|1957–58 Boston Bruins · NHL|
|Goals for||199 (2nd)|
|Goals against||194 (3rd)|
|General Manager||Lynn Patrick|
|Goals||Bronco Horvath (30)|
|Assists||Fleming Mackell (40)|
|Points||Bronco Horvath (66)|
|Penalties in minutes||Fleming Mackell (72)|
|Wins||Don Simmons (15)|
|Goals against average||Don Simmons (2.45)|
GM Lynn Patrick made one of the most important trades in Bruins history during the summer of 1957. After Terry Sawchuk indicated he was coming out of retirement, he was traded back to the Detroit Red Wings for John Bucyk and Larry Hillman. Bucyk would be reunited with Edmonton Flyers teammates Vic Stasiuk and Bronco Horvath (who Patrick claimed from the Montreal Canadiens in the summer intra-league draft) to form the "Uke Line" (all three being of Ukrainian heritage). The line would immediately become the Bruins top scoring trio. Bucyk would play 20 seasons for the Bruins, captain them to two Stanley Cup championships and have his #9 retired.
After four solid seasons for the Bruins, Cal Gardner was relegated to the minors where he'd play four more and then retire.
The 11th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Montreal on October 5, 1957. A team of all-stars that included four Bruins, Fern Flaman, Allan Stanley, Real Chevrefils and Don McKenney played against the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. Milt Schmidt coached the All-Stars to a 5-3 with Chevrefils assisting on the winning goal.
For the 1957-58 season, the Bruins dropped the black jersey but it would return two years later. The gold jersey was used primarily for home games and the white jersey for road games.
The "Uke Line" debuted in the Bruins first game of the season on October 12, 1957 versus the Chicago Blackhawks. They produced immediately with Vic Stasiuk scoring, assisted by John Bucyk and Bronco Horvath in a 3-1 win. Along with the line of Don McKenney, Fleming Mackell and Jerry Toppazzini, the Bruins had two high scoring combinations. Horvath, McKenney and Mackell all finished in top 10 of league scoring while all six members of the two lines had 20 or more goals with Horvath potting 30. The Bruins trailed only the Canadiens in goal scoring.
With Allan Stanley having recovered from the injury that kept him out of the 1957 playoffs, the Bruins had a great defense led by captain Fern Flaman, offensive threat Doug Mohns and feared checker Leo Boivin. However, Boivin was injured on October 31, 1957 and missed nearly 40 games. With Bob Armstrong missing over 30 games and Mohns breaking his jaw on December 8, the acquisition of Larry Hillman in the Buyck trade provided defensive depth. Hillman played all 70 games and chipped in 22 points.
By December 29, 1957, the Bruins were 13-14-8 and battling the New York Rangers for second place in the league. Visiting the Detroit Red Wings, goalie Don Simmons suffered a separated shoulder at 8:20 of the first period with the score tied 1-1. The Red Wings trainer, Ross "Lefty" Wilson, played goal for the Bruins and stopped 23 shots in a 2-2 tie. The Bruins then put in Al Millar who played the only 6 games of his NHL career but after going 1-4-1 with a 4.17 GAA, GM Lynn Patrick purchased former Vezina Trophy winner Harry Lumley from Detroit. Lumley played his first game for the Bruins on January 16, 1958, went 11-10-3 with 3 shutouts and stablized the goaltending situation. Gerry Ehman was called up and played his first NHL game on January 16, 1958 and scored.
Midway through his second minor-league season with the Quebec Aces, Willie O'Ree was called up to the Bruins. He made his NHL debut with the Bruins on January 18, 1958 in a 3-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first black player in league history. He played on a line with Don McKenney and Jerry Toppazzini and wore jersey #18. He played the next game, also against Montreal, scoring no points before returning to the minors. He'd play 43 games for the Bruins in the 1960-61 season.
By March 1958, the Bruins were firing on all cylinders. Claude Evans played one game in goal on March 6, 1958 in a 3-3 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks. Don Simmons returned to action on March 8 and he and Lumley split playing the remaining games. Don McKenney and John Bucyk both had a 4 point game in a 7-0 thrashing of the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9.
