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1930–31 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
American Division Champions
Division 1st American
1930–31 record 28–10–6
Goals for 143 (1st)
Goals against 90 (5th)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain Lionel Hitchman
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Cooney Weiland (25)
Assists Eddie Shore (16)
Points Cooney Weiland (38)
Penalties in minutes Eddie Shore (105)
Wins Tiny Thompson (28)
Goals against average Tiny Thompson (2.05)
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1929–30 1931–32

The 1930–31 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 7th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished first in the NHL and won their fourth Prince of Wales Trophy. They lost in the Semi-finals to the Montreal Canadiens 3 games to 2.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

1930-31 would be the last year for the "Dynamite Line" of Clapper, Weiland and Gainor.

The Bruins continued where they left off from their record-breaking 1929-30 season and again led the league in scoring and finished first. The "Dynamite Line" of Dit Clapper, Cooney Weiland and Dutch Gainor continued to power the offense, although Gainor's play declined and he was traded in the off season. Marty Barry continued to blossom and would become the Bruins preeminent scorer of the early 1930's.

Eddie Shore continued his outstanding play, was runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy and a First Team All-Star.

Highlights of the season included December in which the Bruins only lost once and a Christmas home game against the Philadelphia Quakers who they drubbed 8-0 powered by a Dit Clapper Hat trick. The Quakers came into the game with a 1-13-1 record and were not in a holiday mood. Down 7-0 in the third period, two separate brawls sent policemen onto the ice in a bid to restore order. Six players were ejected - Clapper, Eddie Shore, George Owen for the Bruins and Gerry Lowrey, Hib Milks and Allan Shields for the Quakers. They were also fined $15 each.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 44 28 10 6 143 90 62
Chicago Black Hawks 44 24 17 3 108 78 51
New York Rangers 44 19 16 9 106 87 47
Detroit Falcons 44 16 21 7 102 105 39
Philadelphia Quakers 44 4 36 4 76 184 12

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 11, 1930 1–0 New York Americans (1930–31) 1–0–0
2 W November 18, 1930 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 2–0–0
3 L November 20, 1930 0–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 2–1–0
4 T November 23, 1930 2–2 OT @ Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 2–1–1
5 L November 25, 1930 3–4 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 2–2–1
6 W November 27, 1930 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 3–2–1
7 L November 29, 1930 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 3–3–1
8 W December 2, 1930 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 4–3–1
9 W December 6, 1930 4–3 @ Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 5–3–1
10 W December 9, 1930 2–1 Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 6–3–1
11 L December 11, 1930 1–2 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 6–4–1
12 W December 13, 1930 7–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 7–4–1
13 W December 16, 1930 3–2 Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 8–4–1
14 W December 18, 1930 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1930–31) 9–4–1
15 T December 20, 1930 2–2 OT New York Rangers (1930–31) 9–4–2
16 W December 25, 1930 8–0 Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 10–4–2
17 W December 30, 1930 7–3 Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 11–4–2
18 W January 1, 1931 4–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1930–31) 12–4–2
19 L January 3, 1931 3–5 @ Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 12–5–2
20 W January 6, 1931 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 13–5–2
21 W January 8, 1931 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 14–5–2
22 W January 11, 1931 4–1 @ Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 15–5–2
23 T January 13, 1931 2–2 OT New York Rangers (1930–31) 15–5–3
24 L January 15, 1931 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 15–6–3
25 W January 20, 1931 4–2 Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 16–6–3
26 L January 22, 1931 1–2 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 16–7–3
27 W January 24, 1931 4–2 @ Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 17–7–3
28 T January 27, 1931 3–3 OT Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 17–7–4
29 W January 29, 1931 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1930–31) 18–7–4
30 W February 3, 1931 7–2 Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 19–7–4
31 W February 7, 1931 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 20–7–4
32 W February 10, 1931 2–1 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 21–7–4
33 W February 14, 1931 4–2 @ Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 22–7–4
34 W February 17, 1931 2–0 New York Americans (1930–31) 23–7–4
35 T February 19, 1931 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 23–7–5
36 L February 21, 1931 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 23–8–5
37 W February 24, 1931 5–1 @ Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 24–8–5
38 W March 3, 1931 4–1 New York Rangers (1930–31) 25–8–5
39 W March 7, 1931 7–2 Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 26–8–5
40 T March 10, 1931 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 26–8–6
41 L March 12, 1931 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 26–9–6
42 L March 15, 1931 2–5 OT @ Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 26–10–6
43 W March 17, 1931 4–2 Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 27–10–6
44 W March 21, 1931 3–1 Montreal Maroons (1930–31) 28–10–6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 2[edit | edit source]

The league's two best teams met in the second round of the playoffs, both teams having received byes in the first round. The series was extremely close with three of the five games being decided in overtime.

