1972 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1972 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. It was the Rangers first appearance in the championship final series since 1950. The Bruins were making their first appearance since their victory in the 1970 Finals. It was the second Boston-New York Final series, the other being the 1929 Finals. The Bruins would win the best-of-seven series four games to two.
Paths to the Final
Game one in Boston saw both teams play poorly. The Bruins at one point led 5-1 as Ken Hodge completed a hat trick, and Hodge and Derek Sanderson scored short-handed goals on the same Ranger power play at the end of the first period. However, the Rangers then tied the game, before Garnet (Ace) Bailey beat Rangers star defenseman Brad Park to have the Bruins prevail 6–5.
Gary Doak of the Rangers was ejected from the game after a heated argument with referee Bill Friday over a penalty he received at 18:50 of the first period.
In New York, Giacomin was back in goal for game three as the Rangers won 5–2. Brad Park opened the scoring with a power play goal and scored another in the first period. Rod Gilbert also had two goals in the game.
Giacomin was having trouble with a knee he injured during the Chicago series and lost game four 3–2.
Game five in Boston had Villemure again replace Giacomin. Boston led 2-1 after two periods. However, Bobby Rousseau scored twice in the third period, his second at 12:45 turned out to be the winner in a 3–2 win for the Rangers.
Game six in New York saw Boston play flawlessly and Gerry Cheevers picked up a shutout, 3–0. Bobby Orr's first period marker ended up standing as the Stanley Cup-winning goal, and he also assisted on the Bruin's second goal. Orr spent 10 minutes in the penalty box after arguing with referee Art Skov but upon his return on the ice played a crucial role in killing off a penalty to the Bruins. Wayne Cashman scored two goals, one of which trickled in behind Gilles Villemure.
|April 30||Boston Bruins||6–5||New York Rangers||Boston Garden|
|(John McKenzie) Fred Stanfield - 5:07
(Phil Esposito, Mike Walton) Ken Hodge - sh - 15:48
(Ed Westfall) Derek Sanderson - sh - 17:29
(Phil Esposito) Ken Hodge - 18:14
|First period||3:52 - Dale Rolfe (Rod Gilbert, Brad Park)|
|(Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr) Ken Hodge - 10:46||Second period||11:54 - Rod Gilbert (Vic Hadfield, Jean Ratelle)|
|(Mike Walton, Ed Westfall) Garnet Bailey - 17:44||Third period||1:56 - Vic Hadfield, (Walt Tkaczuk, Rod Gilbert)
7:48 - Walt Tkaczuk
9:17 - Bruce MacGregor, (Ted Irvine, Peter Stemkowski)
|May 2||Boston Bruins||2-1||New York Rangers||Boston Garden|
|(Bobby Orr, Fred Stanfield) Johnny Bucyk - 16:15||First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||7:23 - Rod Gilbert (Jim Neilson, Vic Hadfield)|
|(Mike Walton, Phil Esposito) Ken Hodge - 11:53||Third period||No scoring|
|May 4||New York Rangers||5-2||Boston Bruins||Madison Square Garden|
|(Vic Hadfield, Bill Fairbairn) Brad Park - 1:22
(Brad Park, Bobby Rousseau) Rod Gilbert - 11:19
(Rod Gilbert) Brad Park - 13:00
|First period||14:04 - Mike Walton (Carol Vadnais)|
|(Brad Park, Bobby Rousseau) Rod Gilbert - 3:46
(Bruce MacGregor, Ted Irvine) Pete Stemkowski - 19:23
|Second period||11:10 - Bobby Orr (Dallas Smith, Wayne Cashman)|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|May 7||New York Rangers||2-3||Boston Bruins||Madison Square Garden|
|No scoring||First period||5:26 - Bobby Orr (Mike Walton)
8:17 - Bobby Orr (John MacKenzie, Johnny Bucyk)
|(Peter Stemkowski, Rod Seiling) Ted Irvine - 18:38||Second period||16:33 - Don Marcotte (Bobby Orr)|
|(Ted Irvine, Peter Stemkowski) Rod Seiling - 18:35||Third period||No scoring|
|May 9||Boston Bruins||2-3||New York Rangers||Boston Garden|
|(Ken Hodge) Phil Esposito - 3:55
(Fred Stanfield, Phil Esposito) Ken Hodge - 16:07
|First period||13:45 - Dale Rolfe (Walt Tkaczuk, Bill Fairbairn)|
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||2:56 - Bobby Rousseau (Brad Park, Bruce MacGregor)
12:45 - Bobby Rousseau (Ted Irvine)
|May 11||New York Rangers||0-3||Boston Bruins||Madison Square Garden|
|No scoring||First period||11:18 - Bobby Orr (Ken Hodge, Johnny Bucyk)|
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||5:10 - Wayne Cashman (Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr)
18:11 - Wayne Cashman (Ken Hodge, Phil Esposito)
|Boston won series 4–2|
Boston Bruins 1972 Stanley Cup champions
- Weston Adams Sr. (Chairman/Owner), Weston Adams, Jr. (President/Owner)
- Shelby Davis (Vice President)
- Charles Mulcahy Jr. (Vice President - General Council)
- Ed Powers (Vice President - Treasurer), Milt Schmidt (General Manager)
- Tom Johnson (Head Coach)
- Dan Canney (Trainer), John Forristall (Asst. Trainer)
- The Boston Bruins were misspelled as BQSTQN BRUINS with two "Q"'s instead O's. Boston was spelled correctly on the replica cup created in 1992–93.
- Every winning member engraved on the Stanley Cup with Boston in 1972 had already appeared on the Stanley Cup. The only other time in Stanley Cup history, that at least one member engraved on the Cup was not a first time winner was in 1960.
- Chris Hayes† (his only NHL game) and Garry Peters† both played in the Final, but their names were not engraved on the Stanley Cup.
- Boston Bruins did not have a Captain, as John Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Ted Green and Ed Westfall were Alternate Captains, though Bucyk was presented with the cup as he was the most senior of the Alternate Captains.
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- 1971–72 Boston Bruins season
- 1971–72 NHL season
- 1971–72 New York Rangers season
- Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
Stanley Cup Champions