1945–46 Boston Bruins season

The 1945–46 Boston Bruins season was the Boston Bruins 22nd season of operation in the National Hockey League. The Bruins made it to the 1946 Stanley Cup Final only to lose to the rival Montreal Canadiens four games to one.

1945–46 Boston Bruins
Division2nd NHL
1945–46 record24–18–8
Goals for167
Goals against156
Team information
General ManagerArt Ross
CoachDit Clapper
CaptainDit Clapper
Team leaders
GoalsWoody Dumart (22)
AssistsDon Gallinger (23)
PointsDon Gallinger (40)
Penalty minutesBep Guidolin (62)
WinsFrank Brimsek (16)
Goals against averagePaul Bibeault (2.81)

Off-season

Art Ross, who had been coach and general manager of the Bruins since their inception, retired. Dit Clapper became the team's first playing coach, while Ross remained with the team as general manager.[1] Several players returned from war-time duty, including goalie Frank Brimsek and the Kraut Line: Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart. The three had played with the Ottawa Commandos, winning the Allan Cup in 1943.[2]

Regular season

Final standings

National Hockey League[3]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 50 28 17 5 172 134 +38 61
2 Boston Bruins 50 24 18 8 167 156 +11 56
3 Chicago Black Hawks 50 23 20 7 200 178 +22 53
4 Detroit Red Wings 50 20 20 10 146 159 −13 50
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 50 19 24 7 174 185 −11 45
6 New York Rangers 50 13 28 9 144 191 −47 35

Record vs. opponents

1945–46 NHL Records
Team BOS CHI DET MON NYR TOR
Boston 4–6 4–3–3 4–5–1 6–3–1 6–1–3
Chicago 6–4 3–4–3 4–5–1 5–2–3 5–5
Detroit 3–4–3 4–3–3 6–3–1 4–4–2 3–6–1
Montreal 5–4–1 5–4–1 3–6–1 8–1–1 7–2–1
New York 3–6–1 2–5–3 4–4–2 1–8–1 3–5–2
Toronto 1–6–3 5–5 6–3–1 2–7–1 5–3–2

Player statistics

Regular season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Don Gallinger C 50 17 23 40 18
Woody Dumart LW 50 22 12 34 2
Bep Guidolin LW 50 15 17 32 62
Milt Schmidt C/D 48 13 18 31 21
Herb Cain LW 48 17 12 29 4
Bill Shill RW 45 15 12 27 12
Bill Cowley C 26 12 12 24 6
Terry Reardon C/RW 49 12 11 23 21
Bobby Bauer RW 39 11 10 21 4
Jack McGill C 46 6 14 20 21
Pat Egan D 41 8 10 18 32
Jack Crawford D 48 7 9 16 10
Murray Henderson D 48 4 11 15 30
Jack Church D 43 2 6 8 28
Ken Smith LW 23 2 6 8 0
Dit Clapper RW/D 30 2 3 5 0
Roy Conacher LW 4 2 1 3 0
Paul Bibeault G 16 0 0 0 0
Frank Brimsek G 34 0 0 0 0
Gordie Bruce LW 5 0 0 0 0
Armand Delmonte RW 1 0 0 0 0
Fern Flaman D 1 0 0 0 0
Mike McMahon D 2 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Frank Brimsek 2040 34 16 14 4 111 3.26 2
Paul Bibeault 960 16 8 4 4 45 2.81 2
Team: 3000 50 24 18 8 156 3.12 4

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Milt Schmidt C/D 10 3 5 8 2
Bep Guidolin LW 10 5 2 7 13
Bobby Bauer RW 10 4 3 7 2
Woody Dumart LW 10 4 3 7 0
Don Gallinger C 10 2 4 6 2
Terry Reardon C/RW 10 4 0 4 2
Bill Cowley C 10 1 3 4 2
Ken Smith LW 8 0 4 4 0
Pat Egan D 10 3 0 3 8
Jack Crawford D 10 1 2 3 4
Bill Shill RW 7 1 2 3 2
Murray Henderson D 10 1 1 2 4
Herb Cain LW 9 0 2 2 2
Frank Brimsek G 10 0 0 0 0
Jack Church D 9 0 0 0 4
Dit Clapper RW/D 4 0 0 0 0
Roy Conacher LW 3 0 0 0 0
Jack McGill C 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Frank Brimsek 651 10 5 5 29 2.67 0
Team: 651 10 5 5 29 2.67 0

[4]

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;

See also

References

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (1994). Years of glory, 1942–1967: the National Hockey League's official book of the six-team era. Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart Inc. ISBN 0-7710-2817-2.
Notes
  1. ^ Diamond 1994, p. 17.
  2. ^ Diamond.
  3. ^ "1945–1946 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.
  4. ^ "1945-46 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 24, 1945 4–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 0–1–0
2 T October 27, 1945 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 0–1–1
3 L October 28, 1945 0–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 0–2–1
4 W November 4, 1945 6–5 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 1–2–1
5 W November 7, 1945 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 2–2–1
6 L November 10, 1945 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 2–3–1
7 W November 11, 1945 7–1 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 3–3–1
8 W November 21, 1945 3–0 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 4–3–1
9 W November 25, 1945 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 5–3–1
10 W November 28, 1945 5–1 New York Rangers (1945–46) 6–3–1
11 T December 2, 1945 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 6–3–2
12 W December 5, 1945 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 7–3–2
13 L December 9, 1945 3–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 7–4–2
14 T December 12, 1945 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 7–4–3
15 T December 15, 1945 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 7–4–4
16 T December 16, 1945 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 7–4–5
17 W December 19, 1945 8–7 New York Rangers (1945–46) 8–4–5
18 L December 23, 1945 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 8–5–5
19 W December 29, 1945 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 9–5–5
20 T December 30, 1945 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 9–5–6
21 W January 1, 1946 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 10–5–6
22 L January 5, 1946 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 10–6–6
23 L January 6, 1946 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 10–7–6
24 L January 10, 1946 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 10–8–6
25 W January 12, 1946 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 11–8–6
26 W January 16, 1946 3–2 New York Rangers (1945–46) 12–8–6
27 W January 17, 1946 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 13–8–6
28 L January 19, 1946 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 13–9–6
29 W January 20, 1946 3–0 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 14–9–6
30 W January 23, 1946 7–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 15–9–6
31 W January 26, 1946 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 16–9–6
32 L January 27, 1946 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 16–10–6
33 W January 30, 1946 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 17–10–6
34 W February 2, 1946 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 18–10–6
35 L February 3, 1946 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 18–11–6
36 T February 6, 1946 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 18–11–7
37 L February 10, 1946 0–2 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 18–12–7
38 W February 13, 1946 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 19–12–7
39 T February 14, 1946 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 19–12–8
40 L February 16, 1946 2–6 New York Rangers (1945–46) 19–13–8
41 L February 20, 1946 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 19–14–8
42 L February 23, 1946 2–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 19–15–8
43 L February 24, 1946 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 19–16–8
44 W February 27, 1946 5–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 20–16–8
45 L March 3, 1946 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 20–17–8
46 W March 6, 1946 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 21–17–8
47 W March 10, 1946 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 22–17–8
48 W March 12, 1946 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 23–17–8
49 L March 13, 1946 3–5 New York Rangers (1945–46) 23–18–8
50 W March 17, 1946 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 24–18–8
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