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The 1972 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. It was the Rangers first appearance in the championship final series since 1950. The Bruins were making their first appearance since their victory in the 1970 Final. It was the second Boston-New York Final series, the other being the 1929 Final. The Bruins would win the best-of-seven series four games to two.
Paths to the FinalEdit
Boston defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 and the St. Louis Blues 4–0 to advance to the final. New York defeated the defending champion Montreal Canadiens 4–2 and the Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 to set up an "Original Six" final.
Game one in Boston saw both teams play poorly and Boston prevailed 6–5 on Ken Hodge's hat trick. Gary Doak of the Rangers was ejected from the game after a heated argument with referee Bill Friday over a penalty he received at 18:50 of the first period.
In New York, Giacomin was back in goal for game three as the Rangers won 5–2. Brad Park opened the scoring with a power play goal and scored another in the first period. Rod Gilbert also had two goals in the game.
Giacomin was having trouble with a knee he injured during the Chicago series and lost game four 3–2.
Game five in Boston had Villemure again replace Giacomin and Bobby Rousseau's goal at 12:45 of the third period was the winner in a 3–2 win for the Rangers.
Game six in New York saw Boston play flawlessly and Gerry Cheevers picked up a shutout, 3–0. Bobby Orr had a goal and an assist. Wayne Cashman scored two goals, one of which trickled in behind Gilles Villemure.
|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.
Boston Bruins 1972 Stanley Cup championsEdit
Stanley Cup engraving
- The Boston Bruins were misspelled as BQSTQN BRUINS with two "Q"'s instead O's. Boston was spelled correctly on Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
- Every winning member engraved on the Stanley Cup with Boston in 1972 already appeared on the Stanley Cup. The only other time in Stanley Cup history, that at least one member engraved on the Cup was not a first time winner was in 1960.
- In 1970, Boston included three players on the Stanley Cup who did not play for them. In 1972 Chris Hayes† (his only NHL game) and Garry Peters† both played in the finals, but names were not engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Stanley Cup Champions
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