1997–98 Boston Bruins season

1997–98 Boston Bruins
Division 2nd Northeast
1997–98 record 39-30-13
Goals for 221
Goals against 194
Team information
General Manager Mike O'Connell
Coach Pat Burns
Captain Ray Bourque
Alternate captains Ken Baumgartner
Unknown
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)

The 1997–98 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 74th season. The season involved drafting Joe Thornton first overall.

Offseason

NHL Draft

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

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
11Joe ThorntonCenter CanadaSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
18Sergei SamsonovLeft Wing RussiaDetroit Vipers (IHL)
227Ben ClymerRight Wing United StatesUniversity of Wisconsin (WCHA)
354Mattias KarlinCenter SwedenModo Hockey (Sweden)
363Lee GorenRight Wing CanadaUniversity of North Dakota (WCHA)
481Karol BartanusRight Wing SlovakiaDrummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
6135Denis TimofeyevDefense RussiaCSKA Moscow (Russia)
7162Joel TrottierRight Wing CanadaOttawa 67's (OHL)
7180Jim BaxterDefense CanadaOshawa Generals (OHL)
8191Antti LaaksonenLeft Wing FinlandUniversity of Denver (WCHA)
9218Eric Van AckerDefense CanadaChicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
9246Jay HendersonLeft Wing CanadaEdmonton Ice (WHL)

Regular season

The Bruins allowed the fewest shorthanded goals (3) and were the most disciplined team during the regular season, being short-handed only 285 times.[1]

Final standings

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1Pittsburgh Penguins8240241822818898
2Boston Bruins8239301322119491
3Buffalo Sabres8236291721118789
4Montreal Canadiens8237321323520887
5Ottawa Senators8234331519320083
6Carolina Hurricanes823341820021974
Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1New Jersey DevilsATL82482311225166107
2Pittsburgh PenguinsNE8240241822818898
3Philadelphia FlyersATL8242291124219395
4Washington CapitalsATL8240301221920292
5Boston BruinsNE8239301322119491
6Buffalo SabresNE8236291721118789
7Montreal CanadiensNE8237321323520887
8Ottawa SenatorsNE8234331519320083
9Carolina HurricanesNE823341820021974
10New York IslandersATL8230411121222571
11New York RangersATL8225391819723168
12Florida PanthersATL8224431520325663
13Tampa Bay LightningATL8217551015126944

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs

Schedule and results

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 2, 19976–5Los Angeles Kings (1997–98)1–0–0
2LOctober 4, 19971–4Montreal Canadiens (1997–98)1–1–0
3LOctober 7, 19972–3@ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98)1–2–0
4WOctober 8, 19973–2 OT@ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98)2–2–0
5LOctober 11, 19972–5@ San Jose Sharks (1997–98)2–3–0
6WOctober 13, 19973–0@ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98)3–3–0
7WOctober 15, 19975–3@ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98)4–3–0
8WOctober 17, 19972–0@ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98)5–3–0
9WOctober 18, 19973–0@ Calgary Flames (1997–98)6–3–0
10WOctober 21, 19972–1@ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98)7–3–0
11TOctober 23, 19972–2 OTTampa Bay Lightning (1997–98)7–3–1
12LOctober 25, 19974–5Florida Panthers (1997–98)7–4–1
13LOctober 30, 19970–3Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98)7–5–1
14WNovember 1, 19973–1Edmonton Oilers (1997–98)8–5–1
15WNovember 2, 19973–1@ Ottawa Senators (1997–98)9–5–1
16WNovember 6, 19972–0Washington Capitals (1997–98)10–5–1
17LNovember 8, 19970–2@ New Jersey Devils (1997–98)10–6–1
18TNovember 12, 19973–3 OT@ Dallas Stars (1997–98)10–6–2
19LNovember 13, 19972–4@ St. Louis Blues (1997–98)10–7–2
20TNovember 15, 19973–3 OTOttawa Senators (1997–98)10–7–3
21WNovember 17, 19974–2@ Ottawa Senators (1997–98)11–7–3
22TNovember 19, 19973–3 OT@ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98)11–7–4
23LNovember 20, 19970–5Buffalo Sabres (1997–98)11–8–4
24LNovember 22, 19970–2Dallas Stars (1997–98)11–9–4
25LNovember 26, 19975–10@ Florida Panthers (1997–98)11–10–4
26LNovember 28, 19972–5Vancouver Canucks (1997–98)11–11–4
27TNovember 29, 19971–1 OTWashington Capitals (1997–98)11–11–5
28LDecember 1, 19971–3@ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98)11–12–5
29WDecember 3, 19973–0@ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98)12–12–5
30WDecember 6, 19974–1Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98)13–12–5
31WDecember 11, 19972–1Buffalo Sabres (1997–98)14–12–5
32WDecember 13, 19974–2Montreal Canadiens (1997–98)15–12–5
33WDecember 15, 19976–2@ Florida Panthers (1997–98)16–12–5
34LDecember 17, 19970–2@ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98)16–13–5
35TDecember 18, 19972–2 OT@ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98)16–13–6
36LDecember 20, 19973–4New York Islanders (1997–98)16–14–6
37LDecember 22, 19972–4Detroit Red Wings (1997–98)16–15–6
38WDecember 27, 19973–1@ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98)17–15–6
39LDecember 28, 19973–4@ New York Rangers (1997–98)17–16–6
40TDecember 31, 19972–2 OT@ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98)17–16–7
41TJanuary 1, 19980–0 OTOttawa Senators (1997–98)17–16–8
42WJanuary 3, 19983–0San Jose Sharks (1997–98)18–16–8
43WJanuary 7, 19982–1 OT@ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98)19–16–8
44WJanuary 8, 19985–2Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98)20–16–8
45TJanuary 12, 19981–1 OTNew Jersey Devils (1997–98)20–16–9
46WJanuary 14, 19985–2Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98)21–16–9
47LJanuary 21, 19982–4@ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98)21–17–9
48LJanuary 24, 19982–4@ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98)21–18–9
49LJanuary 25, 19981–4@ Washington Capitals (1997–98)21–19–9
50WJanuary 27, 19986–1Ottawa Senators (1997–98)22–19–9
51LJanuary 29, 19982–4Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98)22–20–9
52WJanuary 31, 19984–2New York Rangers (1997–98)23–20–9
53TFebruary 1, 19982–2 OT@ New York Islanders (1997–98)23–20–10
54TFebruary 4, 19982–2 OT@ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98)23–20–11
55LFebruary 5, 19981–3St. Louis Blues (1997–98)23–21–11
56LFebruary 7, 19981–3Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98)23–22–11
57TFebruary 26, 19981–1 OTBuffalo Sabres (1997–98)23–22–12
58WFebruary 28, 19986–2Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98)24–22–12
59WMarch 1, 19985–4@ New York Islanders (1997–98)25–22–12
60WMarch 3, 19983–0@ Washington Capitals (1997–98)26–22–12
61TMarch 5, 19981–1 OT@ New Jersey Devils (1997–98)26–22–13
62LMarch 7, 19981–2Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98)26–23–13
63WMarch 10, 19986–3@ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98)27–23–13
64LMarch 12, 19982–5Calgary Flames (1997–98)27–24–13
65WMarch 14, 19985–1New York Rangers (1997–98)28–24–13
66WMarch 16, 19984–3 OTTampa Bay Lightning (1997–98)29–24–13
67WMarch 19, 19984–0Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98)30–24–13
68WMarch 21, 19982–1@ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98)31–24–13
69LMarch 22, 19980–1@ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98)31–25–13
70WMarch 26, 19984–2Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98)32–25–13
71LMarch 28, 19982–3 OTFlorida Panthers (1997–98)32–26–13
72WMarch 30, 19984–1Colorado Avalanche (1997–98)33–26–13
73WApril 1, 19984–2@ New York Rangers (1997–98)34–26–13
74LApril 3, 19984–5@ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98)34–27–13
75LApril 6, 19980–3Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98)34–28–13
76WApril 7, 19984–2@ Ottawa Senators (1997–98)35–28–13
77WApril 9, 19984–1New York Islanders (1997–98)36–28–13
78LApril 11, 19982–3New Jersey Devils (1997–98)36–29–13
79WApril 13, 19983–2@ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98)37–29–13
80WApril 15, 19986–2@ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98)38–29–13
81LApril 18, 19982–5@ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98)38–30–13
82WApril 19, 19982–1Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98)39–30–13

