2011–12 Boston Bruins season

2011–12 Boston Bruins
Northeast Division champions
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 2nd Eastern
2011–12 record 49–29–4
Home record 24–15–3
Road record 25–14–1
Goals for 262
Goals against 202
Team information
General Manager Peter Chiarelli
Coach Claude Julien
Captain Zdeno Chara
Alternate captains Patrice Bergeron
Andrew Ference
Chris Kelly
Arena TD Garden
Average attendance 17,565 (100%)
Total: 737,730 (42 games)
Team leaders
Goals Tyler Seguin (29)
Assists Patrice Bergeron (42)
Points Tyler Seguin (67)
Penalties in minutes Shawn Thornton (154)
Plus/minus Patrice Bergeron (+36)
Wins Tim Thomas (35)
Goals against average Anton Khudobin (1.00)

The 2011–12 Boston Bruins season was the 88th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 4, 1924.[1] The Bruins entered the 2011–12 season as the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Off-season

Veteran forward Mark Recchi retired. Forward Michael Ryder went to the Dallas Stars via free agency, and defenseman Tomas Kaberle went to the Carolina Hurricanes. Forward Benoit Pouliot was signed.

Regular season

The Bruins' opened the regular season with a home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, whom they had swept in round two of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs just five months earlier. They recorded their first regular season success against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 8, a 4–1 home victory against their 2011 Conference Final opponents. The Bruins closed out the month of October with a home-and-home series defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, en route to the worst start by a defending champion since the current playoff platform was adopted in 1994.[2][3] The back-to-back losses at the hands of their hated rivals proved the catalyst to a resurgence that saw the team secure at least a point in every game through November, the first time the franchise went undefeated in regulation for an entire calendar month since January 1969.[4] During this run, defending Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas posted a 9–0–0 record and earned First Star honors for the month.[5]

With a win over the New York Islanders on March 31, the Bruins clinched an Eastern conference playoff berth. On April 1, the Bruins won the Northeast Division title by defeating the New York Rangers, 2–1.

The Bruins allowed only one shorthanded goal all the season, the lowest total of all 30 teams.[6]

Playoffs

The Boston Bruins qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Bruins lost in the first round to the Washington Capitals in a seven-game series 4–3.

Standings

Northeast Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 +67 102
2 x Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 +9 92
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 12 89
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 33 80
5 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 14 78
Source: National Hockey League
x Clinched playoff spot; y Clinched division.
Eastern Conference
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 AT z New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 +39 109
2 NE y Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 +67 102
3 SE y Florida Panthers 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 24 94
4 AT x Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 +61 108
5 AT x Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 +32 103
6 AT x New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 +19 102
7 SE x Washington Capitals 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 8 92
8 NE x Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 +9 92
9 NE Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 12 89
10 SE Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 46 84
11 SE Winnipeg Jets 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 21 84
12 SE Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 30 82
13 NE Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 33 80
14 AT New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 52 79
15 NE Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 14 78
Source: National Hockey League
x Clinched playoff spot; y Clinched division; z Clinched conference.

Schedule and results

Pre-season

Regular season

2011–12 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Scorer of game-winning goal in italics

Player statistics

Skaters

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Goaltenders

Note: GPI = Games played in; MIN = Minutes played; GAA = Goals against average; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; SV% = Save percentage

Awards and records

Awards

PlayerAwardNotes
Tyler Seguin[13]NHL First Star of the WeekNovember 14, 2011
Tim Thomas[14]NHL First Star of the MonthNovember 2011
Brad Marchand[15]NHL First Star of the WeekDecember 26, 2011
Zdeno Chara[16]NHL Second Star of the WeekApril 2, 2012

