1977–78 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1977–78 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 4th Wales
1977–78 record 41–29–10
Goals for 271
Goals against 237
Team information
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Darryl Sittler
Alternate captains None
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (47)
Assists Darryl Sittler (72)
Points Darryl Sittler (117)
Penalties in minutes Tiger Williams (351)
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the sixty-first season of the franchise, fifty-first as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs made the playoffs and won two series before losing the semi-finals to the Montreal Canadiens.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

# Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
11 John Anderson (L)  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
12 Trevor Johansen (D)  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Marlboros (OHA)

Regular season[edit]

Darryl Sittler ranked third in the NHL in scoring with 117 points.[1]

Final 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

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Schedule and results[edit]

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

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Playoffs[edit]

  • Won Preliminary Round (2-0) versus Los Angeles Kings
  • Won Quarter-Finals (4-3) versus New York Islanders
  • Lost Semi-Finals (4-0) versus Montreal Canadiens

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 80 45 72 117 100 34 14 0 8
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 74 47 40 87 54 34 11 0 5
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 80 16 60 76 70 30 6 0 5
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 77 14 47 61 77 6 3 1 3
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 80 26 24 50 17 8 3 0 5
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 78 19 31 50 351 6 6 0 5
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 59 17 22 39 10 17 4 1 2
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 80 17 19 36 120 0 2 0 1
Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 40 11 18 29 12 8 1 0 2
Ferguson, GeorgeGeorge Ferguson C 73 7 16 23 37 -9 0 0 0
Valiquette, JackJack Valiquette C 60 8 13 21 15 2 3 0 2
Weir, StanStan Weir C 30 12 5 17 4 0 0 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie D 77 2 15 17 62 24 0 0 0
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 73 9 7 16 49 -10 1 1 1
Johansen, TrevorTrevor Johansen D 79 2 14 16 82 3 0 0 0
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 78 4 9 13 23 1 0 2 1
Carlyle, RandyRandy Carlyle D 49 2 11 13 31 4 0 0 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk D 41 1 11 12 14 1 1 0 0
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 13 3 4 7 25 -5 0 0 1
McKenny, JimJim McKenny D 15 2 2 4 8 4 0 0 0
Walker, KurtKurt Walker D 40 2 2 4 69 -5 0 0 0
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 13 2 1 3 0 -5 1 0 0
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 17 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0
Ashby, DonDon Ashby C 12 1 2 3 0 -4 0 0 0
Hammarstrom, IngeInge Hammarstrom LW 3 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
Belanger, AlainAlain Belanger RW 9 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Neely, BobBob Neely LW 11 0 1 1 0 -3 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 63 0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0
Evans, PaulPaul Evans C/LW 4 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Hopkins, LarryLarry Hopkins LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McRae, GordGord McRae G 18 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 3760 63 34 19 9 172 2.74 5
McRae, GordGord McRae 1040 18 7 10 1 57 3.29 1
Team: 4800 80 41 29 10 229 2.86 6

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 13 6 10 16 10 1 0 0
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 13 3 8 11 12 2 0 0
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 13 3 4 7 10 1 0 2
Ferguson, GeorgeGeorge Ferguson C 13 5 1 6 7 0 0 0
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 13 3 3 6 40 0 0 0
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 13 1 5 6 7 0 0 0
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 13 3 2 5 0 0 0 2
Weir, StanStan Weir C 13 3 1 4 0 1 0 1
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 6 2 2 4 6 0 0 1
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 13 1 3 4 17 1 0 0
Valiquette, JackJack Valiquette C 13 1 3 4 2 1 0 0
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 12 1 2 3 63 0 0 0
Johansen, TrevorTrevor Johansen D 13 0 3 3 21 0 0 0
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 13 1 1 2 18 0 0 0
Carlyle, RandyRandy Carlyle D 7 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk D 12 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie D 13 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 13 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Walker, KurtKurt Walker D 10 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 795 13 6 7 32 2.42 2
Team: 795 13 6 7 32 2.42 2

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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 1977–78 season.

Trades[edit]

November 1, 1977 To St. Louis Blues
Inge Hammarstrom
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Jerry Butler
January 9, 1978 To Colorado Rockies
Bob Neely
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
January 29, 1978 To Vancouver Canucks
Claire Alexander
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
March 13, 1978 To Detroit Red Wings
Errol Thompson
1st round pick in 1978 - Brent Peterson
2nd round pick in 1978 - Al Jensen
1st round pick in 1980 - Mike Blaisdell
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dan Maloney
2nd round pick in 1980 - Craig Muni
May 30, 1978 To Colorado Rockies
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Bob Neely
June 13, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Randy Carlyle
George Ferguson
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Burrows
6th round pick in 1978 - Mel Hewitt
June 14, 1978 To Los Angeles Kings
Brian Glennie
Kurt Walker
Scott Garland
2nd round pick in 1979 - Mark Hardy
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Hutchison
Lorne Stamler
June 14, 1978 To Minnesota North Stars
4th round pick in 1981 - Terry Tait
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Paul Harrison
June 15, 1978 To St. Louis Blues
11th round pick in 1978 - Jean-Francois Boutin
12th round pick in 1978 - Paul Stasiuk
13th round pick in 1978 - Brian Crombeen
14th round pick in 1978 - Blair Wheeler
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash

Waivers[edit]

October 10, 1977 To New York Rangers
Wayne Thomas

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
Jimmy Jones Rochester Americans (AHL)
Larry Hopkins Undrafted Free Agent

Awards and records[edit]

Roster[edit]

1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Farm teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 163, 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 Toronto Maple Leafs Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  4. ^ "1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.