The 1973-74 NHL season was the 57th season of the National Hockey League. Sixteen teams each played 78 games. A new award, the Jack Adams for the best coach, was introduced for this season. The first winner was Fred Shero of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Regular SeasonEdit


Bobby Orr had a hat trick and 7 points, November 15, 1973.

Bobby Orr continued as the dominant defenseman of his era, finishing second in league scoring with 122 points and leading the league in assist with 90. He 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.

The Philadelphia Flyers who developed the nick-name "Broad Street Bullies" because of their physical style of play, de-throned the Chicago Black Hawks as the West Division champions and the Boston Bruins regained the top spot in the East, winning their 13th Prince of Wales Trophy, and the league.

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Phil Esposito from Ken Hodge, February 28, 1974.

Boston had the top four league leading scorers, the third and last time in NHL history this was achieved (the only other times being by the Bruins in the 1939-40 and 1970-71 season). Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr and Ken Hodge all made the First All-Star Team and Wayne Cashman the Second Team. John Bucyk won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Esposito the Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award while Orr won his seventh consecutive James Norris Memorial Trophy.

Final StandingsEdit

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.

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 16 12 273 164 112
Chicago Black Hawks 78 41 14 23 272 164 105
Los Angeles Kings 78 33 33 12 233 231 78
Atlanta Flames 78 30 34 14 214 238 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 65
St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 64
Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 63
California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 36

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.

Scoring LeadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins 78 68 77 145 58
Bobby Orr Boston Bruins 74 32 90 122 82
Ken Hodge Boston Bruins 76 50 55 105 43
Wayne Cashman Boston Bruins 78 30 59 89 111
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers 77 35 52 87 113
Rick Martin Buffalo Sabres 78 52 34 86 38
Syl Apps, Jr. Pittsburgh Penguins 75 24 61 85 37
Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs 78 38 46 84 55
Lowell MacDonald Pittsburgh Penguins 78 43 39 82 14
Brad Park New York Rangers 78 25 57 82 148
Dennis Hextall Minnesota North Stars 78 20 62 82 138

Leading GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Bernie Parent Philadelphia Flyers 73 4314 136 1.89 47 13 12 12
Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 70 4143 141 2.04 34 14 21 10
Ross Brooks Boston Bruins 21 1170 46 2.36 16 3 0 3
Doug Favell Toronto Maple Leafs 32 1752 79 2.71 14 7 9 0
Wayne Thomas Montreal Canadiens 42 2410 111 2.76 23 12 5 1
Dan Bouchard Atlanta Flames 46 2660 123 2.77 19 18 8 5
Rogie Vachon L.A. Kings 65 3751 175 2.80 28 26 10 5
Michel Larocque Montreal Canadiens 27 1431 69 2.89 15 8 2 0
Dunc Wilson Toronto Maple Leafs 24 1412 68 2.89 9 11 3 1
Gilles Gilbert Boston Bruins 54 3210 158 2.95 34 12 8 6

Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

Playoff BracketEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  E1  Boston Bruins 4  
E4  Toronto Maple Leafs 0  
  E1  Boston Bruins 4  
  W2  Chicago Black Hawks 2  
W2  Chicago Black Hawks 4
  W3  Los Angeles Kings 1  
    E1  Boston Bruins 2
  W1  Philadelphia Flyers 4
  W1  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
W4  Atlanta Flames 0  
W1  Philadelphia Flyers 4
  E3  New York Rangers 3  
E2  Montreal Canadiens 2
  E3  New York Rangers 4  

Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0Edit

The Bruins and Leafs last met in the 1972 Quarter-finals where the Bruins won the series in five games. Although Phil Esposito was held to one goal in the series by the checking of Dave Keon, the Bruins second line of Gregg Sheppard, John Bucyk and Bobby Schmautz dominated with Sheppard scoring four goals and Schmautz adding six points. Gilles Gilbert played every minute of the series in goal for the Bruins while Doug Favell played in Games 1, 2 and 4. Gilbert recorded a shutout and held Toronto to ten goals in the series.

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Doug Favell stops Ken Hodge, Game 1 of the 1974 Quarter-finals, April 10, 1974.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden was the tightest match of the series. The Leafs outshot the Bruins 35-33 and there were only three power plays in the game. After a scoreless first period, where Toronto had the edge in play, Gregg Sheppard scored the only goal of the game 4:12 into the second period, assisted by Dallas Smith and Don Marcotte. Boston took over the game in the third period, outshooting Toronto and held on for a 1-0 victory.

