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Two changes were made to the Bruins jerseys to start the season. First, the laces were eliminated and the collar was modified to a V-neck. Second, a 50th anniversary patch was added to both shoulders on the white home and black road jerseys. The patch featured an upright, snarling bear. Starting in January 1974, for the first time in the Bruins history, the players' names were added to the back of the black road jerseys. By February the names were removed but made a reappearance for the [[1974 Stanley Cup Finals]].
 
Two changes were made to the Bruins jerseys to start the season. First, the laces were eliminated and the collar was modified to a V-neck. Second, a 50th anniversary patch was added to both shoulders on the white home and black road jerseys. The patch featured an upright, snarling bear. Starting in January 1974, for the first time in the Bruins history, the players' names were added to the back of the black road jerseys. By February the names were removed but made a reappearance for the [[1974 Stanley Cup Finals]].
   
The Bruins line-up underwent its largest change since the 1967-68 season. Besides Gilles Gilbert becoming the new starting goaltender (with [[Ross Brooks]] as his backup), the forward lines underwent an overhaul, with the exception of the first line of Phil Esposito centering [[Wayne Cashman]] and [[Ken Hodge]] remaining intact. Coming off a 50 point rookie season, [[Gregg Sheppard]] took Fred Stanfield's place centering the second line with [[John Bucyk]] and sophomore [[Terry O'Reilly]].
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The Bruins line-up underwent its largest change since the 1967-68 season with five rookies playing on opening night. Besides Gilles Gilbert becoming the new starting goaltender (with [[Ross Brooks]] as his backup), the forward lines underwent an overhaul, with the exception of the first line of Phil Esposito centering [[Wayne Cashman]] and [[Ken Hodge]] remaining intact. Coming off a 50 point rookie season, [[Gregg Sheppard]] took Fred Stanfield's place centering the second line with [[John Bucyk]] and sophomore [[Terry O'Reilly]]. [[Don Marcotte]] remained on the third line and was joined by two rookies, [[André Savard]] and [[Chris Oddleifson]]. Savard was the Bruins number one draft pick in June 1973 and made the team right out of junior. Oddleifson was acquired for [[Ivan Boldirev]] in 1971 which saw [[Rich Leduc|Rich LeDuc]] become a Bruin. Rookie LeDuc centered the fourth line with [[Fred O'Donnell]] and another rookie, [[Dave Forbes]].
   
 
===Final Standings===
 
===Final Standings===

Revision as of 01:53, May 30, 2020

73-74BosBru
1973–74 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
East Division Champions
Division 1st East
1973–74 record 52–17–9
Goals for 349 (1st)
Goals against 221 (3rd)
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Bep Guidolin
Captain Johnny Bucyk
Alternate captains Phil Esposito
Bobby Orr
Dallas Smith
Arena Boston Garden
Average attendance 14,842
Team Leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (68)
Assists Bobby Orr (90)
Points Phil Esposito (145)
Penalties in minutes Carol Vadnais (123)
Wins Gilles Gilbert (34)
Goals against average Ross Brooks (2.36)
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1972–73 1974–75

The 1973–74 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 50th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished first in the East Division and the league but lost in the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals to the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 2.

Off-season

Plante hit-3May1970

Jacques Plante knocked out of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals by Fred Stanfield, May 3, 1970.

Goaltending had been an issue for the Bruins the previous season. In order to rectify this, Harry Sinden traded Fred Stanfield to the Minnesota North Stars for Gilles Gilbert. Eddie Johnston was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs to complete the Jacques Plante trade. Stanfield had centered the Bruins second line since coming to Boston in the blockbuster trade with Chicago prior to the 1967-68 season. An excellent two-way player and a power play specialist (where he played the point with Bobby Orr), Stanfield had been an integral part of Boston's two Stanley Cup winning teams. Gilbert would play excellently for the Bruins for seven seasons and become the number one goaltender until Gerry Cheevers returned from the WHA.

Mike Walton signed with the Minnesota Fighting Saints while Don Awrey was traded to the St. Louis Blues.

Since the 1967-68 season, the Bruins had operated with no captain, instead going with three or four alternate captains. Prior to the season start, John Bucyk was appointed captain. He'd been the Bruins last captain during the 1966-67 season. Phil Esposito and Dallas Smith remained alternate captains with Bobby Orr joining them.

Regular Season

Bruins 50th anniversary patch

Two changes were made to the Bruins jerseys to start the season. First, the laces were eliminated and the collar was modified to a V-neck. Second, a 50th anniversary patch was added to both shoulders on the white home and black road jerseys. The patch featured an upright, snarling bear. Starting in January 1974, for the first time in the Bruins history, the players' names were added to the back of the black road jerseys. By February the names were removed but made a reappearance for the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals.

