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1957–58 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 4th
1957–58 record 27-28-15
Goals for 199 (2nd)
Goals against 194 (3rd)
General Manager Lynn Patrick
Coach Milt Schmidt
Captain Fern Flaman
Arena Boston Garden
Team leaders
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)
Seasons
1956–57 1958–59

The 1957–58 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 34th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 4th in the league and lost to the Montreal Canadiens four games to two in the 1958 Stanley Cup Finals.

Off-seasonEdit

1958-Stasiuk Horvath Bucyk

The "Uke Line" of Vic Stasiuk, Bronco Horvath and John Bucyk would power the Bruins offense from 1957-60.

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.

Regular SeasonEdit

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.

Ross Wilson

Red Wings trainer Ross Wilson was an emergency substitution in goal for Boston during a 2-2 tie.

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.

21Jan1958-O'Ree Mackell

Willie O'Ree with Fleming Mackell after playing his first two NHL games, January 21, 1958.

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.

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Boston's practice goalie John Aiken had a rough game subbing for Jacques Plante on March 13, 1958.

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.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 70 43 17 10 96 250 158
New York Rangers 70 32 25 13 77 195 188
Detroit Red Wings 70 29 29 12 70 176 207
Boston Bruins 70 27 28 15 69 199 194
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.

Game LogEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 12, 19573-1 Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 1–0–0
2WOctober 13, 19573-1 New York Rangers (1957–58) 2–0–0
3WOctober 16, 19576-2 @ New York Rangers (1957–58) 3–0–0
4WOctober 17, 19575-1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 4–0–0
5LOctober 19, 19577-0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 4–1–0
6LOctober 22, 19572-1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 4–2–0
7LOctober 24, 19574-3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 4–3–0
8LOctober 26, 19574-3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 4–4–0
9LOctober 31, 19573-0 New York Rangers (1957–58) 4–5–0
10LNovember 2, 19575-0 @ New York Rangers (1957–58) 4–6–0
11WNovember 3, 19574-0 Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 5–6–0
12LNovember 7, 19575-3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 5–7–0
13LNovember 9, 19574-2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 5–8–0
14WNovember 10, 19574-2 Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 6–8–0
15WNovember 14, 19575-2 Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 7–8–0
16WNovember 16, 19574-2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 8–8–0
17TNovember 17, 19572-2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 8–8–1
18LNovember 23, 19574-2 Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 8–9–1
19TNovember 24, 19572-2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 8–9–2
20WNovember 27, 19575-2 @ New York Rangers (1957–58) 9–9–2
21WNovember 28, 19571-0 New York Rangers (1957–58) 10–9–2
22LNovember 30, 19573-2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 10–10–2
23LDecember 1, 19574-1 Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 10–11–2
24WDecember 5, 19577-2 Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 11–11–2
25TDecember 7, 19572-2 Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 11–11–3
26WDecember 8, 19573-0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 12–11–3
27LDecember 12, 19573–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 12–12–3
28TDecember 14, 19571-1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 12–12–4
29LDecember 15, 19573-1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 12–13–4
30TDecember 19, 19573-3 New York Rangers (1957–58) 12–13–5
31TDecember 21, 19573-3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 12–13–6
32LDecember 22, 19574-1 Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 12–14–6
33WDecember 25, 19574-1 Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 13–14–6
34TDecember 28, 19570-0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 13–14–7
35TDecember 29, 19572-2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 13–14–8
36LJanuary 1, 19584-3 Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 13–15–8
37WJanuary 4, 19587-4 @ New York Rangers (1957–58) 14–15–8
38LJanuary 5, 19584-3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 14–16–8
39LJanuary 9, 19586-1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 14–17–8
40TJanuary 11, 19582-2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 14–17–9
41LJanuary 12, 19585-3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 14–18–9
42LJanuary 16, 19583-2 New York Rangers (1957–58) 14–19–9
43WJanuary 18, 19583-0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 15–19–9
44LJanuary 19, 19586-2 Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 15–20–9
45WJanuary 23, 19584-3 Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 16–20–9
46WJanuary 25, 19585-3 Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 17–20–9
47TJanuary 26, 19583-3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 17–20–10
48TJanuary 29, 19581-1 @ New York Rangers (1957–58) 17–20–11
49LFebruary 1, 19583-1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 17–21–11
50WFebruary 2, 19584-3 New York Rangers (1957–58) 18–21–11
51LFebruary 6, 19584-1 Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 18–22–11
52WFebruary 8, 19587-3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 19–22–11
53LFebruary 9, 19582-0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 19–23–11
54WFebruary 13, 19585-0 Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 20–23–11
55TFebruary 15, 19582-2 Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 20–23–12
56LFebruary 16, 19583-2 @ New York Rangers (1957–58) 20–24–12
57LFebruary 20, 19584-0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 20–25–12
58LFebruary 22, 19586-1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 20–26–12
59WFebruary 23, 19582-0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 21–26–12
60WMarch 1, 19583-2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 22–26–12
61WMarch 4, 19582-1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 23–26–12
62TMarch 6, 19584-4 Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 23–26–13
63TMarch 8, 19583-3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 23–26–14
64WMarch 9, 19587-0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–58) 24–26–14
65WMarch 13, 19587-3 Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 25–26–14
66LMarch 15, 19584-0 New York Rangers (1957–58) 25–27–14
67LMarch 16, 19586-3 Detroit Red Wings (1957–58) 25–28–14
68TMarch 19, 19581-1 @ New York Rangers (1957–58) 25–28–15
69WMarch 22, 19588-5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1957–58) 26–28–15
70WMarch 23, 19587-5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1957–58) 27–28–15

