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1975–76 Boston Bruins · NHL
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
Conference 2nd Prince of Wales
1975–76 record 48–15–17
Goals for 313 (5th)
Goals against 237 (4th-tie)
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Don Cherry
Captain Johnny Bucyk
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Johnny Bucyk (36)
Assists Jean Ratelle (59)
Points Jean Ratelle (90)
Penalties in minutes Terry O'Reilly (150)
Wins Gilles Gilbert (33)
Goals against average Gerry Cheevers (2.73)
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1974–75 1976–77

The 1975–76 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 52nd season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 1st in the Adams Division and lost in the Semi-finals to the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

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The Bruins uniforms underwent one minor change from the previous season with the addition of the Massachusetts 200th anniversary patch to the shoulders. The white jersey was worn at home with white socks and the black jersey on the road with gold socks. Although player names on the backs of the jerseys existed for select games in the 1973–74 season, this practice was abandoned for the Bruins for both the 1974–75 and 1975-76 seasons.

Gregg Sheppard battling in front of Vladislav Tretiak, January 8, 1976.

As part of the 1976 Super Series, the Bruins played CSKA Moscow on January 8, 1976. After a scoreless first period, Dave Forbes opened the scoring for the Bruins early in the second period. Valeri Kharlamov scored a pair, followed by Alexander Maltsev. Jean Ratelle cut the lead to 3-2 with a Power play marker late in the period. Despite out shooting the Soviets 40-19, the brilliant play of goalie Vladislav Tretiak kept the Bruins from adding to their tally and CSKA Moscow won 5-2.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 80 48 15 17 313 237 113
Buffalo Sabres 80 46 21 13 339 240 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 34 31 15 294 276 83
California Golden Seals 80 27 42 11 250 278 65

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 Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
2 T October 12, 1975 3–3 New York Islanders (1975–76) 0–1–1
3 T October 16, 1975 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 0–1–2
4 W October 18, 1975 5–2 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 1–1–2
5 W October 19, 1975 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 2–1–2
6 L October 23, 1975 2–3 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 2–2–2
7 L October 25, 1975 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 2–3–2
8 W October 26, 1975 7–3 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 3–3–2
9 W October 30, 1975 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 4–3–2
10 L November 1, 1975 1–8 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 4–4–2
11 W November 2, 1975 5–0 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 5–4–2
12 L November 5, 1975 0–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 5–5–2
13 L November 8, 1975 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 5–6–2
14 W November 9, 1975 6–3 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 6–6–2
15 W November 13, 1975 6–0 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 7–6–2
16 W November 15, 1975 5–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 8–6–2
17 W November 16, 1975 4–2 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 9–6–2
18 T November 19, 1975 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 9–6–3
19 T November 20, 1975 2–2 New York Islanders (1975–76) 9–6–4
20 T November 23, 1975 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 9–6–5
21 W November 25, 1975 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 10–6–5
22 W November 26, 1975 6–4 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 11–6–5
23 T November 29, 1975 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 11–6–6
24 W November 30, 1975 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 12–6–6
25 W December 4, 1975 3–2 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 13–6–6
26 W December 6, 1975 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 14–6–6
27 T December 7, 1975 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 14–6–7
28 L December 11, 1975 1–5 New York Rangers (1975–76) 14–7–7
29 T December 13, 1975 4–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 14–7–8
30 W December 14, 1975 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 15–7–8
31 W December 17, 1975 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 16–7–8
32 W December 20, 1975 5–3 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 17–7–8
33 L December 21, 1975 1–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 17–8–8
34 L December 23, 1975 3–4 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 17–9–8
35 W December 26, 1975 6–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 18–9–8
36 W December 28, 1975 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 19–9–8
37 W December 31, 1975 6–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 20–9–8
38 T January 2, 1976 4–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 20–9–9
39 W January 3, 1976 3–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 21–9–9
40 W January 10, 1976 3–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 22–9–9
41 W January 11, 1976 7–4 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 23–9–9
42 W January 13, 1976 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 24–9–9
43 W January 15, 1976 4–0 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 25–9–9
44 L January 17, 1976 5–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 25–10–9
45 W January 22, 1976 5–3 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 26–10–9
46 W January 24, 1976 6–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 27–10–9
47 W January 25, 1976 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 28–10–9
48 W January 29, 1976 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 29–10–9
49 W January 30, 1976 4–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 30–10–9
50 W February 1, 1976 5–3 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 31–10–9
51 W February 5, 1976 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 32–10–9
52 L February 7, 1976 4–11 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 32–11–9
53 W February 8, 1976 7–0 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 33–11–9
54 W February 11, 1976 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 34–11–9
55 W February 13, 1976 6–5 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 35–11–9
56 W February 15, 1976 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 36–11–9
57 T February 18, 1976 3–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 36–11–10
58 W February 21, 1976 2–1 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 37–11–10
59 W February 22, 1976 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 38–11–10
60 W February 26, 1976 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 39–11–10
61 T February 27, 1976 3–3 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 39–11–11
62 W February 29, 1976 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 40–11–11
63 W March 3, 1976 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 41–11–11
64 L March 5, 1976 3–4 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 41–12–11
65 W March 7, 1976 4–3 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 42–12–11
66 L March 9, 1976 0–9 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 42–13–11
67 W March 11, 1976 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 43–13–11
68 L March 13, 1976 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 43–14–11
69 W March 14, 1976 4–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 44–14–11
70 T March 16, 1976 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 44–14–12
71 W March 18, 1976 5–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 45–14–12
72 W March 20, 1976 8–1 New York Rangers (1975–76) 46–14–12
73 T March 24, 1976 5–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 46–14–13
74 W March 25, 1976 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 47–14–13
75 T March 27, 1976 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 47–14–14
76 T March 28, 1976 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 47–14–15
77 T March 30, 1976 4–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 47–14–16
78 L April 1, 1976 2–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 47–15–16
79 W April 3, 1976 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 48–15–16
80 T April 4, 1976 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 48–15–17

