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42-43BosBru
1942–43 Boston Bruins · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 2nd NHL
1942–43 record 24–17–9
Goals for 195 (2nd)
Goals against 176 (3rd)
Coach Art Ross
Captain Dit Clapper
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Bill Cowley (27)
Assists Bill Cowley (45)
Points Bill Cowley (72)
Penalties in minutes Murph Chamberlain (67)
Wins Frank Brimsek (24)
Goals against average Frank Brimsek (3.52)
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1941–42 1943–44

The 1942–43 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 19th season in the NHL. Despite losing many players to wartime service, the Bruins finished in second place and lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 0.

Pre-seasonEdit

The Bruins played a pre-season game against the Montreal Air Force.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Bruins and the New York Rangers were the hardest hit teams by the loss of players to the Armed Forces. Both lost 16 players by November 1942. The Kraut Line was lost to war service in February 1942. Good players were so hard to find that the Bruins played the November 1, 1942 game versus the Detroit Red Wings with only 12 players, 3 under the league rules. As a result, on November 12, 1942, Bep Guidolin, at 16 years old, became the youngest player in NHL history when he was called up to play for the Bruins. Guidolin's linemates were 17 year old Don Gallinger and 19 year old Bill Shill.

17Nov1942-Jackson Bibeault

Bruins #16 Art Jackson scores on Canadiens Paul Bibeault who is wearing a Red Wings jersey, November 17, 1942.

After the November 15, 1942 game at Detroit, it was discovered that the jersey of Tony Graboski of the Montreal Canadiens was missing. With no extra jerseys and an impending game at the Boston Garden, the Canadiens borrowed the #16 jersey from the Red Wings which goalie Paul Bibeault wore for the November 17, 1942 game against the Bruins. Graboski wore Bibeault's #1 jersey for the game.

After losing the first four games, the Bruins went on a points streak that saw them only lose once in 17 games. The Bruins played the first afternoon game in their history on December 12, 1942 against the Montreal Canadiens. A Red Cross fund drive was held between periods.

Bill Cowley-alt jersey circa 1942

1942-43 MVP Bill Cowley sporting the Bruins alternate jersey.

Bill Cowley led the Bruins in scoring, having done so for five of the previous seven seasons. He finished second in league scoring by 1 point, was voted a First Team All-Star and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as League MVP. The Bruins defense was superb with Jack Crawford, Flash Hollett and goalie Frank Brimsek being voted to the Second All-Star Team along with coach Art Ross. Hollett would tie his own record for most goals in a season by a defenseman with 19.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts
Detroit Red Wings 50 25 14 11 61
Boston Bruins 50 24 17 9 57
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 22 19 9 53
Montreal Canadiens 50 19 19 12 50
Chicago Black Hawks 50 17 18 15 49
New York Rangers 50 11 31 8 30

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
1LOctober 31, 19422–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 0–1–0
2LNovember 1, 19420–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 0–2–0
3LNovember 5, 19421–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 0–3–0
4LNovember 12, 19421–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 0–4–0
5WNovember 14, 19425–3 New York Rangers (1942–43) 1–4–0
6WNovember 15, 19424–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 2–4–0
7WNovember 17, 19424–1 Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 3–4–0
8WNovember 22, 19427–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 4–4–0
9TNovember 24, 19425–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 4–4–1
10WNovember 28, 19426–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 5–4–1
11LNovember 29, 19422–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 5–5–1
12WDecember 1, 19425–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 6–5–1
13WDecember 6, 19425–4 New York Rangers (1942–43) 7–5–1
14WDecember 8, 19429–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 8–5–1
15WDecember 12, 19423–2 Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 9–5–1
16TDecember 13, 19421–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 9–5–2
17WDecember 15, 19423–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 10–5–2
18WDecember 17, 19427–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 11–5–2
19TDecember 19, 19423–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 11–5–3
20TDecember 20, 19424–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 11–5–4
21TDecember 22, 19424–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 11–5–5
22LDecember 26, 19422–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 11–6–5
23LDecember 27, 19422–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 11–7–5
24LDecember 29, 19423–5 New York Rangers (1942–43) 11–8–5
25TJanuary 1, 19432–2 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 11–8–6
26WJanuary 3, 19433–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 12–8–6
27LJanuary 9, 19432–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 12–9–6
28WJanuary 10, 19435–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 13–9–6
29WJanuary 12, 19433–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 14–9–6
30WJanuary 16, 19437–5 New York Rangers (1942–43) 15–9–6
31WJanuary 17, 19436–3 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 16–9–6
32WJanuary 19, 19435–2 Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 17–9–6
33LJanuary 21, 19432–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 17–10–6
34LJanuary 24, 19433–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 17–11–6
35LJanuary 26, 19433–5 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 17–12–6
36WJanuary 30, 19435–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 18–12–6
37WJanuary 31, 19437–2 @ New York Rangers (1942–43) 19–12–6
38WFebruary 2, 19435–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 20–12–6
39LFebruary 6, 19433–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 20–13–6
40WFebruary 7, 19437–1 Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 21–13–6
41WFebruary 9, 19433–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 22–13–6
42LFebruary 14, 19432–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 22–14–6
43LFebruary 20, 19432–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 22–15–6
44LFebruary 21, 19430–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 22–16–6
45LFebruary 23, 19435–7 Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 22–17–6
46TFebruary 28, 19434–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1942–43) 22–17–7
47WMarch 2, 19433–1 Detroit Red Wings (1942–43) 23–17–7
48TMarch 9, 19435–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1942–43) 23–17–8
49TMarch 14, 19434–4 Montreal Canadiens (1942–43) 23–17–9
50WMarch 16, 194311–5 New York Rangers (1942–43) 24–17–9

PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, Montreal Canadiens 1 Edit

In their fourth playoff meeting and first since 1930-31, the Bruins defeated the Habs in a tight series in which three games went to overtime. It would be another 45 years before the Bruins beat Montreal in a playoff series.

Game 1 saw the Habs take a 3-0 lead in the second period. Goals by Don Gallinger and a power play goal by Art Jackson cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the third. Dutch Hiller put Montreal up 4-2 but goals by Oscar Aubuchon (the only playoff goal of his career) and the indomitable Bill Cowley sent the game into overtime with a power play goal with 4 minutes left in regulation. Gallinger's second goal of the game 12:30 into the first OT was a wraparound that beat Paul Bibeault and sent the crowd home happy as the Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Game 2 was the reverse of game 1 in that the Bruins held a 4-0 lead in the third period on goals by Gallinger, Ab DeMarco, Jackson and Herb Cain. With a little less than 6 minutes remaining in the game, Jack Crawford took a minor penalty and Montreal mounted a furious comeback, scoring 3 power play goals in less than 2 minutes, two by Gordie Drillon and one by Toe Blake (NHL game sheets and newspaper accounts confirm this but it isn't noted in some other sources). But Jackson's second of the game with little over a minute remaining gave the Bruins a 5-3 win and a 2-0 lead in the series.

Game 3 saw the series switch to the Montreal Forum where encouraged by the home crowd, Elmer Lach and Drillon's third of the series spotted the Habs a 2-0 lead in the second period. Herb Cain cut the lead in half and Dit Clapper scored the tying goal in the last minute of the third period. Flash Hollett took a penalty 1:30 into the first overtime but veteran Busher Jackson was not deterred. While killing the penalty, he grabbed the puck at center ice, crossed the blue line and threw a shot which Bibeault couldn't control. Jackson pounced on the rebound and scored a shorthanded goal, giving the Bruins a 3-2 win and a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

Game 4 would be the Habs only victory of the series. With Bruins all-star defenseman Jack Crawford out due to injury and Bill "Red" Anderson playing the only game of his NHL career subbing for Crawford, the Habs won handily 4-0 on goals by Jack Portland, Toe Blake (his 4th of the series), Buddy O'Connor and Joe Benoit. Paul Bibeault earned the shutout and the Bruins led the series 3-1.

Game 5 saw the series back in the Boston Garden where the teams traded goals. Montreal held a 4-3 lead going into the third period on goals by Elmer Lach, two by O'Connor and one by Drillon. Dit Clapper, Murph Chamberlain (assisted by Flash Hollett, his 8th assist of the series) and Cain's third of the series were Boston's counters. Cain scored his fourth at 9:49 of the third to tie the game and send it into overtime. 3:41 in the first OT, Ab Demarco scored his second of the series to win it for the Bruins.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 21 Montreal Canadiens 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 23 Montreal Canadiens 3-5 Boston Bruins 0-2
3 March 25 Boston Bruins 3-2 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 3-0
4 March 27 Boston Bruins 0-4 Montreal Canadiens 3-1
5 March 30 Montreal Canadiens 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 1-4

Detroit Red Wings 4, Boston Bruins 0 Edit

The Wings eliminated the Bruins in the Semi-finals the year before and would sweep them in convincing fashion in the 1943 finals, 4 games to 0. Johnny Mowers would shutout the Bruins in games 3 and 4.

