1971–72 NHL season

The 1971–72 NHL season was the 55th season of the National Hockey League. Fourteen teams each played 78 games. The Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers four games to two for their second Stanley Cup in three seasons in the finals.

1971–72 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 8, 1971 – May 11, 1972
Number of games78
Number of teams14
Draft
Top draft pickGuy Lafleur
Picked byMontreal Canadiens
Regular season
Season championsBoston Bruins
Season MVPBobby Orr (Bruins)
Top scorerPhil Esposito (Bruins)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPBobby Orr (Bruins)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsBoston Bruins
  Runners-upNew York Rangers

Regular season

Among notable first year players this season were Montreal's Guy Lafleur, who despite scoring 29 goals was felt lacking in comparison to newly retired superstar Jean Beliveau by the Canadiens' faithful; Buffalo's Rick Martin, who set a new record for goals by a rookie with 44; Gilles Meloche, goaltender for the California Golden Seals who acquired him from Chicago; and Ken Dryden, the sensational new goalie for the Canadiens, who despite winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP the previous season was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, on the grounds that he had only played six prior regular season games.

43-year-old Gump Worsley, left unprotected (and unclaimed) in the waiver draft by the Minnesota North Stars, led the league with a 2.12 goals against average. Less fortunately, Philadelphia goaltender Bruce Gamble suffered a heart attack during a 3–1 win in Vancouver in February and was forced to retire from hockey.

In what was widely seen as a preemptive move to help forestall the incipient World Hockey Association, the NHL announced that Atlanta and Long Island had been granted expansion franchises to begin play in the 1972–73 season. The bids had been hastily put together in comparison with the 1967 and 1970 expansions.

Milestones this season included Gerry Cheevers setting an NHL record for the Boston Bruins (which has yet to be surpassed) with 33 straight undefeated games. On February 12, it was Gordie Howe Day in Detroit as his famous #9 was retired. On March 25, Bobby Hull scored his 600th NHL goal in a 5–5 tie with Boston at the Boston Garden.

An exciting scoring race in which Ranger Jean Ratelle had been leading Bruin Phil Esposito was shortcircuited when Ratelle broke his ankle in a game against California, putting him out for over a month of play. Ratelle still ended up third in scoring behind Esposito and Bruin Bobby Orr, while his teammates Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert – all three linemates on the renowned GAG line—finished fourth and fifth. A resurgent Frank Mahovlich, rejuvenated by a trade to Montreal, finished sixth, while Bobby Hull, in his final year in Chicago, finished seventh in points and second to Esposito in goals.

Although they had fallen somewhat from their overwhelming offensive dominance from the previous season, once again the Boston Bruins had the best record in the league, while the Chicago Black Hawks topped the West Division.

Final standings

East Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 +126 119
2 New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 +125 109
3 Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 +102 108
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 +1 80
5 Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 −1 76
6 Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 −86 51
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 −94 48
West Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 256 166 +90 107
2 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 212 191 +21 86
3 St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 208 247 −39 67
4 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 220 258 −38 66
5 Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 200 236 −36 66
6 California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 216 288 −72 60
7 Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 206 305 −99 49

Playoffs

Format change

In response to the prior year when the Minnesota North Stars appeared to purposely lose games to finish fourth in the West instead of third and avoid a tougher matchup with first-place Chicago, and also the Boston Bruins were "rewarded" for finishing first in the East with a tough series against eventual Stanley Cup Champion Montreal, the first round matchups were changed so that the first-place team played the fourth-place team and second played third. Previously, the first-place team played the third-place team and the second-place team played the fourth-place team.

This change necessitated the way the way the semi-final matchups were determined as well. Instead of having the winner of the series between the first and third-place Eastern division teams play the winner of the second and fourth-place Western division teams and the winner of the first versus third-place Western division teams against the winner of the second and fourth-place Eastern division teams, the semi-final would pit the highest remaining seed in the Eastern division play the lowest remaining seed from the West and vice versa.

Despite injuries to several key players, notably leading scorer Jean Ratelle, the New York Rangers beat the defending champions Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs, with strong play from unheralded players such as Walt Tkaczuk. The Rangers went on the sweep the Chicago Black Hawks in four straight games during the semi-final. Chicago had beaten the Pittsburgh Penguins in four straight games.