Milestones

Regular season
PlayerMilestoneReached
David Krejci300th career NHL gameOctober 8, 2011
Brad Marchand100th career NHL gameOctober 10, 2011
Chris Kelly500th career NHL gameNovember 7, 2011
Adam McQuaid100th career NHL gameNovember 21, 2011
Milan Lucic300th career NHL gameNovember 26, 2011
Rich Peverley100th career NHL assistNovember 26, 2011
Benoit Pouliot200th career NHL gameNovember 26, 2011
Rich Peverley300th career NHL gameDecember 6, 2011
Tyler Seguin100th career NHL gameDecember 8, 2011
Milan Lucic100th career NHL assistDecember 10, 2011
Chris Kelly200th career NHL pointDecember 14, 2011
Shawn Thornton400th career NHL gameDecember 17, 2011
Joe Corvo600th career NHL gameDecember 19, 2011
Zdeno Chara300th career NHL assistJanuary 5, 2012
Patrice Bergeron500th career NHL gameJanuary 19, 2012
Dennis Seidenberg500th career NHL gameJanuary 21, 2012
Tuukka Rask100th career NHL gameFebruary 17, 2012
Carter Camper1st career NHL gameFebruary 22, 2012
Carter Camper1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
February 25, 2012
Gregory Campbell500th career NHL gameFebruary 25, 2012
Lane MacDermid1st career NHL gameMarch 11, 2012
Joe Corvo200th career NHL assistMarch 6, 2012
Milan Lucic200th career NHL pointMarch 6, 2012
Max Sauve1st career NHL gameMarch 11, 2012
Andrew Ference700th career NHL gameMarch 15, 2012
Zdeno Chara1,000th career NHL gameMarch 24, 2012
Benoit Pouliot100th career NHL pointMarch 25, 2012
Johnny Boychuk200th career NHL gameMarch 31, 2012
Torey Krug1st career NHL gameApril 3, 2012
Torey Krug1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
April 5, 2012
Patrice Bergeron400th career NHL pointApril 7, 2012

Final roster

Updated April 23, 2012.[17]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
37 Patrice Bergeron (A) C R 33 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
65 Andrew Bodnarchuk D L 30 2006 Drumheller, Alberta
55 Johnny Boychuk D R 34 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
11 Gregory Campbell C L 34 2010 London, Ontario
58 Carter Camper C R 30 2011 Rocky River, Ohio
38 Jordan Caron RW L 27 2009 Sayabec, Quebec
33 Zdeno Chara (C) D L 41 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
14 Joe Corvo D R 41 2011 Oak Park, Illinois
61 Craig Cunningham RW R 27 2010 Trail, British Columbia
21 Andrew Ference (A) D L 39 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
62 Josh Hennessy C L 33 2011 Brockton, Massachusetts
18 Nathan Horton  RW R 33 2010 Welland, Ontario
23 Chris Kelly (A) C L 37 2011 Toronto, Ontario
35 Anton Khudobin G L 32 2011 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union
46 David Krejci C R 32 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
47 Torey Krug D L 27 2012 Livonia, Michigan
17 Milan Lucic LW L 30 2006 Vancouver, British Columbia
64 Lane MacDermid LW L 29 2009 Hartford, Connecticut
63 Brad Marchand LW L 30 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
54 Adam McQuaid D R 31 2007 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
27 Mike Mottau D L 40 2012 Quincy, Massachusetts
20 Daniel Paille LW L 34 2009 Welland, Ontario
49 Rich Peverley C/RW R 36 2011 Guelph, Ontario
67 Benoit Pouliot LW L 31 2011 Alfred, Ontario
40 Tuukka Rask G L 31 2006 Savonlinna, Finland
12 Brian Rolston RW L 45 2012 Flint, Michigan
74 Max Sauve C L 28 2008 Tours, France
91 Marc Savard  C L 41 2006 Ottawa, Ontario
19 Tyler Seguin RW/C R 26 2010 Brampton, Ontario
44 Dennis Seidenberg D L 37 2010 Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
30 Tim Thomas G L 44 2002 Flint, Michigan
22 Shawn Thornton RW R 41 2007 Oshawa, Ontario
1 Marty Turco G L 43 2012 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
79 David Warsofsky D L 28 2010 Marshfield, Massachusetts
42 Trent Whitfield C L 41 2009 Estevan, Saskatchewan
6 Greg Zanon D L 38 2012 Burnaby, British Columbia

Transactions

The Bruins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season, or the off-season between the previous season and this season.

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