1997–98 Boston Bruins season

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1997–98 Boston Bruins
Division 2nd Northeast
1997–98 record 39-30-13
Goals for 221
Goals against 194
Team information
General Manager Mike O'Connell
Coach Pat Burns
Captain Ray Bourque
Alternate captains Ken Baumgartner
Arena Fleet Center
Team leaders
Goals Jason Allison (33)
Assists Jason Allison (50)
Points Jason Allison (83)
Penalties in minutes Ken Baumgartner (199)
Wins Byron Dafoe (30)
Goals against average Rob Tallas (1.83)
<1996–97 1998–99>

The 1997–98 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 74th season. The season involved drafting Joe Thornton first overall.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Boston's picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Joe Thornton (C)  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

Regular season[edit]

The Bruins allowed the fewest shorthanded goals (3) and were the most disciplined team during the regular season, being short-handed only 285 times.[1]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
2 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
5 Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
4 Washington Capitals ATL 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
6 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
7 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
9 Carolina Hurricanes NE 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
10 New York Islanders ATL 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
11 New York Rangers ATL 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
12 Florida Panthers ATL 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
13 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 2, 1997 6–5 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 1–0–0
2 L October 4, 1997 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 1–1–0
3 L October 7, 1997 2–3 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 1–2–0
4 W October 8, 1997 3–2 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 2–2–0
5 L October 11, 1997 2–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 2–3–0
6 W October 13, 1997 3–0 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 3–3–0
7 W October 15, 1997 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 4–3–0
8 W October 17, 1997 2–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 5–3–0
9 W October 18, 1997 3–0 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 6–3–0
10 W October 21, 1997 2–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 7–3–0
11 T October 23, 1997 2–2 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 7–3–1
12 L October 25, 1997 4–5 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 7–4–1
13 L October 30, 1997 0–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 7–5–1
14 W November 1, 1997 3–1 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 8–5–1
15 W November 2, 1997 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 9–5–1
16 W November 6, 1997 2–0 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 10–5–1
17 L November 8, 1997 0–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 10–6–1
18 T November 12, 1997 3–3 OT @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 10–6–2
19 L November 13, 1997 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 10–7–2
20 T November 15, 1997 3–3 OT Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 10–7–3
21 W November 17, 1997 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 11–7–3
22 T November 19, 1997 3–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 11–7–4
23 L November 20, 1997 0–5 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 11–8–4
24 L November 22, 1997 0–2 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 11–9–4
25 L November 26, 1997 5–10 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 11–10–4
26 L November 28, 1997 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 11–11–4
27 T November 29, 1997 1–1 OT Washington Capitals (1997–98) 11–11–5
28 L December 1, 1997 1–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 11–12–5
29 W December 3, 1997 3–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 12–12–5
30 W December 6, 1997 4–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 13–12–5
31 W December 11, 1997 2–1 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 14–12–5
32 W December 13, 1997 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 15–12–5
33 W December 15, 1997 6–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 16–12–5
34 L December 17, 1997 0–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 16–13–5
35 T December 18, 1997 2–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 16–13–6
36 L December 20, 1997 3–4 New York Islanders (1997–98) 16–14–6
37 L December 22, 1997 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 16–15–6
38 W December 27, 1997 3–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 17–15–6
39 L December 28, 1997 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 17–16–6
40 T December 31, 1997 2–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 17–16–7
41 T January 1, 1998 0–0 OT Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 17–16–8
42 W January 3, 1998 3–0 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 18–16–8
43 W January 7, 1998 2–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 19–16–8
44 W January 8, 1998 5–2 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 20–16–8
45 T January 12, 1998 1–1 OT New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 20–16–9
46 W January 14, 1998 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 21–16–9
47 L January 21, 1998 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 21–17–9
48 L January 24, 1998 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 21–18–9
49 L January 25, 1998 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 21–19–9
50 W January 27, 1998 6–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 22–19–9
51 L January 29, 1998 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 22–20–9
52 W January 31, 1998 4–2 New York Rangers (1997–98) 23–20–9
53 T February 1, 1998 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 23–20–10
54 T February 4, 1998 2–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 23–20–11
55 L February 5, 1998 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 23–21–11
56 L February 7, 1998 1–3 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 23–22–11
57 T February 26, 1998 1–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 23–22–12
58 W February 28, 1998 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 24–22–12
59 W March 1, 1998 5–4 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 25–22–12
60 W March 3, 1998 3–0 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 26–22–12
61 T March 5, 1998 1–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 26–22–13
62 L March 7, 1998 1–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 26–23–13
63 W March 10, 1998 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 27–23–13
64 L March 12, 1998 2–5 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 27–24–13
65 W March 14, 1998 5–1 New York Rangers (1997–98) 28–24–13
66 W March 16, 1998 4–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 29–24–13
67 W March 19, 1998 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 30–24–13
68 W March 21, 1998 2–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 31–24–13
69 L March 22, 1998 0–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 31–25–13
70 W March 26, 1998 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 32–25–13
71 L March 28, 1998 2–3 OT Florida Panthers (1997–98) 32–26–13
72 W March 30, 1998 4–1 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 33–26–13
73 W April 1, 1998 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 34–26–13
74 L April 3, 1998 4–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 34–27–13
75 L April 6, 1998 0–3 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 34–28–13
76 W April 7, 1998 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 35–28–13
77 W April 9, 1998 4–1 New York Islanders (1997–98) 36–28–13
78 L April 11, 1998 2–3 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 36–29–13
79 W April 13, 1998 3–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 37–29–13
80 W April 15, 1998 6–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 38–29–13
81 L April 18, 1998 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 38–30–13
82 W April 19, 1998 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 39–30–13

