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1970–71 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st East
1970–71 record 57–14–7
Goals for 399 (1st)
Goals against 207 (3rd)
General Manager Milt Schmidt
Coach Harry Sinden
Arena Boston Garden
Average attendance 14,993
Team Leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (76)
Assists Bobby Orr (102)
Points Phil Esposito (152)
Penalties in minutes Don Awrey (141)
Wins Ed Johnston (30)
Goals against average Ed Johnston (2.52)
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1969–70 1971–72

The 1970–71 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 47th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished first in the East Division and won the Prince of Wales Trophy. They were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, four games to three.

Off-seasonEdit

Bobby Orr signed the NHL's first one million dollar contract (to be paid out over five years) during the summer of 1970. [1]

Expansion DraftEdit

Tom Webster

Tom Webster was lost to the Bruins in the 1970 expansion draft.

The 1970 NHL Expansion Draft was held on June 10, 1970 to fill the rosters of the league's two newest teams, the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks. Each team was allowed to protect two goalies and fifteen skaters.

The first eighteen rounds involved selecting skaters. Once a skater was selected from a team, they could protect another skater up to a maximum of two. The first two picks were both from Boston as Buffalo selected Tom Webster and Vancouver picked Gary Doak. Garnet Bailey and Danny Schock were then both protected. Barry Wilkins was the only other Bruins selected, by Vancouver in the ninth round. Bruins GM Milt Schmidt was livid that Buffalo GM Punch Imlach had selected Tom Webster as he had an agreement with him to select Garnet Bailey instead and then give the Sabres future considerations. Imlach promptly traded Webster to the Detroit Red Wings for Roger Crozier where Webster scored 30 goals and led the Red Wings in scoring in the 1970-71 season. Webster moved on to play for the New England Whalers of the WHA where he led them in scoring for three seasons and won the first Avco World Trophy.

Regular SeasonEdit

Ted Green-helmet

After having his skull crushed, Ted Green wore a helmet the rest of his career.

The Bruins 1970-71 season was simply, one of the greatest in NHL history. The team shattered records for most points, wins, goals scored and shorthanded goals while also setting numerous individual records highlighted by Phil Esposito scoring 76 goals and 152 points and Bobby Orr marking 102 assists.

Boston's defense changed little from the previous season and was strengthened by the return of Ted Green. Green missed the entire 1969-70 season after having his skull crushed in a stick-swinging fight with Wayne Maki. Green wore a helmet for the rest of his career and anchored the Bruins second defense pair with Don Awrey and occasionally, Rick Smith. Bobby Orr and Dallas Smith remained as the first defense pair while the rock solid goaltending tandem of Gerry Cheevers and Eddie Johnston remained unchanged.

The Bruins first three lines were also unchanged from the previous season. Phil Esposito centered Ken Hodge and Wayne Cashman, though occasionally, Don Marcotte played on the first line. Fred Stanfield, John Bucyk and John McKenzie manned the second line while Derek Sanderson, Ed Westfall and Wayne Carleton comprised the third. Having returned from the broken ankle he suffered in March 1970, Garnet Bailey played on the fourth line and was an excellent penalty killer.

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Phil Esposito assists on a Bobby Orr goal, October 16, 1970.

Boston won the season opener 7-3 over the Detroit Red Wings on October 11, 1970 and demonstrated the depth that would result in an incredible season as six different players scored. The Bruins had a scare as Frank Mahovlich blatantly kneed Bobby Orr but after a short absence, Orr returned to the game. A three game Western road swing followed which the Bruins swept. Phil Esposito busted out for five points during the 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings on October 14, then had four more in the 5-1 victory over the California Golden Seals on October 16. In this game, Carol Vadnais began to fight with a reluctant Esposito. Vadnais was blindsided by Orr who then pummelled him. Orr also chipped in two goals. John McKenzie had four points in the last game of the trip, a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on October 18. Ted Green scored his first goal of the season in the 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on October 25. The Bruins finished October with a 6-0 blanking of the New York Rangers in which Ed Johnston recorded the shutout and Orr had four points. Having gone 6-1-1 in the month, they were first in the East Divsion while Phil Esposito led the league in scoring with 7 goals and 18 points.

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Canadiens fight fans at Boston Garden, November 8, 1970.

