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1987-88 Boston Bruins

1987–88 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Conference Conference Champions
Adams Division Champions
1987–88 record
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Terry O'Reilly
Captain Ray Bourque and
Rick Middleton
Alternate captains Keith Crowder
Arena Boston Garden
Team leaders
Goals Cam Neely (42)
Assists Ray Bourque (64)
Points Ray Bourque (81)
Penalties in minutes Jay Miller (304)
Wins Reggie Lemelin (24)
Goals against average Andy Moog (2.83)

The 1987–88 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 63rd season. The season involved participating in the Stanley Cup finals. Bourque would wear that number until the end of his career.


OffseasonEdit

NHL draftEdit

See also: 1987 NHL Entry Draft

Regular seasonEdit

The season will forever be remembered when on the night Phil Esposito's number 7 would retire, captain Ray Bourque went from wearing uniform number 7 to wearing uniform number 77.

Final standingsEdit

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 298 238 103
Boston Bruins 80 44 30 6 300 251 94
Buffalo Sabres 80 37 32 11 283 305 85
Hartford Whalers 80 35 38 7 249 267 77
Quebec Nordiques 80 32 43 5 271 306 69

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

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 8, 19874–3 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 1–0–0
2LOctober 10, 19875–6 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 1–1–0
3WOctober 11, 19875–2 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 2–1–0
4WOctober 15, 19873–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 3–1–0
5LOctober 17, 19873–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 3–2–0
6WOctober 18, 19876–5 OT @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 4–2–0
7WOctober 21, 19875–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 5–2–0
8LOctober 24, 19870–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 5–3–0
9LOctober 29, 19872–4 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 5–4–0
10TOctober 31, 19873–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 5–4–1
11LNovember 1, 19875–6 OT New York Islanders (1987–88) 5–5–1
12TNovember 4, 19872–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 5–5–2
13LNovember 5, 19876–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 5–6–2
14WNovember 7, 19874–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 6–6–2
15LNovember 9, 19874–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 6–7–2
16WNovember 11, 19873–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 7–7–2
17WNovember 12, 19873–2 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 8–7–2
18WNovember 14, 19874–1 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 9–7–2
19WNovember 17, 19876–3 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 10–7–2
20WNovember 18, 19874–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 11–7–2
21WNovember 21, 19877–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 12–7–2
22WNovember 22, 19871–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 13–7–2
23LNovember 25, 19871–4 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 13–8–2
24WNovember 26, 19875–3 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 14–8–2
25LNovember 28, 19872–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 14–9–2
26LNovember 30, 19874–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 14–10–2
27WDecember 2, 19875–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 15–10–2
28WDecember 3, 19874–3 New York Rangers (1987–88) 16–10–2
29WDecember 5, 19877–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 17–10–2
30LDecember 8, 19872–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 17–11–2
31WDecember 10, 19874–3 Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 18–11–2
32TDecember 12, 19873–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 18–11–3
33WDecember 17, 19873–2 OT Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 19–11–3
34LDecember 19, 19875–7 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 19–12–3
35WDecember 20, 19874–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 20–12–3
36WDecember 22, 19879–0 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 21–12–3
37LDecember 26, 19871–2 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 21–13–3
38LDecember 27, 19871–4 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 21–14–3
39TDecember 29, 19874–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 21–14–4
40WDecember 31, 19872–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 22–14–4
41WJanuary 2, 19885–1 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 23–14–4
42TJanuary 4, 19882–2 OT Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 23–14–5
43WJanuary 7, 19883–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 24–14–5
44WJanuary 9, 19882–1 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 25–14–5
45LJanuary 11, 19883–4 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 25–15–5
46LJanuary 13, 19884–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 25–16–5
47WJanuary 14, 19883–2 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 26–16–5
48WJanuary 16, 19885–1 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 27–16–5
49LJanuary 20, 19883–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 27–17–5
50WJanuary 21, 19886–1 Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 28–17–5
51LJanuary 23, 19884–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 28–18–5
52WJanuary 28, 19883–0 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 29–18–5
53LJanuary 30, 19882–4 New York Rangers (1987–88) 29–19–5
54WFebruary 1, 19885–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 30–19–5
55WFebruary 4, 19887–3 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 31–19–5
56WFebruary 6, 19883–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 32–19–5
57WFebruary 7, 19886–3 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 33–19–5
58WFebruary 12, 19887–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 34–19–5
59LFebruary 13, 19885–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 34–20–5
60LFebruary 17, 19882–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 34–21–5
61WFebruary 21, 19884–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 35–21–5
62LFebruary 23, 19882–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 35–22–5
63WFebruary 25, 19885–2 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 36–22–5
64WFebruary 27, 19887–4 Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 37–22–5
65WMarch 3, 19885–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 38–22–5
66LMarch 5, 19886–7 OT New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 38–23–5
67LMarch 6, 19880–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 38–24–5
68LMarch 8, 19880–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 38–25–5
69TMarch 10, 19883–3 OT Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 38–25–6
70WMarch 12, 19884–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 39–25–6
71LMarch 13, 19880–3 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 39–26–6
72LMarch 17, 19885–7 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 39–27–6
73LMarch 19, 19883–4 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 39–28–6
74WMarch 20, 19886–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 40–28–6
75WMarch 22, 19883–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 41–28–6
76WMarch 24, 19884–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 42–28–6
77WMarch 26, 19886–2 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 43–28–6
78LMarch 31, 19881–3 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 43–29–6
79LApril 2, 19882–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 43–30–6
80WApril 3, 19883–2 New York Islanders (1987–88) 44–30–6

