October 9th, 2016

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Boston Bruins Milestone Teams: 1940-41, Stanley Cup No. 3

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Front row (left to right):

Bill Cowley, Des Smith, Dit Clapper, Frank Brimsek (Captain), Flash Hollett, John Crawford, Bobby Bauer;

Back row (left to right):

Pat McReavy, Herb Cain, Mel Hill, Milt Schmidt, Porky Dumart, Roy Conacher, Terry Reardon, Art Jackson, Eddie Wiseman


The cover photo introduces the reconstructed team photo of Boston Bruins  in the 1940-41 Season.


The team dominated the NHL with a 27-8-13 record. Between January and March, the Bruins lost just one game.  Bill Cowley led the NHL in scoring and won the Hart Trophy. In the playoffs, the Bruins came back from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven semifinals games. In the finals, Boston  swept the Detroit Red Wings in four straight games and won their 3rd Stanley Cup (second in three years).


Boston Bruins 1940-1941


Record: 27-8-13 (67 points), Finished 1st in NHL

Coach: Cooney Weiland (27-8-13)

Captain: Dit Clapper

Arena: Boston Garden


Playoffs


Won Stanley Cup Final (4-0) versus Detroit Red Wings

Won Semi-Finals (4-3) versus Toronto Maple Leafs


Team Roster


Player Pos Age Ht Wt S/C Exp Birth Date Summary
Bobby Bauer RW 25 5-6 150 R/- 4 February 16, 1915 17 G, 22 A, 39 P
Frank Brimsek G 25 5-9 170 -/L 2 September 26, 1915 27-8-13, 2.01 GAA
Gordie Bruce LW 21 5-11 190 L/- R May 9, 1919 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
Herb Cain LW 28 5-11 180 L/- 7 December 24, 1912 8 G, 10 A, 18 P
Dit Clapper (C) D 33 6-2 195 R/- 13 February 9, 1907 8 G, 18 A, 26 P
Roy Conacher LW 24 6-2 175 L/- 2 October 5, 1916 24 G, 14 A, 38 P
Bill Cowley C 28 5-10 165 L/- 6 June 12, 1912 17 G, 45 A, 62 P
Jack Crawford D 24 5-11 200 R/- 3 October 26, 1916 2 G, 8 A, 10 P
Woody Dumart LW 24 6-0 190 L/- 5 December 23, 1916 18 G, 15 A, 33 P
Red Hamill LW 24 5-11 180 L/- 3 January 11, 1917 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
Mel Hill RW 26 5-10 175 R/- 3 February 15, 1914 5 G, 4 A, 9 P
Flash Hollett D 28 6-0 180 L/- 7 April 13, 1912 9 G, 15 A, 24 P
Art Jackson C 25 5-8 165 L/- 6 December 15, 1915 17 G, 15 A, 32 P
Pat McReavy C 23 5-11 165 R/- 2 January 16, 1918 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
Terry Reardon C/RW 21 5-10 170 R/- 1 April 6, 1919 6 G, 5 A, 11 P
Milt Schmidt C 22 6-0 185 L/- 4 March 5, 1918 13 G, 25 A, 38 P
Jack Shewchuk D 23 6-1 190 L/- 2 June 19, 1917 2 G, 2 A, 4 P
Des Smith D 26 6-0 185 L/- 3 February 22, 1914 6 G, 8 A, 14 P
Eddie Wiseman RW 28 5-7 160 R/- 8 December 28, 1912 16 G, 24 A, 40 P

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Captain Bruins and Captain Red Army in 1976

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Two legendary captains, John Bucyk of Boston Bruins (right) and Boris Mikhailov of the CSKA are pictured at the joint dinner before the game played in the Boston Garden on January 1976.


The game was a part of the Super Series 1975-76, the first time in the hockeyhistory when the Soviet clubs played versus the NHL clubs. Of course, to me it’s a more familiar territory than the first decades in the Bruins history.


The series took place after the big trade between the Bruins and Rangers when Boston acuired Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais. It was odd to see Esposito wearing a NYR jersey and Ratelle and Park having the big B on theirs.




Thursday, January 8, 1976

 CSKA 5 at BOSTON BRUINS 2 

Attendance: 15.003


CSKA: Tretiak; Vasiliev – Gusev, Lutchenko – Tsygankov, Kuzkin – Volchenkov, Mikhailov – Maltsev – Kharlamov, Vikulov – Zhluktov – Alexandrov, Popov – Kutergin – Lobanov, Solodukhin, Volchkov


Boston Bruins: Gilbert; Park – D.Smith, Doak – Edestrand, Sims;

Schmautz – Ratelle– Marcotte, Bucyk – Sheppard – Cashman, O’Reilly – A.Savard – Forbes, Gibson – Hodge – Nowak


FIRST PERIOD

No Scoring


Penalties: Smith 16:03, Alexandrov 17:20.


SECOND PERIOD

1. Boston – Forbes 2:54

2. CSKA – Kharlamov (Maltsev) 4:41 PPG

3. CSKA – Kharlamov (Maltsev) 11:00

4. CSKA – Maltsev (Vasiliev) 13:19

5. Boston – Ratelle (Hodge) 17:31 PPG


Penalties: Schmautz 3:31, Cashman 11:00, Zhluktov 17:26.


THIRD PERIOD

6. CSKA – Tsygankov (Alexandrov, Vikulov) 0:43

7. CSKA – Alexandrov (Zhluktov) 8:58


Penalties: Tsygankov, Hodge 4:30, Schmautz 9:22


Shots:

Gilbert (Bos.) 8 5 6 – 19

Tretiak (CSKA) 19 8 13 – 40