Boston easily handled the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games, facing a St. Louis Blues team that had eked out a hard-fought seven-game victory against the North Stars in the quarter-final. The powerful Bruins set a record for the most goals in a four-game series by pounding the Blues 28–8 over a four-game sweep.

Playoff bracket

Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
         
E1 Boston 4
E4 Toronto 1
E1 Boston 4
W3 St. Louis 0
W2 Minnesota 3
W3 St. Louis 4
E1 Boston 4
E2 New York 2
W1 Chicago 4
W4 Pittsburgh 0
W1 Chicago 0
E2 New York 4
E2 New York 4
E3 Montreal 2

Quarterfinals

(E1) Boston Bruins vs. (E4) Toronto Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins finished first in the league with 119 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs finished fourth in the East Division with 80 points. This was the twelfth playoff series between these two teams with Toronto winning eight of the eleven previous series. They last met in the 1969 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals which Boston won in four games. Boston won this year's six-game regular season series earning nine of twelve points.

Boston won series 4–1

(E2) New York Rangers vs. (E3) Montreal Canadiens

The New York Rangers finished second in the East Division with 109 points. The Montreal Canadiens finished third with 108 points. This was the tenth playoff series between these two teams with Montreal winning five of the nine previous series. They last met in the 1969 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals which Montreal won in four games. New York won this year's six-game regular season series earning eight of twelve points.

New York won series 4–2

(W1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (W4) Pittsburgh Penguins

The Chicago Black Hawks finished first in the West Division with 107 points. The Pittsburgh Penguins finished fourth in the West Division with 66 points (winning the tiebreaker with Philadelphia in total goals for 220–200). This was the first playoff series between these two teams. Chicago won this year's six-game regular season series earning eleven of twelve points.

Chicago won series 4–0

(W2) Minnesota North Stars vs. (W3) St. Louis Blues

The Minnesota North Stars finished second in the West Division with 86 points. The St. Louis Blues finished third with 67 points. This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams with St. Louis winning two of the three previous series. They last met in the previous year's Quarterfinals which the North Stars won in six games. Minnesota won four of the six games in this year's regular season series.

St. Louis won series 4–3

Semifinals

(E1) Boston Bruins vs. (W3) St. Louis Blues

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. Their only previous series came in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals which Boston won in four games. Boston won this year's six-game regular season series earning nine of twelve points.

Boston won series 4–0

(W1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (E2) New York Rangers

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams with Chicago winning all three previous series. They last met in the previous year's Semifinals which the Black Hawks won in seven games. New York won this year's six-game regular season series earning seven of twelve points.

New York won series 4–0

Stanley Cup Finals

This was the eighth series between these two teams with Boston winning five of the seven previous series. They last met in the 1970 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals which the Bruins won in six games. The Bruins made their twelfth appearance in the Finals; they most recently made the Finals in 1970 where they defeated the St. Louis Blues in four games. This was the New York Rangers eighth Finals appearance and first since 1950 where they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in seven games. Boston won five of the six games in this year's regular season series.

Boston won series 4–2

Awards

1972 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(East Division champion)
Boston Bruins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:
(West Division champion)
Chicago Black Hawks
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer, regular season)
Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:
(Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication)
Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Top first-year player)
Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
Conn Smythe Trophy:
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Hart Memorial Trophy:
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers
Lester B. Pearson Award:
(Outstanding player, regular season)
Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender(s) of team with best goaltending record)
Tony Esposito & Gary Smith, Chicago Black Hawks
Lester Patrick Trophy:
(Service to hockey in the U.S.)
Clarence S. Campbell, John A. "Snooks" Kelley, Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, James D. Norris

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks G Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins D Bill White, Chicago Black Hawks
Brad Park, New York Rangers D Pat Stapleton, Chicago Black Hawks
Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins C Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers
Rod Gilbert, New York Rangers RW Yvan Cournoyer, Montreal Canadiens
Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks LW Vic Hadfield, New York Rangers

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins 76 66 67 133 76
Bobby Orr Boston Bruins 76 37 80 117 106
Jean Ratelle New York Rangers 63 46 63 109 4
Vic Hadfield New York Rangers 78 50 56 106 142
Rod Gilbert New York Rangers 73 43 54 97 64
Frank Mahovlich Montreal Canadiens 76 43 53 96 36
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 78 50 43 93 24
Yvan Cournoyer Montreal Canadiens 73 47 36 83 15
Johnny Bucyk Boston Bruins 78 32 51 83 4
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers 78 35 46 81 87
Jacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens 77 32 49 81 26