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Boston Bruins 4, Los Angeles Kings 3[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia Flyers 4, Boston Bruins 1[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 67 31 59 90 16 17 15 1 3
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 77 36 47 83 20 22 13 0 9
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 70 31 43 74 28 24 5 2 4
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 80 28 43 71 87 30 9 0 6
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 75 28 34 62 116 13 7 0 7
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 72 25 36 61 42 19 8 0 5
Park, BradBrad Park D 43 16 37 53 95 23 7 1 2
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 80 23 27 50 150 3 2 0 2
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 79 17 23 40 60 4 0 0 3
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 58 16 20 36 24 15 1 0 2
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 77 7 25 32 103 42 0 0 0
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 79 16 13 29 52 15 0 4 1
Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C 50 7 18 25 0 8 1 0 1
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 77 4 17 21 103 7 1 0 1
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 10 5 13 18 22 10 3 1 0
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 12 6 10 16 8 -1 3 0 0
Nowak, HankHank Nowak LW 66 7 3 10 41 -1 0 0 1
Zanussi, JoeJoe Zanussi D 60 1 7 8 30 2 0 0 0
Sims, AlAl Sims D 48 4 3 7 43 6 0 0 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 12 2 5 7 17 1 1 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 58 1 6 7 60 25 0 0 1
Halward, DougDoug Halward D 22 1 5 6 6 -4 1 0 0
Smith, BarryBarry Smith C 19 1 0 1 2 -5 0 0 0
Ruhnke, KentKent Ruhnke RW 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Anderson, EarlEarl Anderson RW 5 0 1 1 2 -2 0 0 0
Clark, GordieGordie Clark RW 7 0 1 1 0 -5 0 0 0
Simmons, AlAl Simmons D 7 0 1 1 21 0 0 0 0
Adduono, RickRick Adduono C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Jonathan, StanStan Jonathan LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O'Neil, PaulPaul O'Neil C/RW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Maluta, RayRay Maluta D 2 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 3 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 0
Langdon, SteveSteve Langdon LW 4 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Reece, DaveDave Reece G 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 55 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 3123 55 33 8 10 151 2.90 3
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 900 15 8 2 5 41 2.73 1
Reece, DaveDave Reece 777 14 7 5 2 43 3.32 2
Team: 4800 80 48 15 17 235 2.94 6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 12 8 8 16 4 5 0 1
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 12 5 6 11 6 1 0 1
Park, BradBrad Park D 11 3 8 11 14 1 1 0
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 12 4 6 10 4 4 0 1
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 11 2 8 10 13 0 0 1
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 12 2 7 9 0 2 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 12 4 2 6 8 1 0 0
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 11 1 5 6 16 0 0 0
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 12 1 4 5 9 0 0 0
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 12 3 1 4 25 0 0 0
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 11 2 2 4 19 0 0 1
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 12 1 3 4 23 0 0 0
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 12 1 1 2 5 0 1 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 12 1 0 1 22 0 0 0
Zanussi, JoeJoe Zanussi D 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Clark, GordieGordie Clark RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sims, AlAl Sims D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Halward, DougDoug Halward D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maluta, RayRay Maluta D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Langdon, SteveSteve Langdon LW 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Milbury, MikeMike Milbury D 11 0 0 0 29 0 0 0
Nowak, HankHank Nowak LW 10 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 360 6 3 3 19 3.17 2
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 392 6 2 4 14 2.14 1
Team: 752 12 5 7 33 2.63 3

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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 Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 14 Doug Halward (D) Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1975-76 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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