1956–57 Boston Bruins season

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The 1956-1957 Boston Bruins were one of six teams in the 40th season of the National Hockey League. The team finished with a record of 34 wins, 24 losses, and 12 ties. Their record earned them the third seed in the Stanley Cup playoffs, where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the final. With 21 goals and 39 assists, Center Don McKenney was the team's leading scorer.

1956–57 Boston Bruins
Division 3rd NHL
1956–57 record 34–24–12
Goals for 195
Goals against 174
Team information
General Manager Lynn Patrick
Coach Milt Schmidt
Captain Fernie Flaman
Team leaders
<1955–56 1957–58>

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 38 20 12 198 157 +41 88
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 35 23 12 210 155 +55 82
3 Boston Bruins 70 34 24 12 195 174 +21 80
4 New York Rangers 70 26 30 14 184 227 -43 −43 66
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 21 34 15 174 192 -18 −18 57
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 16 39 15 169 225 -56 −56 47


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 11, 1956 4–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 0–0–1
2 L October 13, 1956 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 0–1–1
3 W October 14, 1956 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 1–1–1
4 L October 17, 1956 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 1–2–1
5 T October 20, 1956 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 1–2–2
6 T October 21, 1956 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 1–2–3
7 W October 27, 1956 1–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 2–2–3
8 L October 30, 1956 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 2–3–3
9 W November 1, 1956 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 3–3–3
10 W November 4, 1956 4–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 4–3–3
11 W November 7, 1956 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 5–3–3
12 W November 8, 1956 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 6–3–3
13 W November 10, 1956 3–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 7–3–3
14 W November 11, 1956 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 8–3–3
15 W November 15, 1956 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 9–3–3
16 T November 17, 1956 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 9–3–4
17 W November 18, 1956 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 10–3–4
18 L November 22, 1956 3–4 New York Rangers (1956–57) 10–4–4
19 W November 24, 1956 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 11–4–4
20 W November 25, 1956 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 12–4–4
21 L November 28, 1956 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 12–5–4
22 W November 29, 1956 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 13–5–4
23 W December 2, 1956 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 14–5–4
24 L December 6, 1956 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 14–6–4
25 W December 8, 1956 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 15–6–4
26 T December 9, 1956 1–1 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 15–6–5
27 W December 13, 1956 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 16–6–5
28 L December 15, 1956 4–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 16–7–5
29 W December 16, 1956 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 17–7–5
30 T December 20, 1956 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 17–7–6
31 W December 22, 1956 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 18–7–6
32 L December 23, 1956 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 18–8–6
33 L December 25, 1956 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 18–9–6
34 L December 27, 1956 3–5 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 18–10–6
35 W December 30, 1956 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 19–10–6
36 W January 1, 1957 5–3 New York Rangers (1956–57) 20–10–6
37 L January 5, 1957 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 20–11–6
38 T January 6, 1957 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 20–11–7
39 W January 10, 1957 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 21–11–7
40 L January 12, 1957 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 21–12–7
41 L January 13, 1957 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 21–13–7
42 T January 17, 1957 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 21–13–8
43 L January 19, 1957 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 21–14–8
44 L January 20, 1957 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 21–15–8
45 L January 26, 1957 3–5 New York Rangers (1956–57) 21–16–8
46 W January 27, 1957 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 22–16–8
47 W January 31, 1957 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 23–16–8
48 W February 2, 1957 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 24–16–8
49 W February 3, 1957 4–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 25–16–8
50 L February 6, 1957 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 25–17–8
51 W February 7, 1957 1–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 26–17–8
52 T February 9, 1957 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 26–17–9
53 W February 10, 1957 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 27–17–9
54 T February 13, 1957 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 27–17–10
55 L February 16, 1957 5–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 27–18–10
56 L February 17, 1957 2–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 27–19–10
57 L February 20, 1957 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 27–20–10
58 W February 23, 1957 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 28–20–10
59 L February 24, 1957 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 28–21–10
60 W February 28, 1957 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 29–21–10
61 L March 2, 1957 2–3 New York Rangers (1956–57) 29–22–10
62 W March 3, 1957 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 30–22–10
63 L March 7, 1957 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 30–23–10
64 W March 9, 1957 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 31–23–10
65 T March 10, 1957 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 31–23–11
66 W March 13, 1957 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 32–23–11
67 T March 16, 1957 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 32–23–12
68 W March 17, 1957 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 33–23–12
69 W March 21, 1957 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1956–57) 34–23–12
70 L March 23, 1957 2–4 New York Rangers (1956–57) 34–24–12