During the second period of the March 13 game at home versus Montreal, Habs Doug Harvey knocked Vic Stasiuk into goalie Jacques Plante. Plante's head hit the crossbar, resulting in a gash and a concussion. Harvey was given a misconduct and Plante couldn't continue playing. With no backup goalie, Boston's practice goalie, John Aiken, was called in to play his only NHL game. The score was 1-0 Bruins but Aiken wasn't up to the task as the Bruins pumped 4 goals past him in less than five minutes to make it 5-0. Montreal scored once before John Bucyk potted his 20th of the season making it 6-1 Boston. Aiken had a better third period and only let in one but the game ended in a 7-3 Bruins win. Jerry Toppazzini was injured in this game and lost for the remainder of the regular season.
Montreal's next meeting with the Bruins on March 22 didn't go much better with Charlie Hodge in net. Larry Regan had a 5 point game as the Bruins won 8-5, despite Montreal taking 48 shots at Harry Lumley. The Bruins had a 6-2-3 record in March and finished in fourth place, one point out of third. This was fortuitous as they avoided playing first place Montreal in the playoff Semi-finals.
|New York Rangers||70||32||25||13||77||195||188|
|Detroit Red Wings||70||29||29||12||70||176||207|
|Chicago Black Hawks||70||24||39||7||55||163||202|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||70||21||38||11||53||192||226|
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.
|1||W||October 12, 1957||3-1||Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||1–0–0|
|2||W||October 13, 1957||3-1||New York Rangers (1957–58)||2–0–0|
|3||W||October 16, 1957||6-2||@ New York Rangers (1957–58)||3–0–0|
|4||W||October 17, 1957||5-1||@ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||4–0–0|
|5||L||October 19, 1957||7-0||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||4–1–0|
|6||L||October 22, 1957||2-1||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||4–2–0|
|7||L||October 24, 1957||4-3||@ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||4–3–0|
|8||L||October 26, 1957||4-3||@ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||4–4–0|
|9||L||October 31, 1957||3-0||New York Rangers (1957–58)||4–5–0|
|10||L||November 2, 1957||5-0||@ New York Rangers (1957–58)||4–6–0|
|11||W||November 3, 1957||4-0||Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||5–6–0|
|12||L||November 7, 1957||5-3||Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||5–7–0|
|13||L||November 9, 1957||4-2||@ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||5–8–0|
|14||W||November 10, 1957||4-2||Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||6–8–0|
|15||W||November 14, 1957||5-2||Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||7–8–0|
|16||W||November 16, 1957||4-2||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||8–8–0|
|17||T||November 17, 1957||2-2||Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||8–8–1|
|18||L||November 23, 1957||4-2||Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||8–9–1|
|19||T||November 24, 1957||2-2||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||8–9–2|
|20||W||November 27, 1957||5-2||@ New York Rangers (1957–58)||9–9–2|
|21||W||November 28, 1957||1-0||New York Rangers (1957–58)||10–9–2|
|22||L||November 30, 1957||3-2||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||10–10–2|
|23||L||December 1, 1957||4-1||Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||10–11–2|
|24||W||December 5, 1957||7-2||Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||11–11–2|
|25||T||December 7, 1957||2-2||Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||11–11–3|
|26||W||December 8, 1957||3-0||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||12–11–3|
|27||L||December 12, 1957||3–2||@ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||12–12–3|
|28||T||December 14, 1957||1-1||@ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||12–12–4|
|29||L||December 15, 1957||3-1||Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||12–13–4|
|30||T||December 19, 1957||3-3||New York Rangers (1957–58)||12–13–5|
|31||T||December 21, 1957||3-3||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||12–13–6|
|32||L||December 22, 1957||4-1||Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||12–14–6|
|33||W||December 25, 1957||4-1||Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||13–14–6|
|34||T||December 28, 1957||0-0||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||13–14–7|
|35||T||December 29, 1957||2-2||@ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||13–14–8|
|36||L||January 1, 1958||4-3||Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||13–15–8|
|37||W||January 4, 1958||7-4||@ New York Rangers (1957–58)||14–15–8|
