73-74BufSab.jpg
1973–74 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 5th East
1973–74 record 32–34–12
Goals for 242
Goals against 250
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Joe Crozier
Captain Gerry Meehan
Team Leaders
Goals Rick Martin (52)
Assists Rene Robert (44)
Points Rick Martin (86)
Penalties in minutes Larry Carriere (103)
Wins Dave Dryden (23)
Goals against average Dave Dryden (2.97)
← Seasons →
1972–73 1974–75

The 1973–74 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 4th season in the National Hockey League. The Sabres finished 5th in the East Division and didn't qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player and Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 12. Morris Titanic (LW) Flag of Canada Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Death of Tim Horton[edit | edit source]

Early on the morning of February 21, 1974, while driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way from Toronto to Buffalo in his white De Tomaso Pantera sports car, (a gift from Sabres' GM George "Punch" Imlach), Horton was involved in what is now an infamous accident. He was negotiating a curve on the QEW where it crosses over Twelve Mile Creek in St. Catharines when he lost control and hit a cement culvert. The impact flipped the vehicle and Horton was thrown. He was not wearing a seat belt. Horton was reported dead on arrival at the local hospital, aged only 44. A police officer pursuing Horton's vehicle said that he had been travelling at over 160 km/h (100 mph).

There were reports Horton had consumed a considerable amount of vodka, and was rumoured to have been taking pain killers due to a jaw injury suffered in practice the day before. An autopsy report released in 2005 showed Horton had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit. The blood test also showed signs of amobarbital, which was possibly a residue from the Dexamyl pills that were found on Horton's body. The autopsy showed no indication Horton was taking painkillers.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 10, 1973 4–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 0–1–0
2 W October 13, 1973 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 1–1–0
3 L October 14, 1973 1–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 1–2–0
4 W October 18, 1973 6–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 2–2–0
5 W October 20, 1973 2–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 3–2–0
6 W October 21, 1973 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 4–2–0
7 W October 24, 1973 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 5–2–0
8 L October 25, 1973 4–9 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 5–3–0
9 W October 28, 1973 5–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 6–3–0
10 W October 31, 1973 3–2 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 7–3–0
11 T November 4, 1973 1–1 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 7–3–1
12 L November 6, 1973 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 7–4–1
13 L November 9, 1973 3–6 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 7–5–1
14 W November 10, 1973 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 8–5–1
15 W November 14, 1973 3–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–5–1
16 L November 17, 1973 5–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 9–6–1
17 L November 18, 1973 0–2 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 9–7–1
18 L November 21, 1973 2–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–8–1
19 L November 22, 1973 6–7 New York Rangers (1973–74) 9–9–1
20 L November 25, 1973 3–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–10–1
21 W November 29, 1973 2–1 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 10–10–1
22 W December 1, 1973 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 11–10–1
23 W December 2, 1973 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 12–10–1
24 W December 6, 1973 8–4 New York Rangers (1973–74) 13–10–1
25 L December 8, 1973 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 13–11–1
26 W December 9, 1973 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 14–11–1
27 T December 12, 1973 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 14–11–2
28 L December 15, 1973 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 14–12–2
29 L December 16, 1973 2–5 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 14–13–2
30 T December 19, 1973 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 14–13–3
31 T December 20, 1973 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 14–13–4
32 L December 22, 1973 1–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 14–14–4
33 W December 23, 1973 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 15–14–4
34 W December 27, 1973 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 16–14–4
35 L December 30, 1973 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 16–15–4
36 W December 31, 1973 6–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 17–15–4
37 W January 3, 1974 6–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 18–15–4
38 L January 5, 1974 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 18–16–4
39 W January 6, 1974 6–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 19–16–4
40 L January 9, 1974 0–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 19–17–4
41 W January 10, 1974 7–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 20–17–4
42 L January 12, 1974 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 20–18–4
43 W January 13, 1974 1–0 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 21–18–4
44 L January 17, 1974 2–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 21–19–4
45 T January 19, 1974 2–2 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 21–19–5
46 W January 20, 1974 6–4 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 22–19–5
47 L January 24, 1974 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 22–20–5
48 L January 27, 1974 2–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 22–21–5
49 L January 31, 1974 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 22–22–5
50 L February 2, 1974 1–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 22–23–5
51 T February 3, 1974 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 22–23–6
52 L February 6, 1974 1–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 22–24–6
53 W February 8, 1974 7–2 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 23–24–6
54 L February 10, 1974 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 23–25–6
55 W February 14, 1974 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 24–25–6
56 W February 17, 1974 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 25–25–6
57 L February 20, 1974 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 25–26–6
58 T February 21, 1974 4–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 25–26–7
59 W February 24, 1974 3–2 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 26–26–7
60 T February 28, 1974 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 26–26–8
61 L March 2, 1974 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 26–27–8
62 W March 3, 1974 4–3 New York Islanders (1973–74) 27–27–8
63 T March 6, 1974 4–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 27–27–9
64 W March 8, 1974 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 28–27–9
65 L March 10, 1974 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 28–28–9
66 L March 12, 1974 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 28–29–9
67 L March 14, 1974 3–4 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 28–30–9
68 T March 16, 1974 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 28–30–10
69 W March 17, 1974 5–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 29–30–10
70 W March 20, 1974 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 30–30–10
71 T March 23, 1974 1–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 30–30–11
72 L March 24, 1974 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 30–31–11
73 L March 27, 1974 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 30–32–11
74 T March 28, 1974 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 30–32–12
75 W March 31, 1974 6–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 31–32–12
76 L April 4, 1974 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 31–33–12
77 L April 6, 1974 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 31–34–12
78 W April 7, 1974 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 32–34–12

