1977–78 Boston Bruins season

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1977–78 Boston Bruins
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
1977–78 record 51-18-11
Goals for 333
Goals against 218
Team information
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Don Cherry
Captain Wayne Cashman
Alternate captains None
Arena Boston Garden
Team leaders
Goals Peter McNab (41)
Assists Terry O'Reilly (61)
Points Terry O'Reilly (90)
Penalties in minutes Terry O'Reilly (211)
Wins Ron Grahame (26)
Goals against average Gilles Gilbert (2.53)
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 54th 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 Dwight Foster (F)  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)

Regular season[edit]

The 1977-78 Bruins set an NHL record by having 11 different skaters score 20 goals or more in a season.[1] The eleven skaters are:

Season standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 51 18 11 333 218 113
Buffalo Sabres 80 44 19 17 288 215 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 41 29 10 271 237 92
Cleveland Barons 80 22 45 13 230 325 57

[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]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 13, 1977 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 0–0–1
2 L October 15, 1977 1–3 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 0–1–1
3 L October 16, 1977 0–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 0–2–1
4 W October 19, 1977 7–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 1–2–1
5 W October 22, 1977 4–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 2–2–1
6 T October 23, 1977 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 2–2–2
7 T October 25, 1977 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 2–2–3
8 L October 26, 1977 0–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 2–3–3
9 W October 29, 1977 5–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 3–3–3
10 L November 3, 1977 1–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 3–4–3
11 L November 5, 1977 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 3–5–3
12 W November 6, 1977 5–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 4–5–3
13 W November 10, 1977 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–5–3
14 W November 12, 1977 6–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 6–5–3
15 W November 13, 1977 3–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 7–5–3
16 T November 17, 1977 4–4 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–5–4
17 W November 19, 1977 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 8–5–4
18 W November 20, 1977 1–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 9–5–4
19 W November 23, 1977 2–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 10–5–4
20 W November 24, 1977 6–0 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 11–5–4
21 W November 26, 1977 3–2 New York Rangers (1977–78) 12–5–4
22 W November 27, 1977 4–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 13–5–4
23 W December 1, 1977 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 14–5–4
24 T December 3, 1977 4–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 14–5–5
25 W December 4, 1977 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 15–5–5
26 W December 8, 1977 6–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 16–5–5
27 W December 10, 1977 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 17–5–5
28 W December 11, 1977 8–2 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 18–5–5
29 L December 15, 1977 4–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 18–6–5
30 L December 17, 1977 1–4 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 18–7–5
31 W December 18, 1977 2–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 19–7–5
32 W December 21, 1977 6–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 20–7–5
33 W December 23, 1977 6–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 21–7–5
34 W December 27, 1977 6–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 22–7–5
35 T December 28, 1977 5–5 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 22–7–6
36 W December 31, 1977 7–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 23–7–6
37 W January 4, 1978 3–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 24–7–6
38 W January 7, 1978 3–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 25–7–6
39 L January 8, 1978 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 25–8–6
40 L January 10, 1978 2–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 25–9–6
41 W January 12, 1978 6–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 26–9–6
42 L January 14, 1978 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 26–10–6
43 W January 19, 1978 4–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 27–10–6
44 W January 21, 1978 7–1 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 28–10–6
45 L January 22, 1978 2–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 28–11–6
46 W January 26, 1978 4–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 29–11–6
47 W January 27, 1978 5–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 30–11–6
48 W January 29, 1978 8–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 31–11–6
49 W February 1, 1978 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 32–11–6
50 L February 2, 1978 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 32–12–6
51 W February 4, 1978 8–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 33–12–6
52 T February 5, 1978 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 33–12–7
53 W February 9, 1978 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 34–12–7
54 W February 15, 1978 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 35–12–7
55 L February 18, 1978 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 35–13–7
56 W February 21, 1978 3–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 36–13–7
57 W February 22, 1978 6–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 37–13–7
58 W February 25, 1978 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 38–13–7
59 T February 28, 1978 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 38–13–8
60 W March 2, 1978 4–3 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 39–13–8
61 W March 4, 1978 7–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 40–13–8
62 W March 5, 1978 6–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 41–13–8
63 W March 7, 1978 7–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 42–13–8
64 T March 9, 1978 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 42–13–9
65 L March 11, 1978 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 42–14–9
66 W March 12, 1978 9–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 43–14–9
67 W March 16, 1978 7–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 44–14–9
68 W March 18, 1978 6–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 45–14–9
69 W March 19, 1978 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 46–14–9
70 W March 21, 1978 5–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 47–14–9
71 W March 23, 1978 7–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 48–14–9
72 L March 25, 1978 3–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 48–15–9
73 T March 26, 1978 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 48–15–10
74 T March 28, 1978 4–4 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 48–15–11
75 W March 30, 1978 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 49–15–11
76 L April 1, 1978 1–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 49–16–11
77 W April 2, 1978 8–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 50–16–11
78 L April 6, 1978 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 50–17–11
79 W April 8, 1978 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 51–17–11
80 L April 9, 1978 2–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 51–18–11

