1928–29 Boston Bruins season
|1928–29 Boston Bruins|
Stanley Cup champions
American Division champions
|Goals for||89 (1st)|
|Goals against||52 (2nd)|
|General Manager||Art Ross|
|Arena||Boston Madison Square Garden|
|Goals||Harry Oliver (17)|
|Assists||Eddie Shore and Cooney Weiland (7)|
|Points||Harry Oliver (23)|
|Penalties in minutes||Eddie Shore (96)|
|Wins||Tiny Thompson (26)|
|Goals against average||Tiny Thompson (1.15)|
The 1928–29 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' fifth season in the NHL. Boston defended its American Division title, and went on to defeat the New York Rangers in the Final to become the third American-based team to become Stanley Cup champions.
See also: 1928–29 NHL season
In the off-season, the Bruins acquired Cy Denneny from the Ottawa Senators, who became a player-coach for the team, taking over from Art Ross, who stepped down to concentrate on his general manager duties. The team also had a new goaltender with the retirement of Hal Winkler, rookie Tiny Thompson, who spent the 1927–28 season with the Bruins' farm team, the Minneapolis Millers of the AHA, and a promising new forward, Cooney Weiland, who also played with Minneapolis. The team also moved into a new home, the Boston Madison Square Garden. In their debut game at the Garden, the Bruins lost 1–0 to the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston got off to a slow start, and through their first 14 games, the Bruins had a record of 5–7–2, tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates. As the season progressed, Boston made a few trades, acquiring star Mickey MacKay from the Pirates and Bill Carson from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lester Patrick and the New York Rangers offered Winthrop native Myles Lane to the Bruins, astonishingly asking for superstar Eddie Shore in return. Bruins' general manager Art Ross replied famously, "You are so many Myles from Shore you need a life preserver." Nonetheless, the Bruins purchased Lane's rights for $7,500.
Further, Weiland was matched with Dit Clapper and Dutch Gainor on a powerful forward line which garnered the nickname "Dynamite Line," one of the first named forward lines in history. The Bruins rebounded with a 13-game unbeaten streak, which gave them a 16–7–4 record and suddenly in contention with the New York Rangers for top spot in the American Division. Boston had a 10–6–1 record in their remaining 17 games, and held off the Rangers to defend their American Division and the Prince of Wales Trophy, finishing with a 26–13–5 mark and a team record 57 points.
Harry Oliver led Boston in scoring, with 17 goals and 23 points. Dutch Gainor and defenseman Eddie Shore finished just behind Oliver with 19 points, while rookie Cooney Weiland tallied 11 goals and 18 points. Shore led the club with 96 penalty minutes, while team captain Lionel Hitchman finished with 64 penalty minutes.
In goal, Tiny Thompson had an impressive rookie season, winning 26 games while posting a 1.15 goals against average—both Bruins' records, as well as recording 12 shutouts. Thompson's 1.15 GAA remains the Bruins' single-season record and is the second lowest ever recorded over a full season in NHL history.
|New York Rangers||44||21||13||10||72||65||384||52|
|Chicago Black Hawks||44||7||29||8||33||85||363||22|
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Record vs. opponents
|1928-29 NHL Records|
Schedule and results
|1||November 15||Boston Bruins||1–0||Pittsburgh Pirates||1–0–0||2|
|2||November 17||Boston Bruins||2–2||Ottawa Senators||1–0–1||3|
|3||November 20||Montreal Canadiens||1–0||Boston Bruins||1–1–1||3|
|4||November 22||Boston Bruins||0–2||Detroit Cougars||1–2–1||3|
|5||November 25||Boston Bruins||1–1||Chicago Black Hawks||1–2–2||4|
|6||November 27||Pittsburgh Pirates||0–1||Boston Bruins||2–2–2||6|
|7||December 4||New York Rangers||0–2||Boston Bruins||3–2–2||8|
|8||December 8||Montreal Maroons||1–5||Boston Bruins||4–2–2||10|
|9||December 9||Boston Bruins||1–2||New York Americans||4–3–2||10|
|10||December 11||New York Americans||3–0||Boston Bruins||4–4–2||10|
|11||December 15||Boston Bruins||0–2||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–5–2||10|
|12||December 18||Detroit Cougars||1–3||Boston Bruins||5–5–2||12|
|13||December 25||Chicago Black Hawks||2–1||Boston Bruins||5–6–2||12|
|14||December 30||Boston Bruins||0–2||New York Rangers||5–7–2||12|
|15||January 1||Ottawa Senators||0–3||Boston Bruins||6–7–2||14|
|16||January 3||Boston Bruins||1–0||Montreal Maroons||7–7–2||16|
|17||January 5||Pittsburgh Pirates||2–3||Boston Bruins||8–7–2||18|
|18||January 8||Toronto Maple Leafs||2–5||Boston Bruins||9–7–2||20|
|19||January 10||Boston Bruins||4–2||Montreal Canadiens||10–7–2||22|
