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==Regular Season==
 
==Regular Season==
 
[[File:Mel_Hill_39-40.jpg|thumb|[[Mel Hill]] wearing the 1939-40 jersey.]]
 
[[File:Mel_Hill_39-40.jpg|thumb|[[Mel Hill]] wearing the 1939-40 jersey.]]
The Bruins continued with the uniforms adopted for the [[1939 Stanley Cup Finals]] with gold added to the black on the shoulder yokes, stripes added to the pants and the socks pattern that would last nearly three decades. Black numbers remained on the jersey front and back with black block "B's" on the arms.
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The Bruins continued with the uniforms adopted for the [[1939 Stanley Cup Finals]] with gold added to the black on the shoulder yokes, stripes added to the pants and the socks pattern that would last nearly three decades. Black numbers remained on the jersey front and back with a black block "B" on the arms.
   
After purchasing the [[Springfield Indians]], All-Star [[Eddie Shore]] agrees to play for the Bruins for $200 per game. He plays his last game for the Bruins on December 5, 1939 against the [[New York Americans]], the team he'd be traded to. The Bruins win 2-1 with Shore scoring the tying goal before [[Roy Conacher]] wins it.
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After purchasing the [[Springfield Indians]], All-Star [[Eddie Shore]] agreed to play for the Bruins for $200 per game. He played his last game for the Bruins on December 5, 1939 against the [[New York Americans]], the team he'd be traded to. The Bruins won 2-1 with Shore scoring the tying goal before [[Roy Conacher]] won it.
   
Before the December 19, 1939 game at Boston versus the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]], [[Conn Smythe]] puts an ad in the [[Boston Globe]] which states "Attention Hockey Fans! If you're tired of seeing the kind of hockey the Boston Bruins are playing, come to the Garden tonight and see a real hockey club, the Toronto Maple Leafs." The Bruins win 3-2 in overtime.
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Before the December 19, 1939 game at Boston versus the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]], [[Conn Smythe]] put an ad in the [[Boston Globe]] which stated "Attention Hockey Fans! If you're tired of seeing the kind of hockey the Boston Bruins are playing, come to the Garden tonight and see a real hockey club, the Toronto Maple Leafs." The Bruins won 3-2 in overtime.
   
The Bruins edge the Rangers for first place by beating and tying them in the last three games of the season. Bruins [[Milt Schmidt]], [[Woody Dumart]], [[Bobby Bauer]] and [[Bill Cowley]] finish 1-2-3-4 in league scoring for the first time in NHL history. This has only happened one other time, when Bruins [[Phil Esposito]], [[Bobby Orr]], [[John Bucyk]] and [[Ken Hodge]] repeated the feat in the [[1970-71 NHL season]].
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The Bruins edged the Rangers for first place by beating and tying them in the last three games of the season. Bruins [[Milt Schmidt]], [[Woody Dumart]], [[Bobby Bauer]] and [[Bill Cowley]] finish 1-2-3-4 in league scoring for the first time in NHL history. This has only happened two other times, in the [[1970–71 Boston Bruins season]] by [[Phil Esposito]], [[Bobby Orr]], [[John Bucyk]] and [[Ken Hodge]] and in the [[1973–74 Boston Bruins season]] by Esposito, Orr, Hodge and [[Wayne Cashman]].
   
 
===Final Standings===
 
===Final Standings===
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39-40Bosdefence.jpg|Bruins' defence 1939-40, Clapper, Crawford, Portland, Shewchuk.
 
39-40Bosdefence.jpg|Bruins' defence 1939-40, Clapper, Crawford, Portland, Shewchuk.
 
1939-Brimsek_NYR.jpg|Brimsek stops the Rangers #10 Clint Smith in a 1939 game.
 
1939-Brimsek_NYR.jpg|Brimsek stops the Rangers #10 Clint Smith in a 1939 game.
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1939-40-Cain_Jackson_Young_Bourque_Hill.jpg|Bruins #4 [[Herb Cain]], #18 [[Art Jackson]], [[Mel Hill]], Canadiens [[Doug Young]], [[Claude Bourque]] in 1939-40 action.
 
19Mar1940-Bruins_NYR.gif|Bruins Brimsek, #6 Jack Crawford and #18 Art Jackson defend against Bryan Hextall and #3 Ott Heller of the Rangers. Game 1 of the 1940 Semi-finals, March 19, 1940.
 
