|1950–51 Boston Bruins · NHL|
|Goals for||178 (3rd)|
|Goals against||197 (4th)|
|Goals||Milt Schmidt (22)|
|Assists||Milt Schmidt (39)|
|Points||Milt Schmidt (61)|
|Penalties in minutes||Bill Ezinicki (119)|
|Wins||Jack Gelineau (22)|
|Goals against average||Jack Gelineau (2.81)|
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The 1950–51 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 27th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 4th in the league and lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs four games to one (with one tie) in the Stanley Cup Semi-finals.
After their failure to make the playoffs the previous year, the Bruins replaced coach George Boucher with Lynn Patrick. Patrick would coach the Bruins for the next four years, groom his replacement Milt Schmidt and then become the Bruins general manager in 1954.
The 4th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Detroit on October 8, 1950. Bruins Paul Ronty, Bill Quackenbush and Johnny Peirson played for the All-Stars against the Detroit Red Wings. Peirson assisted on the only goal as the Wings thumped the All-Stars 7-1.
In order to provide better contrast when viewing teams on black and white television, the league had its six member teams pick what jersey (light or dark) they'd wear at home. Montreal chose their red jersey, the Rangers their blue while the other four teams, including the Bruins, adopted their white jerseys for use at home.
After a winless October, GM Art Ross shook the team up by making two multi-player trades on November 16, 1950. Ed Harrison and Zellio Toppazzini went to the New York Rangers for veteran Dunc Fisher while Leo Boivin, Fern Flaman, Phil Maloney and Kenny Smith went to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Vic Lynn and Bill Ezinicki. Both trades saw the Bruins acquire veterans, who'd play their last productive NHL season with the Bruins. The veterans helped the Bruins win with more consistency and make the playoffs. While the Ranger trade had little future impact, the Bruins would come to regret losing Flaman and especially Boivin, a promising 19 year old. They'd re-acquire both by 1954. Flaman would captain the Bruins for six seasons and Boivin for three.
With the assignment of veteran Jack Crawford to the minors, Milt Schmidt became team captain and experienced a renaissance along with his former Kraut Line member Woody Dumart. They finished 1-2 in team scoring, Schmidt finished 5th in league scoring, won the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP (beating out Maurice Richard) and was a First Team All-Star. The loan of Max Quackenbush saw him re-united with his brother Bill Quackenbush, the Bruins top defenseman and assistant captain. Max and Bill were sometimes paired together, the first time in Bruins history that a defense pair were brothers.
The Bruins had a very inconsistent season and couldn't put together a significant winning run. Only an eight game winless streak by the New York Rangers in March resulted in Boston edging out the Rangers for the last playoff spot by one point.
|National Hockey League||GP||W||L||T||Pts||GF||GA|
|Detroit Red Wings||70||44||13||13||101||236||139|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||70||41||16||13||95||212||138|
|New York Rangers||70||20||29||21||61||169||201|
|Chicago Black Hawks||70||13||47||10||36||171||280|
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.
|1||T||October 14, 1950||1–1||@ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||0–0–1|
|2||L||October 15, 1950||1–2||Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||0–1–1|
|3||L||October 18, 1950||0–2||Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||0–2–1|
|4||T||October 22, 1950||0–0||New York Rangers (1950–51)||0–2–2|
|5||T||October 25, 1950||1–1||@ New York Rangers (1950–51)||0–2–3|
|6||L||October 28, 1950||2–4||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||0–3–3|
|7||L||October 29, 1950||0–2||@ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||0–4–3|
|8||L||November 2, 1950||2–5||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||0–5–3|
|9||W||November 4, 1950||3–2||@ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||1–5–3|
|10||L||November 5, 1950||2–4||@ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||1–6–3|
|11||T||November 8, 1950||3–3||Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||1–6–4|
|12||L||November 11, 1950||2–4||Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||1–7–4|
|13||L||November 12, 1950||0–7||Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||1–8–4|
|14||W||November 15, 1950||4–3||@ New York Rangers (1950–51)||2–8–4|
|15||L||November 18, 1950||1–2||Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||2–9–4|
|16||W||November 19, 1950||3–1||Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||3–9–4|
|17||L||November 23, 1950||1–4||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||3–10–4|
|18||T||November 25, 1950||3–3||New York Rangers (1950–51)||3–10–5|
|19||L||November 26, 1950||1–3||Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||3–11–5|
|20||W||November 29, 1950||6–3||Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||4–11–5|
|21||L||December 2, 1950||2–3||New York Rangers (1950–51)||4–12–5|
|22||W||December 3, 1950||5–3||@ New York Rangers (1950–51)||5–12–5|
|23||W||December 6, 1950||5–4||Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||6–12–5|
|24||W||December 7, 1950||3–0||@ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||7–12–5|
|25||L||December 9, 1950||1–8||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||7–13–5|
|26||W||December 10, 1950||5–2||Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||8–13–5|