|20||January 12||Detroit Cougars||2–3||Boston Bruins||11–7–2||24|
|21||January 15||New York Rangers||1–4||Boston Bruins||12–7–2||26|
|22||January 17||Boston Bruins||1–1||Detroit Cougars||12–7–3||27|
|23||January 20||Boston Bruins||2–0||Chicago Black Hawks||13–7–3||29|
|24||January 22||Montreal Canadiens||0–0||Boston Bruins||13–7–4||30|
|25||January 27||Boston Bruins||2–1||New York Rangers||14–7–4||32|
|26||January 29||Chicago Black Hawks||1–4||Boston Bruins||15–7–4||34|
|27||January 31||Boston Bruins||3–1||Toronto Maple Leafs||16–7–4||36|
|28||February 2||Toronto Maple Leafs||3–0||Boston Bruins||16–8–4||36|
|29||February 5||New York Americans||1–0||Boston Bruins||16–9–4||36|
|30||February 9||Boston Bruins||0–1||Montreal Maroons||16–10–4||36|
|31||February 12||Detroit Cougars||0–1||Boston Bruins||17–10–4||38|
|32||February 14||Boston Bruins||0–2||Pittsburgh Pirates||17–11–4||38|
|33||February 16||Boston Bruins||3–0||Chicago Black Hawks||18–11–4||40|
|34||February 19||Pittsburgh Pirates||0–1||Boston Bruins||19–11–4||42|
|35||February 24||Boston Bruins||2–2||New York Americans||19–11–5||43|
|36||February 26||Montreal Maroons||0–1||Boston Bruins||20–11–5||45|
|37||February 28||Boston Bruins||4–0||Ottawa Senators||21–11–5||47|
|38||March 2||Boston Bruins||0–3||Montreal Canadiens||21–12–5||47|
|39||March 5||New York Rangers||1–2||Boston Bruins||22–12–5||49|
|40||March 9||Ottawa Senators||2–1||Boston Bruins||22–13–5||49|
|41||March 10||Boston Bruins||3–2||New York Rangers||23–13–5||51|
|42||March 12||Chicago Black Hawks||1–11||Boston Bruins||24–13–5||53|
|43||March 14||Boston Bruins||5–1||Detroit Cougars||25–13–5||55|
|44||March 16||Boston Bruins||3–1||Pittsburgh Pirates||26–13–5||57|
In the playoffs, Boston had a first round bye, due to finishing on top of the American Division, and faced the Montreal Canadiens, the winners of the Canadian Division, in the semi-finals in a best-of-five series. The series began with two games at the Boston Garden, and the Bruins, led by Tiny Thompson, won both games by identical 1–0 scores to take a 2–0 series lead. Game Three shifted to Montreal, and while the Canadiens were able to solve Thompson for two goals, Boston scored three of their own, and swept the series.
In the Stanley Cup Final, Boston faced their divisional rival – and the team that eliminated them from the playoffs the previous season – the New York Rangers in a best-of-three series. New York had defeated the Detroit Cougars and the Toronto Maple Leafs to earn a spot in the Final. Game One was played in Boston, and Thompson again shut the door, as the Bruins won the game 2–0. Boston completed the two game sweep at Madison Square Garden in New York City, defeating the Rangers 2–1, to clinch the first Stanley Cup in team history and making them the third American team to win the Cup championship.
Boston Bruins 3, Montreal Canadiens 0
|1||March 19||Montreal Canadiens||0–1||Boston Bruins||1–0|
|2||March 21||Montreal Canadiens||0–1||Boston Bruins||2–0|
|3||March 23||Boston Bruins||3–2||Montreal Canadiens||3–0|
Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 0
|1||March 28||New York Rangers||0–2||Boston Bruins||1–0|
|2||March 29||Boston Bruins||2–1||New York Rangers||2–0|
- Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
- Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;
- Traded Frank Fredrickson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mickey MacKay.
- Sold Nobby Clark and the rights to Billy Coutu to New Haven (Can-Am), January 5, 1928.
- Purchased Bill Carson from Toronto Maple Leafs for $25,000, January 25, 1929.
- Traded Eric Pettinger to Toronto Maple Leafs with the rights to Hugh Plaxton for the rights to George Owen, January 29, 1929.
- Purchased Myles Lane from New York Rangers for $7,500.
- #1 Tiny Thompson
- #2 Eddie Shore
- #3 Lionel Hitchman
- #4 George Owen
- #4 Eric Pettinger
- #5 Frank Fredrickson
- #6 Percy Galbraith
- #7 Redvers Green
- #8 Dutch Gainor
- #9 Harry Oliver
- #10 Bill Carson
- #10 Eddie Rodden
- #12 Dit Clapper
- #14 Mickey MacKay
- #16 Cy Denneny
- #22 Myles Lane
- Dede Klein
- "HOCKEY; A Garden Fades This Fall", The New York Times, September 27, 1995. Accessed January 26, 2008. "It began in the Garden on Nov. 20, 1928 with another shutout. The Canadiens beat the Bruins, 1–0, in the first game in the building."
- Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
- Anderson, Dave. "Sports of The Times; At Boston Garden, There's Much More Gold Than Green", The New York Times, May 14, 1995. Accessed January 26, 2008. "In 1928 the Rangers were the National Hockey League's first United States franchise to win the Stanley Cup. In 1929 the Bruins were the second, sweeping the Rangers in a two-of-three final."
- "1928-29 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11.