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Bourque, RaymondRaymond Bourque D 78 17 64 81 7234715
Linseman, KenKen Linseman C 77 29 45 74 16736705
Kasper, SteveSteve Kasper C 79 26 44 70 35-1935
Neely, CamCam Neely RW 69 42 27 69 175301103
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 62 32 26 58 10824804
Burridge, RandyRandy Burridge LW 79 27 28 55 1050533
Sweeney, BobBob Sweeney C/RW 80 22 23 45 7311607
Crowder, KeithKeith Crowder RW 68 17 26 43 17314603
Wesley, GlenGlen Wesley D 79 7 30 37 6921120
Kluzak, GordGord Kluzak D 66 6 31 37 13518010
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 62 10 24 34 933511
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 59 13 19 32 113231
Thelven, MichaelMichael Thelven D 67 6 25 31 5712101
Byers, LyndonLyndon Byers RW 53 10 14 24 23610002
Miller, JayJay Miller LW 78 7 12 19 304-5001
O'Dwyer, BillBill O'Dwyer C 77 7 10 17 83-3101
Janney, CraigCraig Janney C 15 7 9 16 06101
Markwart, NevinNevin Markwart LW 25 1 12 13 854000
Joyce, BobBob Joyce LW 15 7 5 12 104200
McCarthy, TomTom McCarthy LW 7 2 5 7 63100
Pedersen, AllenAllen Pedersen D 78 0 6 6 906000
Plett, WilliWilli Plett RW 65 2 3 5 170-10100
Simonetti, FrankFrank Simonetti D 30 2 3 5 191001
Lehman, TommyTommy Lehman C 9 1 3 4 60000
Keans, DougDoug Keans G 30 0 2 2 20000
Blum, JohnJohn Blum D 19 0 1 1 70-5000
Campbell, WadeWade Campbell D 6 0 1 1 211000
Carter, JohnJohn Carter LW 4 0 1 1 23000
Shoebottom, BruceBruce Shoebottom D 3 0 1 1 0-3000
Stevens, MikeMike Stevens LW 7 0 1 1 90000
Beraldo, PaulPaul Beraldo RW 3 0 0 0 0-3000
Cote, AlainAlain Cote D 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Hall, TaylorTaylor Hall LW 7 0 0 0 4-3000
Hawgood, GregGreg Hawgood D 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Lemay, MoeMoe Lemay LW 2 0 0 0 0-2000
Lemelin, ReggieReggie Lemelin G 49 0 0 0 20000
May, AlanAlan May RW 3 0 0 0 15-1000
Moog, AndyAndy Moog G 6 0 0 0 00000
Nienhuis, KraigKraig Nienhuis LW 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Reid, DaveDave Reid LW 3 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Lemelin, ReggieReggie Lemelin 2828 49 24 17 6 138 2.93 312441106.889
Keans, DougDoug Keans 1660 30 16 11 0 90 3.25 1751661.880
Moog, AndyAndy Moog 360 6 4 2 0 17 2.83 1181164.906
Team: 4848 80 44 30 6 245 3.03 521761931.887

