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1972–73 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 5th West
1972–73 record 32-37-9
Goals for 257
Goals against 260
General Manager Jack Riley
Coach Leonard "Red" Kelly
Alternate captains Syl Apps
Bryan Hextall
Ron Schock
Team Leaders
Goals Al McDonough (35)
Assists Syl Apps (56)
Points Syl Apps (85)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Watson (179)
Wins Jim Rutherford (20)
Goals against average Jim Rutherford (2.91)
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1971–72 1973–74

The 1972–73 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's 6th season in the National Hockey League. The Penguins finished 5th in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 93
Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 85
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 85
St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 76
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 73
Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 73
Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 65
California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 48

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1972 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 1–0–0
2 W October 11, 1972 5–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 2–0–0
3 W October 14, 1972 5–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 3–0–0
4 L October 15, 1972 4–8 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 3–1–0
5 W October 17, 1972 5–0 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 4–1–0
6 L October 18, 1972 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 4–2–0
7 L October 21, 1972 2–4 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 4–3–0
8 W October 24, 1972 4–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 5–3–0
9 L October 27, 1972 3–6 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 5–4–0
10 L October 28, 1972 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 5–5–0
11 L November 1, 1972 1–7 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 5–6–0
12 L November 2, 1972 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 5–7–0
13 W November 4, 1972 6–4 New York Rangers (1972–73) 6–7–0
14 T November 5, 1972 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 6–7–1
15 W November 8, 1972 5–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 7–7–1
16 L November 11, 1972 3–4 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 7–8–1
17 L November 12, 1972 0–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 7–9–1
18 W November 15, 1972 7–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 8–9–1
19 W November 18, 1972 6–1 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 9–9–1
20 W November 19, 1972 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 10–9–1
21 W November 22, 1972 10–4 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 11–9–1
22 T November 25, 1972 2–2 New York Islanders (1972–73) 11–9–2
23 L November 26, 1972 2–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 11–10–2
24 W November 29, 1972 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 12–10–2
25 W December 2, 1972 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 13–10–2
26 L December 3, 1972 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 13–11–2
27 T December 6, 1972 4–4 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 13–11–3
28 L December 9, 1972 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 13–12–3
29 W December 13, 1972 9–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 14–12–3
30 W December 16, 1972 5–3 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 15–12–3
31 L December 17, 1972 1–9 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 15–13–3
32 L December 19, 1972 2–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–14–3
33 L December 23, 1972 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 15–15–3
34 T December 26, 1972 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 15–15–4
35 T December 27, 1972 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 15–15–5
36 L December 29, 1972 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 15–16–5
37 T December 30, 1972 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 15–16–6
38 L January 2, 1973 4–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 15–17–6
39 W January 3, 1973 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 16–17–6
40 W January 6, 1973 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 17–17–6
41 L January 7, 1973 0–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 17–18–6
42 L January 10, 1973 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 17–19–6
43 W January 13, 1973 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 18–19–6
44 L January 14, 1973 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 18–20–6
45 L January 17, 1973 4–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 18–21–6
46 L January 18, 1973 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 18–22–6
47 W January 20, 1973 3–0 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 19–22–6
48 L January 21, 1973 3–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 19–23–6
49 W January 24, 1973 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 20–23–6
50 L January 25, 1973 3–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 20–24–6
51 L January 27, 1973 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 20–25–6
52 W January 31, 1973 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 21–25–6
53 W February 3, 1973 2–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–25–6
54 L February 4, 1973 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–26–6
55 L February 7, 1973 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 22–27–6
56 L February 10, 1973 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 22–28–6
57 W February 14, 1973 6–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 23–28–6
58 T February 17, 1973 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 23–28–7
59 L February 18, 1973 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 23–29–7
60 W February 20, 1973 4–0 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 24–29–7
61 W February 22, 1973 2–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 25–29–7
62 W February 24, 1973 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 26–29–7
63 L February 25, 1973 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 26–30–7
64 W February 28, 1973 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 27–30–7
65 L March 3, 1973 1–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 27–31–7
66 L March 4, 1973 2–5 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 27–32–7
67 L March 7, 1973 4–10 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 27–33–7
68 L March 10, 1973 4–5 New York Rangers (1972–73) 27–34–7
69 L March 11, 1973 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 27–35–7
70 W March 14, 1973 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 28–35–7
71 T March 16, 1973 5–5 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 28–35–8
72 L March 17, 1973 1–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 28–36–8
73 W March 21, 1973 5–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 29–36–8
74 T March 24, 1973 4–4 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 29–36–9
75 W March 25, 1973 4–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 30–36–9
76 W March 28, 1973 6–3 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 31–36–9
77 L March 31, 1973 2–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 31–37–9
78 W April 1, 1973 5–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 32–37–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Penguins did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Syl Apps 77 29 56 85 18
Al McDonough 78 35 41 76 26
Lowell MacDonald 78 34 41 75 8
Bryan Hextall 78 21 33 54 113
Greg Polis 78 26 23 49 36
Ron Schock 78 13 36 49 23
Eddie Shack 74 25 20 45 84
Jean Pronovost 66 21 22 43 16
Nick Harbaruk 78 10 15 25 47
Ken Schinkel 42 11 10 21 16
Rick Kessell 66 1 13 14 0
Steve Cardwell 20 2 2 4 2
Jim Shires 18 1 2 3 2
Robin Burns 26 0 2 2 20
Jim Wiley 4 0 1 1 0
Ron Lalonde 9 0 0 0 2

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Darryl Edestrand 78 15 24 39 88
Dave Burrows 78 3 24 27 42
Duane Rupp 78 7 13 20 62
Jack Lynch 47 1 18 19 40
Bryan Watson 69 1 17 18 179
Jean-Guy Lagace 31 1 5 6 32
Sheldon Kannegiesser 3 0 0 0 0

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Jim Rutherford 49 20 22 5 3 2.91
Denis Herron 18 6 7 2 2 3.41
Cam Newton 11 3 4 0 0 3.94
Andy Brown 9 3 4 2 0 4.73

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1972–73 season:

Trades[edit | edit source]

October, 1972 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Atlanta Flames
Brian McKenzie
October 6, 1972 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Detroit Red Wings
Roy Edwards
January 8, 1973 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jim Shires
To St. Louis Blues
Joe Noris
February 25, 1973 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Andy Brown
To Detroit Red Wings
3rd round pick in 1973 Draft (Nelson Pyatt)
cash
March 2, 1973 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To New York Rangers
Sheldon Kannegiesser

Additions and Subtractions[edit | edit source]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Jim Wiley Lake Superior State Lakers free agency (1972–06–25)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Les Binkley Ottawa Nationals (WHA) free agency (1972)
Wally Boyer Winnipeg Jets (WHA) free agency (1972)
Val Fonteyne Alberta Oilers (WHA) free agency (1972)
Dunc McCallum Houston Aeros (WHA) free agency (1972)
Tim Horton Buffalo Sabres Intra-League Draft (1972–06–05)
Bob Leiter Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)
Keith McCreary Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)
John Stewart Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Overall pick Player Nationality Position
2 24 Jack Lynch Flag of Canada Canada Defense
2 30 Bernie Lukowich Flag of Canada Canada Forward
3 40 Denis Herron Flag of Canada Canada Goaltender
4 56 Ron Lalonde Flag of Canada Canada
5 72 Brian Walker
6 88 Jeff Ablett
7 104 D'Arcy Keating
8 120 Yves Bergeron
9 136 Jay Babcock
10 149 Don Atchison

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Over eight minutes of highlights of the January 18, 1973 Canadiens-Penguins game.

References[edit | edit source]

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