|27||L||December 14, 1950||2–4||@ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||8–14–5|
|28||L||December 16, 1950||1–4||Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||8–15–5|
|29||L||December 17, 1950||2–4||Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||8–16–5|
|30||T||December 20, 1950||4–4||@ New York Rangers (1950–51)||8–16–6|
|31||W||December 21, 1950||3–1||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||9–16–6|
|32||T||December 23, 1950||2–2||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||9–16–7|
|33||W||December 25, 1950||7–4||Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||10–16–7|
|34||T||December 27, 1950||4–4||Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||10–16–8|
|35||L||December 31, 1950||0–3||@ New York Rangers (1950–51)||10–17–8|
|36||W||January 1, 1951||3–2||New York Rangers (1950–51)||11–17–8|
|37||W||January 4, 1951||4–2||@ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||12–17–8|
|38||L||January 7, 1951||0–3||@ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||12–18–8|
|39||W||January 9, 1951||5–4||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||13–18–8|
|40||L||January 13, 1951||0–4||@ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||13–19–8|
|41||W||January 14, 1951||5–1||Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||14–19–8|
|42||T||January 17, 1951||3–3||@ New York Rangers (1950–51)||14–19–9|
|43||L||January 20, 1951||1–2||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||14–20–9|
|44||W||January 21, 1951||5–1||New York Rangers (1950–51)||15–20–9|
|45||T||January 25, 1951||3–3||@ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||15–20–10|
|46||W||January 27, 1951||3–0||Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||16–20–10|
|47||T||January 28, 1951||1–1||Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||16–20–11|
|48||L||February 1, 1951||2–5||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||16–21–11|
|49||L||February 3, 1951||1–4||@ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||16–22–11|
|50||T||February 4, 1951||3–3||Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||16–22–12|
|51||T||February 7, 1951||2–2||New York Rangers (1950–51)||16–22–13|
|52||W||February 10, 1951||6–0||Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||17–22–13|
|53||L||February 11, 1951||1–2||Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||17–23–13|
|54||W||February 18, 1951||7–3||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||18–23–13|
|55||T||February 19, 1951||2–2||@ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||18–23–14|
|56||T||February 21, 1951||2–2||@ New York Rangers (1950–51)||18–23–15|
|57||L||February 24, 1951||2–6||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||18–24–15|
|58||W||February 25, 1951||3–2||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||19–24–15|
|59||T||February 28, 1951||1–1||Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||19–24–16|
|60||T||March 3, 1951||3–3||New York Rangers (1950–51)||19–24–17|
|61||W||March 4, 1951||10–2||Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||20–24–17|
|62||L||March 7, 1951||2–3||Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||20–25–17|
|63||L||March 10, 1951||3–5||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||20–26–17|
|64||W||March 11, 1951||3–1||Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||21–26–17|
|65||L||March 15, 1951||0–4||@ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51)||21–27–17|
|66||L||March 17, 1951||1–3||@ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||21–28–17|
|67||T||March 18, 1951||2–2||Montreal Canadiens (1950–51)||21–28–18|
|68||W||March 21, 1951||6–5||Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51)||22–28–18|
|69||L||March 24, 1951||1–4||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||22–29–18|
|70||L||March 25, 1951||0–1||Toronto Maple Leafs (1950–51)||22–30–18|
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 1 (One tie)Edit
Having last met in the 1949 Semi-finals, the Leafs dispatched the Bruins again by a 4-1 series score with one game ending in a tie, the last playoff tie in NHL history.
Game 1 at Maple Leaf Gardens saw two rookie goalies play their first career playoff game. The Bruins Jack Gelineau would record his only career playoff shutout in Game 1 while the Leafs Al Rollins had a fantastic regular season and won the Vezina Trophy. Game 1 wouldn't turn out well for Rollins who gave up a goal to Lorne Ferguson at 14:48 of the first period. Less than two minutes later, Rollins was knocked out of the series after a collision with the Bruins Pete Horeck. Veteran goalie Turk Broda, who'd retire the next season, stepped in for Rollins. Broda gave up a goal early in the third period to Woody Dumart and Gelineau stopped all 24 Leaf shots for a 2-0 win.
Game 2 at Toronto was a rough affair that had a very strange ending. After Bill Barilko put the Leafs up 1-0, he'd become involved in several incidents. The second period saw seven fights break out and Barilko received a game misconduct for a hit on Dunc Fisher that resulted in Fisher leaving the game on a stretcher. Johnny Peirson tied the game up at the 9:26 of the second. The game went scoreless in the third, resulting in overtime. The first OT period was also scoreless and it was 11:45pm on a Saturday night. The city of Toronto had a curfew law that prohibited professional sporting events from occurring on Sunday. As a result, the game ended after one overtime period and was declared a draw. The game is not officially counted in NHL game registers though the statistics in the game are. In OT, Johnny Peirson suffered a broken cheek and was lost for the remainder of the series.
