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On defense, the first pairing of Bobby Orr and [[Dallas Smith]] remained unchanged. [[Carol Vadnais]] was joined by rookie [[Al Sims]]. Like Andre Savard, Sims was chosen in the 1973 Draft and made the Bruins straight from juniors. [[Gary Doak]], who'd barely played the season before, was the fifth defenseman and was in the line-up for 69 games.
 
On defense, the first pairing of Bobby Orr and [[Dallas Smith]] remained unchanged. [[Carol Vadnais]] was joined by rookie [[Al Sims]]. Like Andre Savard, Sims was chosen in the 1973 Draft and made the Bruins straight from juniors. [[Gary Doak]], who'd barely played the season before, was the fifth defenseman and was in the line-up for 69 games.
 
[[File:Espo_400th_from_Orr-10Oct1973.gif|thumb|[[Bobby Orr]] assists on [[Phil Esposito|Phil Esposito's]] 400th goal, October 10, 1973.]]
 
[[File:Espo_400th_from_Orr-10Oct1973.gif|thumb|[[Bobby Orr]] assists on [[Phil Esposito|Phil Esposito's]] 400th goal, October 10, 1973.]]
Opening night on October 10, 1973 against the [[1973–74 Vancouver Canucks season|Vancouver Canucks]] held some apprehension for Boston. Orr's knee hadn't been 100% during the [[1972–73 Boston Bruins season#Playoffs|1973 playoffs]] in which Phil Esposito suffered torn knee ligaments. All fears were quickly laid to rest as Orr setup Esposito for a goal 4:41 into the game. In the second period, Orr assisted on Esposito's second goal, which was the 400th of his career. Esposito ended up with a [[Hat trick]] and five points while Chris Oddleifson had his first goal and Andre Savard his first point as Boston triumphed 6-4.
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Opening night on October 10, 1973 against the [[1973–74 Vancouver Canucks season|Vancouver Canucks]] held some apprehension for Boston. Orr's knee hadn't been 100% during the [[1972–73 Boston Bruins season#Playoffs|1973 playoffs]] in which Phil Esposito suffered torn knee ligaments. All fears were quickly laid to rest as Orr setup Esposito for a goal 4:41 into the game. In the second period, Orr assisted on Esposito's second goal, which was the 400th of his career. Esposito ended up with a [[Hat trick]] and five points while Chris Oddleifson had his first NHL goal and Andre Savard his first NHL point as Boston triumphed 6-4.
   
 
===Final Standings===
 
===Final Standings===

Revision as of 02:13, 30 May 2020

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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

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.jpg

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.

On defense, the first pairing of Bobby Orr and Dallas Smith remained unchanged. Carol Vadnais was joined by rookie Al Sims. Like Andre Savard, Sims was chosen in the 1973 Draft and made the Bruins straight from juniors. Gary Doak, who'd barely played the season before, was the fifth defenseman and was in the line-up for 69 games.

Bobby Orr assists on Phil Esposito's 400th goal, October 10, 1973.

Opening night on October 10, 1973 against the Vancouver Canucks held some apprehension for Boston. Orr's knee hadn't been 100% during the 1973 playoffs in which Phil Esposito suffered torn knee ligaments. All fears were quickly laid to rest as Orr setup Esposito for a goal 4:41 into the game. In the second period, Orr assisted on Esposito's second goal, which was the 400th of his career. Esposito ended up with a Hat trick and five points while Chris Oddleifson had his first NHL goal and Andre Savard his first NHL point as Boston triumphed 6-4.