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Sabres did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Martin, RickRick Martin 78 52 34 86 38
Robert, ReneRene Robert 76 21 44 65 71
Luce, DonDon Luce 75 26 30 56 44
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz 78 23 31 54 28
Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault 55 18 33 51 10
Meehan, GerryGerry Meehan 72 20 26 46 17
Ramsay, CraigCraig Ramsay 78 20 26 46 0
Carriere, LarryLarry Carriere 77 6 24 30 103
Dudley, RickRick Dudley 67 13 13 26 71
Robitaille, MikeMike Robitaille 71 2 18 20 60
Korab, JerryJerry Korab 45 6 12 18 73
Gratton, NormNorm Gratton 57 6 12 18 16
Atkinson, SteveSteve Atkinson 70 6 10 16 22
Rombough, DougDoug Rombough 46 6 9 15 27
Terbenche, PaulPaul Terbenche 67 2 12 14 8
McNab, PeterPeter McNab 22 3 6 9 2
Schoenfeld, JimJim Schoenfeld 28 1 8 9 56
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey 13 3 4 7 8
Pratt, TracyTracy Pratt 33 0 7 7 52
Gould, JohnJohn Gould 30 4 2 6 2
Horton, TimTim Horton 55 0 6 6 53
Spencer, BrianBrian Spencer 13 3 2 5 4
Busniuk, RonRon Busniuk 5 0 3 3 4
Lemieux, RealReal Lemieux 11 1 1 2 4
Hajt, BillBill Hajt 6 0 2 2 0
Wyrozub, RandyRandy Wyrozub 5 0 1 1 0
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 53 0 1 1 4
Noris, JoeJoe Noris 13 0 0 0 2
Farr, RockyRocky Farr 11 0 0 0 2
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 12 0 0 0 2
Bromley, GaryGary Bromley 12 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 2987 53 23 20 8 148 2.97 1
Farr, RockyRocky Farr 480 11 2 4 1 25 3.13 0
Bromley, GaryGary Bromley 598 12 3 5 3 33 3.31 0
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 615 12 4 5 0 39 3.80 0

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.