1973–74 Buffalo Sabres season

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1973–74 Buffalo Sabres
Division 5th East
1973–74 record 32–34–12
Home record 23-10-6
Road record 9-24-6
Goals for 242
Goals against 250
Team information
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Joe Crozier
Captain Gerry Meehan
Alternate captains Don Luce
Gilbert Perreault
Jim Schoenfeld
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Average attendance 15,668
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)
<1972–73 1974–75>

The 1973–74 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' fourth season in the National Hockey League.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Death of Tim Horton[edit]

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 as previously thought.

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


Schedule and results[edit]

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

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM

Defencemen[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

  • Rick Martin, Left Wing, NHL First Team All-Star

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1973–1974 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.