|1928–29 Boston Bruins · NHL|
|Stanley Cup Champions|
|Prince of Wales Trophy Winners|
|American Division Champions|
|Goals for||89 (1st)|
|Goals against||52 (2nd)|
|General Manager||Art Ross|
|Goals||Harry Oliver (17)|
|Assists|| Eddie Shore|
Cooney Weiland (7)
|Points||Harry Oliver (23)|
|Penalties in minutes||Eddie Shore (96)|
|Wins||Tiny Thompson (26)|
|Goals against average||Tiny Thompson (1.15)|
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The 1928–29 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' fifth season in the NHL. Boston defended its American Division title, finished second in the NHL and won their second Prince of Wales Trophy. They went on to defeat the New York Rangers in the finals to become the third American-based team to become Stanley Cup champions. The Cup winning goal was scored by Bill Carson.
In the off-season, the Bruins acquired Cy Denneny from the Ottawa Senators, who became a player-coach for the team, taking over from Art Ross, who stepped down to concentrate on his general manager duties. The team also had a new goaltender with the retirement of Hal Winkler, rookie Tiny Thompson, who spent the 1927–28 season with the Bruins' farm team, the Minneapolis Millers of the AHA, and a promising new forward, Cooney Weiland, who also played with Minneapolis. The team also moved into a new home, the Boston Garden. In their debut game at the Garden, the Bruins lost 1–0 to the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston got off to a slow start, and through their first 14 games, the Bruins had a record of 5–7–2, tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates. As the season progressed, Boston made a few trades, acquiring star Mickey MacKay from the Pirates and Bill Carson from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lester Patrick and the New York Rangers offered Winthrop native Myles Lane to the Bruins, astonishingly asking for superstar Eddie Shore in return. Bruins' general manager Art Ross replied famously, "You are so many Myles from Shore you need a life preserver." Nonetheless, the Bruins purchased Lane's rights for $7,500.
Further, Weiland was matched with Dit Clapper and Dutch Gainor on a powerful forward line which garnered the nickname "Dynamite Line," one of the first named forward lines in history. The Bruins rebounded with a 13 game unbeaten streak, which gave them a 16–7–4 record and suddenly in contention with the New York Rangers for top spot in the American Division. Boston had a 10–6–1 record in their remaining 17 games, and held off the Rangers to defend their American Division and the Prince of Wales Trophy, finishing with a 26–13–5 mark and a team record 57 points.
Harry Oliver led Boston in scoring, with 17 goals and 23 points. Dutch Gainor and defenseman Eddie Shore finished just behind Oliver with 19 points, while rookie Cooney Weiland tallied 11 goals and 18 points. Shore led the club with 96 penalty minutes, while team captain Lionel Hitchman finished with 64 penalty minutes.
In goal, Tiny Thompson had an impressive rookie season, winning 26 games while posting a 1.15 goals against average—both Bruins' records, as well as recording 12 shutouts. Thompson's 1.15 GAA remains the Bruins' single-season record and is the second lowest ever recorded over a full season in NHL history.
