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1977–78 Boston Bruins · NHL
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
1977–78 record 51-18-11
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Don Cherry
Captain Wayne Cashman
Alternate captains None
Arena Boston Garden
Team leaders
Goals Peter McNab (41)
Assists Terry O'Reilly (61)
Points Terry O'Reilly (90)

The 1977–78 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 53rd season in the NHL. The season involved participating in the Stanley Cup finals.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 16 Dwight Foster (F) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)

Regular seasonEdit

The 1977-78 Bruins set an NHL record by having 11 different skaters score 20 goals or more in a season.[1] The eleven skaters are:

Season standingsEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 51 18 11 333 218 113
Buffalo Sabres 80 44 19 17 288 215 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 41 29 10 271 237 92
Cleveland Barons 80 22 45 13 230 325 57

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 13, 19772–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 0–0–1
2LOctober 15, 19771–3 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 0–1–1
3LOctober 16, 19770–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 0–2–1
4WOctober 19, 19777–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 1–2–1
5WOctober 22, 19774–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 2–2–1
6TOctober 23, 19773–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 2–2–2
7TOctober 25, 19774–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 2–2–3
8LOctober 26, 19770–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 2–3–3
9WOctober 29, 19775–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 3–3–3
10LNovember 3, 19771–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 3–4–3
11LNovember 5, 19772–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 3–5–3
12WNovember 6, 19775–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 4–5–3
13WNovember 10, 19775–2 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–5–3
14WNovember 12, 19776–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 6–5–3
15WNovember 13, 19773–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 7–5–3
16TNovember 17, 19774–4 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–5–4
17WNovember 19, 19773–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 8–5–4
18WNovember 20, 19771–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 9–5–4
19WNovember 23, 19772–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 10–5–4
20WNovember 24, 19776–0 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 11–5–4
21WNovember 26, 19773–2 New York Rangers (1977–78) 12–5–4
22WNovember 27, 19774–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 13–5–4
23WDecember 1, 19774–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 14–5–4
24TDecember 3, 19774–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 14–5–5
25WDecember 4, 19773–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 15–5–5
26WDecember 8, 19776–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 16–5–5
27WDecember 10, 19776–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 17–5–5
28WDecember 11, 19778–2 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 18–5–5
29LDecember 15, 19774–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 18–6–5
30LDecember 17, 19771–4 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 18–7–5
31WDecember 18, 19772–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 19–7–5
32WDecember 21, 19776–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 20–7–5
33WDecember 23, 19776–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 21–7–5
34WDecember 27, 19776–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 22–7–5
35TDecember 28, 19775–5 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 22–7–6
36WDecember 31, 19777–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 23–7–6
37WJanuary 4, 19783–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 24–7–6
38WJanuary 7, 19783–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 25–7–6
39LJanuary 8, 19783–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 25–8–6
40LJanuary 10, 19782–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 25–9–6
41WJanuary 12, 19786–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 26–9–6
42LJanuary 14, 19783–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 26–10–6
43WJanuary 19, 19784–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 27–10–6
44WJanuary 21, 19787–1 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 28–10–6
45LJanuary 22, 19782–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 28–11–6
46WJanuary 26, 19784–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 29–11–6
47WJanuary 27, 19785–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 30–11–6
48WJanuary 29, 19788–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 31–11–6
49WFebruary 1, 19785–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 32–11–6
50LFebruary 2, 19781–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 32–12–6
51WFebruary 4, 19788–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 33–12–6
52TFebruary 5, 19783–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 33–12–7
53WFebruary 9, 19785–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 34–12–7
54WFebruary 15, 19784–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 35–12–7
55LFebruary 18, 19782–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 35–13–7
56WFebruary 21, 19783–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 36–13–7
57WFebruary 22, 19786–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 37–13–7
58WFebruary 25, 19784–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 38–13–7
59TFebruary 28, 19784–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 38–13–8
60WMarch 2, 19784–3 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 39–13–8
61WMarch 4, 19787–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 40–13–8
62WMarch 5, 19786–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 41–13–8
63WMarch 7, 19787–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 42–13–8
64TMarch 9, 19782–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 42–13–9
65LMarch 11, 19782–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 42–14–9
66WMarch 12, 19789–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 43–14–9
67WMarch 16, 19787–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 44–14–9
68WMarch 18, 19786–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 45–14–9
69WMarch 19, 19786–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 46–14–9
70WMarch 21, 19785–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 47–14–9
71WMarch 23, 19787–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 48–14–9
72LMarch 25, 19783–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 48–15–9
73TMarch 26, 19782–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 48–15–10
74TMarch 28, 19784–4 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 48–15–11
75WMarch 30, 19786–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 49–15–11
76LApril 1, 19781–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 49–16–11
77WApril 2, 19788–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 50–16–11
78LApril 6, 19782–5 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 50–17–11
79WApril 8, 19783–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 51–17–11
80LApril 9, 19782–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 51–18–11

