1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks season

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1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks
Division 2nd West
1973–74 record 41–14–23
Home record 20–6–13
Road record 21–8–10
Goals for 272
Goals against 164
Team information
General Manager Tommy Ivan
Coach Billy Reay
Captain None
Alternate captains Doug Jarrett
Stan Mikita
Bill White
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Jim Pappin (32)
Assists Stan Mikita (50)
Points Stan Mikita (80)
Penalties in minutes Phil Russell (184)
Plus/minus Bill White (+51)
Wins Tony Esposito (34)
Goals against average Tony Esposito (2.04)
<1972–73 1974–75>

The 1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks season was the Hawks' forty-eighth season in the NHL, and the club was coming off their fourth consecutive first place finish in 1972-73, as they finished on top of the West Division with a 42-27-9 record, earning 93 points. The Hawks defeated the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers in the post season before falling to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup final.[1]

Chicago started off the season slow, as they had a 2-4-4 record in their first ten games, however, the club then went on a nine game unbeaten streak to push themselves over the .500 mark. The Hawks would battle with the Philadelphia Flyers all season long for top spot in the West Division, as Chicago would finish the year with a record of 41-14-23, earning 105 points, which was their third highest total in club history. It was not enough though, as the Flyers dethroned the Black Hawks for top spot in the West, as they finished with 112 points. The 14 losses by Chicago was the fewest by the team in one season, while the 23 ties they recorded was a new team record. [2]

Offensively, the Black Hawks were led by Stan Mikita, who had a club high 50 assists and 80 points, while Jim Pappin led the team in goals for the second consecutive season, as he scored 32 goals, and finished with 73 points. Pit Martin had another very solid season, scoring 30 goals and 77 points, while Dennis Hull had 29 goals and 68 points. On defense, Dick Redmond emerged as the offensive leader, scoring 17 goals and 59 points, while Bill White recorded 36 points, while having a team high +51 rating. Phil Russell had 10 goals and 35 points, while having a team high 184 penalty minutes.

In goal, Tony Esposito led the club with 34 victories and a 2.04 GAA, along with ten shutouts while appearing in 70 games.[3] Rookie goaltender Mike Veisor backed up Esposito, going 7-0-2 with a 2.23 GAA in 10 games.[4] Chicago tied the Philadelphia Flyers with the fewest goals against in the league at 164, as both Tony Esposito and the Flyers Bernie Parent would share the Vezina Trophy for their achievements.

The Hawks opened the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings, who had a record of 33-33-12, earning 78 points, while placing third in the West Division. The series opened with two games at Chicago Stadium, and the Black Hawks used their home ice to their advantage, defeating the Kings 3-1 and 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. The series shifted to The Forum in Los Angeles for the next two games, and the Hawks would continue to shutdown the Kings in the third game, shutting them out 1-0. Los Angeles would avoid the sweep by easily handling the Black Hawks 5-1 to send the series back to Chicago. In the fifth game, the Hawks, led by Tony Esposito, would shutout Los Angeles by a score of 1-0 to eliminate the Kings from the playoffs.

Chicago's next opponent was the Boston Bruins, who had finished the season with a 52-17-9 record, earning 113 points, and a first place finish in the East Division. The Bruins swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. The series opened up with two games at the Boston Garden, but it was Chicago who struck first, doubling the Bruins 4-2 in the series opener. Boston responded in the second game, winning a wild game 8-6 to even the series. The next two games were played in Chicago, and the Black Hawks once again took the series lead, defeating Boston 4-3 in overtime, however, the Bruins once again came back, winning the fourth game 5-2 to even the series once again. The fifth game was back in Boston, and the Bruins took their first series lead, dominating Chicago by a score of 6-2. Boston would clinch the series in the sixth game, winning 4-2 on Chicago ice to eliminate the Black Hawks from the post-season.

Season standings[edit]

West Division[5]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 16 12 273 164 +109 112
2 Chicago Black Hawks 78 41 14 23 272 164 +108 105
3 Los Angeles Kings 78 33 33 12 233 231 +2 78
4 Atlanta Flames 78 30 34 14 214 238 -24 −24 74
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 -31 −31 65
6 St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 -42 −42 64
7 Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 -40 −40 63
8 California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 -147 −147 36


