1997–98 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 2nd Northeast
1997–98 record 39-30-13
Goals for 221
Goals against 194
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Pat Burns
Captain Ray Bourque
Arena Fleet Center
Team Leaders
Goals Jason Allison (33)
Assists Jason Allison (50)
Points Jason Allison (83)
Penalties in minutes Ken Baumgartner (199)
Wins Byron Dafoe (30)
Goals against average Rob Tallas (1.83)
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1996–97 1998–99

The 1997–98 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 73rd season. The Bruins finished 2nd in the Northeast Division and lost in the Conference Quarter-finals to the Washington Capitals 4 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Boston's picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Joe Thornton (C) Flag of Canada Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74

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 W October 2, 1997 6–5 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 1–0–0
2 L October 4, 1997 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 1–1–0
3 L October 7, 1997 2–3 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 1–2–0
4 W October 8, 1997 3–2 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 2–2–0
5 L October 11, 1997 2–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 2–3–0
6 W October 13, 1997 3–0 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 3–3–0
7 W October 15, 1997 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 4–3–0
8 W October 17, 1997 2–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 5–3–0
9 W October 18, 1997 3–0 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 6–3–0
10 W October 21, 1997 2–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 7–3–0
11 T October 23, 1997 2–2 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 7–3–1
12 L October 25, 1997 4–5 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 7–4–1
13 L October 30, 1997 0–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 7–5–1
14 W November 1, 1997 3–1 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 8–5–1
15 W November 2, 1997 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 9–5–1
16 W November 6, 1997 2–0 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 10–5–1
17 L November 8, 1997 0–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 10–6–1
18 T Nov 12, 1997 3–3 OT @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 10–6–2
19 L November 13, 1997 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 10–7–2
20 T Nov 15, 1997 3–3 OT Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 10–7–3
21 W Nov 17, 1997 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 11–7–3
22 T Nov 19, 1997 3–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 11–7–4
23 L Nov 20, 1997 0–5 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 11–8–4
24 L Nov 22, 1997 0–2 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 11–9–4
25 L Nov 26, 1997 5–10 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 11–10–4
26 L Nov 28, 1997 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 11–11–4
27 T Nov 29, 1997 1–1 OT Washington Capitals (1997–98) 11–11–5
28 L December 1, 1997 1–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 11–12–5
29 W December 3, 1997 3–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 12–12–5
30 W December 6, 1997 4–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 13–12–5
31 W Dec 11, 1997 2–1 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 14–12–5
32 W Dec 13, 1997 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 15–12–5
33 W Dec 15, 1997 6–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 16–12–5
34 L Dec 17, 1997 0–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 16–13–5
35 T Dec 18, 1997 2–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 16–13–6
36 L Dec 20, 1997 3–4 New York Islanders (1997–98) 16–14–6
37 L Dec 22, 1997 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 16–15–6
38 W Dec 27, 1997 3–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 17–15–6
39 L Dec 28, 1997 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 17–16–6
40 T Dec 31, 1997 2–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 17–16–7
41 T January 1, 1998 0–0 OT Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 17–16–8
42 W January 3, 1998 3–0 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 18–16–8
43 W January 7, 1998 2–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 19–16–8
44 W January 8, 1998 5–2 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 20–16–8
45 T January 12, 1998 1–1 OT New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 20–16–9
46 W January 14, 1998 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 21–16–9
47 L January 21, 1998 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 21–17–9
48 L January 24, 1998 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 21–18–9
49 L January 25, 1998 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 21–19–9
50 W January 27, 1998 6–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 22–19–9
51 L January 29, 1998 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 22–20–9
52 W January 31, 1998 4–2 New York Rangers (1997–98) 23–20–9
53 T February 1, 1998 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 23–20–10
54 T February 4, 1998 2–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 23–20–11
55 L February 5, 1998 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 23–21–11
56 L February 7, 1998 1–3 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 23–22–11
57 T February 26, 1998 1–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 23–22–12
58 W February 28, 1998 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 24–22–12
59 W March 1, 1998 5–4 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 25–22–12
60 W March 3, 1998 3–0 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 26–22–12
61 T March 5, 1998 1–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 26–22–13
62 L March 7, 1998 1–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 26–23–13
63 W March 10, 1998 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 27–23–13
64 L March 12, 1998 2–5 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 27–24–13
65 W March 14, 1998 5–1 New York Rangers (1997–98) 28–24–13
66 W March 16, 1998 4–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 29–24–13
67 W March 19, 1998 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 30–24–13
68 W March 21, 1998 2–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 31–24–13
69 L March 22, 1998 0–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 31–25–13
70 W March 26, 1998 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 32–25–13
71 L March 28, 1998 2–3 OT Florida Panthers (1997–98) 32–26–13
72 W March 30, 1998 4–1 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 33–26–13
73 W April 1, 1998 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 34–26–13
74 L April 3, 1998 4–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 34–27–13
75 L April 6, 1998 0–3 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 34–28–13
76 W April 7, 1998 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 35–28–13
77 W April 9, 1998 4–1 New York Islanders (1997–98) 36–28–13
78 L April 11, 1998 2–3 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 36–29–13
79 W April 13, 1998 3–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 37–29–13
80 W April 15, 1998 6–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 38–29–13
81 L April 18, 1998 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 38–30–13
82 W April 19, 1998 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 39–30–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Washington Capitals 4, Boston Bruins 2[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Allison, JasonJason Allison C 81 33 50 83 60 33 5 0 8
Khristich, DmitriDmitri Khristich LW/C 82 29 37 66 42 25 13 2 1
Bourque, RaymondRaymond Bourque D 82 13 35 48 80 2 9 0 3
Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov LW 81 22 25 47 8 9 7 0 3
Heinze, SteveSteve Heinze RW 61 26 20 46 54 8 9 0 6
Carter, AnsonAnson Carter RW 78 16 27 43 31 7 6 0 4
Donato, TedTed Donato LW 79 16 23 39 54 6 3 0 5
Taylor, TimTim Taylor C 79 20 11 31 57 -16 1 3 0
DiMaio, RobRob DiMaio RW 79 10 17 27 82 -13 0 0 4
Axelsson, P.J.P.J. Axelsson LW 82 8 19 27 38 -14 2 0 1
McLaren, KyleKyle McLaren D 66 5 20 25 56 13 2 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 82 3 20 23 67 3 2 0 1
Sullivan, MikeMike Sullivan C 77 5 13 18 34 -1 0 0 2
Sweeney, DonDon Sweeney D 59 1 15 16 24 12 0 0 0
Van Impe, DarrenDarren Van Impe D 50 2 8 10 36 4 2 0 0
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 22 2 7 9 6 -2 1 0 0
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton C 55 3 4 7 19 -6 0 0 1
Gill, HalHal Gill D 68 2 4 6 47 4 0 0 0
Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW 28 1 5 6 7 3 0 0 0
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe G 65 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Bates, ShawnShawn Bates C 13 2 0 2 2 -3 0 0 0
Timander, MattiasMattias Timander D 23 1 1 2 6 -9 0 0 0
Malkoc, DeanDean Malkoc D 40 1 0 1 86 -12 0 0 0
Mann, CameronCameron Mann RW 9 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner LW 82 0 1 1 199 -14 0 0 0
Prpic, JoelJoel Prpic C 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Chynoweth, DeanDean Chynoweth D 2 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Roy, Jean-YvesJean-Yves Roy RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lang, RobertRobert Lang C 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Robitaille, RandyRandy Robitaille C 4 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Nielsen, KirkKirk Nielsen RW 6 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Carey, JimJim Carey G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tallas, RobbieRobbie Tallas G 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 3693 65 30 25 9 138 2.24 6 1602 1464 .914
Tallas, RobbieRobbie Tallas 788 14 6 3 3 24 1.83 1 326 302 .926
Carey, JimJim Carey 496 10 3 2 1 24 2.90 2 225 201 .893
Team: 4977 82 39 30 13 186 2.24 9 2153 1967 .914