Source: NHL.[2]

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 48 2780 82 1.77 31 10 6 9
Gilles Villemure New York Rangers 37 2129 74 2.09 24 7 4 3
Lorne Worsley Minnesota North Stars 34 1923 68 2.12 16 10 7 2
Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 64 3800 142 2.24 39 8 15 8
Gary Smith Chicago Black Hawks 28 1540 62 2.42 14 5 6 5
Gerry Cheevers Boston Bruins 41 2420 101 2.50 27 5 8 2
Jacques Caron St. Louis Blues 28 1619 68 2.52 14 8 5 1
Bernie Parent Toronto Maple Leafs 47 2715 116 2.56 17 18 9 3
Jacques Plante Toronto Maple Leafs 34 1965 86 2.63 16 13 5 2
Cesare Maniago Minnesota North Stars 43 2539 112 2.65 20 17 4 3

Other statistics

Coaches

East

West

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1971–72 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1971–72 listed with their last team):

NOTE: McKenzie, Green, Tremblay, Fonteyne, Selby, Nesterenko, McDonald, Hicke and Paiement would continue their careers in the World Hockey Association.

See also

References

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Kingston, NY: Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
Notes
  1. ^ a b "1971–1972 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.
  2. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 150.

External links

1971 NHL Amateur Draft

The 1971 NHL Amateur Draft was held on June 10, 1971, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1971–72 Boston Bruins season

The 1971–72 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 48th season in the NHL. For the second time in three years, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

1971–72 Buffalo Sabres season

The 1971–72 Buffalo Sabres season was the Buffalo Sabres second season of operation in the National Hockey League (NHL).

1971–72 California Golden Seals season

The 1971–72 California Golden Seals season was the team's fifth in the NHL. The Seals missed the playoffs again, but posted a solid improvement over the previous season and finished sixth in the West Division.

1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks season was the Hawks' 46th season in the NHL, and the club's second consecutive first-place finish in the NHL West, as they had 46 victories and 107 points. In the 1972 playoffs,the Black Hawks swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the quarter-finals before being swept by the New York Rangers in the semi-finals.

1971–72 Detroit Red Wings season

The 1971–72 Detroit Red Wings season was Marcel Dionne's rookie season. The Red Wings placed fifth to miss the playoffs.

1971–72 Los Angeles Kings season

The 1971–72 Los Angeles Kings season was the Kings' fifth season of operation in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Kings finished in last place in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

1971–72 Minnesota North Stars season

The 1971–72 Minnesota North Stars season was the Stars' fifth season of operation in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Stars finished in second place in the West Division and qualified for the playoffs. The Stars lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues.

1971–72 Montreal Canadiens season

The 1971–72 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 63rd season of play. The Canadiens qualified for the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round.

1971–72 New York Rangers season

The 1971–72 New York Rangers season was the 46th season in franchise history. Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, and Rod Gilbert ranked third, fourth and fifth overall in league scoring. The Rangers qualified for the postseason for the sixth consecutive season. The club made its first appearance in the Stanley Cup final since 1950 but lost in six games to the Boston Bruins.

1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' fifth season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins season

The 1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's fifth season in the National Hockey League. The team made the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round.

1971–72 St. Louis Blues season

The 1971–72 St. Louis Blues season was the fifth for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues finished the season in third place in the Western Division, with a record of 28 wins, 39 losses and 11 ties, good for 67 points, placing them in the playoffs, where they defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4–3 in the first round, before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in four straight in round two.

1971–72 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 1971–72 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 55th season of operation in the National Hockey League (NHL). It was also the fortieth anniversary season of the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens. The Maple Leafs finished fourth, and qualified for the playoffs, losing in the first round to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

1971–72 Vancouver Canucks season

The 1971–72 Vancouver Canucks season was the Canucks second season in the NHL. They finished 7th in the East Division, last in the division. Hal Laycoe, the team's first head coach, was fired after the season concluded and replaced by Vic Stasiuk.

