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71-72BosBru
1971–72 Boston Bruins · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Conference 1st Eastern
1971–72 record 54–13–11
Goals for 330
Goals against 204
General Manager Harry Sinden
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 Ed Johnston and Gerry Cheevers (27)
Goals against average Gerry Cheevers (2.50)

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.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

See also: 1971 NHL Amateur 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 seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 119
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 108
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 80
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 76
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 51
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 48

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 10, 19711–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 0–1–0
2WOctober 13, 19716–1 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 1–1–0
3WOctober 14, 19716–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 2–1–0
4TOctober 17, 19712–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 2–1–1
5WOctober 20, 19714–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 3–1–1
6WOctober 22, 19715–1 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–1–1
7WOctober 24, 19714–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 5–1–1
8LOctober 27, 19712–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 5–2–1
9LOctober 28, 19710–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 5–3–1
10WOctober 31, 19715–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 6–3–1
11WNovember 4, 19716–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 7–3–1
12WNovember 6, 19712–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 8–3–1
13LNovember 7, 19712–3 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 8–4–1
14LNovember 10, 19711–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 8–5–1
15WNovember 11, 19715–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 9–5–1
16WNovember 14, 197111–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 10–5–1
17WNovember 18, 19715–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 11–5–1
18WNovember 20, 19712–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 12–5–1
19WNovember 21, 19716–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 13–5–1
20WNovember 24, 19712–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 14–5–1
21WNovember 25, 19714–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 15–5–1
22TNovember 27, 19716–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 15–5–2
23WDecember 4, 19715–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 16–5–2
24WDecember 5, 19715–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 17–5–2
25WDecember 8, 19715–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 18–5–2
26WDecember 11, 19716–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 19–5–2
27LDecember 12, 19712–4 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 19–6–2
28WDecember 16, 19718–1 New York Rangers (1971–72) 20–6–2
29WDecember 18, 19714–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 21–6–2
30TDecember 19, 19712–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 21–6–3
31TDecember 23, 19714–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 21–6–4
32WDecember 25, 19715–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 22–6–4
33WDecember 26, 19713–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 23–6–4
34WDecember 29, 19715–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 24–6–4
35TDecember 30, 19712–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 24–6–5
36WJanuary 2, 19724–1 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 25–6–5
37WJanuary 5, 19722–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 26–6–5
38WJanuary 6, 19725–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 27–6–5
39LJanuary 8, 19723–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 27–7–5
40TJanuary 12, 19722–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 27–7–6
41TJanuary 13, 19721–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 27–7–7
42WJanuary 15, 19724–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 28–7–7
43WJanuary 16, 19729–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 29–7–7
44WJanuary 18, 19722–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 30–7–7
45WJanuary 22, 19728–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 31–7–7
46TJanuary 23, 19723–3 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 31–7–8
47WJanuary 27, 19724–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 32–7–8
48WJanuary 29, 19724–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 33–7–8
49WJanuary 30, 19725–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 34–7–8
50WFebruary 2, 19722–0 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 35–7–8
51WFebruary 3, 19726–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 36–7–8
52WFebruary 5, 19723–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 37–7–8
53LFebruary 6, 19722–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 37–8–8
54WFebruary 10, 19729–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 38–8–8
55WFebruary 12, 19725–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 39–8–8
56TFebruary 13, 19722–2 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 39–8–9
57WFebruary 15, 19726–3 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 40–8–9
58WFebruary 17, 19724–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 41–8–9
59WFebruary 19, 19726–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 42–8–9
60WFebruary 20, 19723–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 43–8–9
61WFebruary 22, 19724–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 44–8–9
62WFebruary 23, 19728–6 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 45–8–9
63WFebruary 26, 19725–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 46–8–9
64WMarch 2, 19727–3 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 47–8–9
65WMarch 4, 19725–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 48–8–9
66LMarch 5, 19720–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 48–9–9
67WMarch 8, 19725–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 49–9–9
68LMarch 11, 19724–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 49–10–9
69TMarch 12, 19724–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 49–10–10
70WMarch 16, 19728–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 50–10–10
71WMarch 19, 19727–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 51–10–10
72WMarch 23, 19724–1 New York Rangers (1971–72) 52–10–10
73TMarch 25, 19725–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 52–10–11
74WMarch 26, 19725–4 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 53–10–11
75LMarch 28, 19723–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 53–11–11
76LMarch 29, 19721–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 53–12–11
77LApril 1, 19722–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 53–13–11
78WApril 2, 19726–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 54–13–11

PlayoffsEdit

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

Stanley Cup FinalEdit

Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers

Date Visitors Score Home Score
April 30 New York5 Boston 6
May 2 New York1 Boston 2
May 4 Boston 2 New York 5
May 7 Boston 3 New York 2
May 9 New York3 Boston 2
May 11 Boston 3 New York 0

Boston wins the series 4–2.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 76 66 67 133 765528216
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 76 37 80 117 106861144
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 78 32 51 83 4161307
Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield LW 78 23 56 79 1220514
McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 77 22 47 69 126191003
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 78 25 33 58 10825072
Walton, MikeMike Walton C 76 28 28 56 4523604
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 60 16 40 56 8141012
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 74 23 29 52 10342103
Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 77 18 26 44 1929025
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 78 8 22 30 13234011
Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 73 9 13 22 6411000
Leach, ReggieReggie Leach RW 56 7 13 20 125002
Green, TedTed Green D 54 1 16 17 2110000
Smith, RickRick Smith D 61 2 12 14 4653000
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 47 6 4 10 120001
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 16 4 6 10 372000
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 34 1 8 9 5220000
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 38 0 4 4 00000
Boldirev, IvanIvan Boldirev C 11 0 2 2 62000
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 41 0 2 2 250000
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 1 1 0 1 03000
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 3 1 0 1 01000
Ravlich, MattMatt Ravlich D 25 0 1 1 24000
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 1 0 0 0 00000
Jones, RonRon Jones D 1 0 0 0 01000
Peters, GarryGarry Peters C 2 0 0 0 20000
Stewart, BobBob Stewart D 8 0 0 0 153000
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

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 15 9 15 24 24203
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 15 5 19 24 19301
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 15 9 11 20 6500
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 15 9 8 17 62213
McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 15 5 12 17 37300
Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield LW 15 7 9 16 0100
Walton, MikeMike Walton C 15 6 6 12 13102
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 15 4 7 11 42100
Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 15 4 3 7 10021
Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 13 2 4 6 16001
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 15 0 4 4 45000
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 15 0 4 4 22000
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 14 3 0 3 6011
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 11 1 1 2 44010
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 15 0 2 2 43000
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 8 0 0 0 0000
Green, TedTed Green D 10 0 0 0 0000
Hayes, ChrisChris Hayes LW 1 0 0 0 0000
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 7 0 0 0 0000
Peters, GarryGarry Peters C 1 0 0 0 0000
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; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; 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

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

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1971-72 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.

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