1971–72 St. Louis Blues season

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1971–72 St. Louis Blues
Division 3rd West
1971–72 record 28–39–11
Goals for 208
Goals against 247
Team information
General Manager Sid Abel
Coach Sid Abel
Captain Jim Roberts
Team leaders
<1970–71 1972–73>

The 1971–72 St. Louis Blues season was the fifth for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues finished the season in third place in the Western Division, with a record of 28 wins, 39 losses and 11 ties, good for 67 points, placing them in the playoffs, where they defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4–3 in the first round, before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in four straight in round two.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

West Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 256 166 +90 107
2 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 212 191 +21 86
3 St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 208 247 −39 67
4 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 220 258 −38 66
5 Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 200 236 −36 66
6 California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 216 288 −72 60
7 Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 206 305 −99 49


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1971 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 0–1–0
2 W October 12, 1971 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 1–1–0
3 L October 13, 1971 0–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 1–2–0
4 W October 16, 1971 9–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 2–2–0
5 L October 17, 1971 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 2–3–0
6 L October 19, 1971 1–3 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 2–4–0
7 L October 23, 1971 3–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 2–5–0
8 W October 24, 1971 3–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 3–5–0
9 L October 27, 1971 1–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 3–6–0
10 T October 30, 1971 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 3–6–1
11 L November 3, 1971 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 3–7–1
12 L November 4, 1971 1–6 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 3–8–1
13 L November 6, 1971 1–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 3–9–1
14 L November 9, 1971 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 3–10–1
15 W November 13, 1971 5–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–10–1
16 T November 16, 1971 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 4–10–2
17 T November 18, 1971 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 4–10–3
18 W November 20, 1971 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 5–10–3
19 L November 21, 1971 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 5–11–3
20 W November 23, 1971 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 6–11–3
21 L November 24, 1971 3–8 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 6–12–3
22 T November 27, 1971 6–6 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 6–12–4
23 W November 30, 1971 5–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 7–12–4
24 L December 1, 1971 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 7–13–4
25 W December 4, 1971 5–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 8–13–4
26 W December 5, 1971 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 9–13–4
27 L December 7, 1971 1–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 9–14–4
28 T December 10, 1971 4–4 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 9–14–5
29 L December 11, 1971 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 9–15–5
30 L December 14, 1971 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 9–16–5
31 L December 15, 1971 1–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 9–17–5
32 L December 18, 1971 2–5 New York Rangers (1971–72) 9–18–5
33 L December 19, 1971 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 9–19–5
34 L December 22, 1971 1–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 9–20–5
35 T December 25, 1971 4–4 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 9–20–6
36 L December 26, 1971 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 9–21–6
37 W December 29, 1971 6–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 10–21–6
38 T January 1, 1972 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 10–21–7
39 L January 5, 1972 1–9 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 10–22–7
40 W January 6, 1972 3–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 11–22–7
41 W January 8, 1972 5–3 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 12–22–7
42 W January 11, 1972 7–3 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 13–22–7
43 W January 15, 1972 7–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 14–22–7
44 W January 16, 1972 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 15–22–7
45 L January 18, 1972 0–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 15–23–7
46 W January 22, 1972 1–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 16–23–7
47 L January 23, 1972 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 16–24–7
48 W January 26, 1972 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 17–24–7
49 L January 29, 1972 0–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 17–25–7
50 L January 30, 1972 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 17–26–7
51 L February 1, 1972 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 17–27–7
52 L February 3, 1972 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 17–28–7
53 W February 5, 1972 6–5 New York Rangers (1971–72) 18–28–7
54 T February 6, 1972 2–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 18–28–8
55 L February 8, 1972 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 18–29–8
56 L February 10, 1972 1–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 18–30–8
57 W February 12, 1972 5–4 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 19–30–8
58 L February 15, 1972 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 19–31–8
59 W February 16, 1972 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 20–31–8
60 L February 18, 1972 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 20–32–8
61 T February 20, 1972 4–4 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 20–32–9
62 W February 23, 1972 2–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 21–32–9
63 W February 26, 1972 3–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 22–32–9
64 L February 27, 1972 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 22–33–9
65 L March 1, 1972 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 22–34–9
66 L March 4, 1972 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 22–35–9
67 W March 5, 1972 6–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 23–35–9
68 W March 7, 1972 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 24–35–9
69 L March 9, 1972 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 24–36–9
70 W March 11, 1972 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 25–36–9
71 T March 17, 1972 2–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 25–36–10
72 T March 19, 1972 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 25–36–11
73 W March 22, 1972 4–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 26–36–11
74 W March 25, 1972 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 27–36–11
75 L March 26, 1972 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 27–37–11
76 W March 28, 1972 2–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 28–37–11
77 L April 1, 1972 0–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 28–38–11
78 L April 2, 1972 2–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 28–39–11

Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Unger, GarryGarry Unger C 78 36 34 70 104 -8 14 1 4
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 78 16 36 52 32 5 1 0 1
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 63 21 25 46 34 5 5 0 2
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 77 28 17 45 52 3 4 0 7
Murphy, MikeMike Murphy RW 63 20 23 43 19 -4 5 0 3
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 75 13 18 31 12 7 1 6 3
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 78 7 22 29 176 6 1 2 0
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto RW 49 12 13 25 76 -1 0 0 0
Brewer, CarlCarl Brewer D 42 2 16 18 40 -6 0 0 1
Bordeleau, ChristianChristian Bordeleau C 41 8 9 17 6 -13 1 0 1
Lavender, BrianBrian Lavender LW 46 5 11 16 54 -2 0 0 1
Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont D 60 3 10 13 147 11 0 0 0
Morrison, GeorgeGeorge Morrison LW 42 2 11 13 7 -11 2 0 1
Roberts, JimJim Roberts D/RW 26 5 7 12 4 4 1 2 0
Plager, BillBill Plager D 65 1 11 12 64 -15 0 0 1
Plager, BobBob Plager D 50 4 7 11 81 -1 0 0 0
Hornung, LarryLarry Hornung D 47 2 9 11 10 -1 0 0 1
Connelly, WayneWayne Connelly C 15 5 5 10 2 -6 2 0 0
Thomson, FloydFloyd Thomson LW 49 4 6 10 48 -9 0 0 2
Bennett, CurtCurt Bennett LW 31 3 5 8 30 -4 0 0 0
O'Shea, DannyDanny O'Shea C 20 3 3 6 11 -4 0 0 0
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 15 1 5 6 50 1 0 0 0
Carr, GeneGene Carr C 15 3 2 5 9 0 0 0 0
Sutherland, BillBill Sutherland C 9 2 3 5 2 4 0 1 0
Odrowski, GerryGerry Odrowski D 55 1 2 3 8 -1 0 1 0
Parizeau, MichelMichel Parizeau C 21 1 2 3 8 -1 1 0 0
Shires, JimJim Shires LW 18 0 3 3 8 -13 0 0 0
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron G 28 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz C/RW 12 0 1 1 12 -8 0 0 0
McLeod, JimJim McLeod G 16 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely G 30 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Arbour, JohnJohn Arbour D 17 0 0 0 10 -4 0 0 0
Brooks, GordGord Brooks RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dennis, NormNorm Dennis C 1 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Evans, ChrisChris Evans D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kannegiesser, GordGord Kannegiesser D 4 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O'Shea, KevinKevin O'Shea RW 4 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Selby, BritBrit Selby LW 6 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veneruzzo, GaryGary Veneruzzo W 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron 1619 28 14 8 5 68 2.52 1
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely 1614 30 8 18 2 92 3.42 1
McLeod, JimJim McLeod 880 16 6 6 4 44 3.00 0
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe 467 10 0 6 0 29 3.73 0
Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 100 2 0 1 0 9 5.40 0
Team: 4680 78 28 39 11 242 3.10 2

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto RW 11 7 6 13 29 3 0 1
Unger, GarryGarry Unger C 11 4 5 9 35 2 0 1
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 11 3 5 8 6 1 0 0
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 11 3 3 6 6 0 0 0
Murphy, MikeMike Murphy RW 11 2 3 5 6 1 0 0
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 11 1 4 5 14 0 0 0
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 11 1 4 5 21 1 0 1
Plager, BobBob Plager D 11 1 4 5 5 0 0 0
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 11 1 3 4 2 0 0 0
O'Shea, KevinKevin O'Shea RW 11 2 1 3 10 0 0 1
Hornung, LarryLarry Hornung D 11 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
O'Shea, DannyDanny O'Shea C 10 0 2 2 36 0 0 0
Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont D 11 1 0 1 20 0 0 0
Evans, ChrisChris Evans D 7 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
Bennett, CurtCurt Bennett LW 10 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron G 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Lavender, BrianBrian Lavender LW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Odrowski, GerryGerry Odrowski D 11 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Plager, BillBill Plager D 11 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron 499 9 4 5 26 3.13 0
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe 60 1 0 1 7 7.00 0
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely 113 3 0 1 13 6.90 0
Team: 672 11 4 7 46 4.11 0

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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]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1971–1972 St. Louis Blues Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Draft picks[edit]

The 1971 NHL Amateur Draft was held on June 10, 1971, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
4 Gene Carr Centre  Canada St. Louis Blues Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
38 John Garrett Goaltender  Canada St. Louis Blues Peterborough Petes (OHA)
52 Derek Harker Defence  Canada St. Louis Blues Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
66 Wayne Gibbs Defence  Canada St. Louis Blues Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
80 Bernie Doan Defence  Canada St. Louis Blues Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
94 Dave Smith Defence  Canada St. Louis Blues Regina Pats (WCHL)
108 Jim Collins Left Wing  Canada St. Louis Blues Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]