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Allison, JasonJason Allison C 6 2 6 8 4 0 1 0 0
Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov LW 6 2 5 7 0 1 0 0 1
Bourque, RaymondRaymond Bourque D 6 1 4 5 2 -2 1 0 0
Khristich, DmitriDmitri Khristich LW/C 6 2 2 4 2 1 2 0 0
Van Impe, DarrenDarren Van Impe D 6 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 1
Carter, AnsonAnson Carter RW 6 1 1 2 0 -3 0 0 0
Axelsson, P.J.P.J. Axelsson LW 6 1 0 1 0 -3 0 0 0
DiMaio, RobRob DiMaio RW 6 1 0 1 8 -3 0 0 0
McLaren, KyleKyle McLaren D 6 1 0 1 4 -3 1 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 6 0 1 1 6 -1 0 0 0
Sullivan, MikeMike Sullivan C 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Donato, TedTed Donato LW 5 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner LW 6 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Gill, HalHal Gill D 6 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Heinze, SteveSteve Heinze RW 6 0 0 0 6 -4 0 0 0
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 6 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Taylor, TimTim Taylor C 6 0 0 0 10 -2 0 0 0
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton C 6 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 422 6 2 4 14 1.99 1 159 145 .912
Team: 422 6 2 4 14 1.99 1 159 145 .912

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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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1997-98 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-05.
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