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1937–38 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
American Division Champions
Division 1st American
1937–38 record 30–11–7
Goals for 142 (3rd)
Goals against 89 (1st)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain Dit Clapper
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Bobby Bauer (20)
Assists Bill Cowley (22)
Points Bill Cowley (39)
Penalties in minutes Flash Hollett (54)
Wins Tiny Thompson (30)
Goals against average Tiny Thompson (1.85)
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1936–37 1938–39

The 1937–38 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 14th season in the NHL. It saw the return of Eddie Shore from a season ending cracked vertebrae injury in 1936–37. With the emergence of the "Kraut Line" of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart, the Bruins finished first in the American Division and the league, winning their seventh Prince of Wales Trophy. The Bruins lost in the Semi-finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3 games to 0.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Dit Clapper scores, Howie Morenz Memorial Game, November 2, 1937.

After the death of Howie Morenz, the Howie Morenz Memorial Game was held at the Montreal Forum on November 2, 1937 to benefit Morenz's family. 8,683 fans attended, contributing $11,447 to an eventual total of over $20,000 in donations. A team of NHL All Stars played a combined team of the Montreal Maroons and Canadiens, defeating them 6-5. The Bruins Tiny Thompson, Dit Clapper and Eddie Shore played for the NHL All Stars with Clapper scoring the All Stars' first goal and Shore assisting on the winning goal.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Schmidt wearing protection for his broken jaw, January 1938.

A sharp increase in scoring, balanced throughout the line-up (the Bruins had seven different players record double digit goal seasons) made the Bruins difficult to stop. For example, the 9-1 drubbing of the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 22, 1938 saw 8 different Bruins goal scorers. Less than 20 players were used this season as the line-up was stable with few injuries. Bill Cowley led the team in scoring again (he'd do so for 6 of the next 8 seasons) and was 6th in the league.

The Bruins had the best goals against in the league lead by Eddie Shore and goalie Tiny Thompson who won their fourth Hart Memorial Trophy and Vezina Trophy respectively. Both were also First Team All-Stars. Shore was ably teamed with Jack Portland while Flash Hollett was paired with rookie Jack Crawford. Crawford would become a defensive stalwart for the Bruins for the next dozen years, easily identified by the helmet he wore.

The Kraut Line made its debut in the season opener against the Montreal Maroons and had an immediate impact. Milt Schmidt scored, assisted by Woody Dumart in a 4-2 win. The Bruins went on a tear and went undefeated in November 1937.

Leroy Goldsworthy is stopped by Dave Kerr, February 17, 1938.

Milt Schmidt broke his jaw during the December 28, 1937 match versus the New York Rangers. He returned to action two games later wearing a jaw protector.

The February 17, 1938 game versus the New York Rangers went to overtime (which was not sudden death) tied 1-1. After the Bruins Gord Pettinger scored at the 3:59 mark, Milt Schmidt took a pass from Flash Hollett, cut to the right of the Rangers net and beat Dave Kerr with a beautiful backhand goal to the top left corner (a video exists of this). The Rangers Bryan Hextall scored with 19 seconds left but the Bruins held on for a 3-2 win.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 48 30 11 7 142 89 67
New York Rangers 48 27 15 6 149 96 60
Chicago Black Hawks 48 14 25 9 97 139 37
Detroit Red Wings 48 12 25 11 99 133 35

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 Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 6, 1937 4–2 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 1–0–0
2 W November 14, 1937 3–2 New York Rangers (1937–38) 2–0–0
3 W November 16, 1937 1–0 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 3–0–0
4 W November 18, 1937 2–1 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 4–0–0
5 W November 20, 1937 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 5–0–0
6 W November 21, 1937 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 6–0–0
7 T November 23, 1937 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 6–0–1
8 T November 28, 1937 3–3 OT New York Americans (1937–38) 6–0–2
9 L December 2, 1937 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 6–1–2
10 L December 5, 1937 0–4 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 6–2–2
11 L December 7, 1937 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 6–3–2
12 W December 14, 1937 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 7–3–2
13 W December 18, 1937 3–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 8–3–2
14 W December 19, 1937 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 9–3–2
15 W December 21, 1937 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 10–3–2
16 W December 25, 1937 1–0 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 11–3–2
17 L December 26, 1937 1–3 New York Americans (1937–38) 11–4–2
18 W December 28, 1937 3–2 New York Rangers (1937–38) 12–4–2
19 L December 31, 1937 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 12–5–2
20 W January 2, 1938 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 13–5–2
21 W January 4, 1938 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 14–5–2
22 L January 8, 1938 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 14–6–2
23 W January 11, 1938 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 15–6–2
24 W January 16, 1938 1–0 Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 16–6–2
25 W January 18, 1938 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 17–6–2
26 W January 22, 1938 9–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 18–6–2
27 L January 23, 1938 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 18–7–2
28 L January 25, 1938 2–3 New York Rangers (1937–38) 18–8–2
29 T January 29, 1938 2–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 18–8–3
30 T January 30, 1938 2–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 18–8–4
31 W February 1, 1938 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 19–8–4
32 L February 5, 1938 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 19–9–4
33 W February 6, 1938 7–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 20–9–4
34 W February 8, 1938 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 21–9–4
35 W February 13, 1938 1–0 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 22–9–4
36 W February 15, 1938 5–2 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 23–9–4
37 W February 17, 1938 3–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 24–9–4
38 W February 20, 1938 3–2 New York Rangers (1937–38) 25–9–4
39 W February 22, 1938 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 26–9–4
40 T February 24, 1938 1–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 26–9–5
41 W March 1, 1938 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 27–9–5
42 L March 3, 1938 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 27–10–5
43 L March 6, 1938 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 27–11–5
44 W March 8, 1938 7–0 New York Americans (1937–38) 28–11–5
45 T March 10, 1938 2–2 OT @ New York Americans (1937–38) 28–11–6
46 W March 13, 1938 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 29–11–6
47 T March 15, 1938 4–4 OT Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 29–11–7
48 W March 20, 1938 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 30–11–7