1972 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1972 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1971–72 season, and the culmination of the 1972 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. It was the Rangers first appearance in the finals since 1950. The Bruins were making their first appearance since their victory in the 1970 Finals. It was the second Boston-New York Final series, the other being the 1929 Finals. The Bruins won the best-of-seven series, four games to two.

This was only the second Stanley Cup Final contested by New York in which the Rangers hosted all of their home games. The first such Final, held in 1929, had lasted only two games. All other previous Finals contested by the Rangers had partly or entirely coincided with an annual circus formerly held at Madison Square Garden, compelling the Rangers to play Finals games at neutral sites and/or at the venues of their opponents.

25th National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 25th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, home of the Minnesota North Stars, on January 25, 1972. It was the first and only time the All-Star Game was held at the Metropolitan Sports Center. The East Division All-Stars defeated the West Division All-Stars 3–2. Bobby Orr was named the game's most valuable player.

Gary Smith (ice hockey)

Gary Edward "Suitcase" Smith (born February 4, 1944) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender. Gary is a son of Des Smith and brother of Brian Smith, both former National Hockey League (NHL) players. Smith played for numerous clubs, including the Chicago Black Hawks, Oakland Seals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets. He was the co-winner of the Vezina Trophy in the 1971–72 NHL season.

Penguin Pete

Penguin Pete was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first mascot. He was an Ecuadorian-born Humboldt penguin on loan from the Pittsburgh Zoo. Penguins officials even had special ice skates made for Pete by CCM in Canada. A skater from the University of Pittsburgh taught Pete at the arena how to ice skate.

Pete made his first appearance during the second intermission of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 21, 1968. Pete made six more appearances. His last appearance was on November 16 of the same year during a game against the New York Rangers. He died of pneumonia on November 23, 1968. It is believed that his death was due to the ice crew at the Civic Arena keeping his nesting area too warm.After his death, Pete was sent to an area taxidermist. He was later displayed in the lobby of the Penguins team offices at the arena. However, the stuffed Pete was later removed from the lobby after a few concerned callers objected to its presence there, according to then-Penguins owner Jack McGregor.A second penguin mascot, dubbed "Re-Pete'", was later loaned to the team and made it through the 1971–72 NHL season.The team later adopted Iceburgh, a more traditional mascot, for the 1993–94 NHL season. While Iceburgh's name is a play on both iceberg and Pittsburgh, not reviving the Penguin Pete name was likely done to avoid confusion with the mascot of the same name at Youngstown State University in nearby Youngstown, Ohio.

