1973–74 Boston Bruins season

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1973–74 Boston Bruins
East Division Champions
Division 1st East
1973–74 record 52–17–9
Goals for 349
Goals against 221
Team information
General Manager Harry Sinden
Coach Bep Guidolin
Captain Johnny Bucyk
Alternate captains Bobby Orr
Dallas Smith
Arena Boston Garden
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)
<1972–73 1974–75>

The 1973–74 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 50th season in the NHL.

Offseason[edit]

NHL draft[edit]

Pick Player and position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
6. Andre Savard (C)  Canada Boston Bruins Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

East Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Boston Bruins 78 52 17 9 349 221 +128 113
2 Montreal Canadiens 78 45 24 9 293 240 +53 99
3 New York Rangers 78 40 24 14 300 251 +49 94
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 35 27 16 274 230 +44 86
5 Buffalo Sabres 78 32 34 12 242 250 -8 −8 76
6 Detroit Red Wings 78 29 39 10 255 319 -64 −64 68
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 24 43 11 224 296 -72 −72 59
8 New York Islanders 78 19 41 18 182 247 -65 −65 56


Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup finals[edit]

The Bruins returned to the Stanley Cup, but were defeated by the Flyers in six games.

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 7 Philadelphia 2 Boston 3
May 9 Philadelphia 3 Boston 2 OT
May 12 Boston 1 Philadelphia 4
May 14 Boston 2 Philadelphia 4
May 16 Philadelphia 1 Boston 5
May 19 Boston 0 Philadelphia 1

Schedule and results[edit]

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

Notable games[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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
Gilbert, GillesGilles Gilbert G 54 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 0
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 7 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Brooks, RossRoss Brooks G 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Gryp, BobBob Gryp LW 1 0 0 0 0 -2 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
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[edit]

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
LeDuc, RichRich LeDuc C 5 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
Simmons, AlAl Simmons D 1 0 0 0 0 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; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Roster[edit]

THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST

Boston Bruins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

  • GM:
  • Coach:

Awards and records[edit]

  • Single-game record for points in one game: (7) on November 15, 1973 by Bobby Orr[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1973–1974 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1973-74 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ a b c National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 204, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.
  4. ^ "Orr scores three goals, assists on four in Bruins' lopsided win". The Globe and Mail. November 16, 1973. p. 35.