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1971–72 Minnesota North Stars · NHL
Division 2nd West
1971–72 record 37–29–12
Goals for 212
Goals against 191
General Manager Wren Blair
Coach Jack Gordon
Captain Ted Harris
Arena Met Center
Team Leaders
Goals Bill Goldsworthy (31)
Assists Jude Drouin (43)
Points Bill Goldsworthy (62)
Penalties in minutes Barry Gibbs (128)
Wins Cesare Maniago (20)
Goals against average Gump Worsley (2.12)
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1970–71 1972–73

The 1971–72 Minnesota North Stars season was the team's fifth season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The North Stars finished 2nd in the West Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the St. Louis Blues 4 games to 3.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Roberts goal-8Mar1972

Doug Roberts scores his first goal for Boston off the head of Gump Worsley, March 8, 1972.

Down 4-2 to Minnesota on March 8, the Boston Bruins rallied with goals by Garnet Bailey and Doug Roberts, playing his first game for Boston. Roberts had earlier hit Cesare Maniago in the mask, knocking him out of the game, to be replaced by Gump Worsley. Roberts one-timed a Bobby Orr shot that bounced off the boards and hit a prone Worsley in the head to tie the game 4-4. Worsley was so angry, he threw the puck at the goal judge. John Bucyk scored the winner from an Orr rebound shot while Orr was sliding on his behind.

Final StandingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 256 166 107
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 212 191 86
St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 208 247 67
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 220 258 66
Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 200 236 66
California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 216 288 60
Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 206 305 49

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 9, 19714–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 1–0–0
2TOctober 14, 19711–1 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 1–0–1
3LOctober 16, 19712–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 1–1–1
4WOctober 17, 19713–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 2–1–1
5WOctober 20, 19717–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 3–1–1
6WOctober 23, 19715–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 4–1–1
7WOctober 24, 19716–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 5–1–1
8WOctober 27, 19712–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 6–1–1
9WOctober 28, 19712–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 7–1–1
10TOctober 30, 19711–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 7–1–2
11LOctober 31, 19712–5 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 7–2–2
12WNovember 3, 19712–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 8–2–2
13WNovember 6, 19715–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 9–2–2
14WNovember 7, 19713–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 10–2–2
15LNovember 10, 19711–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 10–3–2
16LNovember 13, 19711–5 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 10–4–2
17WNovember 16, 19715–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 11–4–2
18WNovember 18, 19714–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 12–4–2
19WNovember 20, 19714–1 New York Rangers (1971–72) 13–4–2
20TNovember 21, 19711–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 13–4–3
21WNovember 23, 19712–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 14–4–3
22WNovember 26, 19712–1 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 15–4–3
23WNovember 27, 19713–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 16–4–3
24WDecember 1, 19714–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 17–4–3
25WDecember 4, 19713–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 18–4–3
26LDecember 5, 19711–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 18–5–3
27LDecember 8, 19711–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 18–6–3
28LDecember 11, 19713–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 18–7–3
29LDecember 12, 19713–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 18–8–3
30WDecember 15, 19714–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 19–8–3
31LDecember 18, 19711–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 19–9–3
32TDecember 19, 19711–1 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 19–9–4
33WDecember 21, 19713–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 20–9–4
34LDecember 25, 19711–2 New York Rangers (1971–72) 20–10–4
35LDecember 26, 19711–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 20–11–4
36TDecember 30, 19712–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 20–11–5
37WJanuary 1, 19723–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 21–11–5
38WJanuary 5, 19724–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 22–11–5
39LJanuary 8, 19721–5 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 22–12–5
40TJanuary 11, 19722–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 22–12–6
41LJanuary 12, 19720–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 22–13–6
42LJanuary 15, 19722–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 22–14–6
43LJanuary 16, 19722–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 22–15–6
44TJanuary 18, 19721–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 22–15–7
45WJanuary 19, 19724–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 23–15–7
46WJanuary 22, 19724–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 24–15–7
47WJanuary 23, 19725–3 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 25–15–7
48WJanuary 27, 19726–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 26–15–7
49WJanuary 29, 19724–2 New York Rangers (1971–72) 27–15–7
50TJanuary 30, 19721–1 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 27–15–8
51LFebruary 2, 19722–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 27–16–8
52LFebruary 3, 19721–6 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 27–17–8
53TFebruary 5, 19723–3 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 27–17–9
54LFebruary 6, 19720–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 27–18–9
55WFebruary 9, 19724–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 28–18–9
56WFebruary 10, 19723–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 29–18–9
57WFebruary 12, 19725–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 30–18–9
58WFebruary 16, 19724–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 31–18–9
59LFebruary 19, 19724–6 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 31–19–9
60WFebruary 20, 19722–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 32–19–9
61LFebruary 24, 19722–4 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 32–20–9
62LFebruary 26, 19722–3 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 32–21–9
63LMarch 2, 19720–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 32–22–9
64LMarch 4, 19722–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 32–23–9
65WMarch 5, 19722–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 33–23–9
66LMarch 8, 19724–5 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 33–24–9
67TMarch 12, 19722–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 33–24–10
68LMarch 14, 19723–4 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 33–25–10
69WMarch 16, 19726–2 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 34–25–10
70LMarch 18, 19723–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 34–26–10
71LMarch 19, 19723–7 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 34–27–10
72WMarch 21, 19724–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 35–27–10
73TMarch 23, 19724–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 35–27–11
74LMarch 25, 19722–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 35–28–11
75WMarch 26, 19725–0 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 36–28–11
76TMarch 28, 19722–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 36–28–12
77WMarch 31, 19722–1 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 37–28–12
78LApril 2, 19721–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 37–29–12

PlayoffsEdit

St. Louis Blues 4, Minnesota North Stars 3 Edit

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams with St. Louis winning two of the three previous series. Kevin O’Shea scored the series winner in overtime in Game 7.

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WApril 5, 19723–0 St. Louis Blues 1–0
2WApril 6, 19726–5 (OT) St. Louis Blues 2–0
3LApril 8, 19721–2 @ St. Louis Blues 2–1
4LApril 9, 19722–3 @ St. Louis Blues 2–2
5WApril 13, 19724–3 St. Louis Blues 3–2
6LApril 15, 19722–4 @ St. Louis Blues 3–3
7LApril 18, 19721–2 (OT) St. Louis Blues 3–4

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Awards and RecordsEdit

  • The North Stars did not win any awards this season.

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1971 NHL Playoff Summary. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
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