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45-46BosBru
1945–46 Boston Bruins · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 2nd NHL
1945–46 record 24–18–8
Goals for 167 (3rd)
Goals against 156 (2nd)
Coach Dit Clapper
Captain Dit Clapper
Team leaders
Goals Woody Dumart (22)
Assists Don Gallinger (23)
Points Don Gallinger (40)
Penalties in minutes Bep Guidolin (62)
Wins Frank Brimsek (16)
Goals against average Paul Bibeault (2.81)
Seasons
1944–45 1946–47

The 1945–46 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 22nd season in the NHL. With the return of star forwards Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart as well as star goalie Frank Brimsek from war service, the Bruins made it to the 1946 Stanley Cup Final only to lose to the rival Montreal Canadiens four games to one.

Regular SeasonEdit

Art Ross retires as coach and Dit Clapper becomes the team's first player-coach.

Final StandingsEdit

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

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 28 17 5 61 172 134 337
Boston Bruins 50 24 18 8 56 167 156 273
Chicago Black Hawks 50 23 20 7 53 200 178 339
Detroit Red Wings 50 20 20 10 50 146 159 298
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 19 24 7 45 174 185 247
New York Rangers 50 13 28 9 35 144 191 285

Game LogEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 24, 19454–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 0–1–0
2TOctober 27, 19451–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 0–1–1
3LOctober 28, 19450–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 0–2–1
4WNovember 4, 19456–5 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 1–2–1
5WNovember 7, 19454–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 2–2–1
6LNovember 10, 19453–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 2–3–1
7WNovember 11, 19457–1 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 3–3–1
8WNovember 21, 19453–0 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 4–3–1
9WNovember 25, 19455–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 5–3–1
10WNovember 28, 19455–1 New York Rangers (1945–46) 6–3–1
11TDecember 2, 19452–2 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 6–3–2
12WDecember 5, 19456–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 7–3–2
13LDecember 9, 19453–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 7–4–2
14TDecember 12, 19452–2 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 7–4–3
15TDecember 15, 19453–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 7–4–4
16TDecember 16, 19453–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 7–4–5
17WDecember 19, 19458–7 New York Rangers (1945–46) 8–4–5
18LDecember 23, 19451–4 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 8–5–5
19WDecember 29, 19454–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 9–5–5
20TDecember 30, 19453–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 9–5–6
21WJanuary 1, 19464–0 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 10–5–6
22LJanuary 5, 19462–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 10–6–6
23LJanuary 6, 19462–4 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 10–7–6
24LJanuary 10, 19461–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 10–8–6
25WJanuary 12, 19464–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 11–8–6
26WJanuary 16, 19463–2 New York Rangers (1945–46) 12–8–6
27WJanuary 17, 19464–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 13–8–6
28LJanuary 19, 19461–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 13–9–6
29WJanuary 20, 19463–0 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 14–9–6
30WJanuary 23, 19467–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 15–9–6
31WJanuary 26, 19464–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 16–9–6
32LJanuary 27, 19461–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 16–10–6
33WJanuary 30, 19464–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 17–10–6
34WFebruary 2, 19465–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 18–10–6
35LFebruary 3, 19461–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 18–11–6
36TFebruary 6, 19463–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 18–11–7
37LFebruary 10, 19460–2 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 18–12–7
38WFebruary 13, 19463–0 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 19–12–7
39TFebruary 14, 19462–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 19–12–8
40LFebruary 16, 19462–6 New York Rangers (1945–46) 19–13–8
41LFebruary 20, 19463–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 19–14–8
42LFebruary 23, 19462–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 19–15–8
43LFebruary 24, 19463–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 19–16–8
44WFebruary 27, 19465–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 20–16–8
45LMarch 3, 19463–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 20–17–8
46WMarch 6, 19464–2 Detroit Red Wings (1945–46) 21–17–8
47WMarch 10, 19467–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 22–17–8
48WMarch 12, 19463–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 23–17–8
49LMarch 13, 19463–5 New York Rangers (1945–46) 23–18–8
50WMarch 17, 19465–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 24–18–8

PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, Detroit Red Wings 3Edit

Meeting for the 5th time in the last six years in the playoffs, the Bruins would overcome the Wings in five games to avenge losing the previous three series. The return of the Kraut Line from war service saw them score half the Bruins goals in the series and Frank Brimsek out dueled Wings goalie Harry Lumley.

Game 1 saw the home town Bruins jump out to a 2-0 first period lead on a Shorthanded goal by defenseman Pat Egan and rookie Bill Shill. Harry Watson responded for the Wings in the second but Brimsek shut the door and Bep Guidolin sealed a 3-1 win for the Bruins.

Game 2 featured shutout play by Wings goalie Lumley and goals by Pat Lundy, Jim Conacher and Watson's second of the series for a Wings 3-0 win, tying the series 1-1.

