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1971-72 Blues
1971–72 St. Louis Blues · NHL
Division 3rd West
1971–72 record 28–39–11
Goals for 208
Goals against 247
Coach Sid Abel
Captain Jim Roberts
Team Leaders
Goals Garry Unger (36)
Assists Frank St. Marseille (36)
Points Garry Unger (70)
Penalties in minutes Barclay Plager (176)
Wins Jacques Caron (14)
Goals against average Jacques Caron (2.52)
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1970–71 1972–73

The 1971–72 St. Louis Blues season was the St. Louis Blues' 5th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blues finished 2nd in the West Division and won in the Quarter-finals over the Minnesota North Stars 4 games to 3 and lost in the Semi-finals to the Boston Bruins 4 games to 0.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

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
1LOctober 9, 19712–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 0–1–0
2WOctober 12, 19714–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 1–1–0
3LOctober 13, 19710–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 1–2–0
4WOctober 16, 19719–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 2–2–0
5LOctober 17, 19713–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 2–3–0
6LOctober 19, 19711–3 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 2–4–0
7LOctober 23, 19713–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 2–5–0
8WOctober 24, 19713–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 3–5–0
9LOctober 27, 19711–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 3–6–0
10TOctober 30, 19714–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 3–6–1
11LNovember 3, 19711–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 3–7–1
12LNovember 4, 19711–6 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 3–8–1
13LNovember 6, 19711–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 3–9–1
14LNovember 9, 19711–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 3–10–1
15WNovember 13, 19715–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–10–1
16TNovember 16, 19712–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 4–10–2
17TNovember 18, 19712–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 4–10–3
18WNovember 20, 19714–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 5–10–3
19LNovember 21, 19712–6 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 5–11–3
20WNovember 23, 19713–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 6–11–3
21LNovember 24, 19713–8 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 6–12–3
22TNovember 27, 19716–6 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 6–12–4
23WNovember 30, 19715–2 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 7–12–4
24LDecember 1, 19712–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 7–13–4
25WDecember 4, 19715–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 8–13–4
26WDecember 5, 19712–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 9–13–4
27LDecember 7, 19711–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 9–14–4
28TDecember 10, 19714–4 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 9–14–5
29LDecember 11, 19711–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 9–15–5
30LDecember 14, 19712–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 9–16–5
31LDecember 15, 19711–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 9–17–5
32LDecember 18, 19712–5 New York Rangers (1971–72) 9–18–5
33LDecember 19, 19710–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 9–19–5
34LDecember 22, 19711–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 9–20–5
35TDecember 25, 19714–4 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 9–20–6
36LDecember 26, 19713–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 9–21–6
37WDecember 29, 19716–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 10–21–6
38TJanuary 1, 19724–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 10–21–7
39LJanuary 5, 19721–9 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 10–22–7
40WJanuary 6, 19723–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 11–22–7
41WJanuary 8, 19725–3 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 12–22–7
42WJanuary 11, 19727–3 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 13–22–7
43WJanuary 15, 19727–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 14–22–7
44WJanuary 16, 19724–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 15–22–7
45LJanuary 18, 19720–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 15–23–7
46WJanuary 22, 19721–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 16–23–7
47LJanuary 23, 19721–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 16–24–7
48WJanuary 26, 19722–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 17–24–7
49LJanuary 29, 19720–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 17–25–7
50LJanuary 30, 19722–5 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 17–26–7
51LFebruary 1, 19721–3 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 17–27–7
52LFebruary 3, 19723–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 17–28–7
53WFebruary 5, 19726–5 New York Rangers (1971–72) 18–28–7
54TFebruary 6, 19722–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 18–28–8
55LFebruary 8, 19721–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 18–29–8
56LFebruary 10, 19721–3 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 18–30–8
57WFebruary 12, 19725–4 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 19–30–8
58LFebruary 15, 19722–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 19–31–8
59WFebruary 16, 19723–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 20–31–8
60LFebruary 18, 19722–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 20–32–8
61TFebruary 20, 19724–4 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 20–32–9
62WFebruary 23, 19722–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 21–32–9
63WFebruary 26, 19723–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 22–32–9
64LFebruary 27, 19720–2 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 22–33–9
65LMarch 1, 19721–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 22–34–9
66LMarch 4, 19722–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 22–35–9
67WMarch 5, 19726–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 23–35–9
68WMarch 7, 19724–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 24–35–9
69LMarch 9, 19721–5 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 24–36–9
70WMarch 11, 19724–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 25–36–9
71TMarch 17, 19722–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 25–36–10
72TMarch 19, 19723–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 25–36–11
73WMarch 22, 19724–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 26–36–11
74WMarch 25, 19725–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 27–36–11
75LMarch 26, 19720–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 27–37–11
76WMarch 28, 19722–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 28–37–11
77LApril 1, 19720–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 28–38–11
78LApril 2, 19722–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 28–39–11

PlayoffsEdit

St. Louis Blues 4, Minnesota North Stars 3Edit

Kevin O’Shea scored the series winning goal in overtime in Game 7.

