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1972 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 Games
New York Rangers  5 1 5 2 3 0 2
Boston Bruins  6 2 2 3 2 3 4
Location: Boston, MA (Boston Garden) (1,2,5)
New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: New York: Emile Francis
Boston: Tom Johnson
Captains: New York: Vic Hadfield
Boston: Vacant
John Bucyk (senior alternate)
Dates: April 30 to May 11, 1972
MVP: Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr (11:18, first, G6)
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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 Final. It was the second Boston-New York Final series, the other being the 1929 Final. The Bruins would win the best-of-seven series four games to two.


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 and Boston prevailed 6–5 on Ken Hodge's hat trick. 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 and Bobby Rousseau's goal at 12:45 of the third period was 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 had a goal and an assist. Wayne Cashman scored two goals, one of which trickled in behind Gilles Villemure.

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 30 New York 5 Boston 6
May 2 New York 1 Boston 2
May 4 Boston 2 New York 5
May 7 Boston 3 New York 2
May 9 New York 3 Boston 2
May 11 Boston 3 New York 0

Boston wins the series 4–2.

Boston Bruins 1972 Stanley Cup champions



  • Weston Adams Sr. (Chairman/Owner), Weston Adams Jr. (President/Owner)
  • Shelby Davis, Charles Mulcahy Jr., Ed Powers (Vice Presidents),
  • Milt Schmidt (General Manager), Tom Johnson (Head Coach)
  • Dan Canney(Trainer), John Forristall (Ass't Trainer)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • The Boston Bruins were misspelled as BQSTQN BRUINS with two "Q"'s instead 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, but their names were not engraved on the Stanley Cup.

See also



  • Diamond, Dan, ed (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.  
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261.  
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens


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