Playoffs[edit]

See 1957 Stanley Cup Finals.
Semi-finals Stanley Cup Final
           
1 Detroit Red Wings 1
3 Boston Bruins 4
3 Boston Bruins 1
2 Montreal Canadiens 4
2 Montreal Canadiens 4
4 New York Rangers 1

The Boston Bruins were seeded third in the Stanley Cup Semi-finals, where they defeated the top seeded Detroit Red Wings 4-1. In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
McKenney, DonDon McKenney C 69 21 39 60 31
Chevrefils, RealReal Chevrefils LW 70 31 17 48 38
Labine, LeoLeo Labine RW 67 18 29 47 128
Stasiuk, VicVic Stasiuk LW 64 24 16 40 69
Mohns, DougDoug Mohns LW/D 68 6 34 40 89
MacKell, FlemingFleming MacKell C 65 22 17 39 73
Peirson, JohnnyJohnny Peirson RW 68 13 26 39 41
Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 55 15 23 38 26
Regan, LarryLarry Regan RW 69 14 19 33 29
Gardner, CalCal Gardner C 70 12 20 32 66
Flaman, FernFern Flaman D 68 6 25 31 108
Stanley, AllanAllan Stanley D 60 6 25 31 45
Armstrong, BobBob Armstrong D 57 1 15 16 79
Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 55 2 8 10 55
Bionda, JackJack Bionda D 35 2 3 5 43
Caffery, JackJack Caffery C 47 2 2 4 20
Beckett, BobBob Beckett C 18 0 3 3 2
Nicholson, AlAl Nicholson LW 5 0 1 1 0
Cherry, DickDick Cherry D 6 0 0 0 4
Defelice, NormNorm Defelice G 10 0 0 0 2
Hillman, FloydFloyd Hillman D 6 0 0 0 10
Panagabko, EdEd Panagabko C 1 0 0 0 0
Ranieri, GeorgeGeorge Ranieri LW 2 0 0 0 0
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk G 34 0 0 0 14
Simmons, DonDon Simmons G 26 0 0 0 0
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith RW 23 0 0 0 6
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 2040 34 18 10 6 81 2.38 2
Simmons, DonDon Simmons 1560 26 13 9 4 63 2.42 4
Defelice, NormNorm Defelice 600 10 3 5 2 30 3.00 0
Team: 4200 70 34 24 12 174 2.49 6

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
MacKell, FlemingFleming MacKell C 10 5 3 8 4
McKenney, DonDon McKenney C 10 1 5 6 4
Labine, LeoLeo Labine RW 10 3 2 5 14
Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 10 2 3 5 12
Mohns, DougDoug Mohns LW/D 10 2 3 5 2
Chevrefils, RealReal Chevrefils LW 10 2 1 3 4
Gardner, CalCal Gardner C 10 2 1 3 2
Stasiuk, VicVic Stasiuk LW 10 2 1 3 2
Armstrong, BobBob Armstrong D 10 0 3 3 10
Flaman, FernFern Flaman D 10 0 3 3 19
Peirson, JohnnyJohnny Peirson RW 10 0 3 3 12
Regan, LarryLarry Regan RW 8 0 2 2 10
Boone, BuddyBuddy Boone RW 10 1 0 1 12
Caffery, JackJack Caffery C 10 1 0 1 4
Bionda, JackJack Bionda D 10 0 1 1 14
Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 10 0 1 1 2
Simmons, DonDon Simmons G 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Simmons, DonDon Simmons 600 10 5 5 29 2.90 2
Team: 600 10 5 5 29 2.90 2

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

26-year-old RW Larry Regan was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the Rookie of the Year.

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1956-57 Boston Bruins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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