats, DukeDuke Keats C 17 4 7 11 20
Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 41 3 6 9 70
Cleghorn, SpragueSprague Cleghorn D 44 7 1 8 84
Stuart, BillyBilly Stuart D 43 3 1 4 20
Briden, ArchieArchie Briden LW 16 2 2 4 8
Boucher, BillyBilly Boucher RW 14 2 0 2 12
Coutu, BillyBilly Coutu D 40 1 1 2 35
Meeking, HarryHarry Meeking LW 23 1 0 1 2
Cahill, CharlesCharles Cahill RW 1 0 0 0 0
Cooper, CarsonCarson Cooper RW 10 0 0 0 0
Stewart, CharlesCharles Stewart G 21 0 0 0 0
Winkler, HalHal Winkler G 23 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Winkler, HalHal Winkler 1445 23 12 9 2 40 1.66 4
Stewart, CharlesCharles Stewart 1303 21 9 11 1 49 2.26 2
Team: 2748 44 21 20 3 89 1.94 6

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver RW 8 4 2 6 4
Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith LW/D 8 3 3 6 2
Fredrickson, FrankFrank Fredrickson C 8 2 2 4 20
Herberts, JimmyJimmy Herberts C/RW 8 3 0 3 8
Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 8 1 1 2 40
Cleghorn, SpragueSprague Cleghorn D 8 1 0 1 8
Coutu, BillyBilly Coutu D 7 1 0 1 4
Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 8 1 0 1 31
Boucher, BillyBilly Boucher RW 8 0 0 0 2
Meeking, HarryHarry Meeking LW 7 0 0 0 0
Stuart, BillyBilly Stuart D 8 0 0 0 6
Winkler, HalHal Winkler G 8 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Winkler, HalHal Winkler 520 8 2 2 13 1.50 2
Team: 520 8 2 2 13 1.50 2


Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

TransactionsEdit

  • Acquired Eddie Shore, Harry Oliver, Hal Winkler, Duke Keats and Archie Briden as free agents from the Western Hockey League.
  • Traded Carson Cooper to the Montreal Canadiens for Billy Boucher, January 17, 1927.
  • Purchased Hal Winkler from the New York Rangers for $5,000, January 17, 1927.
  • Traded Duke Keats and Archie Briden to the Detroit Cougars for Frank Frederickson and Harry Meeking, January 27, 1927.

RosterEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1964), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., Kendall-Hunt Publishing
  • Coleman, Charles L. (1969), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol II., Sherbrooke: National Hockey League
  • Klein, Jeff Z. & Reif, Karl-Eric (1997), The Klein & Reif Hockey Compendium, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0-7710-4529-5
  • Vautour, Kevin (1997), The Bruins Book, Toronto: ECW Press, ISBN 978-1-55022-334-7


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