Boston Bruins 4, St. Louis Blues 0Edit

The Bruins and Blues last met in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals where the Bruins swept the series in four games, highlighted by Bobby Orr's overtime winner in Game 4. Despite missing Derek Sanderson for the entire series, the Bruins swept the Blues again, winning three of the games easily. John Bucyk scored 4 goals and 13 points in the series.

18Apr1972-Marseille Orr Johnston

Frank St. Marseille, Bobby Orr, Eddie Johnston, Game 1 of the 1972 Semi-finals, April 18, 1972.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden saw Eddie Johnston start in net for the Bruins and Jacques Caron for the Blues. Garry Peters dressed in his only playoff game of the year. Garry Unger opened the scoring on the power play at 3:18 of the first period, but that's all the scoring St. Louis mustered. While the Blues effectively checked the Phil Esposito line, the second line of Fred Stanfield, John Bucyk and John McKenzie ran rampant. Stanfield tied the game a little over a minute after Unger's goal before Mike Walton put the Bruins up for good. Bucyk added a goal at 17:24 to make it 3-1 Boston. At 5:39 of the second period, Curt Bennett and Carol Vadnais fought which resulted in a melee. Don Awrey was given a game misconduct for being the third man in. Stanfield scored at 10:48 on the power play and then completed the Hat trick at 19:32. Caron was pulled for Ernie Wakely to start the third period. Esposito scored at 14:44 on the power play to compete the Bruins 6-1 win.

Westfall goal-20Apr1972

Ed Westfall makes it 10-2 Bruins, Game 2 of the 1972 Semi-finals, April 20, 1972.

Game 2 at Boston saw Gerry Cheevers man the pipes for Boston while Caron started for St. Louis. As in Game 1, the Blues had no answer for the Bruins offensive depth. Bucyk opened the scoring at 7:17 of the first period on the power play before Esposito added a goal a minute later. The Bruins third line of Mike Walton, Garnet Bailey and Ed Westfall combined for a goal at 9:54. In the second period, Bailey scored at 6:33, resulting in Caron being pulled for Ernie Wakely. John McKenzie scored on the power play shortly after to make it 5-0 Bruins. Bucyk scored his second of the game at 3:47 of the third period on the power play. The Blues scored two quick goals by Mike Murphy and Phil Roberto to cut the lead to 6-2. Any hope of a comeback was quickly dashed as Boston scored four goals in the last ten minutes of the game. Walton, Don Marcotte, Bucyk and Westfall were the markers as the Bruins trounced the Blues 10-2. Bucyk had a hat trick and four points while Bailey also had four points. Incredibly, St. Louis out shot Boston 33-31.

McKenzie goal-23Apr1972

John McKenzie makes it 6-1 Bruins, Game 3 of the 1972 Semi-finals, April 23, 1972.

Game 3 at the St. Louis Arena saw Ed Johnston back in net for Boston and the Blues go with third-string goalie Peter McDuffe. Chris Hayes played the only NHL game of his career. Mike Murphy opened the scoring for the Blues at 2:05 of the first period, slipping a shot between Johnston's pads on the power play. The Blues were on another power play six minutes later when Ed Westfall picked off a Barclay Plager pass and went in on a breakaway. He deked McDuffe and roofed his shot to make it 1-1. On a Bruins power play, John McKenzie deflected a Bobby Orr shot in at 10:36. With seconds left in the period, Ken Hodge's pass from the corner to Phil Esposito saw him lift it over McDuffe to make it 3-1 Bruins. At 2:58 of the second period, Mike Walton scored before Ken Hodge deked Barclay Plager at the St. Louis blueline and blasted a slapshot between McDuffe's pads. At 11:12 on the power play, John McKenzie corralled a John Bucyk rebound and shot it over McDuffe's shoulder for a 6-1 Bruins lead. In the third period, Walton intercepted an errant Gary Sabourin pass and put a low shot in at 11:09. Sabourin scored a consolation goal with less than two minutes left as Boston won 7-2 and took a three games to none stranglehold on the series.

Bucyk goal-25Apr1972

John Bucyk scores one of his 13 points of the series, Game 4 of the 1972 Semi-finals, April 25, 1972.

Game 4 at St. Louis saw the Bruins continue to rotate their goalies with Gerry Cheevers starting while Jacques Caron was back in net for the Blues. This was the closest game of the series, with St. Louis out shooting Boston 36-27, but penalties would be the Blues undoing. Only 1:29 into the game, Phil Esposito fired a Wayne Cashman rebound past Caron to make it 1-0. At 9:27 on the power play, Esposito kept the puck in the Blues zone, passed to Fred Stanfield who found John Bucyk alone in front of the net. His shot to Caron's glove side made it 2-0 Bruins. Terry Crisp cut the lead to 2-1 late in the period. With Garry Unger in the box, Bucyk scored his second power play goal of the game at 4:44 of the second period. At 17:53 on the power play, Esposito took a John McKenzie pass in the right slot and fired a shot past Caron's stick to make it 4-1. In the third period, Cheevers continued to hold the Blues at bay until 9:50 when André Dupont fired a slapshot that eluded him. At 15:25, Chris Evans beat Cheevers with a point shot to make it 4-3. That was as close as St. Louis came as Wayne Cashman scored his first goal of the playoffs into an empty net for a 5-3 Bruins win and a series sweep.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 18 St. Louis Blues 1-6 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 April 20 St. Louis Blues 2-10 Boston Bruins 0-2
3 April 23 Boston Bruins 7-2 St. Louis Blues 3-0
4 April 25 Boston Bruins 5-3 St. Louis Blues 4-0