Game 3 at Boston Garden saw the 36 year old Broda play brilliantly and shut the Bruins out. Cal Gardner opened the scoring at 3:02 of the second period on a solo rush. Stopped in front of the Bruins net by Bill Quackenbush and Murray Henderson, he managed to get off a shot as he was falling that eluded Gelineau. Fern Flaman got revenge for the Bruins trading him with a Power play goal on a point shot at 13:11. Max Bentley added a goal in the third period and the series was tied.
Game 4 at Boston saw the Leafs outlast the Bruins who opened the scoring at 7:50 of the first period with Dunc Fisher's only point of the series. The Leafs Sid Smith evened the score on the power play with the Bruins Bill Ezinicki in the box. Max Bentley put the Leafs up for good two minutes later. Barilko's second of the series in the third period finished a 3-1 win and a 2-1-1 series lead for the Leafs.
Game 5 at Toronto was held after a three day layoff. With Gord Henry replacing Jack Gelineau in the Bruins net, the Leafs dominated the ailing Bruins with two goals by Joe Klukay (including one shorthanded), Fleming Mackell and Ted Kennedy before Bill Ezinicki scored a consolation goal for the Bruins.
Game 6 at Boston saw the Leafs win the series with a 6-0 whitewashing of the Bruins with Gord Henry again in net. Klukay scored twice with individual markers by Kennedy, Mackell, Sid Smith and Tod Sloan. The Leafs took the series 4-1-1.
|1||March 28||Boston Bruins||2-0||Toronto Maple Leafs||1-0|
|2||March 31||Boston Bruins||1-1 (OT)||Toronto Maple Leafs||1-0-1|
|3||April 1||Toronto Maple Leafs||3-0||Boston Bruins||1-1-1|
|4||April 3||Toronto Maple Leafs||3-1||Boston Bruins||2-1-1|
|5||April 7||Boston Bruins||1-4||Toronto Maple Leafs||1-1-3|
|6||April 8||Toronto Maple Leafs||6-0||Boston Bruins||4-1-1|
|16, 19||Bill Ezinicki||RW||53||16||19||35||119|
|10, 24||Ross Lowe||D/LW||43||5||3||8||40|
|6, 10, 18, 24||Ed Reigle||D||17||0||2||2||25|
|16, 19||Bill Ezinicki||RW||6||1||1||2||18|
|18, 24||Stephen Kraftcheck||D||6||0||0||0||7|
The tie game on March 31, 1951 was not credited towards the game totals.
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
- Hart Memorial Trophy: Milt Schmidt
- Bill Quackenbush, Defence, NHL First Team All-Star
- Milt Schmidt, Centre, NHL First Team All-Star
- Trade Ed Harrison and Zellio Toppazzini to the New York Rangers for Dunc Fisher on November 16, 1950.
- Trade Leo Boivin, Fern Flaman, Phil Maloney and Kenny Smith to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Vic Lynn and Bill Ezinicki on November 16, 1950.
- Trade Steve Kraftcheck to the Detroit Red Wings for the loan of Max Quackenbush for the 1950-51 season on December 5, 1950.
- Trade Ross Lowe to the Montreal Canadiens for Hal Laycoe on February 14, 1951.
- Hal Laycoe scored in his Bruins debut in a 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on February 18, 1951.
- Defenseman Ed Reigle became the second Bruin to wear four different jersey numbers in a season. Reigle wore 6, 10, 18 and 24. In the 1933–34 Boston Bruins season, Myles Lane also wore four different numbers.
- Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:
- 1950–51 Boston Bruins Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-06.
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|Head Coaches||Ross • Denneny • Patrick • Weiland • Clapper • Boucher • Patrick • Schmidt • Watson• Sinden • Johnson • Guidolin • Cherry • Creighton • Cheevers • Goring • O'Reilly • Milbury • Bowness • Sutter • Kasper • Burns • Keenan • Ftorek • O'Connell • Sullivan • Lewis • Julien • Cassidy|
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|Affiliates||Providence Bruins • Atlanta Gladiators|
|Rivals||Montreal Canadiens • Toronto Maple Leafs • Philadelphia Flyers • New York Rangers|
|Stanley Cups||1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011|
|1950–51 NHL season by team|
|Teams||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • Montreal • New York • Toronto|
|See also||All-Star Game • 1951 Stanley Cup Finals|