Preview of 2015 Boston Bruins Qualifying Tournament

2015 Boston Bruins Qualifying Tournament

2015 Boston Bruins Qualifying Tournament

  1. ’71-’72 Boston Bruins (54-13-11, 119 points (1st in East), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS)
  2. ’38-’39 Boston Bruins (36-10-2, 74 points (1st in NHL), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS)
  3. ’40-’41 Boston Bruins (27-8-13, 67 points (1st in NHL), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS)
  4. ’69-’70 Boston Bruins (40-17-19, 99 points (2nd in East), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS)
  5. ’28-’29 Boston Bruins (26-13-5, 57 points (1st in American), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS)
  6. ’10-’11 Boston Bruins (46-25-11, 103 points (1st in Northeast), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS)
  7. ’29-’30 Boston Bruins (38-5-1, 77 points (1st in American), Lost in Stanley Cup Final)
  8. ’73-’74 Boston Bruins (52-17-9, 113 points (1st in East), Lost in Stanley Cup Final)

The ’73-’74 Boston Bruins were the 4th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff and obviously, received a First Round bye. They actually did not even lose a game in this tournament until the Semifinal Round. They swept the 36th-seeded ’12-’13 Columbus Blue Jackets in the Second Round, then the 20th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars in the Third Round and then the 5th-seeded ’83-’84 Edmonton Oilers in the Quarterfinal Round. Their incredible run came to an end in the Semifinal when they were eliminated by the eventual champions, the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, in five games.

Players to Watch:

  • C – Phil Esposito – He is a legend for a reason. He was a prominent player for three teams in this tournament.
  • RW/D – Dit Clapper – Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947, Aubrey “Dit” Clapper is just one of many “forgotten” legends because they played so long ago.
  • D – Bobby Orr – Another legend to wear the Boston “B.” His style of play was a game-changer in the ’60s and ’70s.
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