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Unger, GarryGarry Unger C 78 36 34 70 104 -81414
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 78 16 36 52 325101
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 63 21 25 46 345502
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 77 28 17 45 523407
Murphy, MikeMike Murphy RW 63 20 23 43 19 -4503
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 75 13 18 31 127163
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 78 7 22 29 1766120
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto RW 49 12 13 25 76 -1000
Brewer, CarlCarl Brewer D 42 2 16 18 40 -6001
Bordeleau, ChristianChristian Bordeleau C 41 8 9 17 6 -13101
Lavender, BrianBrian Lavender LW 46 5 11 16 54 -2001
Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont D 60 3 10 13 14711000
Morrison, GeorgeGeorge Morrison LW 42 2 11 13 7 -11201
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 26 5 7 12 44120
Plager, BillBill Plager D 65 1 11 12 64 -15001
Plager, BobBob Plager D 50 4 7 11 81 -1000
Hornung, LarryLarry Hornung D 47 2 9 11 10 -1001
Connelly, WayneWayne Connelly C 15 5 5 10 2 -6200
Thomson, FloydFloyd Thomson LW 49 4 6 10 48 -9002
Bennett, CurtCurt Bennett LW 31 3 5 8 30 -4000
O'Shea, DannyDanny O'Shea C 20 3 3 6 11 -4000
Picard, NoelNoel Picard D 15 1 5 6 501000
Carr, GeneGene Carr C 15 3 2 5 90000
Sutherland, BillBill Sutherland C 9 2 3 5 24010
Odrowski, GerryGerry Odrowski D 55 1 2 3 8 -1010
Parizeau, MichelMichel Parizeau C 21 1 2 3 8 -1100
Shires, JimJim Shires LW 18 0 3 3 8 -13000
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz C/RW 12 0 1 1 12 -8000
McLeod, JimJim McLeod G 16 0 1 1 00000
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron G 28 0 1 1 00000
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely G 30 0 1 1 20000
Dennis, NormNorm Dennis C 1 0 0 0 4 -1000
Brooks, GordGord Brooks RW 2 0 0 0 00000
Veneruzzo, GaryGary Veneruzzo LW 2 0 0 0 0 -1000
Evans, ChrisChris Evans D 2 0 0 0 00000
Kannegiesser, GordGord Kannegiesser D 4 0 0 0 2 -1000
O'Shea, KevinKevin O'Shea RW 4 0 0 0 2 -1000
Selby, BritBrit Selby LW 6 0 0 0 0 -2000
Arbour, JohnJohn Arbour D 17 0 0 0 10 -4000
Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson G 2 0 0 0 00000
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe G 10 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron 1619 28 14 8 5 68 2.52 1
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely 1614 30 8 18 2 92 3.42 1
McLeod, JimJim McLeod 880 16 6 6 4 44 3.00 0
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe 467 10 0 6 0 29 3.73 0
Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 100 2 0 1 0 9 5.40 0
Team: 4680 78 28 39 11 242 3.10 2

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Roberto, PhilPhil Roberto RW 11 7 6 13 29301
Unger, GarryGarry Unger C 11 4 5 9 35201
St. Marseille, FrankFrank St. Marseille RW 11 3 5 8 6100
Sabourin, GaryGary Sabourin RW 11 3 3 6 6000
Murphy, MikeMike Murphy RW 11 2 3 5 6100
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 11 1 4 5 14000
Plager, BarclayBarclay Plager D 11 1 4 5 21101
Plager, BobBob Plager D 11 1 4 5 5000
Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 11 1 3 4 2000
O'Shea, KevinKevin O'Shea RW 11 2 1 3 10001
Hornung, LarryLarry Hornung D 11 0 2 2 2000
O'Shea, DannyDanny O'Shea C 10 0 2 2 36000
Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont D 11 1 0 1 20000
Evans, ChrisChris Evans D 7 1 0 1 4000
Lavender, BrianBrian Lavender LW 3 0 0 0 2000
Bennett, CurtCurt Bennett LW 10 0 0 0 12000
Odrowski, GerryGerry Odrowski D 11 0 0 0 8000
Plager, BillBill Plager D 11 0 0 0 12000
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe G 1 0 0 0 0000
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely G 3 0 0 0 0000
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron G 9 0 0 0 2000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Caron, JacquesJacques Caron 499 9 4 5 26 3.13 0
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe 60 1 0 1 7 7.00 0
Wakely, ErnieErnie Wakely 113 3 0 1 13 6.90 0
Team: 672 11 4 7 46 4.11 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

  • The Blues did not win any awards this season.

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1971-72 St. Louis Blues Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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