Not to be outdone, Gerry Cheever had his first shutout of the season during the 5-0 win over the Minnesota North Stars on November 1, 1970. Phil Esposito didn't score despite firing 13 shots on goal. The first meeting of the season with the Montreal Canadiens on November 8 saw plenty of rough play. Eleven penalties were called in the first 19 minutes of the first period. With the Bruins leading 3-1, a wild melee broke out in the last minute that turned into a bench-clearing brawl. With multiple fights going on, Derek Sanderson and Claude Larose got into it on the Canadiens bench. Fans got involved in the fight which the police rushed to stop. Incensed, more Montreal players waded into the crowd, throwing punches. Police restored order and amazingly, no misconduct penalties were assessed. Each team received three fighting majors and in the penalty-free second period, Dallas Smith made it 4-1 Bruins, resulting in Rogatien Vachon being pulled. Boston added two more in the third period for a 6-1 drubbing in which Orr and Esposito both had three points.

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Bobby Orr opens the scoring, November 22, 1970.

Phil Esposito continued to rack up points with four in the 6-3 win on November 18 against Minnesota and two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 5-2 win on November 21, 1970. On November 22, Bobby Orr went solo through the Pittsburgh Penguins and scored in leading the Bruins to a 4-2 win in which Esposito had three points. Esposito and Orr continued to produce as Phil caught Bobby with a beautiful pass and Orr backhanded a goal on Gerry Desjardins during the Bruins 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on November 26. Ivan Boldirev was recalled and played his first NHL game against Chicago. The Bruins finished the month with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Orr fed a perfect backhand pass to Ed Westfall, who scored on a one-timer, and with six seconds left in the game, Orr backhanded a goal into the empty net. Esposito had two points in this game for a total of 15 goals and 39 points. The Bruins led the league with 32 points and a 14-4-4 record.

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Derek Sanderson scores from Rick Smith, December 5, 1970.

Phil Esposito continued to show mastery over his brother Tony, scoring a Hat trick on him on December 2, 1970. However, it was all the goals the Bruins could muster and they lost 4-3. On December 5, the Bruins played in Montreal. The Canadiens were in disarray, having fired coach Claude Ruel in response to John Ferguson and Ralph Backstrom complaining about Ruel's leadership and retiring. Al MacNeil was behind the bench, Ferguson and Backstrom were coaxed out of retirement but the Canadiens were missing Jean Béliveau, Yvan Cournoyer and Jacques Laperriere for the game. The Bruins took advantage early, with Wayne Cashman scoring on a goal mouth scramble from an Esposito shot. The Habs tied it up at 13:30 but Derek Sanderson restored the lead 14 seconds later. Esposito scored the eventual game winner late in the second period. Nursing a thigh injury, Bobby Orr didn't play in the third period but excellent team defense and a Ken Hodge empty-netter, assisted by Esposito, saw the Bruins win 4-2.

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John Bucyk scores his 20th from Bobby Orr, December 30, 1970.

The win over the Habs energized the Bruins, who went on a ten game winning streak. Phil Esposito had his second hat trick of the month during the 6-3 win over Pittsburgh on December 6, a game in which he fired 12 shots. On December 10, the Bruins had their first ever meeting with the Buffalo Sabres. Despite the Bruins wildly out-shooting the Sabres, Joe Daley played fantastic in the first two periods, keeping the score tied at 2-2. However, an explosion of six goals in the third period saw the Bruins win 8-2. Daley was peppered with 72 shots, including 15 by Bobby Orr alone. Fred Stanfield had five points while John Bucyk had six. Esposito had his third hat trick of the month during the 6-2 win over Detroit on December 13. John McKenzie had a hat trick of his own during the 7-2 win over Minnesota on December 20 and Esposito nearly had another on Christmas Day versus Pittsburgh in a 8-4 victory. The winning streak ended on Boxing Day as Esposito was held scoreless for the only time in the month during a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh. He had 2 goals in the last game of the month on December 30, a 6-2 win over Minnesota. Esposito had 34 goals and 70 points while Boston continued to lead the league with 57 points.

The 1970-71 Bruins set an NHL record by having 10 different skaters score 20 goals or more in a season.[2] The record was broken by the Bruins in the 1977-78 season when they had 11 different skaters with 20 goals or more. The Bruins also had the top four league leading scorers, the first time in history this was achieved (the only other time being by the Bruins in the 1973-74 season), and seven of the top ten leading scorers, the only time in NHL history this has ever been achieved.