Game 2 at Boston saw the teams trade goals in the first period with Ken Hodge, Ron Ellis, Bobby Schmautz and Dave Keon scoring. In the second period, Schmautz set up goals by John Bucyk and Wayne Cashman before Darryl Sittler cut the Bruins lead to 4-3. The Leafs pressed in the third period and outshot the Bruins 16-6. However, Phil Esposito scored on Boston's only power play of the period and Gregg Sheppard added an empty net goal for a 6-3 Bruins victory and a 2-0 lead in the series.

Game 3 at Maple Leaf Gardens saw former Bruin Eddie Johnston in goal for the Leafs. Toronto started the game strong and after several co-incidental minor penalties, Bob Neely scored the only goal of the period. However, Boston broke the game open in the second period with André Savard scoring his first career NHL playoff goal, followed by a pair by Sheppard and John Bucyk's second goal of the series. Neely set up Darryl Sittler with 30 second left to trim Boston's lead to 4-2 heading into the third period. Wayne Cashman scored a little over a minute into the period answered a minute later by Eddie Shack, with the last playoff goal of his career. Despite pouring 24 shots on Gilles Gilbert, the Leafs couldn't muster another goal and Bobby Schmautz sealed Boston's 6-3 victory with Gilbert stopping 45 shots.

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Bobby Orr scores, Game 4 of the 1974 Quarter-finals, April 14, 1974.

Game 4 at Toronto saw Doug Favell back in net for the Leafs. Terry O'Reilly opened the scoring with his first career NHL playoff goal before Ron Ellis responded. In the second period, Ken Hodge and Norm Ullman traded goals before Wayne Cashman and Garry Monahan fought. In the third period, the Bruins pressed for the win and broke through with less than three minutes left as Bobby Orr scored his first of the series. Desperate to avoid a sweep, the Leafs fought back with Inge Hammarström scoring his first career NHL playoff goal, sending the game into overtime. It took the Bruins less than two minutes to end the series with Ken Hodge's game winner.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-1 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 April 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-6 Boston Bruins 0-2
3 April 13 Boston Bruins 6-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0
4 April 14 Boston Bruins 4-3 (OT) Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0

Boston Bruins 4, Chicago Black Hawks 2Edit

The Bruins and Black Hawks last met in the 1970 Semi-finals where Boston swept Chicago in four games. This series was closer but Gregg Sheppard continued his excellent playoffs with seven points, John Bucyk led the Bruins with nine points and Phil Esposito continued his scoring prowess over his brother Tony, potting six goals. Gilles Gilbert played every minute of the series in goal for the Bruins.

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Tony Esposito makes one of 46 saves, Game 1 of the 1974 Semi-finals, April 18, 1974.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden saw the Bruins fire 48 shots at Tony Esposito, twice as many as the Black Hawks mustered. After Phil Esposito scored on the power play 6:40 into the first period, a fight broke out between Darryl Edestrand and Cliff Koroll. Play grew rougher until Carol Vadnais and Dale Tallon fought. In the second period, Boston had chance after chance that was foiled by Tony Esposito while Stan Mikita and Darcy Rota put the Hawks up 2-1. In the third period, Edestrand tied the game up and overtime loomed until John Marks scored with a little over three minutes to play. Dennis Hull added an empty net goal and thanks to Tony's superlative goaltending, the Black Hawks upset the Bruins 4-2.

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The first of three goals by John Bucyk, Game 2 of the 1974 Semi-finals, April 21, 1974.

Game 2 at Boston was a wild, high-scoring affair where the lead constantly changed hands. John Bucyk scored twice on the power play in the first period, answered by Darcy Rota and Dale Tallon. Early in the second period, Terry O'Reilly staked Boston to a 3-2 lead until Dennis Hull and Germain Gagnon scored. Bucyk scored on the power play again, completing a hat trick and sending the game into the third period tied 3-3. All three of Bucyk's goals were assisted by Bobby Orr and Carol Vadnais. In the third, Phil Esposito and Hull traded goals before the Bruins took the lead for good as Bobby Schmautz, Don Marcotte and Gregg Sheppard scored. John Marks got one back for the Black Hawks but Gilles Gilbert shut the door as Boston won 8-6 and tied the series at a game apiece.