19Mar1940-Bruins_NYR.gif|Bruins Brimsek, #6 Jack Crawford and #18 Art Jackson defend against Bryan Hextall and #3 Ott Heller of the Rangers. Game 1 of the 1940 Semi-finals, March 19, 1940.
 
26March1940-Brimsek_save.jpg|Bruins Brimsek, #6 Jack Crawford holds off Rangers #16 Alf Pike while #8 Des Smith defends against Lynn Patrick. Game 4 of the 1940 Semi-finals, March 26, 1940.
 
26March1940-Brimsek_save.jpg|Bruins Brimsek, #6 Jack Crawford holds off Rangers #16 Alf Pike while #8 Des Smith defends against Lynn Patrick. Game 4 of the 1940 Semi-finals, March 26, 1940.

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1939-40 Bruins
1939–40 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1939–40 record 31–12–5
Goals for 170 (1st)
Goals against 98 (2nd)
Coach Cooney Weiland
Captain Dit Clapper
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Milt Schmidt
Woody Dumart (22)
Assists Milt Schmidt (30)
Points Milt Schmidt (52)
Penalties in minutes Jack Shewchuk (55)
Wins Frank Brimsek (31)
Goals against average Frank Brimsek (2.04)
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1938–39 1940–41

The 1939–40 Boston Bruins season was the Boston Bruins' sixteenth season of operation in the National Hockey League. The Bruins finished first overall, winning their third straight (and 9th overall) Prince of Wales Trophy. Injuries hampered the Bruins in the playoffs and they could not repeat as Stanley Cup champions, losing in the Semi-finals to the New York Rangers.

Pre-season

29Oct1939-Babe Siebert All Stars

All-Star team for the Babe Siebert Memorial game, October 29, 1939.

The tragic death of Babe Siebert in a drowning accident led to a memorial game at the Montreal Forum on October 29, 1939. The game raised over $15,000 to benefit Siebert's wife, who was paralyzed after giving birth to their second daughter. The Bruins Frank Brimsek, Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper and Bobby Bauer played for the All-Stars who beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2.

Regular Season

Mel Hill 39-40

Mel Hill wearing the 1939-40 jersey.

The Bruins continued with the uniforms adopted for the 1939 Stanley Cup Finals with gold added to the black on the shoulder yokes, stripes added to the pants and the socks pattern that would last nearly three decades. Black numbers remained on the jersey front and back with a black block "B" on the arms.

After purchasing the Springfield Indians, All-Star Eddie Shore agreed to play for the Bruins for $200 per game. He played his last game for the Bruins on December 5, 1939 against the New York Americans, the team he'd be traded to. The Bruins won 2-1 with Shore scoring the tying goal before Roy Conacher won it.

Before the December 19, 1939 game at Boston versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, Conn Smythe put an ad in the Boston Globe which stated "Attention Hockey Fans! If you're tired of seeing the kind of hockey the Boston Bruins are playing, come to the Garden tonight and see a real hockey club, the Toronto Maple Leafs." The Bruins won 3-2 in overtime.

The Bruins edged the Rangers for first place by beating and tying them in the last three games of the season. Bruins Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, Bobby Bauer and Bill Cowley finish 1-2-3-4 in league scoring for the first time in NHL history. This has only happened two other times, in the 1970–71 Boston Bruins season by Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, John Bucyk and Ken Hodge and in the 1973–74 Boston Bruins season by Esposito, Orr, Hodge and Wayne Cashman.

Final Standings

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Boston Bruins48 31 12 5 170 98 330 67
New York Rangers 48 27 11 10 136 77 520 64
Toronto Maple Leafs48 25 17 6 134 110 485 56
Chicago Black Hawks 4823 19 6 112 120 351 52
Detroit Red Wings 48 16 26 6 90 126 250 38
New York Americans 48 15 29 4 106 140 236 34
Montreal Canadiens 48 10 33 5 90 167 338 25


Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalty Minutes, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game Log

