List of Boston Bruins seasons

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The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL)[1] and are one of the Original Six teams of the league.[2] Founded in 1924, the 2013–14 season will be the 90th for the franchise. Since their founding the Bruins have won 2884 regular season games, accumulated 24 division championships and four conference championships, led the league in points 13 times, appeared in the playoffs 69 times, and won six Stanley Cup titles.[3]

Table keys[edit]

Key of colors and symbols
Color/symbol Explanation
dagger Stanley Cup champions
double-dagger Conference champions
Up-arrow Division champions
Hash-tag Led league in points
Key of terms and abbreviations
Term or abbreviation Definition
Finish Final position in division or league standings
GA Goals against (goals scored by the Bruins' opponents)
GF Goals for (goals scored by the Bruins)
GP Number of games played
L Number of losses
OT Number of losses in overtime (since the 1999–2000 season)
Pts Number of points
T Number of ties
TG Two-game total goals series
W Number of wins
Does not apply


Year by year[edit]

Year by year listing of all seasons played by the Boston Bruins
NHL season Franchise season Conference Division Regular season[4][5] Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT Pts GF GA GP W L T GF GA Result
1924–25 1924–25 [a] 6th 30 6 24 0 12 49 119 Did not qualify
1925–26 1925–26 4th 36 17 15 4 38 92 85 Did not qualify
1926–27 1926–27 American[b] 2nd 44 21 20 3 45 97 89 8 2 2 4 16 13 Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 10–5 (TG)
Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 3–1 (TG)
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Ottawa Senators, 0–2–2[6]
1927–28 1927–28 AmericanDivision champions 1st 44 20 13 11 51 77 70 2 0 1 1 2 5 Lost Semifinals to New York Rangers, 2–5 (TG)[7]
1928–29 1928–29 AmericanDivision champions 1st 44 26 13 5 57 89 52 5 5 0 0 9 3 Won Semifinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 3–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. New York Rangers, 2–0[8]Stanley Cup champions
1929–30 1929–30 AmericanDivision champions 1st 44 38 5 1 77Led league in points 179 98 6 3 3 0 14 12 Won Semifinals vs. Montreal Maroons, 3–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–2[9]
1930–31 1930–31 AmericanDivision champions 1st 44 28 10 6 62Led league in points 143 90 5 2 3 0 13 13 Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–3[10]
1931–32 1931–32 American 4th 48 15 21 12 42 122 117 Did not qualify
1932–33 1932–33 AmericanDivision champions 1st 48 25 15 8 58Led league in points 124 88 5 2 3 0 7 9 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 2–3[11]
1933–34 1933–34 American 4th 48 18 25 5 41 111 130 Did not qualify
1934–35 1934–35 AmericanDivision champions 1st 48 26 16 6 58 129 112 4 1 3 0 2 7 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–3[12]
1935–36 1935–36 American 2nd 48 22 20 6 50 92 83 2 1 1 0 6 8 Lost Quarterfinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 6–8 (TG)[13]
1936–37 1936–37 American 2nd 48 23 18 7 53 120 110 3 1 2 0 6 8 Lost Quarterfinals to Montreal Maroons, 1–2[14]
1937–38 1937–38 AmericanDivision champions 1st 48 30 11 7 67Led league in points 142 89 3 0 3 0 3 6 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 0–3[15]
1938–39 1938–39 [c] 1st 48 36 10 2 74Led league in points 156 76 12 8 4 0 26 18 Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–1[16]Stanley Cup champions
1939–40 1939–40 1st 48 31 12 5 67Led league in points 170 98 6 2 4 0 9 15 Lost Semifinals to New York Rangers, 2–4[17]
1940–41 1940–41 1st 48 27 8 13 67Led league in points 168 102 11 8 3 0 27 23 Won Semifinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–0[18]Stanley Cup champions
1941–42 1941–42 3rd 48 25 17 6 56 160 118 5 2 3 0 10 16 Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 2–1
Lost Semifinals to Detroit Red Wings, 0–2[19]
1942–43 1942–43 2nd 50 24 17 9 57 195 176 9 4 5 0 23 33 Won Semifinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Detroit Red Wings, 0–4[20]
1943–44 1943–44 5th 50 19 26 5 43 223 268 Did not qualify
1944–45 1944–45 4th 50 16 30 4 36 179 219 7 3 4 0 22 22 Lost Semifinals to Detroit Red Wings, 3–4[21]
1945–46 1945–46 2nd 50 24 18 8 56 167 156 10 5 5 0 29 29 Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4[22]
1946–47 1946–47 3rd 60 26 23 11 63 190 175 5 1 4 0 10 16 Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4[23]
1947–48 1947–48 3rd 60 23 24 13 59 167 168 5 1 4 0 13 20 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4[24]
1948–49 1948–49 2nd 60 29 23 8 66 178 163 5 1 4 0 10 16 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4[25]
1949–50 1949–50 5th 70 22 32 16 60 198 228 Did not qualify
1950–51 1950–51 4th 70 22 30 18 62 178 197 6 1 4 1 5 17 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4[26]
1951–52 1951–52 4th 70 25 29 16 66 162 176 7 3 4 0 12 18 Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4[27]
1952–53 1952–53 3rd 70 28 29 13 69 152 172 11 5 6 0 30 37 Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–2
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4[28]
1953–54 1953–54 4th 70 32 28 10 74 177 181 4 0 4 0 4 16 Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4[29]
1954–55 1954–55 4th 70 23 26 21 67 169 188 5 1 4 0 9 16 Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4[30]