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Allison, JasonJason Allison C 81 33 50 83 60 33 5 0 8
Khristich, DmitriDmitri Khristich LW/C 82 29 37 66 42 25 13 2 1
Bourque, RaymondRaymond Bourque D 82 13 35 48 80 2 9 0 3
Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov LW 81 22 25 47 8 9 7 0 3
Heinze, SteveSteve Heinze RW 61 26 20 46 54 8 9 0 6
Carter, AnsonAnson Carter RW 78 16 27 43 31 7 6 0 4
Donato, TedTed Donato LW 79 16 23 39 54 6 3 0 5
Taylor, TimTim Taylor C 79 20 11 31 57 -16 1 3 0
DiMaio, RobRob DiMaio RW 79 10 17 27 82 -13 0 0 4
Axelsson, P.J.P.J. Axelsson LW 82 8 19 27 38 -14 2 0 1
McLaren, KyleKyle McLaren D 66 5 20 25 56 13 2 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 82 3 20 23 67 3 2 0 1
Sullivan, MikeMike Sullivan C 77 5 13 18 34 -1 0 0 2
Sweeney, DonDon Sweeney D 59 1 15 16 24 12 0 0 0
Van Impe, DarrenDarren Van Impe D 50 2 8 10 36 4 2 0 0
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 22 2 7 9 6 -2 1 0 0
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton C 55 3 4 7 19 -6 0 0 1
Gill, HalHal Gill D 68 2 4 6 47 4 0 0 0
Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW 28 1 5 6 7 3 0 0 0
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe G 65 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Bates, ShawnShawn Bates C 13 2 0 2 2 -3 0 0 0
Timander, MattiasMattias Timander D 23 1 1 2 6 -9 0 0 0
Malkoc, DeanDean Malkoc D 40 1 0 1 86 -12 0 0 0
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner LW 82 0 1 1 199 -14 0 0 0
Mann, CameronCameron Mann RW 9 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0
Carey, JimJim Carey G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chynoweth, DeanDean Chynoweth D 2 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Lang, RobertRobert Lang C 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Nielsen, KirkKirk Nielsen RW 6 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Prpic, JoelJoel Prpic C 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Robitaille, RandyRandy Robitaille C 4 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Roy, Jean-YvesJean-Yves Roy RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tallas, RobbieRobbie Tallas G 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 3693 65 30 25 9 138 2.24 6 1602 1464 .914
Tallas, RobbieRobbie Tallas 788 14 6 3 3 24 1.83 1 326 302 .926
Carey, JimJim Carey 496 10 3 2 1 24 2.90 2 225 201 .893
Team: 4977 82 39 30 13 186 2.24 9 2153 1967 .914

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Allison, JasonJason Allison C 6 2 6 8 4 0 1 0 0
Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov LW 6 2 5 7 0 1 0 0 1
Bourque, RaymondRaymond Bourque D 6 1 4 5 2 -2 1 0 0
Khristich, DmitriDmitri Khristich LW/C 6 2 2 4 2 1 2 0 0
Van Impe, DarrenDarren Van Impe D 6 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 1
Carter, AnsonAnson Carter RW 6 1 1 2 0 -3 0 0 0
Axelsson, P.J.P.J. Axelsson LW 6 1 0 1 0 -3 0 0 0
DiMaio, RobRob DiMaio RW 6 1 0 1 8 -3 0 0 0
McLaren, KyleKyle McLaren D 6 1 0 1 4 -3 1 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 6 0 1 1 6 -1 0 0 0
Sullivan, MikeMike Sullivan C 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner LW 6 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Donato, TedTed Donato LW 5 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Gill, HalHal Gill D 6 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Heinze, SteveSteve Heinze RW 6 0 0 0 6 -4 0 0 0
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 6 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Taylor, TimTim Taylor C 6 0 0 0 10 -2 0 0 0
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton C 6 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0
Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 422 6 2 4 14 1.99 1 159 145 .912
Team: 422 6 2 4 14 1.99 1 159 145 .912

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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]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Washington Capitals 4, Boston Bruins 2[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 22 Boston Bruins 1–3 Washington Capitals 0–1
2 April 24 Boston Bruins 4–3 (2OT) Washington Capitals 1–1
3 April 26 Washington Capitals 3–2 (2OT) Boston Bruins 1–2
4 April 28 Washington Capitals 3–0 Boston Bruins 1–3
5 May 1 Boston Bruins 4–0 Washington Capitals 2–3
6 May 3 Washington Capitals 3–2 (OT) Boston Bruins 2–4

Roster[edit]

THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST

Boston Bruins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

  • GM:
  • Coach:

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1998.html
  2. ^ "1997–1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1997-98 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.