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1972 Stanley Cup Finals

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Champion  Boston Bruins
Start date  April 30, 1972
MVP  Bobby Orr
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Location(s)  Boston, MA (Boston Garden) (1,2,5) New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) (3,4,6)
Coaches  Boston: Tom Johnson New York: Emile Francis
Captains  Boston: Vacant New York: Vic Hadfield
Dates  April 30 to May 11, 1972
Series-winning goal  Bobby Orr (11:18, first, G6)
Similar  1973 Stanley Cup Finals, 1970 Stanley Cup Finals, 1969 Stanley Cup Finals, 1960 Stanley Cup Finals, 1959 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1972 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. It was the Rangers first appearance in the championship final series since 1950. The Bruins were making their first appearance since their victory in the 1970 Finals. It was the second Boston-New York Final series, the other being the 1929 Finals. The Bruins would win the best-of-seven series four games to two.


This was only the second Stanley Cup Final contested by New York in which the Rangers hosted all of their home games. The first such Final, held in 1929, had lasted only two games. All other previous Finals contested by the Rangers had partly or entirely coincided with an annual circus formerly held at Madison Square Garden, compelling the Rangers to play Finals games at neutral sites and/or at the venues of their opponents.

Paths to the Final

Boston defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 and the St. Louis Blues 4–0 to advance to the final.

New York defeated the defending champion Montreal Canadiens 4–2 and the Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 to set up an "Original Six" final.

The series

Boston was led by Bobby Orr, who scored 4 goals and 4 assists in the final, including the Cup winner, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second time.

Game one

Game one in Boston saw both teams play poorly. The Bruins at one point led 5–1 as Ken Hodge completed a hat trick, and Hodge and Derek Sanderson scored short-handed goals on the same Ranger power play at the end of the first period. However, the Rangers then tied the game, before Garnet "Ace" Bailey beat Rangers star defenseman Brad Park to have the Bruins prevail 6–5.

Gary Doak of the Rangers was ejected from the game after a heated argument with referee Bill Friday over a penalty he received at 18:50 of the first period.

Game two

Game two had Gilles Villemure replace Ed Giacomin in goal for the Rangers. He played well, but the Bruins did too and won 2–1.

Game three

In New York, Giacomin was back in goal for game three as the Rangers won 5–2. Brad Park opened the scoring with a power play goal and scored another in the first period. Rod Gilbert also had two goals in the game.

Game four

Giacomin was having trouble with a knee he injured during the Chicago series and lost game four 3–2.

Game five

Game five in Boston had Villemure again replace Giacomin. Boston led 2–1 after two periods. However, Bobby Rousseau scored twice in the third period, his second at 12:45 turned out to be the winner in a 3–2 win for the Rangers.

Game six

Game six in New York saw Boston play flawlessly and Gerry Cheevers picked up a shutout, 3–0. Bobby Orr's first-period marker ended up standing as the Stanley Cup-winning goal, and he also assisted on the Bruins' second goal. Orr spent 10 minutes in the penalty box after arguing with referee Art Skov but upon his return on the ice played a crucial role in killing off a penalty to the Bruins. Wayne Cashman scored two goals, one of which trickled in behind Gilles Villemure.

Stanley Cup engraving

The Boston Bruins were misspelled as BQSTQN BRUINS with two "Q"s instead of "O"s. Boston was spelled correctly on the replica cup created in 1992–93.

  • Every winning member engraved on the Stanley Cup with Boston in 1972 had already appeared on the Stanley Cup. The only other time in Stanley Cup history, that at least one member engraved on the Cup was not a first time winner was in 1960.
  • Chris Hayes† (his only NHL game) and Garry Peters† both played in the Final and qualified for engravment, but their names were not engraved on the Stanley Cup. (See Peters 1965 engraving with Montreal). (See 1970 engraving for the 3 players included on the Stanley Cup, who did not play for Boston.)
  • As with the 1970 team, the Boston Bruins did not have a Captain, as John Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Ted Green and Ed Westfall were Alternate Captains (all but Ted Green were Alternate Captains on the 1970 squad as well). As was the case in 1970, Bucyk, the most senior of the Alternate Captains, and was presented with the Cup,
  • References

    1972 Stanley Cup Finals Wikipedia