Game 1 in Boston saw the Bruins behind 4-1 entering the third period. A three goal comeback sent the game into overtime where Cooney Weiland scored his second goal of the game to win it for the Bruins.

Game 2 in Boston was a close checking affair with the only goal scored by Georges Mantha in the first period. Early in the third period, Habs goalie George Hainsworth was cut on the forehead with a skate, stopping the game for 8 minutes while he was tended to in the locker room. With 4 minutes left in the game, George Owen was given a major penalty for an infraction against Howie Morenz. This resulted in a shower of debris being thrown on the ice, stopping the game for 15 minutes while it was cleaned up. With a minute to go, for the first time in NHL history, coach Art Ross pulled goalie Tiny Thompson in a failed attempt to tie the game.

Game 3 saw the series shift to Montreal for the remainder of the games played. Down 3-1 entering the third period, the Bruins again mounted a third period comeback to tie it up on goals by Cooney Weiland and Marty Barry. However, Georges Mantha scored the winner in overtime.

Game 4 saw the Bruins build a three goal lead entering the third period including Weiland's fourth goal of the series. A goal by the Canadiens' Nick Wasnie wasn't enough as the Bruins tied the series.

Game 5 followed the pattern of game 1 and 3 in which the Bruins fell behind entering the third period. Two goals from series scoring leader Weiland tied the game up but Wildor Larochelle scored at 19:00 of the first OT and the Habs took the series 3-2. Cooney Weiland led all playoff scorers with 9 points.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 24 Montreal Canadiens 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 26 Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 March 28 Boston Bruins 3-4 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 1-2
4 March 30 Boston Bruins 3-1 Montreal Canadiens 2-2
5 April 1 Boston Bruins 2-3 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 2-3

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
7 Weiland, CooneyCooney Weiland C 44 25 13 38 14
10 Barry, MartyMarty Barry C 44 20 11 31 26
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 44 15 16 31 105
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 43 22 8 30 50
9 Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver RW 44 16 14 30 18
4 Owen, GeorgeGeorge Owen D 38 12 13 25 33
16 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 32 10 11 21 25
17 Chapman, ArtArt Chapman C 44 7 7 14 22
8 Gainor, DutchDutch Gainor C 35 8 3 11 14
11 Darragh, HaroldHarold Darragh LW 25 2 4 6 4
12 Harris, HenryHenry Harris RW 32 2 4 6 20
6 Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith LW/D 43 2 3 5 28
14 Pratt, JackJack Pratt C/D 32 2 0 2 36
3 Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 41 0 2 2 40
16 Runge, PaulPaul Runge C/LW 1 0 0 0 0
15 Hutton, BillBill Hutton D/RW 9 0 0 0 2
11 Lyons, RonRon Lyons LW 14 0 0 0 19
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 44 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 2730 44 28 10 6 90 1.98 3
Team: 2730 44 28 10 6 90 1.98 3

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
7 Weiland, CooneyCooney Weiland C 5 6 3 9 2
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 5 2 4 6 4
7 Owen, GeorgeGeorge Owen D 5 2 3 5 13
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 5 2 1 3 24
10 Barry, MartyMarty Barry C 5 1 1 2 4
17 Chapman, ArtArt Chapman C 5 0 1 1 7
11 Darragh, HaroldHarold Darragh LW 5 0 1 1 2
8 Gainor, DutchDutch Gainor C 5 0 1 1 2
15 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 4 0 0 0 0
9 Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver RW 4 0 0 0 2
14 Pratt, JackJack Pratt C/D 4 0 0 0 0
6 Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith LW/D 5 0 0 0 6
3 Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 5 0 0 0 0
16 Lyons, RonRon Lyons LW 5 0 0 0 0
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 5 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 343 5 2 3 13 2.27 0
Team: 343 5 2 3 13 2.27 0

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

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