1927–28 Boston Bruins season
|1927–28 Boston Bruins|
American Division champions
|1927–28 record||20–13–11 (51 points)|
|General Manager||Art Ross|
|Goals||Harry Oliver (13)|
|Assists||Eddie Shore (6)|
|Points||Harry Oliver (18)|
|Penalties in minutes||Eddie Shore (165)|
|Wins||Hal Winkler (20)|
|Goals against average||Hal Winkler (1.51)|
The 1927–28 Boston Bruins season was the team's fourth in the NHL. The Bruins finished first in the American Division, marking its first division title in franchise history and its second playoff appearance. The team lost in the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers.
For the second straight season, Harry Oliver led the Bruins in scoring, and although the team's attack was relatively anemic – the Bruins finished with 77 goals, leading only the last-place teams in both divisions, the Chicago Black Hawks and the New York Americans – they cut down sharply in goals allowed, leading the division behind Hal Winkler's goaltending. Eddie Shore was the team's great star, finishing just one point behind Oliver in scoring and leading the league in penalty minutes by a wide margin.
Winkler in his own turn had fifteen shutouts, tied with Alex Connell for the league lead and a new NHL record; Winkler's mark remains the Bruins' single-season record for shutouts, eighty years later. Although veteran Sprague Cleghorn was fading and missed a quarter of the season with injuries, Shore and defense partner Lionel Hitchman were ironmen, playing most of each game.
|New York Rangers||44||19||16||9||94||79||462||47|
|Chicago Black Hawks||44||7||34||3||68||134||375||17|
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Record vs. opponents
|1927-28 NHL Records|
Schedule and results
|1||T||November 15, 1927||1–1 OT||Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28)||0–0–1|
|2||W||November 19, 1927||5–2||Detroit Cougars (1927–28)||1–0–1|
|3||W||November 22, 1927||1–0||Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28)||2–0–1|
|4||L||November 26, 1927||3–4 OT||New York Americans (1927–28)||2–1–1|
|5||T||November 27, 1927||1–1 OT||@ New York Rangers (1927–28)||2–1–2|
|6||W||November 29, 1927||4–0||Montreal Maroons (1927–28)||3–1–2|
|7||T||December 1, 1927||0–0 OT||@ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28)||3–1–3|
|8||L||December 3, 1927||2–3||@ Ottawa Senators (1927–28)||3–2–3|
|9||T||December 6, 1927||1–1 OT||Montreal Canadiens (1927–28)||3–2–4|
|10||W||December 10, 1927||2–0||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28)||4–2–4|
|11||W||December 11, 1927||2–1 OT||@ Detroit Cougars (1927–28)||5–2–4|
|12||L||December 13, 1927||2–3||New York Rangers (1927–28)||5–3–4|
|13||L||December 17, 1927||1–5||@ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28)||5–4–4|
|14||W||December 20, 1927||1–0||Ottawa Senators (1927–28)||6–4–4|
|15||W||December 27, 1927||2–0||New York Rangers (1927–28)||7–4–4|
|16||L||December 29, 1927||1–2||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28)||7–5–4|
|17||W||January 1, 1928||3–2||@ New York Americans (1927–28)||8–5–4|
|18||T||January 3, 1928||0–0 OT||Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28)||8–5–5|
|19||L||January 7, 1928||1–4||@ Montreal Maroons (1927–28)||8–6–5|
|20||W||January 10, 1928||3–1||Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28)||9–6–5|
|21||T||January 12, 1928||2–2 OT||@ New York Rangers (1927–28)||9–6–6|
|22||W||January 14, 1928||4–2||@ Ottawa Senators (1927–28)||10–6–6|
|23||L||January 17, 1928||1–3||Montreal Canadiens (1927–28)||10–7–6|
|24||T||January 21, 1928||1–1 OT||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28)||10–7–7|
|25||L||January 22, 1928||2–3 OT||@ Detroit Cougars (1927–28)||10–8–7|
|26||T||January 24, 1928||0–0 OT||Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28)||10–8–8|
|27||L||January 28, 1928||0–1||@ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28)||10–9–8|
|28||W||January 31, 1928||2–1||New York Americans (1927–28)||11–9–8|
|29||W||February 7, 1928||4–2||Detroit Cougars (1927–28)||12–9–8|
|30||T||February 11, 1928||1–1 OT||@ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28)||12–9–9|
|31||W||February 14, 1928||1–0||Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28)||13–9–9|
|32||W||February 19, 1928||2–0||@ New York Rangers (1927–28)||14–9–9|
|33||W||February 21, 1928||2–0||Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28)||15–9–9|
|34||L||February 25, 1928||1–3||@ Montreal Maroons (1927–28)||15–10–9|
|35||W||February 28, 1928||2–1||Montreal Maroons (1927–28)||16–10–9|
|36||T||March 3, 1928||0–0 OT||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28)||16–10–10|
|37||W||March 6, 1928||1–0||Ottawa Senators (1927–28)||17–10–10|
|38||T||March 10, 1928||3–3 OT||New York Rangers (1927–28)||17–10–11|
|39||W||March 11, 1928||1–0||@ New York Americans (1927–28)||18–10–11|
|40||W||March 13, 1928||3–0||Detroit Cougars (1927–28)||19–10–11|
|41||W||March 15, 1928||3–1||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28)||20–10–11|
|42||L||March 17, 1928||1–3||@ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28)||20–11–11|
|43||L||March 20, 1928||2–6||Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28)||20–12–11|
|44||L||March 24, 1928||2–7||@ Detroit Cougars (1927–28)||20–13–11|
The Bruins gained a first-round bye by virtue of winning the division, and played the New York Rangers in the second round in a two-game, total goal series. Their scoring problems of the regular season continued, exacerbated by a flu bug going through the dressing room and various minor injuries; Shore, Clapper, Gainor and Connor were particularly affected.