1955–56 1955–56 5th 70 23 34 13 59 147 185 Did not qualify
1956–57 1956–57 3rd 70 34 24 12 80 195 174 10 5 5 0 21 29 Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4[31]
1957–58 1957–58 4th 70 27 28 15 69 199 194 12 6 6 0 42 32 Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–2
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4[32]
1958–59 1958–59 2nd 70 32 29 9 73 205 215 7 3 4 0 21 20 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 3–4[33]
1959–60 1959–60 5th 70 28 34 8 64 220 241 Did not qualify
1960–61 1960–61 6th 70 15 42 13 43 176 254 Did not qualify
1961–62 1961–62 6th 70 15 47 8 38 177 306 Did not qualify
1962–63 1962–63 6th 70 14 39 17 45 198 281 Did not qualify
1963–64 1963–64 6th 70 18 40 12 48 170 212 Did not qualify
1964–65 1964–65 6th 70 21 43 6 48 166 253 Did not qualify
1965–66 1965–66 5th 70 21 43 6 48 174 275 Did not qualify
1966–67 1966–67 6th 70 17 43 10 44 182 253 Did not qualify
1967–68 1967–68 East[d] 3rd 74 37 27 10 84 259 216 4 0 4 0 8 15 Lost Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4[34]
1968–69 1968–69 East 2nd 76 42 18 16 100 303 221 10 6 4 0 40 20 Won Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0
Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4[35]
1969–70 1969–70 East 2nd 76 40 17 19 99 277 216 14 12 2 0 65 33 Won Quarterfinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–2
Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. St. Louis Blues, 4–0[36]Stanley Cup champions
1970–71 1970–71 EastDivision champions 1st 78 57 14 7 121Led league in points 399 207 7 3 4 0 26 28 Lost Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4[37]
1971–72 1971–72 EastDivision champions 1st 78 54 13 11 119Led league in points 330 204 15 12 3 0 64 34 Won Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–1
Won Semifinals vs. St. Louis Blues, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. New York Rangers, 4–2[38]Stanley Cup champions
1972–73 1972–73 East 2nd 78 51 22 5 107 330 235 5 1 4 0 11 22 Lost Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 1–4[39]
1973–74 1973–74 EastDivision champions 1st 78 52 17 9 113Led league in points 349 221 16 10 6 0 58 44 Won Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0
Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–2
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Philadelphia Flyers, 2–4[40]
1974–75 1974–75 Wales[e] Adams 2nd 80 40 26 14 94 345 245 3 1 2 0 15 12 Lost Preliminary Round to Chicago Black Hawks, 1–2[41]
1975–76 1975–76 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 48 15 17 113 313 237 12 5 7 0 38 33 Won Quarterfinals vs. Los Angeles Kings, 4–3
Lost Semifinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 1–4[42]
1976–77 1976–77 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 49 23 8 106 312 240 14 8 6 0 50 48 Won Quarterfinals vs. Los Angeles Kings, 4–2
Won Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4[43]
1977–78 1977–78 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 51 18 11 113 333 218 15 10 5 0 53 42 Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0
Won Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4[44]
1978–79 1978–79 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 43 23 14 100 316 270 11 7 4 0 36 32 Won Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–0
Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4[45]
1979–80 1979–80 Wales Adams 2nd 80 46 21 13 105 310 234 10 4 6 0 35 33 Won Preliminary Round vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–2
Lost Quarterfinals to New York Islanders, 1–4[46]
1980–81 1980–81 Wales Adams 2nd 80 37 30 13 87 316 272 3 0 3 0 13 20 Lost Preliminary Round to Minnesota North Stars, 0–3[47]
1981–82 1981–82 Wales Adams 2nd 80 43 27 10 96 323 285 11 6 5 0 43 39 Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 3–1
Lost Division Finals to Quebec Nordiques, 3–4[48]
1982–83 1982–83 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 50 20 10 110Led league in points 327 228 17 9 8 0 65 61 Won Division Semifinals vs. Quebec Nordiques, 3–1
Won Division Finals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to New York Islanders, 2–4[49]
1983–84 1983–84 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 49 25 6 104 336 261 3 0 3 0 2 10 Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–3[50]
1984–85 1984–85 Wales Adams 4th 80 36 34 10 82 303 287 5 2 3 0 17 19 Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–3[51]
1985–86 1985–86 Wales Adams 3rd 80 37 31 12 86 311 288 3 0 3 0 6 10 Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–3[52]
1986–87 1986–87 Wales Adams 3rd 80 39 34 7 85 301 276 4 0 4 0 11 19 Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4[53]
1987–88 1987–88 WalesConference champions Adams 2nd 80 44 30 6 94 300 251 23 12 10 1 85 72 Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. New Jersey Devils, 4–3
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Edmonton Oilers, 0–4–1[54]
1988–89 1988–89 Wales Adams 2nd 80 37 29 14 88 289 256 10 5 5 0 29 30 Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–1
Lost Division Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4[55]
1989–90 1989–90 WalesConference champions AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 46 25 9 101Led league in points 289 232 21 13 8 0 62 59 Won Division Semifinals vs. Hartford Whalers, 4–3
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. Washington Capitals, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Edmonton Oilers, 1–4[56]