Game 3 at the Chicago Stadium was the closest game of the series with both team's capitalizing on the man advantage. On the power play, Carol Vadnais scored the only goal of the first period and 3:09 into the second period, Bill White countered with his own power play marker. Gregg Sheppard put the Bruins up 2-1 with his sixth goal of the post season. In the third period, Ken Hodge added to Boston's lead with Dale Tallon in the penalty box before Stan Mikita cut the lead on the power play. In the last minute, Mikita tied the game with Tony Esposito pulled for an extra attacker. In overtime, Jim Pappin was the hero as the Black Hawks took a 2-1 series lead.

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Phil Esposito scores the game winner, Game 4 of the 1974 Semi-finals, April 25, 1974.

Game 4 at Chicago saw the Bruins play an excellent defensive game in which they held the Black Hawks to under ten shots in each period. Pit Martin opened the scoring before Gregg Sheppard and Ken Hodge gave Boston the lead. In the second period, Phil Esposito scored the game winner on a breakaway after an excellent pass from Hodge. André Savard padded the Bruins lead before Keith Magnuson scored. Late in the period, Phil Esposito fought with Phil Russell. In the third period, Boston choked off Chicago's attacking attempts and Wayne Cashman scored an empty net goal as the Bruins won 5-2 and tied the series at two games apiece.

Game 5 at Boston saw a close-checking first period in which John Bucyk scored the only goal. However, the Bruins broke the game open in the second period, with Bucyk's second of the game, Phil Esposito's fifth of the playoffs and Dallas Smith scoring in the first 4 minutes. Cliff Koroll responded before Esposito scored his second and Gregg Sheppard added his eighth goal of the post season. Tony Esposito was pulled to start the third period and Mike Veisor played his first NHL playoff game. Veisor shut out the Bruins the rest of the game and though Pit Martin scored, the damage was done as the Bruins won 6-2.

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Phil Esposito seals the series victory, April 30, 1974.

Game 6 at Chicago saw Tony Esposito back in the net for the Black Hawks, who played with desperation and were rewarded with a first period goal by Cliff Koroll. The Bruins took over in the second period and the third line came through with Don Marcotte scoring twice. In the third period at 4:18, Len Frig tied the game up on the power play. The game tightened until stalwart Black Hawks defenseman Bill White took a minor penalty and a misconduct with eight minutes to go in the game. Deprived of White's services, Gregg Sheppard scored his ninth goal of the playoffs with less than two minutes to play. Tony Esposito was pulled for an extra attacker but Bobby Orr retrieved a Chicago dump-in and sent Phil Esposito on a breakaway for an empty net goal. The Bruins won 4-2 and took the series by the same score.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 18 Chicago Black Hawks 4-2 Boston Bruins 1-0
2 April 21 Chicago Black Hawks 6-8 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 April 23 Boston Bruins 3-4 (OT) Chicago Black Hawks 1-2
4 April 25 Boston Bruins 5-2 Chicago Black Hawks 2-2
5 April 28 Chicago Black Hawks 2-6 Boston Bruins 2-3
6 April 30 Boston Bruins 4-2 Chicago Black Hawks 4-2

Philadelphia Flyers 4, Boston Bruins 2Edit

Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins 4 games to 2, winning the cup with a Game 6 1-0 victory. In doing so, the Flyers became the first expansion team to win the Cup in the post-Original Six era.

NHL AwardsEdit

Prince of Wales Trophy: Boston Bruins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Philadelphia Flyers
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Trophy: Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
Conn Smythe Trophy: Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers
Hart Memorial Trophy: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Jack Adams Award: Fred Shero, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Johnny Bucyk, Boston Bruins
Lester B. Pearson Award: Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Vezina Trophy: Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks tied Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers
Lester Patrick Trophy: Alex Delvecchio, Murray Murdoch, Weston W. Adams, Sr., Charles L. Crovat

All-Star TeamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers G Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins D Bill White, Chicago Black Hawks
Brad Park, New York Rangers D Barry Ashbee, Philadelphia Flyers
Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins C Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Ken Hodge, Boston Bruins RW Mickey Redmond, Detroit Red Wings
Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres LW Wayne Cashman, Boston Bruins


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1973-74 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last GamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1973-74 (listed with their last team):



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

Flyers-Flames 1974 Quarter-finals Game 4.

Flyers-Rangers 1974 Semi-finals Game 3, April 25, 1973.

Flyers-Rangers 1974 Semi-finals Game 7.

See AlsoEdit


NHL Seasons

1969-70 | 1970-71 | 1971-72 | 1972-73 | 1973-74 | 1974-75 | 1975-76 | 1976-77 | 1977-78

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