Game 3 shifted the series to the Detroit Olympia where the Kraut Line dominated with a pair of goals each by Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart plus a marker by Egan. Two late third period goals by the Wings Fern Gauthier and Carl Liscombe weren't enough as the Bruins won 5-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4 was a very clean game with only one penalty in which the Kraut Line continued to produce on first period goals by Dumart and Bobby Bauer. After a scoreless second period, Bep Guidolin's 2nd of the series saw the Bruins up 3-0. Fern Gauthier responded but a goal by the Bruins Terry Reardon sank any hopes of a comeback. The Bruins won 4-0 and took a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

Game 5 saw the series back in the Boston Garden where first period goals by Bauer and Guidolin put the Bruins up 2-0. Gauthier responded in the second period but Reardon responded early in the third. The Wings mounted a furious comeback with a goal by Adam Brown and Ed Bruneteau tying it up in the last minute, sending the game into overtime. The Bruins survived a penalty in OT by Egan and Don Gallinger was the hero with the winner at 9:51.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 19 Detroit Red Wings 1-3 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 21 Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 March 24 Boston Bruins 5-2 Detroit Red Wings 2-1
4 March 26 Boston Bruins 4-1 Detroit Red Wings 3-1
5 March 28 Detroit Red Wings 3-4 (OT) Boston Bruins 1-4

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1Edit

See 1946 Stanley Cup Finals. Having last met in the 1943 semi-finals where the Bruins defeated the Habs 4 games to 1, the 1946 series would see three games go to overtime. The Canadiens won two of the OT games and defeated the Bruins 4 games to 1.

Game 1 saw a scoreless first period yield to an early second period Power play goal by Butch Bouchard of the Canadiens. Bob Fillion made it 2-0 before the Bruins scored a pair by Bep Guidolin, Woody Dumart. Tied going into the third, the Bruins Jack Crawford scored his only goal of the playoffs. Murph Chamberlain tied the game with less than four minutes in the period, sending the game into overtime. 9:08 into OT, Maurice Richard scored the winner, his 5th of the playoffs.

Game 2 saw the teams trade first period goals by Pat Egan and Elmer Lach. As in game 1, the Bruins took the lead on a goal by Bobby Bauer but the Habs again tied it up on Butch Bouchard's marker. Jimmy Peters was the OT hero and Montreal held a 2-0 series lead going to Boston.

Game 3 again saw Montreal pull the game out in the third period. After the Bruins Guidolin and Terry Reardon tallied, responded by Elmer Lach and Glen Harmon, it was 2-2 at the end of the second. Third period goals by Ken Mosdell and Dutch Hiller and stout goaltending by the Habs Bill Durnan lead Montreal to a 4-3 and a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

Game 4 saw a scoreless first period. The Bruins Murray Henderson broke the ice in the second, responded to by Richard. In the third, Don Gallinger put the Bruins up but Richard responded again, sending the game into overtime. Terry Reardon's 4th of the playoffs won it for the Bruins, who travelled back to Montreal down 3-1.

Game 5 saw the Kraut Line finally break out with the first goal of the series for Milt Schmidt. Bobby Bauer and Bill Cowley also scored but the Habs responded with Fillion, Lach and Mosdell. Tied 3-3 going into the third, the Habs again demonstrated a strong final frame and once Toe Blake scored at 11:06, Chamberlain and Hiller piled on and Montreal took the Cup in 5 games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 19 Boston Bruins 3-4 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 March 21 Boston Bruins 2-3 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 0-2
3 March 24 Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Boston Bruins 3-0
4 March 26 Montreal Canadiens 2-3 (OT) Boston Bruins 3-1
5 March 28 Boston Bruins 3-6 Montreal Canadiens 1-4

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Gallinger, DonDon Gallinger C 50 17 23 40 18
Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 50 22 12 34 2
Guidolin, BepBep Guidolin LW 50 15 17 32 62
Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 48 13 18 31 21
Cain, HerbHerb Cain LW 48 17 12 29 4
Shill, BillBill Shill RW 45 15 12 27 12
Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 26 12 12 24 6
Reardon, TerryTerry Reardon C/RW 49 12 11 23 21
Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 39 11 10 21 4
McGill, JackJack McGill C 46 6 14 20 21
Egan, PatPat Egan D 41 8 10 18 32
Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 48 7 9 16 10
Henderson, MurrayMurray Henderson D 48 4 11 15 30
Church, JackJack Church D 43 2 6 8 28
Smith, KenKen Smith LW 23 2 6 8 0
Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 30 2 3 5 0
Conacher, RoyRoy Conacher LW 4 2 1 3 0
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault G 16 0 0 0 0
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek G 34 0 0 0 0
Bruce, GordieGordie Bruce LW 5 0 0 0 0
Delmonte, ArmandArmand Delmonte RW 1 0 0 0 0
Flaman, FernFern Flaman D 1 0 0 0 0
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 2 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek 2040 34 16 14 4 111 3.26 2
Bibeault, PaulPaul Bibeault 960 16 8 4 4 45 2.81 2
Team: 3000 50 24 18 8 156 3.12 4

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 10 3 5 8 2
Guidolin, BepBep Guidolin LW 10 5 2 7 13
Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 10 4 3 7 2
Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 10 4 3 7 0
Gallinger, DonDon Gallinger C 10 2 4 6 2
Reardon, TerryTerry Reardon C/RW 10 4 0 4 2
Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 10 1 3 4 2
Smith, KenKen Smith LW 8 0 4 4 0
Egan, PatPat Egan D 10 3 0 3 8
Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 10 1 2 3 4
Shill, BillBill Shill RW 7 1 2 3 2
Henderson, MurrayMurray Henderson D 10 1 1 2 4
Cain, HerbHerb Cain LW 9 0 2 2 2
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek G 10 0 0 0 0
Church, JackJack Church D 9 0 0 0 4
Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 4 0 0 0 0
Conacher, RoyRoy Conacher LW 3 0 0 0 0
McGill, JackJack McGill C 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Brimsek, FrankFrank Brimsek 651 10 5 5 29 2.67 0
Team: 651 10 5 5 29 2.67 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

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1945-46 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
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