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1996–97 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 6th Northeast
1996–97 record 26–47–9
Goals for 234
Goals against 300
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Steve Kasper
Captain Ray Bourque
Arena Fleet Center
Team Leaders
Goals Ted Donato (25)
Assists Jozef Stumpel (55)
Points Jozef Stumpel (76)
Penalties in minutes Jeff Odgers (197)
Wins Bill Ranford (12)
Goals against average Robbie Tallas (3.33)
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1995–96 1997–98

The 1996–97 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 72nd season. The Bruins finished 6th in the Northeast Division and missed the playoff for the first time in 29 years.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 82 40 30 12 237 208 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 38 36 8 285 280 84
Ottawa Senators 82 31 36 15 226 234 77
Montreal Canadiens 82 31 36 15 249 276 77
Hartford Whalers 82 32 39 11 226 256 75
Boston Bruins 82 26 47 9 234 300 61

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
1 T October 5, 1996 4–4 OT New York Rangers (1996–97) 0–0–1
2 L October 7, 1996 2–5 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 0–1–1
3 W October 12, 1996 5–3 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 1–1–1
4 W October 14, 1996 5–4 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 2–1–1
5 L October 17, 1996 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 2–2–1
6 W October 20, 1996 5–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 3–2–1
7 L October 24, 1996 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 3–3–1
8 L October 26, 1996 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 3–4–1
9 W October 29, 1996 5–2 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 4–4–1
10 T October 31, 1996 4–4 OT Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 4–4–2
11 L November 2, 1996 2–5 New York Rangers (1996–97) 4–5–2
12 T November 4, 1996 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 4–5–3
13 L November 6, 1996 1–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 4–6–3
14 L November 7, 1996 0–6 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 4–7–3
15 W November 9, 1996 4–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 5–7–3
16 W Nov 14, 1996 2–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 6–7–3
17 W Nov 18, 1996 4–2 San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 7–7–3
18 T Nov 19, 1996 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 7–7–4
19 L Nov 21, 1996 2–6 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 7–8–4
20 L Nov 23, 1996 2–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 7–9–4
21 W Nov 26, 1996 2–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 8–9–4
22 W Nov 29, 1996 7–3 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 9–9–4
23 L Nov 30, 1996 2–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 9–10–4
24 W December 4, 1996 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 10–10–4
25 L December 5, 1996 2–4 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 10–11–4
26 T December 7, 1996 1–1 OT Calgary Flames (1996–97) 10–11–5
27 L December 9, 1996 2–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 10–12–5
28 L Dec 12, 1996 4–7 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 10–13–5
29 L Dec 14, 1996 0–4 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 10–14–5
30 L Dec 15, 1996 0–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 10–15–5
31 W Dec 17, 1996 6–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 11–15–5
32 W Dec 19, 1996 3–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 12–15–5
33 W Dec 21, 1996 4–3 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 13–15–5
34 T Dec 23, 1996 3–3 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 13–15–6
35 L Dec 27, 1996 4–6 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 13–16–6
36 L Dec 29, 1996 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 13–17–6
37 L January 1, 1997 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 13–18–6
38 W January 2, 1997 5–4 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 14–18–6
39 W January 4, 1997 3–2 Dallas Stars (1996–97) 15–18–6
40 L January 7, 1997 3–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 15–19–6
41 W January 9, 1997 5–4 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 16–19–6
42 L January 11, 1997 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 16–20–6
43 L January 13, 1997 3–4 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 16–21–6
44 L January 14, 1997 2–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 16–22–6
45 L January 20, 1997 2–3 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 16–23–6
46 W January 22, 1997 4–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 17–23–6
47 L January 23, 1997 1–4 Florida Panthers (1996–97) 17–24–6
48 W January 25, 1997 4–1 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 18–24–6
49 L January 30, 1997 1–3 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 18–25–6
50 W February 1, 1997 3–0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 19–25–6
51 W February 2, 1997 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 20–25–6
52 L February 4, 1997 3–4 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 20–26–6
53 L February 6, 1997 3–5 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 20–27–6
54 T February 8, 1997 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 20–27–7
55 L February 11, 1997 1–5 @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 20–28–7
56 L February 12, 1997 3–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 20–29–7