Game 1 saw goals traded by the Wings Jack Stewart and the Bruins Art Jackson. However, Mud Bruneteau would record a Hat trick in addition to a Shorthanded goal by Sid Abel and a goal by Joe Carveth, staking the Wings to a commanding 6-1 lead. A late goal by Ab DeMarco meant little and the Wings took a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 had a scoreless first period and then the Bruins jumped out to their only lead of the series on goals by Jack Crawford and Art Jackson in the second period. A late goal by the Wings Les Douglas cut the lead to 2-1 going into the third which saw the Wings explode for three goals by Carveth, Carl Liscombe and Syd Howe. A late goal by Jackson (his 6th of the playoffs) wasn't enough and the Wings took game 2.

Game 3 saw the Wings dominate as Don Grosso posted a hat trick and Les Douglas added a goal. Mowers posted the shutout.

Game 4 resulted in the Wings completing the sweep on a first period goal by Carveth (his sixth) and Liscombe (also his sixth). Mowers posted his second shutout of the series in leading the Wings to the team's third Stanley Cup. Art Jackson led the playoffs in goal scoring with 6 while Flash Hollett led in assists with 9.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 1 Boston Bruins 2-6 Detroit Red Wings 0-1
2 April 4 Boston Bruins 3-4 Detroit Red Wings 0-2
3 April 7 Detroit Red Wings 4-0 Boston Bruins 3-0
4 April 8 Detroit Red Wings 2-0 Boston Bruins 4-0

See also 1943 Stanley Cup Finals.

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
10 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 48 27 45 72 10
16 Jackson, ArtArt Jackson C 50 22 31 53 20
14 Boll, BuzzBuzz Boll LW 43 25 27 52 20
9 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 50 19 25 44 19
4 Cain, HerbHerb Cain LW 45 18 18 36 19
18 Jackson, BusherBusher Jackson LW 44 19 15 34 38
11 Gallinger, DonDon Gallinger C 48 14 20 34 16
19 Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 45 9 24 33 67
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 38 5 18 23 12
6 Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 49 5 18 23 24
12 Guidolin, BepBep Guidolin LW 42 7 15 22 43
7, 21 Schmidt, JackieJackie Schmidt LW 45 6 7 13 6
9 Boyd, IrwinIrwin Boyd RW 20 6 5 11 6
8 Shewchuk, JackJack Shewchuk D 48 2 6 8 50
7, 17 DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco C 3 4 1 5 0
9 Shill, BillBill Shill RW 7 4 1 5 4
15 Aubuchon, OssieOssie Aubuchon LW 3 3 0 3 0
17, 20 Calladine, NormNorm Calladine C 3 0 1 1 0
12 Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 3 0 0 0 0
1 Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek G 50 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek 3000 50 24 17 9 176 3.52 1
Team: 3000 50 24 17 9 176 3.52 1

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
16 Jackson, ArtArt Jackson C 9 6 3 9 7
2 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 9 0 9 9 4
10 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 9 1 7 8 4
4 Cain, HerbHerb Cain LW 7 4 2 6 0
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 9 2 3 5 9
11 Gallinger, DonDon Gallinger C 9 3 1 4 10
12 Guidolin, BepBep Guidolin LW 9 0 4 4 12
17 DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco C 9 3 0 3 2
18 Jackson, BusherBusher Jackson LW 9 1 2 3 10
19 Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 6 1 1 2 12
6 Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 6 1 1 2 10
15 Aubuchon, OssieOssie Aubuchon LW 6 1 0 1 0
9 Boyd, IrwinIrwin Boyd RW 5 0 1 1 4
21 Anderson, BillBill Anderson D 1 0 0 0 0
7 Schmidt, JackieJackie Schmidt LW 5 0 0 0 0
8 Shewchuk, JackJack Shewchuk D 9 0 0 0 12
1 Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek G 9 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek 560 9 4 5 33 3.54 0
Team: 560 9 4 5 33 3.54 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

  • The Bruins insert Ab DeMarco, Oscar Aubuchon and Norm Calladine into the line-up for the last 3 games of the season. DeMarco scores 4 goals and Aubuchon nets 3. DeMarco would add 3 goals in the playoffs, including the overtime winner that eliminates Montreal in the Semi-finals.
  • Don Gallinger was 17 years old when he scored the overtime winner in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semi-finals, making him the youngest player in NHL history to score an overtime winner.
  • Jack Crawford missed the 4-0 loss to Montreal in Game 4 of the Semi-finals. Bill "Red" Anderson played his only NHL game subbing for Crawford.
  • Bill Cowley had a 6 point game during the 7-5 win over the New York Rangers on January 16, 1943.
  • Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1942-43 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
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