We are all well aware that is has been 39 years
since the Stanley Cup called Boston home. To anyone under the age of
45 that season is nothing more than some old, grainy video or a story
from Uncle Leo who remembers it "like it was yesterday."
Well the world was a different place in 1972. Computers, cellphones and
itunes were stuff from science fiction movies. A postage stamp cost 8
cents, a gallon of gas was 55 cents and the average new home went for
\$27,500. Ben Affleck was born in 1972 , Richard Nixon was still our
President and the TV series M*A*S*H made its debut. While all of that was going on the Bruins were on their way to their
second Stanley Cup in three seasons. Their core group was fairly intact
from their 1970 cup team and although they were the consummate team they
had some scintillating stars. Phil Esposito scored 66 goals AND added 67 assists. Bobby Orr, at the age of 23, score 37 goals and added 80, yes 80, assists - as a DEFENSEMAN!
Gerry Cheevers, who is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery these
days in Florida, and Eddie Johnston split the goaltending duties.
In the playofffs Cheesie was 6-2 with a 2.61 GAA, while EJ was 6-1 with a
1.86 GAA. The Bruins took out the New York Rangers in the Cup final in
6 games. Bobby Orr was once again the MVP of the Playoffs with 19
assists in the postseason alone. 1972 was a turbulent year in our
country but the Bruins were our comfort zone here in New England.
Thirty nine years is a long time to be away. Stanley won't you please come home?