1973–74 Los Angeles Kings season

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1973–74 Los Angeles Kings
Division 3rd West
1973–74 record 33–33–12
Goals for 233
Goals against 231
Team information
General Manager Larry Regan (Oct-Dec)
Jake Milford (Dec-Apr)
Coach Bob Pulford
Captain Terry Harper
Alternate captains Dan Maloney
Juha Widing
Team leaders
<1972–73 1974–75>

Offseason[edit]

Forward Serge Bernier (22 goals, 46 assists) jumped to the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA.

Regular season[edit]

After finishing strong in 1972-73 and barely missing the playoffs, the Kings had high hopes for the 1973-74 season. But the team started slowly and by the end of November, they were 5-14-3 and in last place. Then they made a blockbuster trade, sending their best defenseman Gilles Marotte to the New York Rangers for defenseman Sheldon Kannegiesser, forwards Mike Murphy, and Tom Williams, and speedy center Gene Carr. They improved a little, but were still 9 games under .500 at the end of February at 21-30-10 for 52 points and 7th place in the 8 team Western Division. The Kings then went 9-0-2 over the next 3 weeks and climbed into 3rd place, passing the Atlanta Flames, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues. Going into the final game of the season, the Kings had clinched 3rd, but needed a win to finish .500 and needed to outscore the Vancouver Canucks by 8 goals to finish even in goal differential on the season, which was one of coach Bob Pulford's goals at the beginning of the season. Not only did the Kings win, they won 11-1 to finish .500 and with a plus goal differential for the first time in their history. This season also marked the debut of hall of fame broadcaster Bob Miller, who as of the 2011-12 season is in his 37th season broadcasting Kings games.

Final standings[edit]

West Division[1]
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 74
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 −31 65
6 St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 −42 64
7 Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 −40 63
8 California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 −147 36


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 10, 1973 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 0–1–0
2 L October 13, 1973 3–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 0–2–0
3 T October 14, 1973 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 0–2–1
4 T October 16, 1973 4–4 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 0–2–2
5 L October 18, 1973 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 0–3–2
6 W October 20, 1973 3–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 1–3–2
7 W October 24, 1973 6–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 2–3–2
8 L October 27, 1973 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 2–4–2
9 W October 30, 1973 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 3–4–2
10 W November 1, 1973 2–1 New York Rangers (1973–74) 4–4–2
11 L November 3, 1973 3–4 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 4–5–2
12 L November 7, 1973 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 4–6–2
13 W November 8, 1973 3–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 5–6–2
14 L November 10, 1973 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–7–2
15 L November 11, 1973 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 5–8–2
16 L November 14, 1973 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 5–9–2
17 L November 17, 1973 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 5–10–2
18 L November 20, 1973 5–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 5–11–2
19 T November 24, 1973 5–5 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 5–11–3
20 L November 25, 1973 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 5–12–3
21 L November 28, 1973 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 5–13–3
22 L November 29, 1973 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–14–3
23 T December 1, 1973 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 5–14–4
24 W December 4, 1973 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 6–14–4
25 W December 5, 1973 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 7–14–4
26 W December 8, 1973 3–0 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 8–14–4
27 L December 11, 1973 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 8–15–4
28 W December 13, 1973 3–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 9–15–4
29 L December 15, 1973 2–6 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 9–16–4
30 T December 18, 1973 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 9–16–5
31 L December 19, 1973 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 9–17–5
32 W December 22, 1973 5–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 10–17–5
33 T December 26, 1973 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 10–17–6
34 L December 27, 1973 4–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 10–18–6
35 W December 29, 1973 4–1 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 11–18–6
36 L January 2, 1974 2–5 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 11–19–6
37 W January 5, 1974 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 12–19–6
38 W January 8, 1974 3–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 13–19–6
39 T January 9, 1974 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 13–19–7
40 L January 12, 1974 0–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 13–20–7
41 W January 15, 1974 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 14–20–7
42 W January 16, 1974 2–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 15–20–7
43 L January 19, 1974 0–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 15–21–7
44 L January 20, 1974 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 15–22–7
45 W January 23, 1974 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 16–22–7
46 T January 24, 1974 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 16–22–8
47 W January 26, 1974 2–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 17–22–8
48 L January 27, 1974 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 17–23–8
49 L January 31, 1974 2–4 New York Islanders (1973–74) 17–24–8
50 W February 2, 1974 3–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 18–24–8
51 W February 6, 1974 5–1 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 19–24–8
52 W February 9, 1974 2–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 20–24–8
53 W February 10, 1974 6–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 21–24–8
54 L February 13, 1974 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 21–25–8
55 L February 14, 1974 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 21–26–8
56 L February 16, 1974 2–5 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 21–27–8
57 L February 19, 1974 3–4 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 21–28–8
58 L February 21, 1974 3–5 New York Rangers (1973–74) 21–29–8
59 T February 23, 1974 4–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 21–29–9
60 T February 24, 1974 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 21–29–10
61 L February 27, 1974 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 21–30–10
62 W February 28, 1974 3–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 22–30–10
63 W March 2, 1974 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 23–30–10
64 W March 5, 1974 2–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 24–30–10
65 W March 7, 1974 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 25–30–10
66 T March 9, 1974 4–4 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 25–30–11
67 W March 13, 1974 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 26–30–11
68 W March 16, 1974 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 27–30–11
69 T March 19, 1974 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 27–30–12
70 W March 21, 1974 6–3 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 28–30–12
71 W March 23, 1974 5–0 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 29–30–12
72 W March 24, 1974 7–1 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 30–30–12
73 L March 26, 1974 1–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 30–31–12
74 W March 28, 1974 4–1 New York Islanders (1973–74) 31–31–12
75 L March 30, 1974 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 31–32–12
76 W April 3, 1974 4–2 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 32–32–12
77 L April 5, 1974 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 32–33–12
78 W April 6, 1974 11–1 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 33–33–12

