1976–77 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1976–77 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 5th Wales
1976–77 record 33-32-15
Goals for 301
Goals against 285
Team information
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach Red Kelly
Captain Darryl Sittler
Alternate captains None
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (46)
Assists Borje Salming (66)
Points Darryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald (90)
Penalties in minutes Tiger Williams (338)
Wins Mike Palmateer (23)
Goals against average Mike Palmateer (3.21)
<1975–76 1977–78>

The 1976–77 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the franchise's sixtieth season, fiftieth as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs finished in third place in the Adams Division with a record of 33 wins, 32 losses and 15 ties for 81 points. In the playoffs, they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the preliminary round 2-1 before falling to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in the Quarter-finals.

Regular season[edit]

On February 2, 1977, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Ian Turnbull would be the first player in NHL history to score five goals on five shots.[1]

Season standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 49 23 8 312 240 106
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 24 8 301 220 104
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 33 32 15 301 285 81
Cleveland Barons 80 25 42 13 240 292 63

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 1976 2–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 0–1–0
2 W October 9, 1976 7–5 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 1–1–0
3 T October 13, 1976 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 1–1–1
4 L October 15, 1976 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 1–2–1
5 T October 16, 1976 5–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 1–2–2
6 T October 20, 1976 4–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 1–2–3
7 L October 21, 1976 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 1–3–3
8 L October 23, 1976 2–5 New York Islanders (1976–77) 1–4–3
9 L October 27, 1976 3–5 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 1–5–3
10 W October 28, 1976 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 2–5–3
11 W October 30, 1976 5–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 3–5–3
12 W November 1, 1976 6–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 4–5–3
13 L November 3, 1976 2–6 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 4–6–3
14 W November 5, 1976 4–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 5–6–3
15 L November 6, 1976 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 5–7–3
16 T November 10, 1976 2–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 5–7–4
17 W November 13, 1976 3–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 6–7–4
18 W November 17, 1976 1–0 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 7–7–4
19 W November 20, 1976 8–3 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 8–7–4
20 L November 21, 1976 5–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 8–8–4
21 L November 24, 1976 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 8–9–4
22 W November 27, 1976 4–2 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 9–9–4
23 W November 28, 1976 5–1 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 10–9–4
24 W November 30, 1976 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 11–9–4
25 W December 1, 1976 6–3 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 12–9–4
26 T December 4, 1976 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 12–9–5
27 T December 5, 1976 5–5 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 12–9–6
28 L December 8, 1976 3–4 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 12–10–6
29 W December 11, 1976 4–1 New York Rangers (1976–77) 13–10–6
30 L December 12, 1976 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 13–11–6
31 W December 15, 1976 4–1 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 14–11–6
32 L December 17, 1976 2–3 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 14–12–6
33 W December 18, 1976 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 15–12–6
34 W December 20, 1976 6–2 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 16–12–6
35 L December 22, 1976 2–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 16–13–6
36 L December 23, 1976 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 16–14–6
37 L December 26, 1976 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 16–15–6
38 W December 29, 1976 6–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 17–15–6
39 W January 1, 1977 3–1 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 18–15–6
40 L January 2, 1977 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 18–16–6
41 W January 5, 1977 6–4 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 19–16–6
42 L January 8, 1977 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 19–17–6
43 W January 11, 1977 2–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 20–17–6
44 W January 12, 1977 3–2 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 21–17–6
45 L January 15, 1977 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 21–18–6
46 L January 18, 1977 3–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 21–19–6
47 W January 21, 1977 3–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 22–19–6
48 W January 23, 1977 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 23–19–6
49 W January 27, 1977 2–1 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 24–19–6
50 T January 29, 1977 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 24–19–7
51 L January 31, 1977 3–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 24–20–7
52 W February 2, 1977 9–1 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 25–20–7
53 L February 5, 1977 5–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 25–21–7
54 W February 9, 1977 5–1 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 26–21–7
55 W February 12, 1977 10–0 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 27–21–7
56 L February 13, 1977 3–8 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 27–22–7
57 L February 14, 1977 2–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 27–23–7
58 W February 16, 1977 5–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 28–23–7
59 T February 17, 1977 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 28–23–8
60 T February 19, 1977 6–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 28–23–9
61 W February 20, 1977 10–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 29–23–9
62 L February 23, 1977 4–5 New York Rangers (1976–77) 29–24–9
63 L February 25, 1977 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 29–25–9
64 L February 26, 1977 5–6 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 29–26–9
65 L March 2, 1977 1–4 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 29–27–9
66 T March 5, 1977 4–4 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 29–27–10
67 W March 7, 1977 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 30–27–10
68 T March 9, 1977 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 30–27–11
69 W March 12, 1977 6–0 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 31–27–11
70 L March 13, 1977 1–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 31–28–11
71 W March 15, 1977 4–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 32–28–11
72 T March 16, 1977 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 32–28–12
73 W March 19, 1977 5–4 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 33–28–12
74 L March 21, 1977 2–7 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 33–29–12
75 T March 23, 1977 1–1 New York Islanders (1976–77) 33–29–13
76 L March 26, 1977 5–7 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 33–30–13
77 L March 27, 1977 4–7 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 33–31–13
78 T March 30, 1977 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 33–31–14
79 T April 2, 1977 1–1 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 33–31–15
80 L April 3, 1977 4–7 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 33–32–15