Boston tied the first game 1–1 in New York, the Rangers' final home game of the playoffs – this was the first of perennial disruptions to the Rangers' playoff schedule due to Madison Square Garden hosting the circus in the spring. The Bruins lost the second match in Boston 4–1, on three Ranger third-period goals as the weakened Brown-and-Gold folded at last, to drop the total-goal series five goals to two. Harry Oliver, who scored a goal in each game, was the sole offensive threat.
|Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver||RW||43||13||5||18||20|
|Shore, EddieEddie Shore||D||43||11||6||17||165|
|Fredrickson, FrankFrank Fredrickson||C||41||10||4||14||83|
|Gainor, DutchDutch Gainor||C||42||8||4||12||35|
|Herbert, JimmyJimmy Herbert||C/RW||12||8||3||11||22|
|Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith||LW/D||42||6||5||11||26|
|Connor, HarryHarry Connor||LW||42||9||1||10||36|
|Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman||D||44||5||3||8||87|
|Clapper, DitDit Clapper||RW/D||40||4||1||5||20|
|Gordon, FredFred Gordon||RW||43||3||2||5||40|
|Cleghorn, SpragueSprague Cleghorn||D||37||2||2||4||14|
|Harrington, HagoHago Harrington||LW||22||1||0||1||7|
|Clark, NobbyNobby Clark||D||5||0||0||0||0|
|Lauder, MartinMartin Lauder||D/C||3||0||0||0||2|
|Winkler, HalHal Winkler||G||44||0||0||0||0|
|Winkler, HalHal Winkler||2780||44||20||13||11||70||1.51||15|
|Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver||RW||2||2||0||2||4|
|Fredrickson, FrankFrank Fredrickson||C||2||0||1||1||4|
|Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith||LW/D||2||0||1||1||6|
|Clapper, DitDit Clapper||RW/D||2||0||0||0||2|
|Cleghorn, SpragueSprague Cleghorn||D||2||0||0||0||0|
|Connor, HarryHarry Connor||LW||2||0||0||0||0|
|Gainor, DutchDutch Gainor||C||2||0||0||0||6|
|Gordon, FredFred Gordon||RW||2||0||0||0||0|
|Harrington, HagoHago Harrington||LW||2||0||0||0||0|
|Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman||D||2||0||0||0||2|
|Shore, EddieEddie Shore||D||2||0||0||0||8|
|Winkler, HalHal Winkler||G||2||0||0||0||0|
|Winkler, HalHal Winkler||120||2||0||1||5||2.50||0|
- 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;
- Acquired Dutch Gainor from Minneapolis of the American Hockey Association for Red Stuart, cash and future considerations, October 24, 1927.
- Purchased Dit Clapper from Boston of the Canadian-American League, October 25, 1927.
- Sold the rights to Duke Keats to Chicago, Carson Cooper to Detroit and Billy Boucher to the Americans.
- Traded Jimmy Herbert to Toronto for the rights to Eric Pettinger and $15,000, December 21, 1927.
- #1 Sprague Cleghorn
- #2 Eddie Shore
- #3 Lionel Hitchman
- #4 Jimmy Herbert
- #5 Frank Fredrickson
- #6 Percy Galbraith
- #7 Carson Cooper
- #8 Dutch Gainor
- #9 Harry Oliver
- #10 Fred Gordon
- #11 Hal Winkler
- #12 Dit Clapper
- #14 Hago Harrington
- #14 Martin Lauder
- #15 Nobby Clark
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