The Bruins line-up underwent its largest change since the 1967-68 season with five rookies playing on opening night. Besides Gilles Gilbert becoming the new starting goaltender (with Ross Brooks as his backup), the forward lines underwent an overhaul, with the exception of the first line of Phil Esposito centering Wayne Cashman and Ken Hodge remaining intact. Coming off a 50 point rookie season, Gregg Sheppard took Fred Stanfield's place centering the second line with John Bucyk and sophomore Terry O'Reilly. Don Marcotte remained on the third line and was joined by two rookies, André Savard and Chris Oddleifson. Savard was the Bruins number one draft pick in June 1973 and made the team right out of junior. Oddleifson was acquired for Ivan Boldirev in 1971 which saw Rich LeDuc become a Bruin. Rookie LeDuc centered the fourth line with Fred O'Donnell and another rookie, Dave Forbes.

Final Standings

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 78 52 17 9 349 221 113
Montreal Canadiens 78 45 24 9 293 240 99
New York Rangers 78 40 24 14 300 251 94
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 35 27 16 274 230 86
Buffalo Sabres 78 32 34 12 242 250 76
Detroit Red Wings 78 29 39 10 255 319 68
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 43 11 224 296 59
New York Islanders 78 19 41 18 182 247 56

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

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 10, 19736–4 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 1–0–0
2WOctober 13, 19739–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 2–0–0
3WOctober 14, 19733–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 3–0–0
4LOctober 17, 19733–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 3–1–0
5WOctober 21, 19738–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 4–1–0
6LOctober 23, 19732–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 4–2–0
7WOctober 25, 19739–4 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–2–0
8WOctober 27, 19733–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 6–2–0
9TOctober 28, 19733–3 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 6–2–1
10WOctober 31, 19735–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 7–2–1
11LNovember 3, 19734–6 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 7–3–1
12WNovember 4, 19734–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 8–3–1
13LNovember 7, 19733–7 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 8–4–1
14WNovember 8, 19732–1 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 9–4–1
15WNovember 11, 19734–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 10–4–1
16WNovember 14, 19734–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 11–4–1
17WNovember 15, 197310–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 12–4–1
18WNovember 17, 19738–0 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 13–4–1
19WNovember 18, 19735–2 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 14–4–1
20WNovember 22, 19734–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 15–4–1
21WNovember 25, 19733–1 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 16–4–1
22TNovember 28, 19733–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 16–4–2
23WDecember 2, 19735–3 New York Islanders (1973–74) 17–4–2
24WDecember 8, 19735–2 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 18–4–2
25TDecember 9, 19733–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 18–4–3
26WDecember 13, 19734–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 19–4–3
27WDecember 15, 19737–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 20–4–3
28WDecember 16, 19735–3 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 21–4–3
29WDecember 20, 19736–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 22–4–3
30LDecember 22, 19732–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 22–5–3
31WDecember 23, 19734–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 23–5–3
32LDecember 29, 19731–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 23–6–3
33WDecember 30, 19738–1 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 24–6–3
34TJanuary 1, 19742–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 24–6–4
35WJanuary 4, 19744–2 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 25–6–4
36WJanuary 5, 19746–2 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 26–6–4
37TJanuary 10, 19742–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 26–6–5
38LJanuary 12, 19743–7 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 26–7–5
39WJanuary 13, 19745–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 27–7–5
40TJanuary 16, 19745–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 27–7–6
41WJanuary 19, 19748–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 28–7–6
42WJanuary 20, 19745–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 29–7–6
43WJanuary 22, 19741–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 30–7–6
44LJanuary 24, 19741–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 30–8–6
45WJanuary 26, 19744–0 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 31–8–6
46WJanuary 27, 19745–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 32–8–6
47WJanuary 31, 19744–2 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 33–8–6
48LFebruary 2, 19742–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 33–9–6
49WFebruary 3, 19745–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 34–9–6
50WFebruary 7, 19745–3 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 35–9–6
51WFebruary 9, 19745–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 36–9–6
52WFebruary 10, 19744–0 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 37–9–6
53WFebruary 13, 19749–6 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 38–9–6
54WFebruary 15, 19744–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 39–9–6
55WFebruary 16, 19745–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 40–9–6
56TFebruary 20, 19745–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 40–9–7
57WFebruary 23, 19746–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 41–9–7
58LFebruary 24, 19742–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 41–10–7
59WFebruary 28, 19748–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 42–10–7
60TMarch 2, 19744–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 42–10–8
61LMarch 3, 19744–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 42–11–8
62LMarch 5, 19741–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 42–12–8
63WMarch 6, 19748–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 43–12–8
64TMarch 9, 19744–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 43–12–9
65LMarch 10, 19742–6 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 43–13–9
66WMarch 12, 19744–0 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 44–13–9
67WMarch 14, 19744–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 45–13–9
68WMarch 16, 19745–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 46–13–9
69WMarch 17, 19745–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 47–13–9
70WMarch 21, 19747–0 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 48–13–9
71LMarch 23, 19743–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 48–14–9
72WMarch 24, 19746–3 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 49–14–9
73WMarch 27, 19743–2 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 50–14–9
74LMarch 30, 19743–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 50–15–9
75WMarch 31, 19746–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 51–15–9
76LApril 3, 19742–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 51–16–9
77LApril 6, 19742–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 51–17–9
78WApril 7, 19746–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 52–17–9