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LNovember 4, 19390–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 0–1–0
2LNovember 12, 19391–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 0–2–0
3WNovember 14, 19393–1 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 1–2–0
4TNovember 16, 19393–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 1–2–1
5WNovember 19, 19392–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 2–2–1
6LNovember 21, 19391–2 Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 2–3–1
7TNovember 26, 19392–2 OT New York Rangers (1939–40) 2–3–2
8WNovember 28, 19396–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 3–3–2
9WDecember 3, 19396–2 @ New York Americans (1939–40) 4–3–2
10WDecember 5, 19392–1 New York Americans (1939–40) 5–3–2
11WDecember 8, 19393–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 6–3–2
12LDecember 10, 19392–3 @ New York Rangers (1939–40) 6–4–2
13WDecember 12, 19393–1 Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 7–4–2
14TDecember 14, 19391–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 7–4–3
15WDecember 17, 19394–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 8–4–3
16WDecember 19, 19393–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 9–4–3
17WDecember 21, 19393–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 10–4–3
18WDecember 24, 19393–2 @ New York Americans (1939–40) 11–4–3
19WDecember 25, 19396–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 12–4–3
20LDecember 29, 19390–4 @ New York Rangers (1939–40) 12–5–3
21WDecember 31, 19396–1 Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 13–5–3
22LJanuary 2, 19404–6 New York Rangers (1939–40) 13–6–3
23WJanuary 7, 19406–2 New York Americans (1939–40) 14–6–3
24WJanuary 9, 19403–1 Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 15–6–3
25WJanuary 11, 19405–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 16–6–3
26WJanuary 14, 19404–2 Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 17–6–3
27WJanuary 16, 19406–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 18–6–3
28LJanuary 21, 19402–4 @ New York Rangers (1939–40) 18–7–3
29WJanuary 23, 19404–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 19–7–3
30TJanuary 25, 19402–2 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 19–7–4
31LJanuary 28, 19402–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 19–8–4
32WJanuary 30, 19405–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 20–8–4
33WFebruary 4, 19407–1 New York Americans (1939–40) 21–8–4
34WFebruary 6, 19406–2 New York Rangers (1939–40) 22–8–4
35WFebruary 11, 19404–2 @ New York Americans (1939–40) 23–8–4
36WFebruary 13, 194010–3 Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 24–8–4
37WFebruary 20, 19405–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 25–8–4
38LFebruary 24, 19401–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 25–9–4
39LFebruary 25, 19401–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 25–10–4
40WFebruary 27, 19406–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 26–10–4
41WFebruary 29, 19404–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 27–10–4
42LMarch 3, 19403–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 27–11–4
43WMarch 5, 19407–2 Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 28–11–4
44WMarch 7, 19402–1 @ New York Americans (1939–40) 29–11–4
45LMarch 9, 19402–4 New York Americans (1939–40) 29–12–4
46WMarch 12, 19402–1 New York Rangers (1939–40) 30–12–4
47TMarch 14, 19400–0 OT @ New York Rangers (1939–40) 30–12–5
48WMarch 17, 19407–2 Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 31–12–5

Playoffs

New York Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 2

The league's two best teams met in the second round of the playoffs, both teams having received byes in the first round. The Bruins lost 4 players to injury during the series. The Rangers held league leading scorer Milt Schmidt off the score sheet for the series and won 4-2, with goalie Dave Kerr posting three shutouts. The Rangers would go on to the beat the Leafs in the Finals.

Game 1 at Madison Square Garden was dominated by the Rangers. After Phil Watson put the Rangers up 1-0 in the second period, the "Bread Line" of Alex Shibicky, Neil Colville and Mac Colville took over. Combining for 7 points on a goal by Shibicky and two by Mac, the Rangers blanked the Bruins 4-0 with Dave Kerr earning the shutout.

Game 2 in Boston was special teams battle. A huge brawl in the first period saw seven players in the penalty box after which Mac Colville scored a Shorthanded goal. The Bruins special teams took over in the second period. Power play goals by Flash Hollett and Woody Dumart and a shorthanded goal by Herb Cain spotted them a 3-1 lead. The Rangers Dutch Hiller made it close at 9:56 of the third but Art Jackson sealed the Bruins 4-2 victory with a late goal. The Bruins Mel Hill broke his ankle and was lost for the remainder of the series.

Game 3 in Boston was a close affair with the team trading goals throughout the game. A pair by Eddie Wiseman, who opened the scoring at 7:21 of the first and netted the winner at 7:49 of the third period was the difference as the Bruins took game 3 by a 4-3 score and led in the series 2-1.

