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1952–53 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 3rd NHL
1952–53 record 28–29–13
Goals for 152 (5th tie)
Goals against 172 (4th)
Coach Lynn Patrick
Captain Milt Schmidt
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Fleming Mackell (27)
Assists Milt Schmidt (23)
Points Fleming Mackell (44)
Penalties in minutes Leo Labine (69)
Wins Jim Henry (28)
Goals against average Jim Henry (2.46)
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1951–52 1953–54

The 1952–53 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 29th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 3rd in the league and lost to the Montreal Canadiens four games to one in the 1953 Stanley Cup Finals.

Off-seasonEdit

The 6th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Detroit on October 5, 1952. Two team of All-Stars played to a 1-1 tie. Bruins Dave Creighton, Ed Sandford and Bill Quackenbush played on the First All-Star team and faced goalie Jim Henry and Milt Schmidt on the Second All-Star team. For the first time since the official All-Star games began in 1947, no Bruin registered a point.

Regular SeasonEdit

1953 Mackell

Fleming Mackell led the Bruins in scoring and was a First Team All-Star in 1952-53.

The Bruins enjoyed line-up stability, relatively few injuries and a rock-solid defense led by Bill Quackenbush who made the Second All-Star Team. Jim Henry had another fine season, played all 70 games and had nearly identical statistics to the previous season, including 7 shutouts.

Lack of goal scoring separated the Bruins from making it into the top two in league standings. Fleming Mackell led the team in points, finished 10th in league scoring and his 27 goals were 5th in the league. He was voted to the First All-Star team. Mackell's wingers Ed Sandford and Johnny Peirson continued to be effective though Peirson missed 21 games to injury. Real Chevrefils chipped in 19 goals while rookie Jerry Toppazzini showed promise in his first of ten seasons with the Bruins. Despite injured knees that would plague him until he retired, 35 year old Milt Schmidt was the team's assist leader while Woody Dumart was a superb defensive forward, which he'd demonstrate in the playoffs shadowing Gordie Howe.

The November 1, 1952 game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs was the first English language televised game in Canada. The broadcast began halfway through the game and Foster Hewitt handled the play-by-play.

On January 1, 1953, Dave Creighton scored two goals versus Toronto but then broke his leg in a tussle with Fern Flaman. Creighton missed 25 games and George Sullivan was recalled from the minors. During the same game, in a fight with Milt Schmidt, Leafs captain Ted Kennedy fell and suffered a broken collarbone and torn shoulder ligaments. Kennedy would be out the remainder of the season and the Leafs would miss out on a playoff berth by 2 points.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 36 16 18 90 222 133
Montreal Canadiens 70 28 23 19 75 155 148
Boston Bruins 70 28 29 13 69 152 172
Chicago Black Hawks 70 27 28 15 69 169 175
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 27 30 13 67 156 167
New York Rangers 70 17 37 16 50 152 211

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
1TOctober 12, 19521–1 Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 0–0–1
2WOctober 16, 19522–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 1–0–1
3LOctober 18, 19521–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 1–1–1
4TOctober 19, 19522–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 1–1–2
5TOctober 22, 19523–3 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 1–1–3
6WOctober 25, 19524–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 2–1–3
7TOctober 26, 19521–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 2–1–4
8LOctober 30, 19521–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 2–2–4
9LNovember 1, 19522–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 2–3–4
10LNovember 2, 19521–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 2–4–4
11WNovember 6, 19522–0 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 3–4–4
12WNovember 9, 19524–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 4–4–4
13WNovember 11, 19524–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 5–4–4
14LNovember 13, 19520–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 5–5–4
15LNovember 15, 19520–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 5–6–4
16LNovember 16, 19522–5 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 5–7–4
17WNovember 19, 19522–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 6–7–4
18LNovember 20, 19521–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 6–8–4
19WNovember 23, 19526–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 7–8–4
20WNovember 27, 19523–1 New York Rangers (1952–53) 8–8–4
21WNovember 30, 19523–1 Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 9–8–4
22WDecember 4, 19525–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 10–8–4
23WDecember 6, 19522–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 11–8–4
24TDecember 7, 19521–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 11–8–5
25WDecember 10, 19524–1 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 12–8–5
26LDecember 11, 19521–10 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 12–9–5
27TDecember 14, 19522–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 12–9–6
28LDecember 17, 19520–5 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 12–10–6
29TDecember 18, 19523–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 12–10–7
30WDecember 20, 19526–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 13–10–7
31LDecember 21, 19523–4 Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 13–11–7
32LDecember 25, 19521–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 13–12–7
33LDecember 27, 19520–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 13–13–7
34LDecember 28, 19521–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 13–14–7
35WJanuary 1, 19535–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 14–14–7
36WJanuary 3, 19531–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 15–14–7
37LJanuary 4, 19532–5 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 15–15–7
38LJanuary 8, 19530–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 15–16–7
39LJanuary 10, 19531–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 15–17–7
40LJanuary 11, 19532–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 15–18–7
41LJanuary 15, 19530–4 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 15–19–7
42WJanuary 18, 19532–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 16–19–7
43TJanuary 22, 19533–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 16–19–8
44WJanuary 24, 19539–0 New York Rangers (1952–53) 17–19–8
45LJanuary 25, 19531–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 17–20–8
46TJanuary 29, 19532–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 17–20–9
47TJanuary 31, 19530–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 17–20–10
48WFebruary 1, 19534–3 Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 18–20–10
49WFebruary 5, 19534–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 19–20–10
50LFebruary 8, 19533–5 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 19–21–10
51WFebruary 12, 19533–1 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 20–21–10
52WFebruary 14, 19535–4 New York Rangers (1952–53) 21–21–10
53WFebruary 15, 19531–0 Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 22–21–10
54LFebruary 18, 19532–4 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 22–22–10
55TFebruary 21, 19532–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 22–22–11
56LFebruary 22, 19530–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 22–23–11
57LFebruary 25, 19531–2 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 22–24–11
58LFebruary 27, 19530–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 22–25–11
59TMarch 1, 19532–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 22–25–12
60LMarch 2, 19532–10 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 22–26–12
61WMarch 5, 19535–0 Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 23–26–12
62LMarch 7, 19531–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 23–27–12
63WMarch 8, 19532–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 24–27–12
64TMarch 12, 19532–2 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 24–27–13
65WMarch 14, 19533–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 25–27–13
66WMarch 15, 19532–1 Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 26–27–13
67WMarch 18, 19532–1 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 27–27–13
68LMarch 19, 19531–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 27–28–13
69WMarch 21, 19532–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1952–53) 28–28–13
70LMarch 22, 19531–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 28–29–13

PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, Detroit Red Wings 2Edit

The Bruins and Red Wings last met in the 1946 Semi-finals where the Bruins won 4 games to 1. Detroit were heavy favorites, having finished in first place with 21 more points than Boston. Boston's Woody Dumart effectively checked Gordie Howe, limiting him to 2 goals in the series, having scored 49 in the regular season. Boston's line of Ed Sandford, Johnny Peirson and Fleming Mackell led offensively with Sandford scoring 6 goals. Detroit's coach Tommy Ivan acknowledged that Bruins goalie Jim Henry was the biggest reason for Boston's upset. Detroit had over 40 shots in every game but one in the series.

Game 1 at the Detroit Olympia saw the Red Wings dominate the Bruins from the opening whistle. First period goals by Ted Lindsay and two by Marty Pavelich staked Detroit to a 3-0 lead. A second period goal by Alex Delvecchio and third period goals by Metro Prystai, Johnny Wilson and Lindsay's second lead Detroit to a 7-0 rout with Terry Sawchuk picking up the shutout.

Game 2 at Detroit saw the Bruins bounce back. Playing with a greater commitment to defense and countering off the rush, Fleming Mackell staked the Bruins to a 1-0 lead before Howe tied it up on the Power play with John McIntyre in the box. Making up for his penalty, McIntyre's pass to Dave Creighton put the Bruins ahead 2-1 at the end of the first period. The Wings couldn't solve Jim Henry in the second period but veteran Joe Klukay put the Bruins up 3-1. Third period goals by Bruins Johnny Peirson and Creighton's second of the game stunned the Wings crowd. Two late goals by Metro Prystai weren't enough as the Bruins won 5-3 and tied the series going to Boston.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden was the turning point in the series. In a clean, hard-fought game in which only two penalties were called, Ed Sandford opening the scoring for the Bruins. Tony Leswick tied it up in the second but the Wings couldn't solve Jim Henry and the game went into overtime. Dave Creighton fed Jack McIntyre a pass at 12:29 of the first OT who snapped it past Sawchuk for a Bruins 2-1 win.

Game 4 at Boston was a reversal of Game 1. The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first period goals by Sandford and McIntyre. After an early second period fight between Mackell and Pavelich, the Bruins poured it on and goals by Milt Schmidt, McIntyre's second of the game and Dave Creighton made it 5-0 Boston. The Wings recovered later in the second and goals by Prystai and Delvecchio made it 5-2. Henry barred the door in the third period and Sandford's second of the game made it 6-2 Bruins. The Wings were on the brink of elimination going back to Detroit.