1990–91 1990–91 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 80 44 24 12 100 299 264 19 10 9 0 60 62 Won Division Semifinals vs. Hartford Whalers, 4–2
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 2–4[57]
1991–92 1991–92 Wales Adams 2nd 80 36 32 12 84 270 275 15 8 7 0 40 51 Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–3
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–0
Lost Conference Finals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 0–4[58]
1992–93 1992–93 Wales AdamsDivision champions 1st 84 51 26 7 109 332 268 4 0 4 0 12 19 Lost Division Semifinals to Buffalo Sabres, 0–4[59]
1993–94 1993–94 Eastern[f] Northeast 2nd 84 42 29 13 97 289 252 13 6 7 0 39 42 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals to New Jersey Devils, 2–4[60]
1994–95[g] 1994–95 Eastern Northeast 3rd 48 27 18 3 57 150 127 5 1 4 0 5 14 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New Jersey Devils, 1–4[61]
1995–96 1995–96 Eastern Northeast 2nd 82 40 31 11 91 282 269 5 1 4 0 16 22 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Florida Panthers, 1–4[62]
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern Northeast 6th 82 26 47 9 61 234 300 Did not qualify
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern Northeast 2nd 82 39 30 13 91 221 194 6 2 4 0 13 15 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Washington Capitals, 2–4[63]
1998–99 1998–99 Eastern Northeast 3rd 82 39 30 13 91 214 181 12 6 6 0 30 27 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Buffalo Sabres, 2–4[64]
1999–2000 1999–2000 Eastern Northeast 5th 82 24 33 19 6[h] 73 210 248 Did not qualify
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern Northeast 4th 82 36 30 8 8 88 227 249 Did not qualify
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern NortheastDivision champions 1st 82 43 24 6 9 101 236 201 6 2 4 0 18 20 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4[65]
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern Northeast 3rd 82 36 31 11 4 87 245 237 5 1 4 0 8 13 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New Jersey Devils, 1–4[66]
2003–04 2003–04 Eastern NortheastDivision champions 1st 82 41 19 15 7 104 209 188 7 3 4 0 14 19 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4[67]
2004–05[i] 2004–05 Eastern Northeast No playoffs due to lockout
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern Northeast 5th 82 29 37 [j] 16 74 230 266 Did not qualify
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern Northeast 5th 82 35 41 6 76 219 289 Did not qualify
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern Northeast 3rd 82 41 29 12 94 212 222 7 3 4 0 15 19 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4[68]
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern NortheastDivision champions 1st 82 53 19 10 116 274 196 11 7 4 0 34 22 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Carolina Hurricanes, 3–4[69]
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern Northeast 3rd 82 39 30 13 91 206 200 13 7 6 0 36 37 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 3–4[70]
2010–11 2010–11 EasternConference champions NortheastDivision champions 1st 82 46 25 11 103 246 195 25 16 9 0 81 53 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–0
Won Conference Finals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks, 4–3[71]Stanley Cup champions
2011–12 2011–12 Eastern NortheastDivision champions 1st 82 49 29 4 102 269 202 7 3 4 0 15 16 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Washington Capitals, 3–4[72]
2012–13[k] 2012–13 EasternConference champions Northeast 2nd 48 28 14 6 62 131 109 22 14 8 0 65 47 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Chicago Blackhawks, 2–4[73]
2013–14 2013–14 Eastern AtlanticDivision champions 1st 82 54 19 9 117Led league in points 261 177 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3-4
NHL season Franchise season Conference Division Regular season Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT Pts GF GA GP W L T GF GA Result
Totals 6045 2760 2231 791 114 6723 19,213 17,535 597 292 299 7 1734 1710

Notes[edit]

  • a From the 1924–25 season through the 1925–26 season, the NHL had no divisions.[74]
  • b From the 1926–27 season through the 1937–38 season, Boston played in the American Division.[5]
  • c From the 1938–39 season through the 1966–67 season, the NHL had no divisions.[74]
  • d Prior to the 1967–68 season, the NHL split into East and West Divisions because of the addition of six expansion teams.[74]
  • e The NHL realigned prior to the 1974–75 season. The Bruins were placed in the Prince of Wales Conference's Adams Division.[75]
  • f The NHL realigned into Eastern and Western conferences prior to the 1993–94 season. Boston was placed in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.[76]
  • g The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.[77]
  • h Beginning with the 1999–2000 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.[78]
  • i The season was cancelled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.[79]
  • j Prior to the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[80]
  • k The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[81]
  • l The NHL realigned prior to the 2013–14 season. The Bruins were placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.[82]

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