Playoffs

Player Stats

Regular Season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 78 68 77 145 58511449
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 74 32 90 122 82841104
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 76 50 55 105 434015011
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 78 30 59 89 11149522
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 76 31 44 75 8131209
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 78 16 43 59 12335601
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 78 24 26 50 1844033
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 75 16 31 47 2123033
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 76 11 24 35 9430001
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 72 16 14 30 3916001
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 77 6 21 27 6426000
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 63 10 16 26 419001
Oddleifson, ChrisChris Oddleifson C 49 10 11 21 2516001
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 29 8 12 20 4817001
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 27 7 13 20 316101
O'Donnell, FredFred O'Donnell RW 43 5 7 12 433001
Sims, AlAl Sims D 76 3 9 12 2264001
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 52 3 8 11 2019102
LeDuc, RichRich LeDuc C 28 3 3 6 123000
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 69 0 4 4 44 -2000
Broderick, KenKen Broderick G 5 0 1 1 00000
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 7 0 1 1 22000
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 54 0 1 1 90000
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 1 0 0 0 0 -1000
Gryp, BobBob Gryp LW 1 0 0 0 0 -2000
Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C 2 0 0 0 0 -1000
Hynes, DaveDave Hynes LW 3 0 0 0 00000
Simmons, AlAl Simmons D 3 0 0 0 0 -1000
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks G 21 0 0 0 20000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 3210 54 34 12 8 158 2.95 6
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks 1170 21 16 3 0 46 2.36 3
Broderick, KenKen Broderick 300 5 2 2 1 16 3.20 0
Team: 4680 78 52 17 9 220 2.82 9

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 16 11 8 19 4022
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 16 8 10 18 4301
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 16 4 14 18 28102
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 16 6 10 16 16201
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 16 9 5 14 25402
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 16 5 9 14 46101
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 16 1 12 13 42100
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 16 3 6 9 44000
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 16 1 7 8 20000
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 16 2 5 7 38000
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 16 4 2 6 8001
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 16 3 2 5 24000
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 16 1 2 3 15000
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 16 0 3 3 8000
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 16 0 2 2 6000
Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C 1 0 0 0 0000
Simmons, AlAl Simmons D 1 0 0 0 0000
LeDuc, RichRich LeDuc C 5 0 0 0 9000
Sims, AlAl Sims D 16 0 0 0 12000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 977 16 10 6 43 2.64 1
Team: 977 16 10 6 43 2.64 1

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records

Transactions

Draft Picks

See also: 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
16 André Savard Flag of Canada.svg Canada Québec Remparts (QMJHL)
231 Jimmy Jones Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
336 Doug Gibson Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
347 Al Sims Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
463 Steve Langdon Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OHA)
579 Peter Crosbie Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OHA)
695 Jean-Pierre Bourgouyne Flag of Canada.svg Canada Shawinigan Bruins (QMJHL)
7111 Walter Johnson Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
8127 Virgil Gates Flag of Canada.svg Canada Swift Current Broncos (WCHL)
9142 Jim Pettie Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
10157 Yvon Bouillon Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)

Trivia

  • John Adams wore jersey #31 for the season. This was the first time a Bruin wore #31 and was the highest number, up to that time, that a Bruin had ever worn.
  • Ken Hodge had a six point game during the 9-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings on October 13, 1973.
  • Bobby Orr had the only seven point game in Bruins history, and the first by an NHL defenseman, during the 10-2 win over the New York Rangers on November 15, 1973.
  • Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:

Gallery

Video

Ten minutes of highlights of the Bruins-North Stars game on February 20, 1974.

Bruins-Flyers Game 1 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals on May 7, 1974.

Bruins-Flyers Game 2 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals on May 9, 1974.

Bruins-Flyers Game 4 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals on May 14, 1974.

Bruins-Flyers Game 5 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals on May 16, 1974.

Bruins-Flyers Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals on May 19, 1974.

References

  1. 1973-74 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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