PlayoffsEdit

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.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
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

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
6 Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 67 30 36 66 71
8 Mackell, FlemingFleming Mackell C 70 20 40 60 72
17 McKenney, DonDon McKenney C 70 28 30 58 22
7 Stasiuk, VicVic Stasiuk LW 70 21 35 56 55
9 Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 68 21 31 52 57
21 Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 64 25 24 49 51
15 Regan, LarryLarry Regan RW 59 11 28 39 22
10 Stanley, AllanAllan Stanley D 69 6 25 31 37
22 Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 70 3 19 22 60
16 Labine, LeoLeo Labine RW 62 7 14 21 60
19 Mohns, DougDoug Mohns LW/D 54 5 16 21 28
12 Chevrefils, RealReal Chevrefils LW 44 9 9 18 21
14 Flaman, FernFern Flaman D 66 0 15 15 71
24 Boone, BuddyBuddy Boone RW 34 5 3 8 28
18, 24 Johnson, NormNorm Johnson C 15 2 3 5 8
11 Bionda, JackJack Bionda D 42 1 4 5 50
4 Armstrong, BobBob Armstrong D 47 1 4 5 66
23 Peirson, JohnnyJohnny Peirson RW 53 2 2 4 10
20 Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 33 0 4 4 54
18 Ehman, GerryGerry Ehman RW 1 1 0 1 0
18 Caffery, JackJack Caffery C 7 1 0 1 2
18 O'Ree, WillieWillie O'Ree W 2 0 0 0 0
24 Pidhirny, HarryHarry Pidhirny C 2 0 0 0 0
18, 24 Beckett, BobBob Beckett C 9 0 0 0 2
0 Wilson, LeftyLefty Wilson G 1 0 0 0 0
1 Evans, ClaudeClaude Evans G 1 0 0 0 0
1 Millar, AlAl Millar G 6 0 0 0 0
1 Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 24 0 0 0 2
1 Simmons, DonDon Simmons G 39 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Simmons, DonDon Simmons 2288 39 15 14 9 92 2.41 5
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 1440 24 11 10 3 70 2.92 3
Millar, AlAl Millar 360 6 1 4 1 25 4.17 0
Evans, ClaudeClaude Evans 60 1 0 0 1 4 4.00 0
Wilson, LeftyLefty Wilson 52 1 0 0 1 1 1.15 0
Team: 4200 70 27 28 15 192 2.74 8

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
8 Mackell, FlemingFleming Mackell C 12 5 14 19 12
17 McKenney, DonDon McKenney C 12 9 8 17 0
19 Mohns, DougDoug Mohns LW/D 12 3 10 13 18
21 Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 12 9 3 12 2
15 Regan, LarryLarry Regan RW 12 3 8 11 6
6 Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 12 5 3 8 8
7 Stasiuk, VicVic Stasiuk LW 12 0 5 5 13
18 Johnson, NormNorm Johnson C 12 4 0 4 6
14 Flaman, FernFern Flaman D 12 2 2 4 10
10 Stanley, AllanAllan Stanley D 12 1 3 4 6
9 Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 12 0 4 4 16
20 Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 12 0 3 3 21
24 Boone, BuddyBuddy Boone RW 12 1 1 2 13
22 Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 11 0 2 2 6
16 Labine, LeoLeo Labine RW 11 0 2 2 10
23 Peirson, JohnnyJohnny Peirson RW 5 0 1 1 0
12 Chevrefils, RealReal Chevrefils LW 1 0 0 0 0
1 Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 1 0 0 0 0
1 Simmons, DonDon Simmons G 11 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Simmons, DonDon Simmons 671 11 6 5 25 2.24 1
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 60 1 0 1 5 5.00 0
Team: 731 12 6 6 30 2.46 1

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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

  • 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:
    • John Bucyk during the 7-4 win over the Rangers on January 4, 1958.
    • Jerry Toppazzini during the 8-2 win over the Rangers on April 5, 1958.

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

One minute clip of Marc Reaume hitting Don McKenney resulting in Reaume being knocked out, November 30, 1957.

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1957-58 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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