|New York Rangers||44||21||13||10||72||65||52|
|Chicago Black Hawks||44||7||29||8||33||85||22|
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
|1||November 15||Boston Bruins||1–0||Pittsburgh Pirates (1928–29)||1–0–0||2|
|2||November 17||Boston Bruins||2–2||Ottawa Senators (1928–29)||1–0–1||3|
|3||November 20||Montreal Canadiens (1928–29)||1–0||Boston Bruins||1–1–1||3|
|4||November 22||Boston Bruins||0–2||Detroit Cougars (1928–29)||1–2–1||3|
|5||November 25||Boston Bruins||1–1||Chicago Black Hawks (1928–29)||1–2–2||4|
|6||November 27||Pittsburgh Pirates (1928–29)||0–1||Boston Bruins||2–2–2||6|
|7||December 4||New York Rangers (1928–29)||0–2||Boston Bruins||3–2–2||8|
|8||December 8||Montreal Maroons (1928–29)||1–5||Boston Bruins||4–2–2||10|
|9||December 9||Boston Bruins||1–2||New York Americans (1928–29)||4–3–2||10|
|10||December 11||New York Americans (1928–29)||3–0||Boston Bruins||4–4–2||10|
|11||December 15||Boston Bruins||0–2||Toronto Maple Leafs (1928–29)||4–5–2||10|
|12||December 18||Detroit Cougars (1928–29)||1–3||Boston Bruins||5–5–2||12|
|13||December 25||Chicago Black Hawks (1928–29)||2–1||Boston Bruins||5–6–2||12|
|14||December 30||Boston Bruins||0–2||New York Rangers (1928–29)||5–7–2||12|
|15||January 1||Ottawa Senators (1928–29)||0–3||Boston Bruins||6–7–2||14|
|16||January 3||Boston Bruins||1–0||Montreal Maroons (1928–29)||7–7–2||16|
|17||January 5||Pittsburgh Pirates (1928–29)||2–3||Boston Bruins||8–7–2||18|
|18||January 8||Toronto Maple Leafs (1928–29)||2–5||Boston Bruins||9–7–2||20|
|19||January 10||Boston Bruins||4–2||Montreal Canadiens (1928–29)||10–7–2||22|
|20||January 12||Detroit Cougars (1928–29)||2–3||Boston Bruins||11–7–2||24|
|21||January 15||New York Rangers (1928–29)||1–4||Boston Bruins||12–7–2||26|
|22||January 17||Boston Bruins||1–1||Detroit Cougars (1928–29)||12–7–3||27|
|23||January 20||Boston Bruins||2–0||Chicago Black Hawks (1928–29)||13–7–3||29|
|24||January 22||Montreal Canadiens (1928–29)||0–0||Boston Bruins||13–7–4||30|
|25||January 27||Boston Bruins||2–1||New York Rangers (1928–29)||14–7–4||32|
|26||January 29||Chicago Black Hawks (1928–29)||1–4||Boston Bruins||15–7–4||34|
|27||January 31||Boston Bruins||3–1||Toronto Maple Leafs (1928–29)||16–7–4||36|
|28||February 2||Toronto Maple Leafs (1928–29)||3–0||Boston Bruins||16–8–4||36|
|29||February 5||New York Americans (1928–29)||1–0||Boston Bruins||16–9–4||36|
|30||February 9||Boston Bruins||0–1||Montreal Maroons (1928–29)||16–10–4||36|
|31||February 12||Detroit Cougars (1928–29)||0–1||Boston Bruins||17–10–4||38|
|32||February 14||Boston Bruins||0–2||Pittsburgh Pirates (1928–29)||17–11–4||38|
|33||February 16||Boston Bruins||3–0||Chicago Black Hawks (1928–29)||18–11–4||40|
|34||February 19||Pittsburgh Pirates (1928–29)||0–1||Boston Bruins||19–11–4||42|
|35||February 24||Boston Bruins||2–2||New York Americans (1928–29)||19–11–5||43|
|36||February 26||Montreal Maroons (1928–29)||0–1||Boston Bruins||20–11–5||45|
|37||February 28||Boston Bruins||4–0||Ottawa Senators (1928–29)||21–11–5||47|
|38||March 2||Boston Bruins||0–3||Montreal Canadiens (1928–29)||21–12–5||47|
|39||March 5||New York Rangers (1928–29)||1–2||Boston Bruins||22–12–5||49|
|40||March 9||Ottawa Senators (1928–29)||2–1||Boston Bruins||22–13–5||49|
|41||March 10||Boston Bruins||3–2||New York Rangers (1928–29)||23–13–5||51|
|42||March 12||Chicago Black Hawks (1928–29)||1–11||Boston Bruins||24–13–5||53|
|43||March 14||Boston Bruins||5–1||Detroit Cougars (1928–29)||25–13–5||55|
|44||March 16||Boston Bruins||3–1||Pittsburgh Pirates (1928–29)||26–13–5||57|
In the playoffs, Boston had a 1st round bye, due to finishing on top of the American Division.
Boston Bruins 3, Montreal Canadiens 0 Edit
The Bruins faced the Montreal Canadiens for the first time in the playoffs. As the winners of the Canadian Division, Montreal had also received a bye to the semi-finals in a best-of-five series.
Game 1 began at the Boston Garden where brilliant goaltending by Tiny Thompson led Boston to a 1-0 win on an early first period goal by Cooney Weiland.
Game 2 was a repeat of Game 1, an early goal by Weiland and Thompson shutting out the Habs for a 1-0 victory. However, this game was a much rougher affair with 30 minutes in penalties called.
