1972 Stanley Cup Finals

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1972 Stanley Cup Finals
1972 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.png
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 Games
Boston Bruins  6 2 2 3 2 3 4
New York Rangers  5 1 5 2 3 0 2
Location: Boston, MA (Boston Garden) (1,2,5)
New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Boston: Tom Johnson
New York: Emile Francis
Captains: Boston: Vacant
New York: Vic Hadfield
Dates: April 30 to May 11, 1972
MVP: Bobby Orr
Series-winning
goal:
Bobby Orr (11:18, first, G6)
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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[edit]

Boston defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 and the St. Louis Blues 4–0 to advance to the final.

New York defeated the defending champion Montreal Canadiens 4–2 and the Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 to set up an "Original Six" final.

The series[edit]

Boston was led by Bobby Orr, who scored 4 goals and 4 assists in the final, including the Cup winner, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second time.

Game one[edit]

April 30 New York Rangers 5 – 6
(1 – 4, 1 – 1, 3 – 1)
Boston Bruins Boston Garden
Attendance: 14,995

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.[1]

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.

Game two[edit]

May 2 New York Rangers 1 – 2
(0 – 1, 1 – 0, 0 – 1)
Boston Bruins Boston Garden
Attendance: 14,995

Game two had Gilles Villemure replace Ed Giacomin in goal for the Rangers. He played well, but the Bruins did too and won 2–1.

Game three[edit]

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.

Game four[edit]

Giacomin was having trouble with a knee he injured during the Chicago series and lost game four 3–2.

Game five[edit]

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.[2]

Game six[edit]

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.[2]

Boston Bruins 1972 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Centers: *7 Phil Esposito (A), *11 Mike Walton, *17 Fred Stanfield, *16 Derek Sanderson, *25 Garry Peters

Wingers: *8 Ken Hodge, *9 John Bucyk (A), *12 Wayne Cashman, *14 Ace Bailey, *18 Ed Westfall (A), *19 John McKenzie, *21 Don Marcotte, *27 Chris Hayes

Defensemen: *4 Bobby Orr, *6 Ted Green (A), *10 Carol Vadnais, *20 Dallas Smith, *26 Don Awrey

Goaltenders: *1 Eddie Johnston, *30 Gerry Cheevers

Management:

Engraving notes:

  • 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. (See Peters 1965 engraving with Montreal).
  • As with the 1970 team, the Boston Bruins did not have a Captain, as John Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Ted Green and Ed Westfall were Alternate Captains (all but Westfall were Alternate Captains on the 1970 squad as well). As was the case in 1970, Bucyk, the most senior of the Alternate Captains, was presented with the Cup,

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mulvoy, Mark (May 8, 1972). "Violence Is The Goal". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Mulvoy, Mark (May 22, 1972). "An Iceman Too Hot To Handle". Sports Illustrtaed. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 

References[edit]

  • 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. 
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
1971
Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Champions

1972
Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens
1973