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72-73PitPen
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 sixth season in the National Hockey League. The Penguins finished 5th in the West Division and missed the playoffs.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

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 LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 7, 19724–2 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 1–0–0
2WOctober 11, 19725–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 2–0–0
3WOctober 14, 19725–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 3–0–0
4LOctober 15, 19724–8 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 3–1–0
5WOctober 17, 19725–0 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 4–1–0
6LOctober 18, 19723–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 4–2–0
7LOctober 21, 19722–4 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 4–3–0
8WOctober 24, 19724–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 5–3–0
9LOctober 27, 19723–6 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 5–4–0
10LOctober 28, 19722–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 5–5–0
11LNovember 1, 19721–7 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 5–6–0
12LNovember 2, 19722–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 5–7–0
13WNovember 4, 19726–4 New York Rangers (1972–73) 6–7–0
14TNovember 5, 19721–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 6–7–1
15WNovember 8, 19725–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 7–7–1
16LNovember 11, 19723–4 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 7–8–1
17LNovember 12, 19720–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 7–9–1
18WNovember 15, 19727–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 8–9–1
19WNovember 18, 19726–1 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 9–9–1
20WNovember 19, 19725–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 10–9–1
21WNovember 22, 197210–4 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 11–9–1
22TNovember 25, 19722–2 New York Islanders (1972–73) 11–9–2
23LNovember 26, 19722–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 11–10–2
24WNovember 29, 19727–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 12–10–2
25WDecember 2, 19723–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 13–10–2
26LDecember 3, 19722–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 13–11–2
27TDecember 6, 19724–4 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 13–11–3
28LDecember 9, 19721–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 13–12–3
29WDecember 13, 19729–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 14–12–3
30WDecember 16, 19725–3 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 15–12–3
31LDecember 17, 19721–9 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 15–13–3
32LDecember 19, 19722–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–14–3
33LDecember 23, 19723–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 15–15–3
34TDecember 26, 19721–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 15–15–4
35TDecember 27, 19723–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 15–15–5
36LDecember 29, 19720–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 15–16–5
37TDecember 30, 19722–2 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 15–16–6
38LJanuary 2, 19734–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 15–17–6
39WJanuary 3, 19735–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 16–17–6
40WJanuary 6, 19734–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 17–17–6
41LJanuary 7, 19730–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 17–18–6
42LJanuary 10, 19731–2 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 17–19–6
43WJanuary 13, 19733–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 18–19–6
44LJanuary 14, 19732–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 18–20–6
45LJanuary 17, 19734–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 18–21–6
46LJanuary 18, 19732–5 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 18–22–6
47WJanuary 20, 19733–0 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 19–22–6
48LJanuary 21, 19733–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 19–23–6
49WJanuary 24, 19735–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 20–23–6
50LJanuary 25, 19733–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 20–24–6
51LJanuary 27, 19733–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 20–25–6
52WJanuary 31, 19734–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 21–25–6
53WFebruary 3, 19732–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–25–6
54LFebruary 4, 19733–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–26–6
55LFebruary 7, 19732–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 22–27–6
56LFebruary 10, 19733–6 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 22–28–6
57WFebruary 14, 19736–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 23–28–6
58TFebruary 17, 19733–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 23–28–7
59LFebruary 18, 19731–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 23–29–7
60WFebruary 20, 19734–0 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 24–29–7
61WFebruary 22, 19732–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 25–29–7
62WFebruary 24, 19732–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 26–29–7
63LFebruary 25, 19731–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 26–30–7
64WFebruary 28, 19734–2 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 27–30–7
65LMarch 3, 19731–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 27–31–7
66LMarch 4, 19732–5 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 27–32–7
67LMarch 7, 19734–10 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 27–33–7
68LMarch 10, 19734–5 New York Rangers (1972–73) 27–34–7
69LMarch 11, 19732–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 27–35–7
70WMarch 14, 19733–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 28–35–7
71TMarch 16, 19735–5 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 28–35–8
72LMarch 17, 19731–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 28–36–8
73WMarch 21, 19735–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 29–36–8
74TMarch 24, 19734–4 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 29–36–9
75WMarch 25, 19734–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 30–36–9
76WMarch 28, 19736–3 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 31–36–9
77LMarch 31, 19732–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 31–37–9
78WApril 1, 19735–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 32–37–9

PlayoffsEdit

  • The Penguins did not qualify for the post season.

Player StatsEdit

ForwardsEdit

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

DefencemenEdit

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

GoaltendingEdit

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 RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

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

TradesEdit

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 SubtractionsEdit

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 PicksEdit

See also: 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Overall pick Player Nationality Position
2 24 Jack Lynch Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defense
2 30 Bernie Lukowich Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward
3 40 Denis Herron Flag of Canada.svg Canada Goaltender
4 56 Ron Lalonde Flag of Canada.svg 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

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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