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1974–75 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 2nd Adams
1974–75 record 40-26-14
Goals for 345 (2nd)
Goals against 245 (7th)
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Don Cherry
Captain Johnny Bucyk
Alternate captains Phil Esposito
Bobby Orr
Dallas Smith
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (61)
Assists Bobby Orr (89)
Points Bobby Orr (135)
Penalties in minutes Terry O'Reilly (146)
Wins Gilles Gilbert (23)
Goals against average Ross Brooks (2.98)
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1973–74 1975–76

The 1974–75 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 51st season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 2nd in the Adams Division and lost in the Preliminary Round to the Chicago Black Hawks 2 games to 1.

Off-season

Regular Season

On December 22, 1974, Phil Esposito scored the 500th goal of his career. [1]

Melee after the first Dave Forbes-Henry Boucha fight, January 4, 1975.

At 8:22 of the first period of the Boston-Minnesota game on January 4, 1975, Dave Forbes checked Henry Boucha into the boards in the North Stars corner. Boucha took exception and suckered punched Forbes. A melee ensued which quickly died down. Terry O'Reilly was deemed to be the third man in and was given a game misconduct. Boucha and Forbes were each given seven penalty minutes and both went to the box without any overt animosity. However, as soon as their penalties expired and they took to the ice, Forbes butt ended Boucha in the face, fracturing his eye socket. Another melee ensued but quickly ended as the extend of Boucha's injury was realized. Bleeding profusely, Boucha was stretchered off. When the dust settled, Boston was short handed for ten minutes, which they killed off. The Bruins went on to win 8-0, scoring a short handed goal and seven power plays goals, an NHL record. Forbes was given a ten game suspension and charged with aggravated assault. His trail ended in a hung jury. Forbes and the Bruins settled a civil case by paying Boucha in excess of one million dollars. Boucha made a comeback, playing the next season for the Kansas City Scouts and the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA but with his vision permanently affected, he retired from pro hockey.

Final Standings

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Buffalo Sabres 80 49 16 15 354 240 113
Boston Bruins 80 40 26 14 345 245 94
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 31 33 16 280 309 78
California Golden Seals 80 19 48 13 212 316 51

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 L October 10, 1974 5–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 0–1–0
2 T October 13, 1974 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 0–1–1
3 L October 16, 1974 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 0–2–1
4 W October 17, 1974 4–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 1–2–1
5 W October 20, 1974 5–0 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 2–2–1
6 T October 23, 1974 5–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 2–2–2
7 T October 24, 1974 4–4 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 2–2–3
8 W October 27, 1974 8–2 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 3–2–3
9 T October 30, 1974 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 3–2–4
10 L November 2, 1974 2–3 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 3–3–4
11 W November 3, 1974 10–1 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 4–3–4
12 T November 5, 1974 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 4–3–5
13 W November 7, 1974 10–4 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 5–3–5
14 W November 10, 1974 4–3 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 6–3–5
15 L November 12, 1974 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 6–4–5
16 L November 14, 1974 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 6–5–5
17 W November 16, 1974 7–5 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 7–5–5
18 W November 17, 1974 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 8–5–5
19 W November 21, 1974 4–2 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 9–5–5
20 W November 23, 1974 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 10–5–5
21 W November 24, 1974 7–4 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 11–5–5
22 W November 27, 1974 3–1 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 12–5–5
23 L November 30, 1974 0–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 12–6–5
24 T December 4, 1974 4–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 12–6–6
25 L December 5, 1974 4–6 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 12–7–6
26 W December 8, 1974 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 13–7–6
27 W December 10, 1974 6–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 14–7–6
28 W December 12, 1974 8–1 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 15–7–6
29 W December 14, 1974 12–1 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 16–7–6
30 W December 15, 1974 5–2 New York Islanders (1974–75) 17–7–6
31 W December 17, 1974 5–3 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 18–7–6
32 W December 19, 1974 11–3 New York Rangers (1974–75) 19–7–6
33 L December 21, 1974 4–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 19–8–6
34 W December 22, 1974 5–4 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 20–8–6
35 L December 27, 1974 2–5 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 20–9–6
36 L December 28, 1974 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 20–10–6
37 W January 2, 1975 5–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 21–10–6
38 W January 4, 1975 8–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 22–10–6
39 T January 7, 1975 3–3 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 22–10–7
40 W January 9, 1975 5–1 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 23–10–7
41 W January 11, 1975 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 24–10–7
42 L January 15, 1975 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 24–11–7
43 L January 16, 1975 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 24–12–7
44 T January 18, 1975 4–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 24–12–8
45 W January 19, 1975 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 25–12–8
46 L January 23, 1975 2–3 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 25–13–8
47 T January 26, 1975 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 25–13–9
48 T January 27, 1975 3–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 25–13–10
49 W January 30, 1975 6–0 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 26–13–10
50 L February 1, 1975 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 26–14–10
51 W February 2, 1975 5–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 27–14–10
52 T February 5, 1975 3–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 27–14–11
53 W February 6, 1975 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 28–14–11
54 W February 8, 1975 8–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 29–14–11
55 W February 9, 1975 5–1 New York Islanders (1974–75) 30–14–11
56 L February 12, 1975 3–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 30–15–11
57 L February 13, 1975 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 30–16–11
58 L February 16, 1975 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 30–17–11
59 W February 18, 1975 3–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 31–17–11
60 L February 21, 1975 4–6 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 31–18–11
61 L February 22, 1975 0–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 31–19–11
62 W February 25, 1975 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 32–19–11
63 W February 27, 1975 9–4 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 33–19–11
64 W March 2, 1975 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 34–19–11
65 W March 4, 1975 8–0 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 35–19–11
66 W March 7, 1975 4–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 36–19–11
67 W March 9, 1975 5–2 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 37–19–11
68 W March 11, 1975 6–3 New York Rangers (1974–75) 38–19–11
69 L March 12, 1975 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 38–20–11
70 L March 15, 1975 1–3 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 38–21–11
71 W March 16, 1975 7–2 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 39–21–11
72 L March 19, 1975 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 39–22–11
73 W March 22, 1975 8–2 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 40–22–11
74 L March 23, 1975 5–7 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 40–23–11
75 L March 26, 1975 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 40–24–11
76 T March 29, 1975 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 40–24–12
77 T March 30, 1975 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 40–24–13
78 L April 1, 1975 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 40–25–13
79 L April 3, 1975 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 40–26–13
80 T April 6, 1975 4–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 40–26–14