|38||L||January 5, 1958||4-3||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||14–16–8|
|39||L||January 9, 1958||6-1||@ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||14–17–8|
|40||T||January 11, 1958||2-2||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||14–17–9|
|41||L||January 12, 1958||5-3||Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||14–18–9|
|42||L||January 16, 1958||3-2||New York Rangers (1957–58)||14–19–9|
|43||W||January 18, 1958||3-0||@ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||15–19–9|
|44||L||January 19, 1958||6-2||Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||15–20–9|
|45||W||January 23, 1958||4-3||Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||16–20–9|
|46||W||January 25, 1958||5-3||Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||17–20–9|
|47||T||January 26, 1958||3-3||Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||17–20–10|
|48||T||January 29, 1958||1-1||@ New York Rangers (1957–58)||17–20–11|
|49||L||February 1, 1958||3-1||@ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||17–21–11|
|50||W||February 2, 1958||4-3||New York Rangers (1957–58)||18–21–11|
|51||L||February 6, 1958||4-1||Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||18–22–11|
|52||W||February 8, 1958||7-3||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||19–22–11|
|53||L||February 9, 1958||2-0||Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||19–23–11|
|54||W||February 13, 1958||5-0||Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||20–23–11|
|55||T||February 15, 1958||2-2||Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||20–23–12|
|56||L||February 16, 1958||3-2||@ New York Rangers (1957–58)||20–24–12|
|57||L||February 20, 1958||4-0||@ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||20–25–12|
|58||L||February 22, 1958||6-1||@ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||20–26–12|
|59||W||February 23, 1958||2-0||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||21–26–12|
|60||W||March 1, 1958||3-2||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||22–26–12|
|61||W||March 4, 1958||2-1||@ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||23–26–12|
|62||T||March 6, 1958||4-4||Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||23–26–13|
|63||T||March 8, 1958||3-3||@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||23–26–14|
|64||W||March 9, 1958||7-0||Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58)||24–26–14|
|65||W||March 13, 1958||7-3||Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||25–26–14|
|66||L||March 15, 1958||4-0||New York Rangers (1957–58)||25–27–14|
|67||L||March 16, 1958||6-3||Detroit Red Wings (1957–58)||25–28–14|
|68||T||March 19, 1958||1-1||@ New York Rangers (1957–58)||25–28–15|
|69||W||March 22, 1958||8-5||@ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58)||26–28–15|
|70||W||March 23, 1958||7-5||@ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58)||27–28–15|
Boston Bruins 4, New York Rangers 2Edit
The Bruins and Rangers last met in the 1940 Semi-finals where New York prevailed 4 games to 2 on their way to winning in the 1940 Stanley Cup Finals. Due to the circus performing at Madison Square Garden, after Game 2, the remaining games were played in Boston. The line of Fleming Mackell (4 goals, 14 points), Jerry Toppazzini (8 goals, 10 points) and Don McKenney (5 goals, 12 points) powered the Bruins to a 4 games to 2 triumph.
Game 1 at Madison Square Garden saw Harry Lumley play his only game of the 1958 playoffs in goal for the Bruins. After Fleming Mackell put Boston up 1-0 in the first minute of the game, the Rangers Larry Popein tied it up at 4:40. Jerry Toppazzini countered three minutes later but then the Rangers special teams took over the game. With Jean-Guy Gendron in the box for charging, Andy Hebenton scored a Shorthanded goal to tie it 2-2. Later in the period, Vic Stasiuk was sent off for hooking and Camille Henry scored on the Power play for a 3-2 Rangers lead at the end of the first. Former Bruins Dave Creighton scored another power goal in the second period, countered by Bronco Horvath. Creighton scored again in the third as Gump Worsley earned the 5-3 Rangers win.
Game 2 at New York had Don Simmons in net for the Bruins. In the first period, Doug Mohns scored on a point shot but Andy Bathgate responded with 2 goals. Don McKenney tied it up late in the period. The Rangers Jean-Guy Gendron scored the only goal of the second period. McKenney's second goal of the game tied it in the third and sent the game into overtime. Fleming Mackell sent Jerry Toppazzini in for the winner. Mackell's 3 assists led the Bruins to a 4-3 victory.