April 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–5 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 17:24 – Phil Esposito (1)
19:41 – Phil Esposito (2)
No scoring Third period 03:47 – Don Marcotte (1)
15:27 – John McKenzie (1)
15:38 – Fred Stanfield (1)
Jacques Plante 24 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 27 saves / 27 shots
April 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 OT Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 07:23 – Fred Stanfield (2)
14:01 – Phil Esposito (3)
Dave Keon (1) – 01:23
Jim McKenny (1) – pp – 03:47
Second period 04:27 – Johnny Bucyk (1)
Guy Trottier (1) – 08:42 Third period No scoring
Jim Harrison (1) – 02:58 First overtime period No scoring
Bernie Parent 37 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 18 saves / 22 shots
April 8 Boston Bruins 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Mike Walton (1) – pp – 18:38 Second period No scoring
Bobby Orr (1) – pp – 01:24 Third period No scoring
Eddie Johnston 30 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Bernie Parent 33 saves / 35 shots
April 9 Boston Bruins 5–4 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Johnny Bucyk (2) – 16:36 First period 17:45 – Dave Keon (2)
No scoring Second period 11:11 – ppRon Ellis (1)
17:57 – shJim McKenny (2)
Ken Hodge (1) – 01:15
Ed Westfall (1) – sh – 08:03
Phil Esposito (4) – 09:49
Ken Hodge (2) – 16:11
Third period 04:50 – Paul Henderson (1)
Eddie Johnston 38 saves / 42 shots Goalie stats Bernie Parent 31 saves / 36 shots
April 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Jim McKenny (3) – pp – 11:12 First period 15:42 – Fred Stanfield (3)
No scoring Second period 05:18 – John McKenzie (2)
Norm Ullman (1) – 06:09 Third period 07:38 – Ken Hodge (3)
Bernie Parent 34 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 26 saves / 28 shots
April 5 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Claude Larose (1) – 18:55 First period 16:30 – ppBill Fairbairn (1)
19:32 – Vic Hadfield (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Frank Mahovlich (1) – 07:48 Third period 12:43 – Vic Hadfield (2)
Ken Dryden 34 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Ed Giacomin 17 saves / 19 shots
April 6 Montreal Canadiens 2–5 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Guy Lafleur (1) – 06:05 First period 07:45 – Dale Rolfe (1)
10:26 – Ron Stewart (1)
Claude Larose (2) – 02:29 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 00:20 – Bill Fairbairn (2)
15:34 – Walt Tkaczuk (1)
18:57 – Ted Irvine (1)
Ken Dryden 31 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Ed Giacomin 26 saves / 28 shots
April 8 New York Rangers 1–2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 07:18 – ppFrank Mahovlich (2)
18:13 – Marc Tardif (1)
Ron Stewart (2) – 07:21 Third period No scoring
Ed Giacomin 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 22 saves / 23 shots
April 9 New York Rangers 6–4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Bill Fairbairn (3) – pp – 04:47
Bobby Rousseau (1) – 07:24
Bobby Rousseau (2) – 13:48
Vic Hadfield (3) – 19:41
First period 11:22 – Jacques Lemaire (1)
18:15 – Marc Tardif (2)
No scoring Second period 13:21 – Yvan Cournoyer (1)
Pete Stemkowski (1) – 14:55
Ted Irvine (2) – 19:26
Third period 05:48 – Terry Harper (1)
Ed Giacomin 29 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 23 saves / 28 shots
April 11 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Frank Mahovlich (3) – 06:53 Second period 04:24 – ppVic Hadfield (4)
Jimmy Roberts (1) – 03:12 Third period No scoring
Ken Dryden 33 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Ed Giacomin 30 saves / 32 shots
April 13 New York Rangers 3–2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Bill Fairbairn (4) – 09:31 First period 11:32 – Yvan Cournoyer (2)
Bill Fairbairn (5) – 09:33 Second period 14:48 – Jacques Lemaire (2)
Walt Tkaczuk (2) – 00:29 Third period No scoring
Ed Giacomin 23 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Ken Dryden 32 saves / 35 shots
April 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Bobby Leiter (1) – 01:25 First period 15:09 – Pit Martin (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 03:25 – shJim Pappin (1)
16:37 – Pit Martin (2)
Jim Rutherford 35 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Tony Esposito 28 saves / 29 shots
April 6 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 00:35 – Pit Martin (3)
05:52 – J.P. Bordeleau (1)
Jean Pronovost (1) – sh – 10:51 Second period No scoring
Bobby Leiter (2) – pp – 12:45 Third period 11:17 – Chico Maki (1)
Jim Rutherford 32 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Tony Esposito 26 saves / 28 shots
April 8 Chicago Black Hawks 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
