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Boston Bruins Milestone Teams: 1971-72, Stanley Cup No. 5

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Front row (left to right):

Gerry Cheevers, John Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Milt Schmidt (GM), Tom Johnson (Head Coach), Ed Westfall, Ted Green, Ed Johnson;

Middle row (left to right):

Dan Canney (Trainer), Mike Walton, Garnet Bailey, Carol Vadnais, Don Awrey, Don Marcotte, Wayne Cashman, John Forristal (Asst. Trainer);

Back row (left to right):

John MacKenzie, Bobby Orr, Dallas Smith, Ken Hodge, Derek Sanderson, Fred Stanfield


Boston Bruins 1971-72 is one of my all-time favorite teams. This team is a perfect match of purely Boston Bruins team spirit and presence of really high caliber players on the roster. Like in the previous season, the Bruins dominated the League in the regular season and finished 1st with 119 points. Bobby Orr wins his 5th consecutive Norris Trophy and 3rd Hart Trophy. Phil Espostito wins the Art Ross Trophy. He leads the NHL in points (133) and goals (66).


In the playoffs,  the Bruins outplayed the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games in the quaterfinals and swept the St. Louis Blues in four straight games in the semifinals. In the Stanley Cup finals,   the Bruins faced the New York Rangers that managed to knock off the Canadiens and Penguins on their way to the finals.


The Bruins  won their second Stanley Cup in three years by beating the New York Rangers in six games.


Gerry Cheevers was spectacular and earned a reputation of the greatest clutch goalie of the time. Bobby Orr received the Conn Smythe Award. 


Boston Bruins 1971-1972


Record: 40-17-19 (99 points), Finished 1st in NHL

Coach: Tom Johnson (54-13-11)

Captain:

Arena: Boston Garden


Playoffs


Won Stanley Cup Final (4-2) versus New York Rangers

Won Semi-Finals (4-0) versus St. Louis Blues

Won Quarter-Finals (4-1) versus Toronto Maple Leafs


Team Roster


 


No. Player Pos Age Ht Wt S/C Exp Birth Date Summary
26 Don Awrey D 28 6-0 175 L/- 8 July 18, 1943 1 G, 8 A, 9 P
14 Ace Bailey LW 23 5-11 192 L/- 3 June 13, 1948 9 G, 13 A, 22 P
27 Nick Beverley D 24 6-2 185 R/- 2 April 21, 1947 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
22 Ivan Boldirev C 22 6-0 190 L/- 1 August 15, 1949 0 G, 2 A, 2 P
9 John Bucyk LW 36 6-0 215 L/- 16 May 12, 1935 32 G, 51 A, 83 P
12 Wayne Cashman LW 26 6-1 208 R/- 5 June 24, 1945 23 G, 29 A, 52 P
30 Gerry Cheevers G 31 5-11 185 -/L 7 December 7, 1940 27-5-8, 2.50 GAA
7 Phil Esposito C 29 6-1 205 L/- 8 February 20, 1942 66 G, 67 A, 133 P
6 Ted Green D 31 5-10 200 R/- 10 March 23, 1940 1 G, 16 A, 17 P
8 Ken Hodge RW 27 6-2 210 R/- 7 June 25, 1944 16 G, 40 A, 56 P
1 Eddie Johnston G 36 6-0 190 -/L 9 November 24, 1935 27-8-3, 2.71 GAA
29 Ron Jones D 20 6-1 195 L/- R April 11, 1951 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
27 Reggie Leach RW 21 6-0 180 R/- 1 April 23, 1950 7 G, 13 A, 20 P
21 Don Marcotte LW 24 5-11 183 L/- 4 April 15, 1947 6 G, 4 A, 10 P
19 John McKenzie RW 34 5-9 175 R/- 11 December 12, 1937 22 G, 47 A, 69 P
24 Terry O’Reilly RW 20 6-1 200 R/- R June 7, 1951 1 G, 0 A, 1 P
4 Bobby Orr D 23 6-0 197 L/- 5 March 20, 1948 37 G, 80 A, 117 P
25 Garry Peters C 29 5-10 185 L/- 7 October 9, 1942 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
23 Matt Ravlich D 33 5-10 185 L/- 7 July 12, 1938 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
28 Doug Roberts RW 29 6-2 212 R/- 6 October 28, 1942 1 G, 0 A, 1 P
16 Derek Sanderson C 25 6-0 185 L/- 6 June 16, 1946 25 G, 33 A, 58 P
20 Dallas Smith D 30 5-11 180 L/- 9 October 10, 1941 8 G, 22 A, 30 P
10 Rick Smith D 23 5-11 190 L/- 3 June 29, 1948 2 G, 12 A, 14 P
17 Fred Stanfield C 27 5-10 185 L/- 7 May 4, 1944 23 G, 56 A, 79 P
24 Bob Stewart D 21 6-1 206 L/- R November 10, 1950 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
10 Carol Vadnais D 26 6-1 185 L/- 5 September 25, 1945 4 G, 6 A, 10 P
11 Mike Walton C/RW 27 5-10 175 L/- 6 January 3, 1945 28 G, 28 A, 56 P
18 Ed Westfall RW 31 6-1 197 R/- 10 September 19, 1940 18 G, 26 A, 44 P

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