Playoffs[edit]

  • Kings 1 at Black Hawks 3
  • Kings 1 at Black Hawks 4
  • Black Hawks 1 at Kings 0
  • Black Hawks 1 at Kings 5
  • Kings 0 at Black Hawks 1

The Kings were heavy underdogs against the Chicago Black Hawks but put up a strong showing. While Kings goalie Rogie Vachon was excellent, the difference was Chicago goalie Tony Esposito who was brilliant. Game one saw the Black Hawks score in the 3rd period to take a 2-1 lead and they added an empty net goal to win, 3-1. Game two was similar; this time Chicago led 3-1 when they scored an empty net goal late to make it 4-1.

Game 3 in Los Angeles was the Kings first home playoff game in 5 years and was one of the strangest games in post season history. Chicago scored goal in the first minute of the game and then went into a defensive shell, practically daring the Kings to try to beat Esposito. Almost the entire rest of the game was played in the Black Hawk zone with the Kings dominating the action. But try as they might, they could not get the puck past Tony Esposito. Their best chance came midway through the 3rd period when Bob Berry pounced on a rebound and shot it over Esposito but the puck glanced off the cross bar. Despite totaling only 5 shots on goal for the game, the Black Hawks won 1-0 and had a commanding 3-0 series lead. Game 4 was played the very next day so both coaches rested their #1 goalies; the Kings played Gary Edwards over Rogie Vachon and Chicago went with Mike Veisor over Tony Esposito. The Kings were so relieved to have Esposito out that they dominated in a 5-1 win, their first playoff victory since a game 7 win over the Oakland Seals in the 1969 quarter-finals.

Another defensive struggle ensued in game 5 with Vachon and Esposito back in the nets; both made a number of brilliant saves and the game was 0-0 midway through the 3rd period. The Black Hawks won when Cliff Koroll scuffed the ice on a slap shot; the puck acted like a knuckleball change up and fooled Vachon for the game winner.

Player statistics[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

November 30, 1973 - traded defenseman Gilles Marotte to the New York Rangers for defenseman Sheldon Kannegiesser, forwards Mike Murphy, and Tom Williams, and center Gene Carr

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]