Season summary[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 77 29 61 90 211 40 5 0 4
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 80 25 59 84 10 49 3 0 5
McNab, PeterPeter McNab C 79 41 39 80 4 35 5 0 5
Park, BradBrad Park D 80 22 57 79 79 68 9 0 3
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 76 24 38 62 69 34 1 0 2
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 79 25 35 60 8 40 2 0 6
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 54 23 36 59 24 19 5 1 7
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 54 27 27 54 87 24 4 3 6
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 77 20 34 54 16 32 4 2 0
Jonathan, StanStan Jonathan LW 68 27 25 52 116 34 0 0 2
Miller, BobBob Miller C 76 20 20 40 41 16 1 1 4
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 80 8 30 38 151 52 0 0 0
Wensink, JohnJohn Wensink LW 80 16 20 36 181 23 1 0 3
Smith, RickRick Smith D 79 7 29 36 69 70 0 0 0
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 53 5 13 18 4 -2 5 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 61 4 13 17 50 37 1 0 2
Sims, AlAl Sims D 43 2 8 10 6 11 0 0 1
Hagman, MattiMatti Hagman C 15 4 1 5 2 -1 3 0 1
O'Brien, DennisDennis O'Brien D 16 2 3 5 29 6 0 0 0
Forbes, MikeMike Forbes D 32 0 4 4 15 -5 0 0 0
Foster, DwightDwight Foster RW 14 2 1 3 6 1 0 0 0
Halward, DougDoug Halward D 25 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 21 0 1 1 14 0 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 25 0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 40 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Langdon, SteveSteve Langdon LW 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Pachal, ClaytonClayton Pachal C/LW 10 0 0 0 14 -1 0 0 0
Pettie, JimJim Pettie G 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Shanahan, SeanSean Shanahan C/RW 6 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Grahame, RonRon Grahame 2328 40 26 6 7 107 2.76 3
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 1326 25 15 6 2 56 2.53 2
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 1086 21 10 5 2 48 2.65 1
Pettie, JimJim Pettie 60 1 0 1 0 6 6.00 0
Team: 4800 80 51 18 11 217 2.71 6

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Park, BradBrad Park D 15 9 11 20 14 4 0 0
McNab, PeterPeter McNab C 15 8 11 19 2 0 0 2
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 15 7 8 15 11 2 0 1
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 15 5 10 15 40 1 0 1
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 15 2 10 12 6 0 0 0
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 15 4 6 10 13 3 0 2
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 15 3 7 10 0 0 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 15 5 4 9 8 1 0 1
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 15 1 8 9 27 0 0 0
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 15 5 2 7 0 0 0 2
Smith, RickRick Smith D 15 1 5 6 18 0 0 0
Wensink, JohnJohn Wensink LW 15 2 2 4 54 0 0 0
Miller, BobBob Miller C 13 0 3 3 15 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 12 1 0 1 4 0 0 1
Jonathan, StanStan Jonathan LW 15 0 1 1 36 0 0 0
O'Brien, DennisDennis O'Brien D 14 0 1 1 28 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 12 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sims, AlAl Sims D 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 731 12 8 4 35 2.87 1
Grahame, RonRon Grahame 202 4 2 1 7 2.08 0
Team: 933 15 10 5 42 2.70 1

[3]

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]

Stanley Cup finals[edit]

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 13 Boston 1 Montreal 4
May 16 Boston 2 Montreal 3 OT
May 18 Montreal 0 Boston 4
May 21 Montreal 3 Boston 4 OT
May 23 Boston 1 Montreal 4
May 25 Montreal 4 Boston 1

Montreal wins the series 4–2.

Larry Robinson won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Roster[edit]

THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST

Boston Bruins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

  • GM:
  • Coach:

Awards and records[edit]

  • Don Cherry, Runner-Up, Jack Adams Trophy[4]
  • Brad Park, Defenceman, NHL First Team All-Star

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.174, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1977-78 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  4. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5