Game 3 at Boston Garden was dominated by the Bruins. They pumped 36 shots on Gump Worsley and the Rangers took nine penalties. In the first period, the Bruins scored 3 power plays by Doug Mohns and two by Don McKenney to take a 3-0 lead. Carl "Buddy" Boone added an even strength goal in the second period before Norm Johnson scored the first playoff goal of his career, shorthanded. Simmons earned the shutout as the Bruins romped to a 5-0 win.
Game 4 at Boston saw the Bruins again out shoot the Rangers, sending 41 shots on Worsley and force the Rangers into taking eight penalties. However, the Rangers would open the scoring with a shorthanded goal by Dean Prentice and then Dave Creighton would add a power play goal for a 2-0 Ranger lead at the end of the first period. In the second period, Jerry Toppazzini cut the lead to 2-1 on the power play but Andy Hebenton countered at 10:17. Andy Bathgate then scored the Rangers second shorthanded goal of the game to make it 4-1. In the third period, Toppazzini scored shorthanded but another Bathgate goal saw the Rangers win 5-2 and tie the series at two games apiece.
Game 5 at Boston was a Bruins romp where Worsley was peppered with 42 shots. After first period goals by Fleming Mackell, Bronco Horvath and Don McKenney, Leo Boivin took a tripping penalty at 3:18 of the second period. Toppazzini and Mackell outworked three Rangers behind Worsley's net, resulting in a Mackell shot from the right side which Worsley kicked out. Fern Flaman slammed in the rebound for a 4-0 Bruins lead. Five minutes later, a John Bucyk pass from the left corner back to Flaman at the right point saw his shot hit the skate of Rangers Bill Gadsby and trickle in for a 5-0 lead. Two minutes later, Parker MacDonald got the Rangers on the board as he flipped a rebound over Simmons. In the third period, on a 5-3 power play, Toppazzini ripped home a shot from the point for a 6-1 Bruins win and a 3-3 series lead.
Game 6 at Boston saw Worsley face more than 40 shots for the third straight game. A power play goal by Larry Regan in the game's first minute, followed by a shorthanded goal by Toppazzini and another man advantage goal by Norm Johnson staked the Bruins to a 3-0 lead. Harry Howell responded at 14:33 but Fleming Mackell countered three minutes later putting the Bruins up 4-1. In the second period, Andy Bathgate and Doug Mohns traded goals. In the third period, a goal by Mackell and two by Toppazzini for the Hat trick saw the Bruins cruise to a 8-2 win and a series victory.
|1||March 25||Boston Bruins||3-5||New York Rangers||0-1|
|2||March 27||Boston Bruins||4-3 (OT)||New York Rangers||1-1|
|3||March 29||New York Rangers||0-5||Boston Bruins||1-2|
|4||April 1||New York Rangers||5-2||Boston Bruins||2-2|
|5||April 3||New York Rangers||1-6||Boston Bruins||2-3|
|6||April 5||New York Rangers||2-8||Boston Bruins||2-4|
|18, 24||Norm Johnson||C||15||2||3||5||8|
|18, 24||Bob Beckett||C||9||0||0||0||2|
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
- Sell Guyle Fielder to the Detroit Red Wings on June 15, 1957.
- Trade Terry Sawchuk to Detroit for John Bucyk on July 10, 1957.
- Purchase Harry Lumley from Detroit in January 1958.
- Don McKenney had a 5 assist game during the 8-2 win over the New York Rangers during Game 6 of the Semi-finals on April 5, 1958.
- Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:
A minute of silent highlights of Game 5 of the 1958 Semi-finals between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers on April 3, 1958. The last four goals of the game are shown including two second period goals by the Bruins Fern Flaman, a goal by the Rangers Parker MacDonald and a third period goal by Jerry Toppazzini in the Bruins 6-1 win.
- ↑ 1957-58 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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|Rivals||Montreal Canadiens • Toronto Maple Leafs • Philadelphia Flyers • New York Rangers|
|Stanley Cups||1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011|
|1957–58 NHL season by team|
|Teams||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • Montreal • New York • Toronto|
|See also||All-Star Game • 1958 Stanley Cup Finals|