Final StandingsEdit

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 78 57 14 7 121 399 207 1154
New York Rangers 78 49 18 11 109 259 177 952
Montreal Canadiens 78 42 23 13 97 291 216 1271
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 37 33 8 82 248 211 1133
Buffalo Sabres 78 24 39 15 63 217 291 1188
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 46 8 56 229 296 1371
Detroit Red Wings 78 22 45 11 55 209 308 988

Game LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 11, 19707–3 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 1–0–0
2WOctober 14, 19708–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 2–0–0
3WOctober 16, 19705–1 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 3–0–0
4WOctober 18, 19705–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 4–0–0
5TOctober 22, 19703–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 4–0–1
6WOctober 25, 19704–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 5–0–1
7LOctober 29, 19703–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 5–1–1
8WOctober 31, 19706–0 New York Rangers (1970–71) 6–1–1
9WNovember 1, 19705–0 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 7–1–1
10LNovember 5, 19700–2 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 7–2–1
11TNovember 7, 19702–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 7–2–2
12WNovember 8, 19706–1 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 8–2–2
13WNovember 10, 19706–3 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 9–2–2
14LNovember 14, 19702–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 9–3–2
15LNovember 15, 19701–2 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 9–4–2
16WNovember 18, 19708–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 10–4–2
17WNovember 21, 19705–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 11–4–2
18WNovember 22, 19704–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 12–4–2
19TNovember 24, 19705–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 12–4–3
20WNovember 26, 19703–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 13–4–3
21TNovember 28, 19703–3 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 13–4–4
22WNovember 29, 19704–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 14–4–4
23LDecember 2, 19703–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 14–5–4
24TDecember 3, 19704–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 14–5–5
25WDecember 5, 19704–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 15–5–5
26WDecember 6, 19706–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 16–5–5
27WDecember 10, 19708–2 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 17–5–5
28WDecember 12, 19701–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 18–5–5
29WDecember 13, 19706–2 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 19–5–5
30WDecember 16, 19706–4 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 20–5–5
31WDecember 19, 19707–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 21–5–5
32WDecember 20, 19707–2 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 22–5–5
33WDecember 23, 19702–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 23–5–5
34WDecember 25, 19708–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 24–5–5
35LDecember 26, 19702–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 24–6–5
36WDecember 30, 19706–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 25–6–5
37WJanuary 1, 19719–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 26–6–5
38WJanuary 3, 19715–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 27–6–5
39WJanuary 7, 19716–4 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 28–6–5
40LJanuary 9, 19713–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 28–7–5
41WJanuary 10, 19717–4 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 29–7–5
42WJanuary 14, 19719–5 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 30–7–5
43LJanuary 16, 19712–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 30–8–5
44WJanuary 17, 19719–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 31–8–5
45WJanuary 23, 19716–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 32–8–5
46WJanuary 24, 19714–2 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 33–8–5
47TJanuary 27, 19712–2 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 33–8–6
48WJanuary 28, 19716–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 34–8–6
49WJanuary 31, 19716–0 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 35–8–6
50WFebruary 3, 19717–3 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 36–8–6
51WFebruary 6, 19714–3 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 37–8–6
52TFebruary 7, 19714–4 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 37–8–7
53WFebruary 9, 19716–3 New York Rangers (1970–71) 38–8–7
54WFebruary 11, 19715–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 39–8–7
55WFebruary 14, 19715–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 40–8–7
56LFebruary 16, 19714–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 40–9–7
57WFebruary 19, 19715–0 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 41–9–7
58LFebruary 20, 19714–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 41–10–7
59WFebruary 23, 19716–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 42–10–7
60WFebruary 25, 19718–3 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 43–10–7
61WFebruary 28, 19714–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 44–10–7
62WMarch 2, 19716–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 45–10–7
63WMarch 4, 19717–0 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 46–10–7
64WMarch 6, 19716–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 47–10–7
65WMarch 7, 19714–1 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 48–10–7
66WMarch 10, 19718–1 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 49–10–7
67WMarch 11, 19717–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 50–10–7
68WMarch 13, 19716–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 51–10–7
69WMarch 16, 197111–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 52–10–7
70WMarch 18, 19717–3 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 53–10–7
71WMarch 20, 19715–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 54–10–7
72LMarch 21, 19715–7 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 54–11–7
73LMarch 24, 19711–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 54–12–7
74LMarch 27, 19713–6 New York Rangers (1970–71) 54–13–7
75LMarch 28, 19711–2 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 54–14–7
76WMarch 31, 19716–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 55–14–7
77WApril 3, 19718–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 56–14–7
78WApril 4, 19717–2 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 57–14–7

