1972–73 Buffalo Sabres season

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1972–73 Buffalo Sabres
Division 4th East
1972–73 record 37–27–14
Home record 30-6-3
Road record 7-21-11
Goals for 257
Goals against 219
Team information
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Joe Crozier
Captain Gerry Meehan
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Average attendance 15,632
Team leaders
Goals Rene Robert (40)
Assists Gilbert Perreault (60)
Points Gilbert Perreault (88)
Penalties in minutes Jim Schoenfeld (178)
Wins Roger Crozier (23)
Goals against average Dave Dryden (2.65)
<1971–72 1973–74>

The 1972–73 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' third season of operation in the National Hockey League. The team made it to the playoffs for the first time, but lost in the first round to Montreal, four games to two.

Offseason[edit]

The Sabres added future Hall of Fame defenseman Tim Horton in the intra-league draft. In the Amateur Draft, the Sabres picked defenseman Jim Schoenfeld as their first-round pick, fifth over-all.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 78 52 10 16 329 184 +145 120
2 Boston Bruins 78 51 22 5 330 235 +95 107
3 New York Rangers 78 47 23 8 297 208 +89 102
4 Buffalo Sabres 78 37 27 14 257 219 +38 88
5 Detroit Red Wings 78 37 29 12 265 243 +22 86
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 27 41 10 247 279 -32 −32 64
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 22 47 9 233 339 -106 −106 53
8 New York Islanders 78 12 60 6 170 347 -177 −177 30


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1972 5–3 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 1–0–0
2 W October 11, 1972 7–3 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 2–0–0
3 T October 14, 1972 1–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 2–0–1
4 W October 15, 1972 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 3–0–1
5 W October 19, 1972 6–0 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 4–0–1
6 T October 21, 1972 1–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 4–0–2
7 W October 22, 1972 7–2 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 5–0–2
8 T October 25, 1972 2–2 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 5–0–3
9 T October 28, 1972 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 5–0–4
10 W October 29, 1972 2–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 6–0–4
11 L November 1, 1972 1–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 6–1–4
12 L November 4, 1972 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 6–2–4
13 T November 5, 1972 1–1 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 6–2–5
14 T November 9, 1972 0–0 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 6–2–6
15 L November 11, 1972 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 6–3–6
16 W November 12, 1972 1–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 7–3–6
17 T November 15, 1972 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 7–3–7
18 L November 17, 1972 1–5 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 7–4–7
19 L November 19, 1972 5–9 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 7–5–7
20 L November 22, 1972 2–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 7–6–7
21 W November 23, 1972 5–3 New York Rangers (1972–73) 8–6–7
22 W November 26, 1972 9–2 New York Islanders (1972–73) 9–6–7
23 W November 28, 1972 7–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 10–6–7
24 L November 30, 1972 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 10–7–7
25 L December 2, 1972 6–8 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 10–8–7
26 W December 3, 1972 7–4 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 11–8–7
27 W December 6, 1972 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 12–8–7
28 W December 7, 1972 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 13–8–7
29 W December 10, 1972 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 14–8–7
30 W December 13, 1972 7–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–8–7
31 W December 16, 1972 4–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 16–8–7
32 W December 17, 1972 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 17–8–7
33 W December 20, 1972 6–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 18–8–7
34 L December 22, 1972 2–4 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 18–9–7
35 L December 23, 1972 0–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 18–10–7
36 W December 27, 1972 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 19–10–7
37 W December 28, 1972 8–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 20–10–7
38 L December 31, 1972 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 20–11–7
39 W January 3, 1973 4–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 21–11–7
40 L January 4, 1973 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 21–12–7
41 W January 6, 1973 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 22–12–7
42 W January 7, 1973 2–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 23–12–7
43 L January 11, 1973 2–4 New York Rangers (1972–73) 23–13–7
44 L January 14, 1973 0–6 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 23–14–7
45 W January 18, 1973 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 24–14–7
46 L January 20, 1973 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 24–15–7
47 L January 21, 1973 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 24–16–7
48 W January 25, 1973 5–2 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 25–16–7
49 L January 28, 1973 5–8 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 25–17–7
50 W February 1, 1973 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 26–17–7
51 T February 3, 1973 1–1 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 26–17–8
52 W February 4, 1973 5–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 27–17–8
53 L February 7, 1973 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 27–18–8
54 W February 8, 1973 4–0 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 28–18–8
55 L February 10, 1973 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 28–19–8
56 L February 11, 1973 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 28–20–8
57 W February 14, 1973 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 29–20–8
58 W February 15, 1973 4–1 New York Rangers (1972–73) 30–20–8
59 T February 17, 1973 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 30–20–9
60 W February 18, 1973 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 31–20–9
61 W February 22, 1973 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 32–20–9
62 L February 24, 1973 2–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 32–21–9
63 W February 25, 1973 2–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 33–21–9
64 T March 1, 1973 4–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 33–21–10
65 L March 4, 1973 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 33–22–10
66 T March 6, 1973 2–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 33–22–11
67 T March 7, 1973 2–2 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 33–22–12
68 L March 9, 1973 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 33–23–12
69 L March 13, 1973 0–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 33–24–12
70 L March 15, 1973 1–4 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 33–25–12
71 T March 17, 1973 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 33–25–13
72 W March 18, 1973 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 34–25–13
73 L March 21, 1973 2–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 34–26–13
74 T March 24, 1973 4–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 34–26–14
75 L March 25, 1973 1–6 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 34–27–14
76 W March 27, 1973 3–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 35–27–14
77 W March 28, 1973 6–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 36–27–14
78 W April 1, 1973 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 37–27–14