J.P. Bordeleau (2) – 05:33 Second period No scoring
Stan Mikita (1) – 12:41 Third period No scoring
Gary Smith 31 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Jim Rutherford 38 saves / 40 shots
April 9 Chicago Black Hawks 6–5 OT Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena Recap  
Jim Pappin (2) – 03:08 First period No scoring
Bobby Hull (1) – 16:40 Second period 09:13 – Ken Schinkel (1)
14:10 – Syl Apps Jr. (1)
17:19 – Ken Schinkel (2)
19:30 – Ron Schock (1)
Bobby Hull (2) – 01:22
Bobby Hull (3) – 11:28
Dennis Hull (1) – 15:38
Third period 17:52 – Bobby Leiter (3)
Pit Martin (4) – 00:12 First overtime period No scoring
Gerry Desjardins 29 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Jim Rutherford 26 saves / 32 shots
April 5 St. Louis Blues 0–3 Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
No scoring First period 14:25 – Dean Prentice (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 04:19 – Dean Prentice (2)
12:01 – Bob Nevin (1)
Jacques Caron 41 saves / 44 shots Goalie stats Gump Worsley 27 saves / 27 shots
April 6 St. Louis Blues 5–6 OT Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
Frank St. Marseille (1) – pp – 12:14 First period 02:51 – ppDoug Mohns (1)
Frank St. Marseille (2) – 02:00
Frank St. Marseille (3) – 05:38
Second period 04:27 – ppJ. P. Parise (1)
07:38 – Danny Grant (1)
Garry Unger (1) – 08:05
Phil Roberto (1) – 10:59
Third period 01:45 – Jude Drouin (1)
11:32 – Dean Prentice (3)
No scoring First overtime period 01:36 – Bill Goldsworthy (1)
Ernie Wakely 23 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Cesare Maniago 33 saves / 38 shots
April 8 Minnesota North Stars 1–2 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 09:28 – Phil Roberto (2)
No scoring Second period 10:07 – pp – Phil Roberto (3)
Jude Drouin (2) – pp – 00:40 Third period No scoring
Gump Worsley 33 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Jacques Caron 29 saves / 30 shots
April 9 Minnesota North Stars 2–3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Jude Drouin (3) – 10:56 First period No scoring
Danny Grant (2) – 00:21 Second period 12:12 – Phil Roberto (4)
13:45 – Kevin O'Shea (1)
No scoring Third period 11:50 – ppBarclay Plager (1)
Cesare Maniago 35 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Jacques Caron 28 saves / 30 shots
April 11 St. Louis Blues 3–4 Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
Gary Sabourin (1) – 16:34
Phil Roberto (5) – pp – 19:59
First period 01:42 – Barry Gibbs (1)
17:55 – Tom Reid (1)
Garry Unger (2) – pp – 19:34 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 02:55 – ppJ. P. Parise (2)
05:45 – Jude Drouin (4)
Jacques Caron 23 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Gump Worsley 30 saves / 33 shots
April 13 Minnesota North Stars 2–4 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Bill Goldsworthy (2) – 04:03 First period 03:04 – ppPhil Roberto (6)
06:21 – Bob Plager (1)
No scoring Second period 11:07 – Garry Unger (3)
J. P. Parise (3) – 15:01 Third period 16:13 – Jack Egers (1)
Gump Worsley 11 saves / 13 shots
Cesare Maniago 23 saves / 25 shots
Goalie stats Jacques Caron 28 saves / 30 shots
April 16 St. Louis Blues 2–1 OT Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
Gary Sabourin (2) – 12:04 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 00:15 – Charlie Burns (1)
Kevin O'Shea (2) – 10:07 First overtime period No scoring
Jacques Caron 28 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Cesare Maniago 25 saves / 27 shots
April 18 St. Louis Blues 1–6 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Garry Unger (4) – pp – 03:18 First period 04:22 – Fred Stanfield (4)
11:03 – Mike Walton (2)
17:27 – Johnny Bucyk (3)
No scoring Second period 10:48 – pp – Fred Stanfield (5)
19:32 – Fred Stanfield (6)
No scoring Third period 14:55 – ppPhil Esposito (5)
Jacques Caron 21 saves / 26 shots
Ernie Wakely 17 saves / 18 shots
Goalie stats Eddie Johnston 25 saves / 26 shots
April 20 St. Louis Blues 2–10 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 07:17 – ppJohnny Bucyk (4)
08:39 – Phil Esposito (6)
09:54 – Ed Westfall (2)
No scoring Second period 06:33 – Garnet Bailey (1)
09:27 – ppJohn McKenzie (3)
Mike Murphy (1) – 04:37
Phil Roberto (7) – 05:26
Third period 03:47 – ppJohnny Bucyk (5)
10:34 – Mike Walton (3)
14:29 – Don Marcotte (2)
16:07 – Johnny Bucyk (6)
16:47 – Ed Westfall (3)
Jacques Caron 9 saves / 13 shots
Ernie Wakely 12 saves / 18 shots
Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 31 saves / 33 shots
April 23 Boston Bruins 7–2 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Ed Westfall (4) – sh – 08:40
John McKenzie (4) – pp – 10:36
Phil Esposito (7) – 19:42
First period 02:05 – ppMike Murphy (2)
