1976–77 Boston Bruins season

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1976–77 Boston Bruins
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
1976–77 record 49–23–8
Goals for 312
Goals against 240
Team information
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Don Cherry
Captain Johnny Bucyk
Alternate captains None
Arena Boston Garden
Team leaders
Goals Peter McNab (38)
Assists Jean Ratelle (61)
Points Jean Ratelle (94)
Wins Gilles Gilbert (18)
Goals against average Gilles Gilbert (2.85)
<1975–76 1977–78>

The 1976–77 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 53rd season in the NHL. The season involved participating in the Stanley Cup finals.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 16 Clayton Pachal (C)  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)

Regular season[edit]

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

[1]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]

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

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 78 33 61 94 22 19 8 1 6
McNab, PeterPeter McNab C 80 38 48 86 11 26 6 0 8
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 77 31 36 67 20 3 8 1 5
Park, BradBrad Park D 77 12 55 67 67 47 4 1 4
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 79 14 41 55 147 38 1 1 4
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 57 23 29 52 62 25 4 0 2
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 65 15 37 52 76 4 3 0 3
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 80 27 18 45 20 28 3 1 5
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 49 20 23 43 12 -2 6 0 2
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 72 20 22 42 2 2 0 0 1
Jonathan, StanStan Jonathan LW 69 17 13 30 69 1 1 0 2
Hagman, MattiMatti Hagman C 75 11 17 28 0 6 1 0 0
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 77 6 18 24 166 25 0 0 2
Smith, RickRick Smith D 46 6 16 22 30 23 0 0 0
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 58 2 20 22 40 16 0 0 0
Anderson, EarlEarl Anderson RW 40 10 11 21 4 4 1 0 3
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 73 9 11 20 47 13 0 2 1
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 76 3 13 16 107 15 0 0 0
Nowak, HankHank Nowak LW 24 7 5 12 14 4 0 0 1
Wensink, JohnJohn Wensink LW 23 4 6 10 32 5 0 0 0
Maluta, RayRay Maluta D 23 2 3 5 4 4 0 0 0
Halward, DougDoug Halward D 18 2 2 4 6 9 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 45 0 4 4 46 0 0 0 0
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 17 0 3 3 16 4 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 34 0 1 1 15 0 0 0 0
Zanussi, JoeJoe Zanussi D 8 0 1 1 8 1 0 0 0
Pachal, ClaytonClayton Pachal C/LW 1 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Pettie, JimJim Pettie G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sims, AlAl Sims D 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 2700 45 30 10 5 137 3.04 3
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 2040 34 18 13 3 97 2.85 1
Pettie, JimJim Pettie 60 1 1 0 0 3 3.00 0
Team: 4800 80 49 23 8 237 2.96 4

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 14 5 12 17 4 1 0 1
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 14 11 1 12 10 4 0 1
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 14 5 7 12 8 1 1 2
Park, BradBrad Park D 14 2 10 12 4 0 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 14 5 6 11 10 0 1 0
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 14 5 6 11 28 0 0 1
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 13 5 4 9 0 0 0 1
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 14 1 8 9 18 0 0 0
Smith, RickRick Smith D 14 0 9 9 14 0 0 0
McNab, PeterPeter McNab C 14 5 3 8 2 2 0 0
Jonathan, StanStan Jonathan LW 14 4 2 6 24 0 0 1
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 13 2 2 4 47 0 0 1
Wensink, JohnJohn Wensink LW 13 0 3 3 8 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 14 0 2 2 26 0 0 0
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 14 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Hagman, MattiMatti Hagman C 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Anderson, EarlEarl Anderson RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 14 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Halward, DougDoug Halward D 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Sims, AlAl Sims D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 858 14 8 5 44 3.08 1
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 20 1 0 1 3 9.00 0
Team: 878 14 8 6 47 3.21 1

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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;

Playoffs[edit]

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 7 Boston 3 Montreal 7
May 10 Boston 0 Montreal 3
May 12 Montreal 4 Boston 2
May 14 Montreal 2 Boston 1 OT

Montreal wins the series 4–0.

Guy Lafleur won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Roster[edit]

THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST

Boston Bruins
Goaltenders Defensemen Wingers Centers


Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1976-77 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.424, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6