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
1 W October 10, 1973 6–4 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1973 9–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 2–0–0
3 W October 14, 1973 3–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 3–0–0
4 L October 17, 1973 3–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 3–1–0
5 W October 21, 1973 8–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 4–1–0
6 L October 23, 1973 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 4–2–0
7 W October 25, 1973 9–4 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–2–0
8 W October 27, 1973 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 6–2–0
9 T October 28, 1973 3–3 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 6–2–1
10 W October 31, 1973 5–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 7–2–1
11 L November 3, 1973 4–6 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 7–3–1
12 W November 4, 1973 4–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 8–3–1
13 L November 7, 1973 3–7 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 8–4–1
14 W November 8, 1973 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 9–4–1
15 W November 11, 1973 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 10–4–1
16 W November 14, 1973 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 11–4–1
17 W November 15, 1973 10–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 12–4–1
18 W November 17, 1973 8–0 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 13–4–1
19 W November 18, 1973 5–2 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 14–4–1
20 W November 22, 1973 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 15–4–1
21 W November 25, 1973 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 16–4–1
22 T November 28, 1973 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 16–4–2
23 W December 2, 1973 5–3 New York Islanders (1973–74) 17–4–2
24 W December 8, 1973 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 18–4–2
25 T December 9, 1973 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 18–4–3
26 W December 13, 1973 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 19–4–3
27 W December 15, 1973 7–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 20–4–3
28 W December 16, 1973 5–3 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 21–4–3
29 W December 20, 1973 6–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 22–4–3
30 L December 22, 1973 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 22–5–3
31 W December 23, 1973 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 23–5–3
32 L December 29, 1973 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 23–6–3
33 W December 30, 1973 8–1 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 24–6–3
34 T January 1, 1974 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 24–6–4
35 W January 4, 1974 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 25–6–4
36 W January 5, 1974 6–2 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 26–6–4
37 T January 10, 1974 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 26–6–5
38 L January 12, 1974 3–7 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 26–7–5
39 W January 13, 1974 5–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 27–7–5
40 T January 16, 1974 5–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 27–7–6
41 W January 19, 1974 8–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 28–7–6
42 W January 20, 1974 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 29–7–6
43 W January 22, 1974 1–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 30–7–6
44 L January 24, 1974 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 30–8–6
45 W January 26, 1974 4–0 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 31–8–6
46 W January 27, 1974 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 32–8–6
47 W January 31, 1974 4–2 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 33–8–6
48 L February 2, 1974 2–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 33–9–6
49 W February 3, 1974 5–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 34–9–6
50 W February 7, 1974 5–3 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 35–9–6
51 W February 9, 1974 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 36–9–6
52 W February 10, 1974 4–0 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 37–9–6
53 W February 13, 1974 9–6 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 38–9–6
54 W February 15, 1974 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 39–9–6
55 W February 16, 1974 5–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 40–9–6
56 T February 20, 1974 5–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 40–9–7
57 W February 23, 1974 6–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 41–9–7
58 L February 24, 1974 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 41–10–7
59 W February 28, 1974 8–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 42–10–7
60 T March 2, 1974 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 42–10–8
61 L March 3, 1974 4–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 42–11–8
62 L March 5, 1974 1–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 42–12–8
63 W March 6, 1974 8–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 43–12–8
64 T March 9, 1974 4–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 43–12–9
65 L March 10, 1974 2–6 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 43–13–9
66 W March 12, 1974 4–0 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 44–13–9
67 W March 14, 1974 4–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 45–13–9
68 W March 16, 1974 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 46–13–9
69 W March 17, 1974 5–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 47–13–9
70 W March 21, 1974 7–0 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 48–13–9
71 L March 23, 1974 3–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 48–14–9
72 W March 24, 1974 6–3 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 49–14–9
73 W March 27, 1974 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 50–14–9
74 L March 30, 1974 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 50–15–9
75 W March 31, 1974 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 51–15–9
76 L April 3, 1974 2–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 51–16–9
77 L April 6, 1974 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 51–17–9
78 W April 7, 1974 6–4 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 58 51 14 4 9
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 74 32 90 122 82 84 11 0 4
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 76 50 55 105 43 40 15 0 11
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 78 30 59 89 111 49 5 2 2
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 76 31 44 75 8 13 12 0 9
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 78 16 43 59 123 35 6 0 1
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 78 24 26 50 18 44 0 3 3
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 75 16 31 47 21 23 0 3 3
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 76 11 24 35 94 30 0 0 1
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 72 16 14 30 39 16 0 0 1
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 77 6 21 27 64 26 0 0 0
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 63 10 16 26 41 9 0 0 1
Oddleifson, ChrisChris Oddleifson C 49 10 11 21 25 16 0 0 1
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 29 8 12 20 48 17 0 0 1
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 27 7 13 20 31 6 1 0 1
O'Donnell, FredFred O'Donnell RW 43 5 7 12 43 3 0 0 1
Sims, AlAl Sims D 76 3 9 12 22 64 0 0 1
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 52 3 8 11 20 19 1 0 2
LeDuc, RichRich LeDuc C 28 3 3 6 12 3 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 69 0 4 4 44 -2 0 0 0
Broderick, KenKen Broderick G 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 7 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 54 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 0
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Gryp, BobBob Gryp LW 1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Hynes, DaveDave Hynes LW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simmons, AlAl Simmons D 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks G 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
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 4 0 2 2
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 16 8 10 18 4 3 0 1
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 16 4 14 18 28 1 0 2
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 16 6 10 16 16 2 0 1
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 16 9 5 14 25 4 0 2
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 16 5 9 14 46 1 0 1
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 16 1 12 13 42 1 0 0
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 16 3 6 9 44 0 0 0
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 16 1 7 8 20 0 0 0
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 16 2 5 7 38 0 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 16 4 2 6 8 0 0 1
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 16 3 2 5 24 0 0 0
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 16 1 2 3 15 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 16 0 3 3 8 0 0 0
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 16 0 2 2 6 0 0 0
Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simmons, AlAl Simmons D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LeDuc, RichRich LeDuc C 5 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
Sims, AlAl Sims D 16 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
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)
1 6 André Savard Flag of Canada Canada Québec Remparts (QMJHL)
2 31 Jimmy Jones Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
3 36 Doug Gibson Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
3 47 Al Sims Flag of Canada Canada Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
4 63 Steve Langdon Flag of Canada Canada London Knights (OHA)
5 79 Peter Crosbie Flag of Canada Canada London Knights (OHA)
6 95 Jean-Pierre Bourgouyne Flag of Canada Canada Shawinigan Bruins (QMJHL)
7 111 Walter Johnson Flag of Canada Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
8 127 Virgil Gates Flag of Canada Canada Swift Current Broncos (WCHL)
9 142 Jim Pettie Flag of Canada Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
10 157 Yvon Bouillon Flag of Canada 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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