Player statistics

Regular season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Jason AllisonC813350836033508
Dmitri KhristichLW/C8229376642251321
Raymond BourqueD82133548802903
Sergei SamsonovLW8122254789703
Steve HeinzeRW61262046548906
Anson CarterRW78162743317604
Ted DonatoLW79162339546305
Tim TaylorC7920113157-16130
Rob DiMaioRW7910172782-13004
P.J. AxelssonLW828192738-14201
Kyle McLarenD66520255613200
Dave EllettD8232023673201
Mike SullivanC775131834-1002
Don SweeneyD59115162412000
Darren Van ImpeD502810364200
Grant LedyardD222796-2100
Joe ThorntonC5534719-6001
Hal GillD68246474000
Landon WilsonRW2815673000
Byron DafoeG6503320000
Shawn BatesC132022-3000
Mattias TimanderD231126-9000
Dean MalkocD4010186-12000
Ken BaumgartnerLW82011199-14000
Cameron MannRW901141000
Jim CareyG1000000000
Dean ChynowethD20000-4000
Robert LangC300021000
Kirk NielsenRW60000-1000
Joel PrpicC100020000
Randy RobitailleC40000-2000
Jean-Yves RoyRW200000000
Robbie TallasG1400000000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Byron Dafoe369365302591382.24616021464.914
Robbie Tallas78814633241.831326302.926
Jim Carey49610321242.902225201.893
Team:4977823930131862.24921531967.914

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Jason AllisonC626840100
Sergei SamsonovLW625701001
Raymond BourqueD61452-2100
Dmitri KhristichLW/C622421200
Darren Van ImpeD621300101
Anson CarterRW61120-3000
P.J. AxelssonLW61010-3000
Rob DiMaioRW61018-3000
Kyle McLarenD61014-3100
Dave EllettD60116-1000
Mike SullivanC601120000
Ken BaumgartnerLW6000140000
Byron DafoeG600000000
Ted DonatoLW50002-3000
Hal GillD60004-1000
Steve HeinzeRW60006-4000
Grant LedyardD60002-3000
Tim TaylorC600010-2000
Joe ThorntonC600090000
Landon WilsonRW100000000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Byron Dafoe422624141.991159145.912
Team:422624141.991159145.912

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Note:
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;

Playoffs

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Washington Capitals 4, Boston Bruins 2

#DateVisitorScoreHomeAttendanceRecord
1April 22Boston Bruins1–3Washington Capitals15,1170–1
2April 24Boston Bruins4–3 (2OT)Washington Capitals19,7401–1
3April 26Washington Capitals3–2 (2OT)Boston Bruins15,5201–2
4April 28Washington Capitals3–0Boston Bruins17,1311–3
5May 1Boston Bruins4–0Washington Capitals19,7402–3
6May 3Washington Capitals3–2 (OT)Boston Bruins15,1632–4

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