Game log[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 10 Chicago Black Hawks 3–0 Los Angeles Kings 1–0–0 2
2 October 12 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 California Golden Seals 1–1–0 2
3 October 14 Minnesota North Stars 1-1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1-1 3
4 October 17 Vancouver Canucks 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1–1 5
5 October 21 New York Islanders 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1–2 6
6 October 24 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Buffalo Sabres 2–2–2 6
7 October 27 Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 St. Louis Blues 2–2–3 7
8 October 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2–4 8
9 November 1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1 Philadelphia Flyers 2–3–4 8
10 November 3 Chicago Black Hawks 4–5 Minnesota North Stars 2–4–4 8
11 November 4 New York Rangers 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4–4 10
12 November 7 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 California Golden Seals 3–4–5 11
13 November 9 Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 Vancouver Canucks 4–4–5 13
14 November 11 Chicago Black Hawks 3-0 Los Angeles Kings 5–4–5 15
15 November 14 Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 New York Rangers 5-4–6 16
16 November 16 Chicago Black Hawks 6–1 Atlanta Flames 6–4–6 18
17 November 17 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 7-4–6 20
18 November 21 St. Louis Blues 1-4 Chicago Black Hawks 8–4–6 22
19 November 24 Chicago Black Hawks 3-1 Toronto Maple Leafs 9–4–6 24
20 November 25 Montreal Canadiens 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks 9–5–6 24
21 November 28 Boston Bruins 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 9–5–7 25
22 December 1 Chicago Black Hawks 5–0 Montreal Canadiens 10–5–7 27
23 December 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 1-2 Chicago Black Hawks 11–5–7 29
24 December 5 Chicago Black Hawks 8–2 Detroit Red Wings 12–5–7 31
25 December 9 Minnesota North Stars 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks 13–5–7 33
26 December 12 Philadelphia Flyers 2-2 Chicago Black Hawks 13–5–8 34
27 December 15 Chicago Black Hawks 3-3 New York Islanders 13–5–9 35
28 December 16 Chicago Black Hawks 6-1 New York Rangers 14–5–9 37
29 December 19 Buffalo Sabres 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 14–5–10 38
30 December 22 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers 14–6–10 38
31 December 23 Vancouver Canucks 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks 15–6–10 40
32 December 26 Los Angeles Kings 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 15–6–11 41
33 December 29 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins 16–6–11 43
34 December 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 16–7–11 43
35 January 2 New York Islanders 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 17–7–11 45
36 January 3 Chicago Black Hawks 2-3 Atlanta Flames 17–8–11 45
37 January 6 California Golden Seals 4–9 Chicago Black Hawks 18–8–11 47
38 January 9 Los Angeles Kings 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 18–8–12 48
39 January 10 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Boston Bruins 18–8–13 49
40 January 13 Detroit Red Wings 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 19–8–13 51
41 January 16 Boston Bruins 5–5 Chicago Black Hawks 19–8–14 52
42 January 19 New York Rangers 3-2 Chicago Black Hawks 19-9–14 52
43 January 20 Vancouver Canucks 2–7 Chicago Black Hawks 20–9–14 54
44 January 24 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 Boston Bruins 21-9–14 56
45 January 26 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 21–10–14 56
46 January 27 New York Islanders 4-2 Chicago Black Hawks 21–11–14 56
47 January 31 California Golden Seals 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 22–11–14 58
48 February 2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 23–11–14 60
49 February 3 St. Louis Blues 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks 24–11–14 62
50 February 6 Atlanta Flames 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 24–11–15 63
51 February 8 Chicago Black Hawks 3–0 Atlanta Flames 25–11–15 65
52 February 10 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks 26–11–15 67
53 February 13 Los Angeles Kings 0–4 Chicago Black Hawks 27–11–15 69
54 February 16 Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 New York Islanders 28–11–15 71
55 February 17 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-4 Chicago Black Hawks 29–11–15 73
56 February 20 California Golden Seals 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks 30–11–15 75
57 February 23 Philadelphia Flyers 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 31–11–15 77
58 February 24 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 31–12–15 77
59 February 27 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Minnesota North Stars 32–12–15 79
60 February 28 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Buffalo Sabres 32–12–16 80
61 March 3 Chicago Black Hawks 6–6 Detroit Red Wings 32–12–17 81
62 March 6 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 California Golden Seals 32–12–18 82
63 March 7 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Los Angeles Kings 32–13–18 82
64 March 9 Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 Vancouver Canucks 32–13–19 83
65 March 13 Montreal Canadiens 3-3 Chicago Black Hawks 32–13–20 84
66 March 14 Chicago Black Hawks 5–2 New York Rangers 33–13–20 86
67 March 16 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Montreal Canadiens 34-13–20 88
68 March 17 Atlanta Flames 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 34–13–21 89
69 March 20 Buffalo Sabres 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 34–14–21 89
70 March 23 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers 35–14–21 91
71 March 24 Minnesota North Stars 0–6 Chicago Black Hawks 36–14–21 93
72 March 27 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 37–14-21 95
73 March 28 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Buffalo Sabres 37–14–22 96
74 March 30 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 Detroit Red Wings 38–14–22 98
75 March 31 St. Louis Blues 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 38–14–23 99
76 April 3 Boston Bruins 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks 39–14–23 101
77 April 6 Chicago Black Hawks 6–3 St. Louis Blues 40–14–23 103
78 April 7 Detroit Red Wings 4–7 Chicago Black Hawks 41-14–23 105

Chicago Black Hawks 4, Los Angeles Kings 1[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 10 Los Angeles Kings 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 1-0
2 April 11 Los Angeles Kings 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 2-0
3 April 13 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0 Los Angeles Kings 3-0
4 April 14 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Los Angeles Kings 3-1
5 April 16 Los Angeles Kings 0-1 Chicago Black Hawks 4-1

Boston Bruins 4, Chicago Black Hawks 2[edit]

# 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 Chicago Black Hawks 2-1
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 2-4

Season stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Stan Mikita 76 30 50 80 46
Pit Martin 78 30 47 77 43
Jim Pappin 78 32 41 73 76
Dennis Hull 74 29 39 68 15
Dick Redmond 76 17 42 59 69

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Tony Esposito 70 4143 34 14 21 141 10 2.04
Mike Veisor 10 537 7 0 2 20 1 2.23

Playoff stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Stan Mikita 11 5 6 11 8
Dennis Hull 10 6 3 9 0
Jim Pappin 11 3 6 9 29
Bill White 11 1 7 8 14
Dick Redmond 11 1 7 8 8

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Tony Esposito 10 584 6 4 28 2 2.88
Mike Veisor 2 65 0 1 5 0 3.75

Draft picks[edit]

Chicago's draft picks at the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft held at the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 13 Darcy Rota  Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
2 29 Reg Thomas  Canada London Knights (OHA)
3 45 Randy Holt  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
4 61 Dave Elliot  Canada Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
5 77 Dan Hinton  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
6 93 Gary Doerksen  Canada Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
7 109 Wayne Dye  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
8 125 Jim Koleff  Canada Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
9 140 Jack Johnson  United States University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
9 141 Steve Alley  United States University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
10 156 Rick Clubbe  Canada University of North Dakota (NCAA)
11 165 Gene Strate  Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)

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