PlayoffsEdit

The postseason ended too soon for the Bruins as they lost in the opening round to the Montreal Canadiens and their rookie goaltender Ken Dryden in a seven-game upset.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 7 Montreal Canadiens 1-3 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 April 8 Montreal Canadiens 7-5 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 April 10 Boston Bruins 1-3 Montreal Canadiens 1-2
4 April 11 Boston Bruins 5-2 Montreal Canadiens 2-2
5 April 13 Montreal Canadiens 3-7 Boston Bruins 2-3
6 April 15 Boston Bruins 3-8 Montreal Canadiens 3-3
7 April 18 Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Boston Bruins 4-3

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
7 Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 78 76 76 152 717125116
4 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 78 37 102 139 91124535
9 Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 78 51 65 116 8362205
8 Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 78 43 62 105 11371407
12 Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 77 21 58 79 10059403
19 McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 65 31 46 77 120271103
17 Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield C 75 24 52 76 1232803
16 Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 71 29 34 63 13039160
18 Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 78 25 34 59 4858075
11 Carleton, WayneWayne Carleton LW 69 22 24 46 4435005
20 Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 73 7 38 45 6894021
6 Green, TedTed Green D 78 5 37 42 6037000
21 Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 75 15 13 28 3020062
26 Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 74 4 21 25 14140001
10 Smith, RickRick Smith D 67 4 19 23 4430001
25 Walton, MikeMike Walton C 22 3 5 8 1011000
27 Leach, ReggieReggie Leach RW 23 2 4 6 07000
14 Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 36 0 6 6 444000
1 Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 38 0 1 1 60000
24 Speer, BillBill Speer D 1 0 0 0 40000
22 Boldirev, IvanIvan Boldirev C 2 0 0 0 00000
25 Schock, DannyDanny Schock LW 6 0 0 0 0 -1000
30 Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 40 0 0 0 40000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 2280 38 30 6 2 96 2.53 4
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 2400 40 27 8 5 109 2.72 3
Team: 4680 78 57 14 7 205 2.63 7

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
4 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 7 5 7 12 25111
7 Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 7 3 7 10 6200
17 Stanfield, FredFred Stanfield C 7 3 4 7 0100
9 Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 7 2 5 7 0000
8 Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 7 2 5 7 6000
12 Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 7 3 2 5 15001
19 McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 7 2 3 5 22101
16 Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 7 2 1 3 13000
18 Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 7 1 2 3 2010
20 Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 7 0 3 3 26000
x Walton, MikeMike Walton C 5 2 0 2 19100
6 Green, TedTed Green D 7 1 0 1 25000
x Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 1 0 0 0 10000
x Leach, ReggieReggie Leach RW 3 0 0 0 0000
21 Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 4 0 0 0 0000
11 Carleton, WayneWayne Carleton LW 4 0 0 0 0000
10 Smith, RickRick Smith D 6 0 0 0 0000
26 Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 7 0 0 0 17000
1 Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 1 0 0 0 0000
30 Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 6 0 0 0 4000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 360 6 3 3 21 3.50 0
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 60 1 0 1 7 7.00 0
Team: 420 7 3 4 28 4.00 0

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Note: Pos = Position; 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

70-71NHLAS

Four Bruins were voted to the First All-Star Team for the 1970-71 season.

TransactionsEdit

Draft PicksEdit

See also: 1970 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Overall Player
1 3 Reggie Leach
1 4 Rick MacLeish
1 9 Ron Plumb
1 13 Bob Stewart
2 27 Dan Bouchard
3 41 Ray Brownlee
4 55 Gord Davies
5 69 Bob Roselle
6 83 Murray Wing
7 96 Glenn Siddall

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Five minutes of coverage of the Bruins-Canadiens bench-clearing brawl during the last minute of the first period, November 8, 1970.

The first half of the Bruins-Leafs game on November 14, 1970.

The second half of the Bruins-Leafs game on November 14, 1970.

The Bruins set the record for the fastest three goals, scored in 20 seconds versus the Vancouver Canucks, February 25, 1971.

Highlights of the goals from the Bruins-Canadiens Game 2 of the 1971 Quarter-finals on April 8, 1971.

Highlights from the Bruins-Canadiens Game 7, Canadiens-North Stars Game 6 and Canadiens-Black Hawks Game 7 from the 1971 Stanley Cup playoffs.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Numbelievable!, p.79 , Michael X. Ferraro and John Venziano, Triumph Books, 2007, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.174, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  3. 1970-71 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
  4. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  5. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 187, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  6. 6.0 6.1 National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 183, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
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