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 0[edit | edit source]

The Leafs and Bruins met for the fourth time in playoffs in the 1930's. The Leafs won the three previous series and would sweep the Bruins, though all three games were decided by one goal with two going into overtime. However, the Bruins would get their revenge the next year when it counted, defeating the Leafs in the 1938-39 finals.

Game 1 was a close checking affair with the only goal scored by George Parsons at 1:31 of the second OT period. Turk Broda posted the shutout.

Game 2 saw the Leafs go in front 1-0 on a second period goal by "Pep" Kelly until Charlie Sands tied it up at 7:37 of the third period. Gordie Drillon (last Leaf to lead the league in scoring) quickly responded and the Leafs won 2-1.

Game 3 saw the teams trade goals with Bill Cowley scoring twice in the third period to send the game to overtime. Drillon scored at 10:04 of the first OT to win the series for the Leafs.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 23 Boston Bruins 0-1 (2OT) Toronto Maple Leafs 0-1
2 March 26 Boston Bruins 1-2 Toronto 0-2
3 March 28 Toronto 3-2 (OT) Boston Bruins 0-3

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
17 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 48 17 22 39 8
10 Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 48 20 14 34 9
4 Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 46 17 12 29 12
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 44 13 14 27 15
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 48 13 14 27 6
6 Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 36 11 13 24 16
7 Weiland, CooneyCooney Weiland C 48 11 12 23 16
9 Goldsworthy, LeroyLeroy Goldsworthy RW 46 9 10 19 14
11 Pettinger, GordGord Pettinger C 35 7 10 17 10
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 48 3 14 17 42
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 46 6 9 15 24
12 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 48 4 10 14 54
16 Jackson, ArtArt Jackson C 48 9 3 12 24
8 Portland, JackJack Portland D 48 0 5 5 26
19, 20 Hill, MelMel Hill RW 6 2 0 2 2
18, 19 Hamill, RedRed Hamill LW 6 0 1 1 2
11 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 14 0 0 0 0
20 Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 2 0 0 0 0
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 48 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 2970 48 30 11 7 89 1.80 7
Team: 2970 48 30 11 7 89 1.80 7

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
17 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 3 2 0 2 0
4 Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 3 1 1 2 0
6 Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 3 0 1 1 2
12 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 3 0 1 1 0
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 3 0 1 1 6
10 Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 3 0 0 0 2
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 3 0 0 0 12
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 3 0 0 0 0
9 Goldsworthy, LeroyLeroy Goldsworthy RW 3 0 0 0 2
19 Hill, MelMel Hill RW 1 0 0 0 0
16 Jackson, ArtArt Jackson C 3 0 0 0 0
11 Pettinger, GordGord Pettinger C 3 0 0 0 0
8 Portland, JackJack Portland D 3 0 0 0 4
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 3 0 0 0 0
7 Weiland, CooneyCooney Weiland C 3 0 0 0 0
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 212 3 0 3 6 1.70 0
Team: 212 3 0 3 6 1.70 0

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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 Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mel Hill became the first Bruin to wear a jersey number in the twenties, sporting #20 for the Bruins 1-0 win over the Montreal Maroons on November 16, 1937.
  • Along with Eddie Shore, #12 Flash Hollett played the season wearing a helmet.
  • Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:
    • Ray Getliffe during the 4-2 win over the Montreal Maroons on November 6, 1937.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

A minute worth of footage from the February 20, 1938 game won 3-2 by the Bruins over the New York Rangers. Fascinating footage including the Kraut Line in action, Milt Schmidt getting into a scrap, Eddie Shore with an open ice hit and a goal by Dit Clapper, assisted by Gord Pettinger on the Rangers Dave Kerr which would tie the game 2-2 at the 5:02 mark of the 3rd period.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1937-38 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
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