Game 4 in New York was a goaltending duel between Frank Brimsek and Kerr with the Rangers prevailing 1-0 on a 40 foot shot by Muzz Patrick at 10:40 of the third period to tie the series 2-2. The Bruins lost defenseman Des Smith to injury for the remainder of the series.

Game 5 in Boston was a repeat of Game 4 but with Babe Pratt scoring the game's only goal at 4:27 of the third period on a two on one with Alex Shibicky. The Bruins Art Jackson broke his ankle in the first period. With 20 seconds left, the Bruins pulled Brimsek for an extra attacker but to no avail. Dit Clapper hurt his ankle at the end of the game and wouldn't play in Game 6.

Game 6 in New York saw the Bruins go ahead 1-0 on a late first period goal by Roy Conacher assisted by Art Jackson's replacement Terry Reardon. But the shorthanded Bruins, playing without Jackson, Des Smith, Mel Hill and Clapper couldn't hold off the Rangers and Alf Pike tied it up in the second period. In the third, Alex Shibicky scored to make it 2-1 and in the process Robert "Red" Hamill took a major penalty for high-sticking and broke Shibicky's nose. The Rangers capitalized on the power play with goals by Clint Smith and Phil Watson to win the series with a 4-1 victory in front of their home town faithful.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 19 Boston Bruins 0-4 New York Rangers 0-1
2 March 21 New York Rangers 2-4 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 March 24 New York Rangers 3-4 Boston Bruins 1-2
4 March 26 Boston Bruins 0-1 New York Rangers 2-2
5 March 28 New York Rangers 1-0 Boston Bruins 3-2
6 March 30 Boston Bruins 1-4 New York Rangers 2-4

Player Stats

Regular Season

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 48 22 30 52 37
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 48 22 21 43 16
17 Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 48 17 26 43 2
10 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 48 13 27 40 24
4 Cain, HerbHerb Cain LW 48 21 10 31 30
9 Conacher, RoyRoy Conacher LW 31 18 12 30 9
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 44 10 18 28 25
12 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 44 10 18 28 18
18 Jackson, ArtArt Jackson C 46 7 18 25 6
16 Hill, MelMel Hill RW 38 9 11 20 19
6, 9 Hamill, RedRed Hamill LW 30 10 8 18 16
7 Wiseman, EddieEddie Wiseman RW 18 2 6 8 0
11 Pettinger, GordGord Pettinger C 24 2 6 8 2
19 Shewchuk, JackJack Shewchuk D 47 2 4 6 55
6 Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 35 1 4 5 26
7, 8 Portland, JackJack Portland D 28 0 5 5 16
8 Smith, DesDes Smith D 20 2 2 4 23
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 4 2 1 3 4
16 McReavy, PatPat McReavy C 2 0 0 0 2
1 Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek G 48 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek 2950 48 31 12 5 98 1.99 6
Team: 2950 48 31 12 5 98 1.99 6

Playoffs

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
4 Cain, HerbHerb Cain LW 6 1 3 4 2
9 Conacher, RoyRoy Conacher LW 6 2 1 3 0
7 Wiseman, EddieEddie Wiseman RW 6 2 1 3 2
12 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 5 1 2 3 2
18 Jackson, ArtArt Jackson C 5 1 2 3 0
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 5 0 2 2 2
17 Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 6 1 0 1 2
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 6 1 0 1 0
16 Reardon, TerryTerry Reardon C/RW 1 0 1 1 0
11 Hamill, RedRed Hamill LW 5 0 1 1 5
10 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 6 0 1 1 7
16 Hill, MelMel Hill RW 3 0 0 0 0
6 Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 6 0 0 0 0
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 6 0 0 0 0
19 Shewchuk, JackJack Shewchuk D 6 0 0 0 0
8 Smith, DesDes Smith D 6 0 0 0 0
1 Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek G 6 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek 360 6 2 4 15 2.50 0
Team: 360 6 2 4 15 2.50 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

Transactions

Trivia

Gallery

Video

A minute of highlights of the March 19, 1940 Semi-finals Game 1 which the Rangers won 4-0 on their way to winning the Stanley Cup. Second period goals by Phil Watson and Alex Shibicky are shown.

See Also

References

  1. 1939-40 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
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