Game 5 at Detroit saw the Wings determined to not be eliminated at home. They came out on fire and goals by Lindsay and Bob Goldham in the game's first minute had them in front 2-0. The game got chippy and multiple penalties for high sticking were called. Benny Woit made it 3-0 Wings but the rough play continued as Klukay and Lindsay got into a mix-up. In the second period, Howe scored his second and last goal of the series before Ed Sandford got the Bruins on the board. However, the Wings Johnny Wilson responded and the period ended with the Wings up 5-1. After an early goal in the third period by Sandford, the game boiled over. Leo Labine was given a misconduct for high sticking. Glen Skov made it 6-2 Detroit but the Bruins wouldn't relent and Schmidt made it 6-3. Tony Leswick high sticked Fleming Mackell resulting in a fight and the Bruins going on the power play. Schmidt scored making it 6-4. After Marcel Pronovost took an interference penalty, a frustrated Terry Sawchuk protested to referee Red Storey which resulted in a misconduct. The Wings held on for an unconvincing 6-4 win.

Game 6 at Boston went wrong the beginning for the Red Wings. Tony Leswick took a slashing penalty and and Ed Sandford scored his 6th goal of the series on the power play to open the scoring for Boston. The Bruins went up 2-0 in the second on McIntyre's goal. Late in the second, third liner Reg Sinclair gave the Wings hope, cutting the lead to 2-1. In the third period, the Wings poured it on but to no avail. Woody Dumart continued to hold Howe off the board and a long shot by Fleming Mackell got by Sawchuk making it 3-1 Bruins. Ted Lindsay responded two minutes later but the first playoff goal for Leo Labine sealed a 4-2 victory and a 4-2 series win for the Bruins.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 24 Boston Bruins 0-7 Detroit Red Wings 0-1
2 March 26 Boston Bruins 5-3 Detroit Red Wings 1-1
3 March 29 Detroit Red Wings 1-2 (OT) Boston Bruins 1-2
4 March 31 Detroit Red Wings 2-6 Boston Bruins 1-3
5 April 2 Boston Bruins 4-6 Detroit Red Wings 3-2
6 April 5 Detroit Red Wings 2-4 Boston Bruins 1-4

Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1Edit

The teams met the previous year in the 1952 Semi-finals where Montreal prevailed 4 games to 3. Both teams played without their starting goalies during the series but once Gerry McNeil returned in game 3 to replace rookie Jacques Plante he outplayed Boston's backup Gord Henry and notched 2 shutouts for the series win.

Game 1 at the Montreal Forum saw the Canadiens Jacques Plante start in net. Boston was without captain Milt Schmidt, still recovering from an injury suffered in the Semi-finals. An early penalty to Montreal's Ken Mosdell saw the Bruins Bob Armstrong score his first career playoff goal on a give and go with Fleming Mackell that he slapped into the low left corner. Minutes later, Plante was shaken up on a shot by Hal Laycoe and the game stopped while he received treatment. Dickie Moore tied it up when his shot from behind the net went in off the skate of Bruins goalie Jim Henry. In the second period, Modell scored early on a rebound to make it 2-1. Late in the period during a goalmouth scramble, Floyd Curry smacked in it for a 3-1 lead. During the third period with Doug Harvey off for holding, Johnny Peirson (playing with a bandaged head) made it close when he banged in Mackell's pass across goal. But a minute later, Maurice Richard split Laycoe and Armstrong and scored on a breakaway for a 4-2 Montreal win and a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 in Montreal had Schmidt back in the line-up and the Bruins were bolstered by his play. An early goal by Leo Labine, who deked Doug Harvey and fired a low shot to the left corner, put the Bruins up 1-0. Late in the period, Ed Sandford put in a 5 footer off a pass by Joe Klukay to make it 2-0. Jim Henry twisted his ankle near the end of the first period, forcing Gord Henry to fill in for him. Bert Olmstead scored an early second period goal on a 2 on 1 but Sandford responded with his second of the game on a rebound. In the third period, Schmidt and Woody Dumart showed they still had some of the old magic left as Dumart's pass put Schmidt in the clear and he deked Plante to the ice and slipped in a backhand for a 4-1 Bruins win.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden had Gerry McNeil back in the net for the Canadiens. Tom Johnson took a left wing pass from Mosdell and beat Henry to the far side for a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Paul Masnick's pass from behind the net hit Hal Laycoe's skate and bounced in to make it 2-0. In the third period, Henry couldn't control a blast from the point and Mosdell backhanded in the rebound for a 3-0 Montreal win and a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game 4 in Boston saw Montreal dominate. Henry couldn't stop 40 footers from Lorne Davis, Richard and Dickie Moore which saw the Habs go up 3-0. Dave Creighton backhanded in a Dumart pass to make it 3-1 at the end of the period. Play was close in the second period until Laycoe fell while killing a penalty, resulting in Bernie Geoffrion taking the puck and scoring with a spinning shot at 18:58. At 5:33 of the third, Richard shifted around the Bruins defense and fired a shot top corner. Milt Schmidt responded two minutes later with a backhand goal while speeding down the right wing. With four minutes left, Creighton picked off a Billy Reay clearing pass and drew two defenders to him. Jack McIntyre picked up the loose puck and fired it past McNeil to cut the lead to 5-3. The Bruins pulled the goalie but Schmidt's pass was intercepted by Calum MacKay who killed the rally, making it 6-3. Thirty seconds later, Richard scored on a breakaway for a 7-3 Canadiens win and a 3-1 stranglehold in the series.