Game 3 saw the series shift to the Montreal Forum and out do Game 2's roughness with 48 minutes in penalties called. The Habs shot out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Albert Leduc and Aurel Joliat 8 seconds apart. But the Bruins roared back in the second period with 3 straight goals by Bill Carson, Dutch Gainor and Eddie Shore to win 3-2 and sweep the series 3-0.
|1||March 19||Montreal Canadiens||0–1||Boston Bruins||1–0|
|2||March 21||Montreal Canadiens||0–1||Boston Bruins||2–0|
|3||March 23||Boston Bruins||3–2||Montreal Canadiens||3–0|
Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 0 Edit
In the 1929 Stanley Cup Finals, Boston faced their divisional rival, the New York Rangers, who had eliminated them from the playoffs the previous season in a best-of-three series. New York had defeated the Detroit Cougars and the Toronto Maple Leafs to earn a spot in the Finals.
Game 1 was played at the Boston Garden where second period goals by Dit Clapper and Dutch Gainor led the Bruins to a 2-0 win. Tiny Thompson posted his third shutout in four playoff games.
Game 2 moved to Madison Square Garden in New York City where the teams played to a scoreless first period. Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Harry Oliver in the second. Desperate, the Rangers played furiously in the third and Butch Keeling scored his third of the playoffs to tie it up. With less than two minutes to go, Bill Carson was the hero, defeating the Rangers 2–1, to clinch the first Stanley Cup in Bruins history and making them the third American team to win the Cup.
|1||March 28||New York Rangers||0–2||Boston Bruins||1–0|
|2||March 29||Boston Bruins||2–1||New York Rangers||2–0|
|7, 15||Lloyd Klein||LW||8||1||0||1||5|
|10, 15||Bill Carson||C||5||2||0||2||6|
|5, 16||Mickey MacKay||C||3||0||0||0||2|
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts
Awards and RecordsEdit
- Prince of Wales Trophy: Boston Bruins (2nd win)
- Trade Harry Connor to the New York Americans for Red Green on May 18, 1928.
- Purchase Eddie Rodden from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 20, 1928.
- Purchase Cy Denneny from the Ottawa Senators on October 25, 1928.
- Trade Frank Fredrickson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mickey MacKay and $12,000 on December 21, 1928.
- Sell Nobby Clark and the rights to Billy Coutu to New Haven (Can-Am), January 5, 1928.
- Purchase the rights to Myles Lane from the New York Rangers for $7,500 on January 21, 1929.
- Purchase Bill Carson from the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 25, 1929.
- Tiny Thompson recorded a Shutout in his first game in a 1-0 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is the only goalie in the Hockey Hall of Fame to do so.
- Firsts in Bruins history accomplished during this season include:
- Cy Denneny became the first playing coach for the Bruins, playing in over half of their games.
- First 13 game point streak beginning with a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on January 1, 1929 to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 31, 1929.
- Bill Carson scored the first Stanley Cup winning goal for the Bruins, defeating the Rangers 2–1 on March 29, 1929.
- Defenseman George Owen wore a helmet regularly, which is also a first in NHL history.
- Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:
|The Franchise||Franchise • Original Six • Team History • All-time Roster • Seasons • Players • Records • GMs • Head Coaches|
|Arenas||Boston Arena • Boston Garden • TD Garden|
|Head Coaches||Ross • Denneny • Patrick • Weiland • Clapper • Boucher • Patrick • Schmidt • Watson• Sinden • Johnson • Guidolin • Cherry • Creighton • Cheevers • Goring • O'Reilly • Milbury • Bowness • Sutter • Kasper • Burns • Keenan • Ftorek • O'Connell • Sullivan • Lewis • Julien • Cassidy|
|Retired numbers||2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 15 • 16 • 24 • 77 • 99|
|Affiliates||Providence Bruins • Atlanta Gladiators|
|Rivals||Montreal Canadiens • Toronto Maple Leafs • Philadelphia Flyers • New York Rangers|
|Stanley Cups||1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011|
|1928–29 NHL season by team|
|Canadian Division||Mtl Canadiens • Mtl Maroons • NY Americans • Ottawa • Toronto|
|American Division||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • NY Rangers • Pittsburgh|
|See also||Stanley Cup Finals|