1972–73 Boston Bruins season

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1972–73 Boston Bruins
Division 2nd East
1972–73 record 51–22–5
Goals for 330
Goals against 235
Team information
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Bep Guidolin
Captain None
Alternate captains Johnny Bucyk
Phil Esposito
Dallas Smith
Arena Boston Garden
Team leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (55)
Assists Phil Esposito (75)
Points Phil Esposito (130)
Penalties in minutes Carol Vadnais (127)
Plus/minus Bobby Orr (+56)
Wins Eddie Johnston (24)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (2.00)
<1971–72 1973–74>

The 1972–73 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 49th season in the NHL.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

East Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 78 52 10 16 329 184 +145 120
2 Boston Bruins 78 51 22 5 330 235 +95 107
3 New York Rangers 78 47 23 8 297 208 +89 102
4 Buffalo Sabres 78 37 27 14 257 219 +38 88
5 Detroit Red Wings 78 37 29 12 265 243 +22 86
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 27 41 10 247 279 -32 −32 64
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 22 47 9 233 339 -106 −106 53
8 New York Islanders 78 12 60 6 170 347 -177 −177 30


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 8, 1972 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 0–1–0
2 L October 11, 1972 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 0–2–0
3 W October 14, 1972 7–4 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 1–2–0
4 W October 15, 1972 8–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 2–2–0
5 L October 18, 1972 1–7 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 2–3–0
6 W October 21, 1972 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 3–3–0
7 L October 22, 1972 4–5 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 3–4–0
8 T October 25, 1972 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 3–4–1
9 L October 26, 1972 3–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 3–5–1
10 W October 28, 1972 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 4–5–1
11 W October 29, 1972 9–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 5–5–1
12 L November 2, 1972 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 5–6–1
13 T November 3, 1972 6–6 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 5–6–2
14 W November 5, 1972 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 6–6–2
15 W November 9, 1972 8–3 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 7–6–2
16 L November 12, 1972 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 7–7–2
17 W November 16, 1972 4–0 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 8–7–2
18 W November 18, 1972 7–3 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 9–7–2
19 W November 19, 1972 6–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 10–7–2
20 W November 23, 1972 4–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 11–7–2
21 W November 24, 1972 4–0 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 12–7–2
22 W November 26, 1972 6–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 13–7–2
23 T November 29, 1972 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 13–7–3
24 W November 30, 1972 5–4 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 14–7–3
25 W December 3, 1972 5–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 15–7–3
26 W December 7, 1972 5–0 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 16–7–3
27 W December 9, 1972 4–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 17–7–3
28 W December 10, 1972 8–4 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 18–7–3
29 L December 13, 1972 3–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 18–8–3
30 W December 14, 1972 4–2 New York Rangers (1972–73) 19–8–3
31 W December 17, 1972 5–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 20–8–3
32 W December 19, 1972 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 21–8–3
33 W December 21, 1972 8–1 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 22–8–3
34 W December 23, 1972 3–1 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 23–8–3
35 W December 27, 1972 3–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 24–8–3
36 W December 29, 1972 2–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 25–8–3
37 W January 1, 1973 8–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 26–8–3
38 L January 4, 1973 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 26–9–3
39 L January 7, 1973 4–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 26–10–3
40 T January 11, 1973 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 26–10–4
41 W January 13, 1973 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 27–10–4
42 W January 14, 1973 6–0 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 28–10–4
43 L January 18, 1973 7–9 New York Islanders (1972–73) 28–11–4
44 L January 20, 1973 0–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 28–12–4
45 W January 21, 1973 5–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 29–12–4
46 L January 24, 1973 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 29–13–4
47 L January 25, 1973 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 29–14–4
48 L January 27, 1973 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 29–15–4
49 W January 28, 1973 6–5 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 30–15–4
50 W February 1, 1973 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 31–15–4
51 L February 3, 1973 3–7 New York Rangers (1972–73) 31–16–4
52 T February 4, 1973 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 31–16–5
53 W February 7, 1973 3–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 32–16–5
54 W February 10, 1973 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 33–16–5
55 W February 11, 1973 2–0 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 34–16–5
56 W February 13, 1973 7–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 35–16–5
57 W February 15, 1973 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 36–16–5
58 L February 17, 1973 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 36–17–5
59 W February 18, 1973 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 37–17–5
60 W February 20, 1973 7–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 38–17–5
61 W February 21, 1973 6–2 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 39–17–5
62 W February 24, 1973 7–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 40–17–5
63 L March 1, 1973 3–4 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 40–18–5
64 L March 3, 1973 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 40–19–5
65 W March 4, 1973 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 41–19–5
66 L March 7, 1973 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 41–20–5
67 W March 9, 1973 3–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 42–20–5
68 W March 11, 1973 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 43–20–5
69 W March 13, 1973 3–0 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 44–20–5
70 W March 15, 1973 4–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 45–20–5
71 W March 16, 1973 5–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 46–20–5
72 W March 18, 1973 7–1 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 47–20–5
73 W March 22, 1973 5–3 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 48–20–5
74 W March 24, 1973 3–0 New York Rangers (1972–73) 49–20–5
75 W March 25, 1973 6–1 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 50–20–5
76 W March 28, 1973 6–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 51–20–5
77 L March 31, 1973 3–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 51–21–5
78 L April 1, 1973 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 51–22–5

Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 78 55 75 130 87 16 19 5 11
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 63 29 72 101 99 56 7 1 3
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 78 40 53 93 12 18 10 0 10
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 73 37 44 81 58 10 16 0 5
Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield LW 78 20 58 78 10 12 7 0 2
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 76 29 39 68 100 5 6 0 3
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 78 24 31 55 49 32 1 2 3
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 64 24 26 50 18 37 0 2 3
Walton, MikeMike Walton C 56 25 22 47 37 10 0 0 2
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 78 7 24 31 127 21 1 0 3
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 78 4 27 31 72 38 0 0 0
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 72 5 22 27 109 27 0 0 1
Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 57 8 13 21 89 7 0 3 1
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 78 2 17 19 90 29 0 0 0
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 25 5 10 15 38 11 0 2 0
O'Donnell, FredFred O'Donnell RW 72 10 4 14 55 3 0 0 2
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 45 4 7 11 7 13 0 0 2
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 76 1 10 11 26 7 0 0 0
LeDuc, RichRich LeDuc C 5 1 1 2 2 -1 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 8 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks G 16 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 45 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Ravlich, MattMatt Ravlich D 5 0 1 1 0 -5 0 0 0
Adams, JohnJohn Adams G 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Jones, RonRon Jones D 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Oddleifson, ChrisChris Oddleifson C 6 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 2510 45 24 17 1 137 3.27 5
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks 910 16 11 1 3 40 2.64 1
Adams, JohnJohn Adams 780 14 9 3 1 39 3.00 1
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 480 8 7 1 0 16 2.00 2
Team: 4680 78 51 22 5 232 2.97 9

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 5 2 1 3 0 0 1 1
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 5 1 2 3 13 0 0 0
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 5 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 5 2 0 2 6 0 0 0
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 5 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 5 1 1 2 7 0 0 0
Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield LW 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Walton, MikeMike Walton C 5 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 5 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 5 1 0 1 7 1 0 0
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
O'Donnell, FredFred O'Donnell RW 5 0 1 1 5 0 0 0
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 4 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 160 3 1 2 9 3.38 0
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks 20 1 0 0 3 9.00 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 120 2 0 2 10 5.00 0
Team: 300 5 1 4 22 4.40 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]

  • Phil Esposito, Runner up, Hart Trophy[3]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team

Claimed from waivers[edit]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1972–1973 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1972-73 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.220, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5