Mike Walton (4) – 02:58
Ken Hodge (4) – 06:28
John McKenzie (5) – pp – 11:12
Second period No scoring
Mike Walton (5) – 11:09 Third period 18:15 – Gary Sabourin (3)
Eddie Johnston 27 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Peter McDuffe 31 saves / 38 shots
April 25 Boston Bruins 5–3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Phil Esposito (8) – 01:29
Johnny Bucyk (7) – pp – 09:27
First period 18:16 – Terry Crisp (1)
Johnny Bucyk (8) – pp – 04:44
Phil Esposito (9) – pp – 17:53
Second period No scoring
Wayne Cashman (1) – 19:22 Third period 08:50 – Andre Dupont (1)
15:25 – Chris Evans (1)
Gerry Cheevers 33 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Jacques Caron 22 saves / 26 shots
April 16 New York Rangers 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Ted Irvine (3) – 12:51 First period No scoring
Brad Park (1) – 16:07
Walt Tkaczuk (3) – 16:42
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 12:30 – Stan Mikita (2)
14:40 – J. P. Bordeleau (3)
Ed Giacomin 25 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Tony Esposito 25 saves / 28 shots
April 18 New York Rangers 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Vic Hadfield (5) – 14:38 First period 09:46 – Dennis Hull (2)
No scoring Second period 14:15 – Stan Mikita (3)
Rod Gilbert (1) – pp – 00:54
Brad Park (2) – 08:15
Rod Gilbert (2) – 12:36
Pete Stemkowski (2) – 19:51
Third period 06:17 – ppPat Stapleton (1)
Gilles Villemure 32 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Tony Esposito 27 saves / 31 shots
April 20 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Dennis Hull (3) – 05:12 First period 17:31 – Pete Stemkowski (3)
Dennis Hull (4) – pp – 09:49 Second period 06:20 – shBruce MacGregor (1)
10:56 – Dale Rolfe (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Gary Smith 36 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Gilles Villemure 21 saves / 23 shots
April 23 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Bobby Hull (4) – sh – 05:37 First period 05:49 – ppPhil Goyette (1)
15:32 – Bobby Rousseau (3)
Pat Stapleton (2) – pp – 12:10 Second period 04:37 – ppRod Gilbert (3)
16:25 – Vic Hadfield (6)
18:22 – Gene Carr (1)
No scoring Third period 03:40 – Bobby Rousseau (4)
Tony Esposito 31 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Gilles Villemure 23 saves / 25 shots
April 30 New York Rangers 5–6 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Dale Rolfe (3) – 03:52 First period 05:07 – Fred Stanfield (7)
15:48 – Ken Hodge (5)
17:29 – shDerek Sanderson (1)
18:14 – sh – Ken Hodge (6)
Rod Gilbert (4) – pp – 11:54 Second period 10:46 – Ken Hodge (7)
Vic Hadfield (7) – pp – 01:56
Walt Tkaczuk (4) – 07:48
Bruce MacGregor (2) – 09:17
Third period 17:44 – Garnet Bailey (2)
Ed Giacomin 22 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Gerry Cheevers 24 saves / 29 shots
May 2 New York Rangers 1–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 16:15 – ppJohnny Bucyk (9)
Rod Gilbert (5) – 07:23 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 11:53 – ppKen Hodge (8)
Gilles Villemure 23 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Eddie Johnston 27 saves / 28 shots
May 4 Boston Bruins 2–5 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Mike Walton (6) – 14:04 First period 01:22 – ppBrad Park (3)
11:19 – ppRod Gilbert (6)
13:00 – pp – Brad Park (4)
Bobby Orr (2) – 01:10 Second period 03:46 – Rod Gilbert (7)
19:23 – Pete Stemkowski (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Gerry Cheevers 34 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Ed Giacomin 32 saves / 34 shots
May 7 Boston Bruins 3–2 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Bobby Orr (3) – 05:26
Bobby Orr (4) – pp – 08:17
First period No scoring
Don Marcotte (3) – sh – 16:33 Second period 18:38 – Ted Irvine (4)
No scoring Third period 18:35 – ppRod Seiling (1)
Eddie Johnston 21 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Ed Giacomin 21 saves / 24 shots
May 9 New York Rangers 3–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Dale Rolfe (4) – 13:45 First period 03:55 – Wayne Cashman (2)
16:07 – ppKen Hodge (9)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Bobby Rousseau (5) – 02:56
Bobby Rousseau (6) – 12:45
Third period No scoring
Gilles Villemure 36 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Eddie Johnston 23 saves / 26 shots
May 11 Boston Bruins 3–0 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Bobby Orr (5) – pp – 11:18 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Wayne Cashman (3) – pp – 05:10
Wayne Cashman (4) – 18:11
Third period No scoring
Gerry Cheevers 33 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Gilles Villemure 24 saves / 27 shots
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