Playoffs

Chicago Black Hawks 2, Boston Bruins 1

Player Stats

Regular Season

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 80 46 89 135 101 80 16 2 4
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 79 61 66 127 62 18 27 4 8
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 78 29 52 81 10 11 9 0 4
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 76 30 48 78 19 43 5 7 4
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 79 18 56 74 129 10 6 0 2
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 72 23 43 66 90 7 16 0 2
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 80 31 33 64 76 24 1 0 2
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 56 21 30 51 63 23 1 0 2
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 77 19 25 44 45 16 0 0 2
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 68 15 20 35 146 15 2 0 2
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 42 11 22 33 24 7 2 0 3
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 69 18 12 30 80 22 0 0 2
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 79 3 20 23 84 30 0 0 1
Sims, AlAl Sims D 75 4 8 12 73 29 0 0 0
Nowak, HankHank Nowak LW 21 4 7 11 26 8 0 0 1
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 68 1 9 10 56 8 0 0 0
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 53 3 3 6 8 -6 0 1 0
Anderson, EarlEarl Anderson RW 19 2 4 6 4 5 0 0 1
Hynes, DaveDave Hynes LW 19 4 0 4 2 3 0 0 0
Graham, RodRod Graham LW 14 2 1 3 7 0 1 0 0
Langdon, SteveSteve Langdon LW 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 53 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 0
Clark, GordieGordie Clark RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rathwell, JakeJake Rathwell RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sarner, CraigCraig Sarner RW 7 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 40 0 0 0 30 -3 0 0 0
Broderick, KenKen Broderick G 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks G 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 3029 53 23 17 11 158 3.13 3
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks 967 17 10 3 3 48 2.98 0
Broderick, KenKen Broderick 804 15 7 6 0 32 2.39 1
Team: 4800 80 40 26 14 238 2.97 4

Playoffs

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Orr, BobbyBobby Orr D 3 1 5 6 2 0 1 0
Schmautz, BobbyBobby Schmautz RW 3 1 5 6 6 0 0 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 3 1 5 6 0 0 0 0
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 3 4 1 5 0 1 0 0
Sheppard, GreggGregg Sheppard C 3 3 1 4 5 0 0 0
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 0
Savard, AndreAndre Savard C 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 1
Cashman, WayneWayne Cashman LW 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 3 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Nowak, HankHank Nowak LW 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Anderson, EarlEarl Anderson RW 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D 3 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O'Reilly, TerryTerry O'Reilly RW 3 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert 188 3 1 2 12 3.83 0
Team: 188 3 1 2 12 3.83 0

[2]

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

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)

Trivia

  • Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:

Video

Two videos of the two fights between Dave Forbes and Henry Boucha which led to Boucha's eye injury on January 4, 1975.

See Also

References

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 213, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  2. 1974-75 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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