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56-57DetRW
1956–57 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1956–57 record 38–20–12
Goals for 198
Goals against 157
General Manager Jack Adams
Coach Jimmy Skinner
Captain Red Kelly
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team Leaders
Goals Gordie Howe (44)
Assists Ted Lindsay (55)
Points Gordie Howe (89)
Penalties in minutes Ted Lindsay
Warren Godfrey (103)
Wins Glenn Hall (38)
Goals against average Glenn Hall (2.21)
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1955–56 1957–58

The 1956–57 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 31st season. The Red Wings finished 1st in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Boston Bruins 4 games to 1.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 38 20 12 88 198 157
Montreal Canadiens 70 35 23 12 82 210 155
Boston Bruins 70 34 24 12 80 195 174
New York Rangers 70 26 30 14 66 184 227
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 21 34 15 57 174 192
Chicago Black Hawks 70 16 39 15 47 169 225

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualify for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

Game LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 11, 19563–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 1–0–0
2WOctober 13, 19564–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 2–0–0
3WOctober 14, 19562–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 3–0–0
4TOctober 18, 19563–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 3–0–1
5TOctober 21, 19563–3 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 3–0–2
6WOctober 25, 19563–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 4–0–2
7WOctober 28, 19564–1 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 5–0–2
8LNovember 1, 19563–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 5–1–2
9WNovember 3, 19562–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 6–1–2
10LNovember 8, 19561–3 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 6–2–2
11WNovember 10, 19566–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 7–2–2
12WNovember 11, 19563–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 8–2–2
13WNovember 15, 19564–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 9–2–2
14LNovember 17, 19562–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 9–3–2
15WNovember 18, 19568–3 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 10–3–2
16TNovember 22, 19562–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 10–3–3
17WNovember 24, 19563–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 11–3–3
18TNovember 25, 19563–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 11–3–4
19WNovember 29, 19564–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 12–3–4
20LDecember 1, 19560–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 12–4–4
21WDecember 2, 19561–0 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 13–4–4
22WDecember 6, 19563–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 14–4–4
23LDecember 8, 19563–5 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 14–5–4
24LDecember 9, 19562–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 14–6–4
25WDecember 13, 19562–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 15–6–4
26WDecember 15, 19565–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 16–6–4
27LDecember 16, 19561–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 16–7–4
28TDecember 20, 19561–1 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 16–7–5
29TDecember 22, 19561–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 16–7–6
30TDecember 23, 19563–3 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 16–7–7
31WDecember 25, 19568–1 New York Rangers (1956–57) 17–7–7
32WDecember 27, 19565–3 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 18–7–7
33LDecember 30, 19562–4 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 18–8–7
34WDecember 31, 19561–0 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 19–8–7
35WJanuary 2, 19572–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 20–8–7
36LJanuary 5, 19570–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 20–9–7
37WJanuary 6, 19572–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 21–9–7
38LJanuary 10, 19571–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 21–10–7
39LJanuary 12, 19574–5 New York Rangers (1956–57) 21–11–7
40WJanuary 13, 19573–2 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 22–11–7
41TJanuary 17, 19572–2 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 22–11–8
42WJanuary 19, 19573–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 23–11–8
43WJanuary 20, 19575–2 New York Rangers (1956–57) 24–11–8
44WJanuary 24, 19576–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 25–11–8
45WJanuary 26, 19574–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 26–11–8
46WJanuary 27, 19573–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 27–11–8
47LJanuary 31, 19573–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 27–12–8
48WFebruary 2, 19575–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 28–12–8
49TFebruary 3, 19573–3 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 28–12–9
50LFebruary 7, 19570–1 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 28–13–9
51WFebruary 9, 19573–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 29–13–9
52TFebruary 10, 19572–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 29–13–10
53WFebruary 14, 19573–2 New York Rangers (1956–57) 30–13–10
54WFebruary 16, 19573–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 31–13–10
55WFebruary 17, 19576–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 32–13–10
56TFebruary 21, 19573–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 32–13–11
57LFebruary 23, 19573–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 32–14–11
58LFebruary 24, 19571–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 32–15–11
59LFebruary 28, 19570–3 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 32–16–11
60LMarch 2, 19571–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 32–17–11
61TMarch 3, 19571–1 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 32–17–12
62WMarch 7, 19574–2 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 33–17–12
63LMarch 9, 19572–4 @ Boston Bruins (1956–57) 33–18–12
64LMarch 10, 19571–4 @ New York Rangers (1956–57) 33–19–12
65WMarch 12, 19574–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 34–19–12
66WMarch 14, 19573–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1956–57) 35–19–12
67WMarch 17, 19572–1 Montreal Canadiens (1956–57) 36–19–12
68LMarch 21, 19570–2 Boston Bruins (1956–57) 36–20–12
69WMarch 23, 19575–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 37–20–12
70WMarch 24, 19574–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1956–57) 38–20–12

PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, Detroit Red Wings 1Edit

The Bruins and Red Wings last met in the 1953 Semi-finals where Boston upset first place Detroit in six games. The Bruins would accomplish another upset in 1957, beating first place Detroit in five games. Rookie Don Simmons outplayed Glenn Hall while the Bruins line of Don McKenney, Real Chevrefils and Larry Regan held the league's two top scorers, Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay, to 2 goals each.