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Linseman, KenKen Linseman C 23 11 14 25 564410
Bourque, RaymondRaymond Bourque D 23 3 18 21 2616001
Neely, CamCam Neely RW 23 9 8 17 511202
Janney, CraigCraig Janney C 23 6 10 16 11-1401
Joyce, BobBob Joyce LW 23 8 6 14 18-2301
Sweeney, BobBob Sweeney C/RW 23 6 8 14 669111
Wesley, GlenGlen Wesley D 23 6 8 14 225410
Kasper, SteveSteve Kasper C 23 7 6 13 109010
Kluzak, GordGord Kluzak D 23 4 8 12 596011
Crowder, KeithKeith Crowder RW 23 3 9 12 440100
Burridge, RandyRandy Burridge LW 23 2 10 12 169000
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 19 5 5 10 44013
McCarthy, TomTom McCarthy LW 13 3 4 7 180000
Lemay, MoeMoe Lemay LW 15 4 2 6 321000
Thelven, MichaelMichael Thelven D 21 3 3 6 264100
Plett, WilliWilli Plett RW 17 2 4 6 745001
Byers, LyndonLyndon Byers RW 11 1 2 3 621000
Hawgood, GregGreg Hawgood D 3 1 0 1 00000
Shoebottom, BruceBruce Shoebottom D 4 1 0 1 424001
Blum, JohnJohn Blum D 3 0 1 1 02000
Johnston, GregGreg Johnston RW 3 0 1 1 22000
Larson, ReedReed Larson D 8 0 1 1 6-2000
Lemelin, ReggieReggie Lemelin G 17 0 1 1 20000
Markwart, NevinNevin Markwart LW 2 0 0 0 21000
Miller, JayJay Miller LW 12 0 0 0 1242000
Moog, AndyAndy Moog G 7 0 0 0 00000
O'Dwyer, BillBill O'Dwyer C 9 0 0 0 02000
Pedersen, AllenAllen Pedersen D 21 0 0 0 342000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Lemelin, ReggieReggie Lemelin 1027 17 11 6 45 2.63 1430385.895
Moog, AndyAndy Moog 354 7 1 4 25 4.24 0166141.849
Team: 1381 22 12 10 70 3.04 1596526.883

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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; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

PlayoffsEdit

Adams Division semi-finalsEdit

Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins were led by team co-captains Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton and the goaltending duo of Reggie Lemelin and the newly acquired Andy Moog. The Buffalo Sabres returned to the playoffs thanks to added depth provided by rookie Ray Sheppard.

Date Away Score Home Score
April 6 Buffalo 3 Boston 7
April 7 Buffalo 1 Boston 4
April 9 Boston 2 Buffalo 6
April 10 Boston 5 Buffalo 6
April 12 Buffalo 4 Boston 5
April 14 Boston 5 Buffalo 2

Boston wins best-of-seven series 4–2.

Adams Division FinalsEdit

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

The Wales Conference's two best teams, and the NHL's two best defensive teams, met in this series with equal rest time. The Habs had beaten Boston in the Adams Division Semi-finals four years in a row, sweeping the Bruins in three of the past four seasons, and beating them 3–2 in a best-of-five the other year. This time, the Bruins' defence would wear down Montreal, as Ken Linseman, Ray Bourque and Cam Neely provided the offence to finally conquer the Canadiens. It was the first Bruins' playoff series win over the Habs in 44 seasons.

Date Away Score Home Score
April 18 Boston 1 Montreal 5
April 20 Boston 4 Montreal 3
April 22 Montreal 1 Boston 3
April 24 Montreal 0 Boston 2
April 26 Boston 4 Montreal 1

Boston wins best-of-seven series 4–1.

Prince of Wales Conference FinalsEdit

New Jersey Devils vs. Boston Bruins

The Devils would take Boston to the limit, but their offence couldn't compete with the Bruins, who would make their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals since consecutive appearances in 1976–77 and 1977–78.

This series would also have the infamous confrontation between Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld and referee Don Koharski after Game 3, when, during an argument in the tunnel after the game, Koharski tripped and fell, accusing Schoenfield of pushing him. Schoenfield famously responded, "You tripped and fell you fat pig!" Then, he yelled "Have another doughnut! Have another doughnut!" The incident was played repeatedly on ESPN and has become part of NHL lore.

Schonefeld was suspended by NHL president John Ziegler for Game 4, but the Devils received an injunction from a New Jersey court, allowing Schoenfeld to coach the fourth game. In protest, the officials scheduled to work that game in the Meadlowands refused to take the ice, forcing the NHL to scramble for amateur officials to call the contest. The injunction was lifted and Schoenfeld served his suspension during game five in the Boston Garden.

Date Away Score Home Score OT
May 2 New Jersey 3 Boston 5
May 4 New Jersey 3 Boston 2 (OT)
May 6 Boston 6 New Jersey 1
May 8 Boston 1 New Jersey 3
May 10 New Jersey 1 Boston 7
May 12 Boston 3 New Jersey 6
May 14 New Jersey 2 Boston 6

Boston wins best-of-seven series 4–3.

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 18 Boston Bruins 1 Edmonton Oilers 2
May 20 Boston Bruins 2 Edmonton Oilers 4
May 22 Edmonton Oilers 6 Boston Bruins 3
May 24 Edmonton Oilers 3 Boston Bruins 3 Game suspended at 16:33 of 2nd due to power failure.
May 26 Boston Bruins 3 Edmonton Oilers 6

Edmonton wins best-of-seven series 4–0.

RosterEdit

THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST

Boston Bruins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


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Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1987-88 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 237, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.

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