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 80 46 44 90 77 12 16 4 5
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 73 38 52 90 89 8 12 1 5
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 80 22 57 79 84 47 4 2 0
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 76 12 66 78 46 45 1 0 0
Valiquette, JackJack Valiquette C 66 15 30 45 7 5 0 3 1
McKenny, JimJim McKenny D 76 14 31 45 36 -26 3 0 3
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 77 18 25 43 338 11 1 0 0
Ashby, DonDon Ashby C 76 19 23 42 24 -14 3 0 4
Hammarstrom, IngeInge Hammarstrom LW 78 24 17 41 16 8 5 0 3
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 41 21 16 37 8 -10 8 1 2
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 80 18 18 36 107 13 3 0 1
Neely, BobBob Neely LW 70 17 16 33 16 -17 3 0 5
Weir, StanStan Weir C 65 11 19 30 14 2 1 0 2
Garland, ScottScott Garland C 69 9 20 29 83 -18 3 0 1
Ferguson, GeorgeGeorge Ferguson C 50 9 15 24 24 0 0 2 0
Alexander, ClaireClaire Alexander D 48 1 12 13 12 -4 0 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie D 69 1 10 11 73 -1 0 0 0
Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 15 2 5 7 4 2 0 0 1
Walker, KurtKurt Walker D 26 2 3 5 24 5 0 0 0
Carlyle, RandyRandy Carlyle D 45 0 5 5 51 -19 0 0 0
Evans, PaulPaul Evans C/LW 7 1 1 2 19 3 0 0 0
Warner, BobBob Warner D 10 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 50 0 2 2 8 0 0 0 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk D 13 0 2 2 4 -4 0 0 0
Pratt, TracyTracy Pratt D 11 0 1 1 8 -7 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 33 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
MacKasey, BlairBlair MacKasey D 1 0 0 0 2
McRae, GordGord McRae G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 2877 50 23 18 8 154 3.21 4
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 1803 33 10 13 6 116 3.86 1
McRae, GordGord McRae 120 2 0 1 1 9 4.50 0
Team: 4800 80 33 32 15 279 3.49 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 9 5 16 21 4 3 0 0
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 9 10 7 17 6 3 0 1
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 9 3 6 9 6 2 0 0
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 9 3 6 9 29 0 0 1
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 9 4 4 8 10 4 0 0
Neely, BobBob Neely LW 9 1 3 4 6 1 0 0
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 9 0 4 4 17 0 0 0
Weir, StanStan Weir C 7 2 1 3 0 1 0 1
Ferguson, GeorgeGeorge Ferguson C 9 0 3 3 7 0 0 0
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 9 2 0 2 0 0 0 1
McKenny, JimJim McKenny D 9 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk D 9 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Ashby, DonDon Ashby C 9 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
Carlyle, RandyRandy Carlyle D 9 0 1 1 20 0 0 0
Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Evans, PaulPaul Evans C/LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hammarstrom, IngeInge Hammarstrom LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pratt, TracyTracy Pratt D 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Warner, BobBob Warner D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 360 6 3 3 16 2.67 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 202 4 1 2 12 3.56 0
Team: 562 9 4 5 28 2.99 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;

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1976-77 season.

Trades[edit]

September 9, 1976 To St. Louis Blues
FA Signing of Rod Seiling
To Toronto Maple Leafs
2nd round pick in 1978 - Joel Quenneville
Cash
September 15, 1976 To Colorado Rockies
Doug Favell
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
September 27, 1976 To Washington Capitals
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Blair MacKasey
September 28, 1976 To Chicago Black Hawks
Jim Harrison
To Toronto Maple Leafs
2nd round pick in 1977 - Bob Gladney
March 8, 1977 To Colorado Rockies
3rd round pick in 1977 - Randy Pierce
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Tracy Pratt

Free agents[edit]

Player New Team
Rod Seiling St. Louis Blues
Tom Cassidy Boston Bruins

Awards and records[edit]

Roster[edit]

1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p. 27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9.
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.