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The 1977-78 NHL season was the 61st season of the National Hockey League. Eighteen teams each played 80 games. The Montreal Canadiens won their third Stanley Cup in a row as they beat the Boston Bruins four games to two in the finals.

League BusinessEdit

Clarence Campbell retired as NHL President, prior to this season. John Ziegler succeeded him.

A trophy for the top defensive forward, the Frank J. Selke Trophy, made its debut this season and went to Bob Gainey, who played Left Wing for Montreal.

The Cleveland Barons franchise dissolved at the end of the season and its assets and liabilities were transferred to the Minnesota North Stars, which moved to Cleveland's slot in the Adams Division.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 80 51 18 11 113 333 218 1237
Buffalo Sabres 80 44 19 17 105 288 215 800
Toronto Maple Leafs 8041 29 10 92 271 237 1258
Cleveland Barons 80 22 45 13 57 230 325 1010
Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 80 59 10 11 129 359 183 745
Detroit Red Wings 80 32 34 14 78 252 266 1534
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 34 15 77 243 245 903
Pittsburgh Penguins 8025 37 18 68 254 321 1300
Washington Capitals 80 17 49 14 48 195 321 1332

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
New York Islanders 8048 17 15 111 334 210 938
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 105 296 200 1668
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 87 274 252 984
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 73 279 280 1057
Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Chicago Black Hawks 8032 29 19 83 230 220 1308
Colorado Rockies 80 19 40 21 59 257 305 818
Vancouver Canucks 8020 43 17 57 239 320 962
St. Louis Blues 80 20 47 13 53 195 304 845
Minnesota North Stars 8018 53 9 45 218 325 1096

Scoring leadersEdit

GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens 78 60 72 132 26
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders 77 46 77 123 46
Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs 80 45 72 117 100
Jacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens 76 36 61 97 14
Denis Potvin New York Islanders 80 30 64 94 81
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 73 53 38 91 6
Terry O'Reilly Boston Bruins 77 29 61 90 211
Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres 79 41 48 89 20
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers 71 21 68 89 83
Lanny McDonald Toronto Maple Leafs 74 47 40 87 54

Leading goaltendersEdit

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

Playoff bracketEdit

  Preliminary Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
        
  1  Montreal Canadiens 4  
    9  Detroit Red Wings 1  
7  Atlanta Flames 0
9  Detroit Red Wings 2  
  1  Montreal Canadiens 4  
  6  Toronto Maple Leafs 0  
        
        
  3  New York Islanders 3
    6  Toronto Maple Leafs 4  
6  Toronto Maple Leafs 2
10  Los Angeles Kings 0  
  1  Montreal Canadiens 4
  2  Boston Bruins 2
        
        
  2  Boston Bruins 4
    8  Chicago Black Hawks 0  
      
        
  2  Boston Bruins 4
  4  Philadelphia Flyers 1  
4  Philadelphia Flyers 2  
12  Colorado Rockies 0  
  4  Philadelphia Flyers 4
    5  Buffalo Sabres 1  
5  Buffalo Sabres 2
11  New York Rangers 1

FinalsEdit

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

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.

NHL awardsEdit

Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: New York Islanders
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Butch Goring, Los Angeles Kings
Calder Memorial Trophy: Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
Conn Smythe Trophy: Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Bob Gainey, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
Jack Adams Award: Bobby Kromm, Detroit Red Wings
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Butch Goring, Los Angeles Kings
Lester B. Pearson Award: Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy: Ken Dryden & Michel Larocque, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy: Phil Esposito, Tom Fitzgerald, William T. Tutt, William W. Wirtz

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens G Don Edwards, Buffalo Sabres
Denis Potvin, New York Islanders D Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Brad Park, Boston Bruins D Borje Salming, Toronto Maple Leafs
Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders C Darryl Sittler, Toronto Maple Leafs
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens RW Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
Clark Gillies, New York Islanders LW Steve Shutt, Montreal Canadiens

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1977-78 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1977-78 (listed with their last team):

See also Edit


ReferencesEdit


NHL seasons

1973-74 | 1974-75 | 1975-76 | 1976-77 | 1977-78 | 1978-79 | 1979-80 | 1980-81 | 1981-82

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