Game 1 at the Detroit Olympia saw the Wings jump out to an early lead on a goal by Ted Lindsay 50 seconds in. Bruins fourth liner Jack Caffery scored the only playoff goal of his career late in the first period to tie the game. Lindsay took a boarding penalty at the end of the first period that would prove costly as Bruins defenseman Doug Mohns scored what would be the winner on the Power play 38 seconds into the second period. Real Chevrefils added another early in the third period as the Bruins stunned the Red Wings 3-1.

Game 2 at Detroit saw the Red Wings special teams capitalize in a rough game where 20 penalties were called. After Red Kelly put Detroit up 1-0 in the first period, Lindsay won a face-off back to Gordie Howe whose one-timer beat Bruins goalie Don Simmons low to the stick side. After Norm Ullman went off for cross-checking, Metro Prystai scored a Shorthanded goal for a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. Alex Delvecchio and Billy Dea added power play goals in the second period to make it 5-0. With Fern Flaman in the box, Lorne Ferguson smacked in a rebound to make it 6-0 Detroit. The Bruins got on the board when Fleming Mackell tipped in a backhand shot by Bob Armstrong. Ullman countered with his first career playoff goal. With a little over two minutes to play, Leo Boivin scored on a give-and-go with Don McKenney which made little difference as the Wings trounced the Bruins 7-2.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden saw the Bruins never trail. First period goals by Vic Stasiuk and Leo Boivin was countered by a power play goal by Alex Delvecchio for a 2-1 Bruins lead. Leo Labine potted one late in the second period but Gordie Howe and Billy Dea tied it up three minutes into the third period. Veteran Cal Gardner was the hero with the winner at 13:28 for a 4-3 Bruins win.

Game 4 at Boston was a clean game with relatively few penalties called. Don Simmons shutout the Red Wings and goals by Real Chevrefils and Vic Stasiuk saw the Bruins take a stranglehold on the series with a 2-0 victory.

Game 5 at Detroit saw Delvecchio stake the Red Wings to a 1-0 first period lead. Bruins fourth liner Carl "Buddy" Boone scored his first career playoff goal in the second period to tie it up 1-1. The Wings kept pressing and early in the third period, Ted Lindsay put them up 2-1. However, the Bruins exploded for three straight goals by Labine, Mohns and Gardner for a 4-2 lead. Metro Prystai made it 4-3 with two minutes to go but despite pulling Glenn Hall, the Red Wings couldn't tie it up. Though registering only 15 shots on the goal, the Bruins won 4-3 and took the series in five games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 26 Boston Bruins 3-1 Detroit Red Wings 1-0
2 March 28 Boston Bruins 2-7 Detroit Red Wings 1-1
3 March 31 Detroit Red Wings 3-4 Boston Bruins 1-2
4 April 2 Detroit Red Wings 0-2 Boston Bruins 1-3
5 April 4 Boston Bruins 4-3 Detroit Red Wings 4-1

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 70 44 45 89 72
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 70 30 55 85 103
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman C 64 16 36 52 47
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 48 16 25 41 8
Reibel, DutchDutch Reibel C 70 13 23 36 6
Kelly, RedRed Kelly D/C 70 10 25 35 18
Dea, BillyBilly Dea LW 69 15 15 30 14
Ferguson, LorneLorne Ferguson LW 70 13 10 23 26
Prystai, MetroMetro Prystai C 70 7 15 22 16
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 66 10 11 21 41
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost D 70 7 9 16 38
Pavelich, MartyMarty Pavelich LW 64 3 13 16 48
McNeill, BillyBilly McNeill RW 64 5 10 15 34
Dineen, BillBill Dineen RW 51 6 7 13 12
Godfrey, WarrenWarren Godfrey D 69 1 8 9 103
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 44 1 6 7 38
Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 16 1 2 3 4
Hollingworth, GordGord Hollingworth D 25 0 1 1 16
Costello, MurrayMurray Costello C 3 0 0 0 0
McCarthy, TomTom McCarthy LW 3 0 0 0 0
Strate, GordGord Strate D 5 0 0 0 4
Anderson, DaleDale Anderson D 13 0 0 0 6
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 70 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 4200 70 38 20 12 155 2.21 4
Team: 4200 70 38 20 12 155 2.21 4

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 5 2 5 7 6
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 5 2 4 6 8
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 5 3 2 5 2
Dea, BillyBilly Dea LW 5 2 0 2 2
Prystai, MetroMetro Prystai C 5 2 0 2 0
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman C 5 1 1 2 6
Bailey, BobBob Bailey RW 5 0 2 2 2
Reibel, DutchDutch Reibel C 5 0 2 2 0
Ferguson, LorneLorne Ferguson LW 5 1 0 1 6
Kelly, RedRed Kelly D/C 5 1 0 1 0
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 5 0 1 1 0
Anderson, DaleDale Anderson D 2 0 0 0 0
Dineen, BillBill Dineen RW 4 0 0 0 0
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 5 0 0 0 6
Godfrey, WarrenWarren Godfrey D 5 0 0 0 6
Pavelich, MartyMarty Pavelich LW 5 0 0 0 6
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost D 5 0 0 0 6
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall G 5 0 0 0 10
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 300 5 1 4 15 3.00 0
Team: 300 5 1 4 15 3.00 0

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus 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

VideoEdit

Three minutes of highlights from Game 2 of the Bruins-Red Wings 1957 Semi-finals with French commentary. Goals by Gordie Howe, Lorne Ferguson, Fleming Mackell and Leo Boivin are shown.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1956-57 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
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