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 77 29 61 90 21140504
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 80 25 59 84 1049305
McNab, PeterPeter McNab C 79 41 39 80 435505
Park, BradBrad Park D 80 22 57 79 7968903
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 76 24 38 62 6934102
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 79 25 35 60 840206
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 54 23 36 59 2419517
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 54 27 27 54 8724436
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 77 20 34 54 1632420
Jonathan, StanStan Jonathan LW 68 27 25 52 11634002
Miller, BobBob Miller C 76 20 20 40 4116114
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 80 8 30 38 15152000
Wensink, JohnJohn Wensink LW 80 16 20 36 18123103
Smith, RickRick Smith D 79 7 29 36 6970000
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 53 5 13 18 4-2500
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 61 4 13 17 5037102
Sims, AlAl Sims D 43 2 8 10 611001
Hagman, MattiMatti Hagman C 15 4 1 5 2-1301
O'Brien, DennisDennis O'Brien D 16 2 3 5 296000
Forbes, MikeMike Forbes D 32 0 4 4 15-5000
Foster, DwightDwight Foster RW 14 2 1 3 61000
Halward, DougDoug Halward D 25 0 2 2 21000
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 21 0 1 1 140000
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 25 0 1 1 80000
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 40 0 1 1 00000
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Langdon, SteveSteve Langdon LW 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Pachal, ClaytonClayton Pachal C/LW 10 0 0 0 14-1000
Pettie, JimJim Pettie G 1 0 0 0 60000
Shanahan, SeanSean Shanahan C/RW 6 0 0 0 7-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Grahame, RonRon Grahame 2328 40 26 6 7 107 2.76 3
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 1326 25 15 6 2 56 2.53 2
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 1086 21 10 5 2 48 2.65 1
Pettie, JimJim Pettie 60 1 0 1 0 6 6.00 0
Team: 4800 80 51 18 11 217 2.71 6

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Park, BradBrad Park D 15 9 11 20 14400
McNab, PeterPeter McNab C 15 8 11 19 2002
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 15 7 8 15 11201
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 15 5 10 15 40101
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 15 2 10 12 6000
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 15 4 6 10 13302
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 15 3 7 10 0000
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 15 5 4 9 8101
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 15 1 8 9 27000
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 15 5 2 7 0002
Smith, RickRick Smith D 15 1 5 6 18000
Wensink, JohnJohn Wensink LW 15 2 2 4 54000
Miller, BobBob Miller C 13 0 3 3 15000
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 12 1 0 1 4001
Jonathan, StanStan Jonathan LW 15 0 1 1 36000
O'Brien, DennisDennis O'Brien D 14 0 1 1 28000
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 12 0 0 0 6000
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 4 0 0 0 0000
Sims, AlAl Sims D 8 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 731 12 8 4 35 2.87 1
Grahame, RonRon Grahame 202 4 2 1 7 2.08 0
Team: 933 15 10 5 42 2.70 1

[2]

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;

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup finalsEdit

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 13 Boston 1 Montreal 4
May 16 Boston 2 Montreal 3 OT
May 18 Montreal0Boston 4
May 21 Montreal3 Boston 4 OT
May 23 Boston 1 Montreal 4
May 25 Montreal 4Boston 1

Montreal wins the series 4–2.

Larry Robinson won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

RosterEdit

THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST

Boston Bruins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


  • GM:
  • Coach:

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Don Cherry, Runner-Up, Jack Adams Trophy[3]
  • Brad Park, Defenceman, NHL First Team All-Star

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.174, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  2. 1977-78 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
  3. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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