Game 5 in Montreal saw only one penalty called during the game. After two sub-par games, Gord Henry played well with both he and Montreal's McNeil stopping numerous scoring chances. The game went into overtime where Elmer Lach picked off Schmidt's clearing pass on the right wing and fired a quick spinning shot past Henry for the Cup winning goal. Ed Sandford led all playoff scorers with 11 points.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 9 Boston Bruins 2-4 Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 April 11 Boston Bruins 4-1 Montreal Canadiens 1-1
3 April 12 Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Boston Bruins 2-1
4 April 14 Montreal Canadiens 7-3 Boston Bruins 3-1
5 April 16 Boston Bruins 0-1 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 1-4

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
8 Mackell, FlemingFleming Mackell C 65 27 17 44 63
7 Sandford, EdEd Sandford LW 61 14 21 35 44
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 68 11 23 34 30
24 Chevrefils, RealReal Chevrefils LW 69 19 14 33 44
23 Peirson, JohnnyJohnny Peirson RW 49 14 15 29 32
22 Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay LW 70 13 16 29 20
20 Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 69 10 13 23 36
16 Labine, LeoLeo Labine RW 51 8 15 23 69
18 McIntyre, JackJack McIntyre LW/D 70 7 15 22 31
11 Quackenbush, BillBill Quackenbush D 69 2 16 18 6
19 Lund, PenttiPentti Lund RW 54 8 9 17 2
17 Creighton, DaveDave Creighton C 45 8 8 16 14
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 62 5 9 14 2
6 Godfrey, WarrenWarren Godfrey D 60 1 13 14 40
10 Laycoe, HalHal Laycoe D 54 2 10 12 36
12 Sullivan, RedRed Sullivan C 32 3 8 11 8
4 Armstrong, BobBob Armstrong D 55 0 8 8 45
21 Martin, FrankFrank Martin D 14 0 2 2 6
9 Fisher, DuncDunc Fisher RW 7 0 1 1 0
9 Corcoran, NormNorm Corcoran C/RW 1 0 0 0 0
1 Henry, JimJim Henry G 70 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Henry, JimJim Henry 4200 70 28 29 13 172 2.46 8
Team: 4200 70 28 29 13 172 2.46 8

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
7 Sandford, EdEd Sandford LW 11 8 3 11 11
17 Creighton, DaveDave Creighton C 11 4 5 9 10
23 Peirson, JohnnyJohnny Peirson RW 11 3 6 9 2
8 Mackell, FlemingFleming Mackell C 11 2 7 9 7
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 10 5 1 6 6
18 McIntyre, JackJack McIntyre LW/D 10 4 2 6 2
11 Quackenbush, BillBill Quackenbush D 11 0 4 4 4
16 Labine, LeoLeo Labine RW 7 2 1 3 19
22 Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay LW 11 1 2 3 9
20 Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 11 0 3 3 9
4 Armstrong, BobBob Armstrong D 11 1 1 2 10
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 11 0 2 2 0
10 Laycoe, HalHal Laycoe D 11 0 2 2 10
24 Chevrefils, RealReal Chevrefils LW 7 0 1 1 6
6 Godfrey, WarrenWarren Godfrey D 11 0 1 1 2
21 Martin, FrankFrank Martin D 6 0 1 1 2
19 Lund, PenttiPentti Lund RW 2 0 0 0 0
12 Sullivan, RedRed Sullivan C 3 0 0 0 0
0, 1 Henry, GordGord Henry G 3 0 0 0 0
1 Henry, JimJim Henry G 9 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Henry, JimJim Henry 510 9 5 4 26 3.06 0
Henry, GordGord Henry 163 3 0 2 11 4.05 0
Team: 673 11 5 6 37 3.30 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

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Highlights of the December 21, 1952 game between the Bruins and the Habs. This was the third game of a tryout for Jean Beliveau (who wears #12) and he scores twice in Montreal's 4-3 win. A first period fight between Jack McIntyre and Bernie Geoffrion (in response to McIntyre breaking Billy Reay's cheek bone), a dust-up between Milt Schmidt and Maurice Richard as well as goals by Dave Creighton and Beliveau are shown. The end has highlights of the December 7, 1952 Toronto Maple Leafs versus Chicago Blackhawks game including a goal by George Armstrong.

Narrated highlights of the 1953 Finals including all goals and the presentation of the Cup.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1952-53 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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