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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)
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-seasonEdit

2Nov1937-Morenz Benefit game

Action from the Howie Morenz Memorial Game which was emblazoned on the sweaters.

After the death of Howie Morenz, a 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. A team of NHL All Stars defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-5. The Bruins Tiny Thompson, Dit Clapper and Eddie Shore played for the All Star with Clapper scoring the All Stars first goal and Shore assisting on the last goal.

Regular SeasonEdit

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 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 and Flash Hollett while Jack Crawford made his debut. Crawford would become a defensive stalwart for the Bruins for the next dozen years, easily identified by the helmet he wore.

Jan1939-Schmidt jaw protector

Schmidt wearing protection for his broken jaw, January 1938.

The Kraut Line makes 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.

After the death of Howie Morenz, Bruins Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper, Tiny Thompson played in the Howie Morenz Memorial Game on November 2, 1937.

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 and the Bruins won 3-2.

Final StandingsEdit

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 LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WNovember 6, 19374–2 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 1–0–0
2WNovember 14, 19373–2 New York Rangers (1937–38) 2–0–0
3WNovember 16, 19371–0 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 3–0–0
4WNovember 18, 19372–1 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 4–0–0
5WNovember 20, 19373–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 5–0–0
6WNovember 21, 19372–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 6–0–0
7TNovember 23, 19371–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 6–0–1
8TNovember 28, 19373–3 OT New York Americans (1937–38) 6–0–2
9LDecember 2, 19370–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 6–1–2
10LDecember 5, 19370–4 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 6–2–2
11LDecember 7, 19372–3 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 6–3–2
12WDecember 14, 19373–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 7–3–2
13WDecember 18, 19373–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 8–3–2
14WDecember 19, 19374–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 9–3–2
15WDecember 21, 19372–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 10–3–2
16WDecember 25, 19371–0 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 11–3–2
17LDecember 26, 19371–3 New York Americans (1937–38) 11–4–2
18WDecember 28, 19373–2 New York Rangers (1937–38) 12–4–2
19LDecember 31, 19373–5 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 12–5–2
20WJanuary 2, 19384–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 13–5–2
21WJanuary 4, 19386–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 14–5–2
22LJanuary 8, 19382–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 14–6–2
23WJanuary 11, 19386–2 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 15–6–2
24WJanuary 16, 19381–0 Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 16–6–2
25WJanuary 18, 19385–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 17–6–2
26WJanuary 22, 19389–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 18–6–2
27LJanuary 23, 19382–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 18–7–2
28LJanuary 25, 19382–3 New York Rangers (1937–38) 18–8–2
29TJanuary 29, 19382–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 18–8–3
30TJanuary 30, 19382–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 18–8–4
31WFebruary 1, 19382–0 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 19–8–4
32LFebruary 5, 19381–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 19–9–4
33WFebruary 6, 19387–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 20–9–4
34WFebruary 8, 19383–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 21–9–4
35WFebruary 13, 19381–0 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 22–9–4
36WFebruary 15, 19385–2 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 23–9–4
37WFebruary 17, 19383–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 24–9–4
38WFebruary 20, 19383–2 New York Rangers (1937–38) 25–9–4
39WFebruary 22, 19382–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 26–9–4
40TFebruary 24, 19381–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 26–9–5
41WMarch 1, 19386–1 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 27–9–5
42LMarch 3, 19382–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 27–10–5
43LMarch 6, 19383–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 27–11–5
44WMarch 8, 19387–0 New York Americans (1937–38) 28–11–5
45TMarch 10, 19382–2 OT @ New York Americans (1937–38) 28–11–6
46WMarch 13, 19382–1 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 29–11–6
47TMarch 15, 19384–4 OT Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 29–11–7
48WMarch 20, 19386–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 30–11–7

PlayoffsEdit

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 0 Edit

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 0-1
2 March 26 Boston Bruins 1-2 Toronto 0-2
3 March 28 Toronto 3-2 (OT) Boston Bruins 0-3

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

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

PlayoffsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Mel Hill becomes the first Bruins 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 plays 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.

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

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 AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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