Playoffs[edit]

The 1972-73 season saw the Sabres qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time. The team would ultimately lose to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens in 6 games. After falling behind three games to none the Sabres won two straight to earn a final home game that was memorable for the "Thank you Sabres" chant from the end of the game.[2]


1973 Stanley Cup Playoffs
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Montreal goals Buffalo goals Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 April 4 Buffalo Sabres 1-2 Montreal Canadiens 0-1
2 April 5 Buffalo Sabres 3-7 Montreal Canadiens 0-2
3 April 7 Montreal Canadiens 5-2 Buffalo Sabres 0-3
4 April 8 Montreal Canadiens 1-5 Buffalo Sabres 0-4
5 April 10 Buffalo Sabres 3-2 Montreal Canadiens 9:18 2-3
6 April 12 Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Buffalo Sabres 2-4
  • Scorer of game-winning goal in italics
  • *Denotes if necessary

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault C 78 28 60 88 10 11 8 0 7
Robert, ReneRene Robert RW 75 40 43 83 83 16 9 0 6
Martin, RickRick Martin LW 75 37 36 73 79 4 11 0 4
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz C/RW 78 27 35 62 30 6 11 0 5
Meehan, GerryGerry Meehan C 77 31 29 60 21 4 3 1 6
Luce, DonDon Luce C 78 18 25 43 32 7 0 3 2
Harris, HughHugh Harris C 60 12 26 38 17 9 0 0 0
Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 78 5 24 29 56 -3 2 0 0
Ramsay, CraigCraig Ramsay LW 76 11 17 28 15 13 0 1 1
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey RW 77 15 9 24 47 -6 1 0 2
Robitaille, MikeMike Robitaille D 65 4 17 21 40 9 0 0 0
Schoenfeld, JimJim Schoenfeld D 66 4 15 19 178 12 1 0 0
Atkinson, SteveSteve Atkinson RW 61 9 9 18 36 -5 2 0 1
Horton, TimTim Horton D 69 1 16 17 56 12 0 0 0
Pratt, TracyTracy Pratt D 74 1 15 16 116 9 0 0 0
Gratton, NormNorm Gratton LW 21 6 5 11 12 0 2 0 1
Carriere, LarryLarry Carriere D 40 2 8 10 52 -1 1 0 0
Terbenche, PaulPaul Terbenche D 42 0 7 7 8 7 0 0 0
Wyrozub, RandyRandy Wyrozub C 45 3 3 6 4 -1 0 0 2
Rombough, DougDoug Rombough C 5 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
Deadmarsh, ButchButch Deadmarsh LW 34 1 1 2 26 -3 1 0 0
Dudley, RickRick Dudley LW 6 0 1 1 7 -2 0 0 0
Gould, JohnJohn Gould RW 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Busniuk, RonRon Busniuk RW 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier G 49 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden G 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Farr, RockyRocky Farr G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McKay, RayRay McKay D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richer, BobBob Richer C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 2633 49 23 13 7 121 2.76 3
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 2018 37 14 13 7 89 2.65 3
Farr, RockyRocky Farr 29 1 0 1 0 3 6.21 0
Team: 4680 78 37 27 14 213 2.73 6
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault C 6 3 7 10 2 1 0 1
Robert, ReneRene Robert RW 6 5 3 8 2 1 0 1
Martin, RickRick Martin LW 6 3 2 5 12 2 0 0
Schoenfeld, JimJim Schoenfeld D 6 2 1 3 4 0 0 0
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz C/RW 6 0 3 3 2 0 0 0
Luce, DonDon Luce C 6 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Ramsay, CraigCraig Ramsay LW 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey RW 6 1 0 1 5 0 0 0
Carriere, LarryLarry Carriere D 6 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier G 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Gratton, NormNorm Gratton LW 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Horton, TimTim Horton D 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Meehan, GerryGerry Meehan C 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Atkinson, SteveSteve Atkinson RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harris, HughHugh Harris C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 6 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Pratt, TracyTracy Pratt D 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Robitaille, MikeMike Robitaille D 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Terbenche, PaulPaul Terbenche D 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 249 4 2 2 11 2.65 0
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 120 2 0 2 9 4.50 0
Team: 369 6 2 4 20 3.25 0

[3]

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[edit]

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Gilbert Perreault

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
June 6, 1972 To New York Islanders
7th-round pick in 1972 (Don McLaughlin)
8th-round pick in 1972 (Rene Levasseur)
9th-round pick in 1972 (Bill Ennos)
10th-round pick in 1972 (Rene Lambert)
To Buffalo Sabres
Islanders promised to not draft certain players in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft
June 8, 1972 To Montreal Canadiens
Cash
To Buffalo Sabres
Ron Busniuk
February 14, 1973 To Calgary Flames
Butch Deadmarsh
To Buffalo Sabres
Norm Gratton

Lost via retirement[edit]

Player
Dick Duff