57 L February 15, 1997 4–5 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 20–30–7
58 L February 18, 1997 2–3 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 20–31–7
59 L February 20, 1997 3–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 20–32–7
60 L February 23, 1997 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 20–33–7
61 T February 24, 1997 3–3 OT @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 20–33–8
62 W February 27, 1997 6–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 21–33–8
63 T March 1, 1997 5–5 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 21–33–9
64 L March 3, 1997 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 21–34–9
65 L March 6, 1997 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 21–35–9
66 W March 8, 1997 6–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 22–35–9
67 W March 9, 1997 3–1 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 23–35–9
68 L March 12, 1997 3–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 23–36–9
69 L March 13, 1997 0–3 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 23–37–9
70 W March 15, 1997 5–2 New York Islanders (1996–97) 24–37–9
71 L March 17, 1997 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 24–38–9
72 L March 19, 1997 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 24–39–9
73 L March 22, 1997 4–5 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 24–40–9
74 L March 24, 1997 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 24–41–9
75 L March 27, 1997 3–6 New York Islanders (1996–97) 24–42–9
76 L March 29, 1997 2–8 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 24–43–9
77 L April 3, 1997 4–5 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 24–44–9
78 W April 5, 1997 4–2 Florida Panthers (1996–97) 25–44–9
79 L April 8, 1997 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 25–45–9
80 L April 10, 1997 1–5 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 25–46–9
81 L April 11, 1997 0–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 25–47–9
82 W April 13, 1997 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 26–47–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Bruins did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Stumpel, JozefJozef Stumpel C 78 21 55 76 14 -22 6 0 1
Oates, AdamAdam Oates C 63 18 52 70 10 -3 2 2 4
Donato, TedTed Donato LW 67 25 26 51 37 -9 6 2 2
Bourque, RaymondRaymond Bourque D 62 19 31 50 18 -11 8 1 3
Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet RW 40 16 14 30 67 -3 3 0 1
DiMaio, RobRob DiMaio RW 72 13 15 28 82 -21 0 3 2
Sweeney, DonDon Sweeney D 82 3 23 26 39 -5 0 0 0
Heinze, SteveSteve Heinze RW 30 17 8 25 27 -8 4 2 2
Roy, Jean-YvesJean-Yves Roy RW 52 10 15 25 22 -8 2 0 1
Sweeney, TimTim Sweeney LW 36 10 11 21 14 0 2 0 2
Kennedy, SheldonSheldon Kennedy RW 56 8 10 18 30 -17 0 4 0
Richter, BarryBarry Richter D 50 5 13 18 32 -7 1 0 0
Harkins, BrettBrett Harkins LW 44 4 14 18 8 -3 3 0 2
Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW 40 7 10 17 49 -6 0 0 0
Elik, ToddTodd Elik C 31 4 12 16 16 -12 1 0 0
Odgers, JeffJeff Odgers RW 80 7 8 15 197 -15 1 0 1
Mallette, TroyTroy Mallette LW 68 6 8 14 155 -8 0 0 2
McLaren, KyleKyle McLaren D 58 5 9 14 54 -9 0 0 1
Moger, SandySandy Moger C 34 10 3 13 45 -12 3 0 0
Carter, AnsonAnson Carter RW 19 8 5 13 2 -7 1 1 1
Allison, JasonJason Allison C 19 3 9 12 9 -3 1 0 0
Staios, SteveSteve Staios D 54 3 8 11 71 -26 0 0 0
Timander, MattiasMattias Timander D 41 1 8 9 14 -9 0 0 0
Rohloff, JonJon Rohloff D 37 3 5 8 31 -14 1 0 0
McCleary, TrentTrent McCleary RW 59 3 5 8 33 -16 0 0 1
Beers, BobBob Beers D 27 3 4 7 8 0 1 0 0
Beddoes, ClaytonClayton Beddoes C 21 1 2 3 13 -1 0 0 0
Chynoweth, DeanDean Chynoweth D 57 0 3 3 171 -12 0 0 0
Myrvold, AndersAnders Myrvold D 9 0 2 2 4 -1 0 0 0
Roy, AndreAndre Roy RW 10 0 2 2 12 -5 0 0 0
Shaldybin, EvgenyEvgeny Shaldybin D 3 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Payne, DavisDavis Payne LW 15 0 1 1 7 -4 0 0 0
Stewart, CamCam Stewart LW 15 0 1 1 4 -2 0 0 0
Robitaille, RandyRandy Robitaille C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sawyer, KevinKevin Sawyer LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drouin, P. C.P. C. Drouin LW 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Emma, DavidDavid Emma C 5 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Malkoc, DeanDean Malkoc D 33 0 0 0 70 -14 0 0 0
Cheveldae, TimTim Cheveldae G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Schafer, PaxtonPaxton Schafer G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bailey, ScottScott Bailey G 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carey, JimJim Carey G 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tallas, RobbieRobbie Tallas G 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ranford, BillBill Ranford G 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Ranford, BillBill Ranford 2147 37 12 16 8 125 3.49 2 1102 977 .887
Tallas, RobbieRobbie Tallas 1244 28 8 12 1 69 3.33 1 587 518 .882
Carey, JimJim Carey 1004 19 5 13 0 64 3.82 0 496 432 .871
Bailey, ScottScott Bailey 394 8 1 5 0 24 3.65 0 181 157 .867
Cheveldae, TimTim Cheveldae 93 2 0 1 0 5 3.23 0 33 28 .848
Schafer, PaxtonPaxton Schafer 77 3 0 0 0 6 4.68 0 25 19 .760
Team: 4959 82 26 47 9 293 3.55 3 2424 2131 .879

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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; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Bruins did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1996-97 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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