1974 Stanley Cup Finals
|1974 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* overtime periods|
|Location(s)||Philadelphia (Spectrum) (3,4,6)
Boston (Boston Garden) (1,2,5)
|Coaches||Philadelphia: Fred Shero
Boston: Bep Guidolin
|Captains||Philadelphia: Bobby Clarke
Boston: John Bucyk
|Referees||Dave Newell (1,5)
Art Skov (2,6)
Lloyd Gilmour (3)
Ron Wicks (4)
|Dates||May 7 – May 19|
|MVP||Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyers)|
|Series-winning goal||Rick MacLeish (14:48, first,G6)|
|Networks||CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), NBC (United States, Games 3, 6), WTAF (Philadelphia area, Games 1, 2, 5), WSBK (Boston area, Games 1, 2, 4, 5)|
The 1974 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers made their first Final appearance and the Bruins returned to the Finals after having won the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers won the best-of-seven series four games to two and became the first team from the 1967 Expansion to win the Stanley Cup.
Paths to the Final
In the previous 19 games against the Bruins in Boston, the Flyers had lost 17 and tied two. Boston had the best regular season record in the league finishing one point ahead of the Flyers. The Bruins also had home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals, and were made heavy favorites to win the series. A key confidence-building win late in the regular season saw the Flyers defeating the Bruins 5–3 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The first two games at Boston Garden were full of late game dramatics. In game 1, the Flyers nearly scored late in the third period to break a 2–2 tie. Bobby Orr, having saved the Flyers' shot by blocking the open Boston net with his leg, then took the puck up the ice and scored on a slapshot past Bernie Parent with a little over a minute remaining in regulation to propel the Bruins to a 3–2 win. Game 2 saw the Bruins on the verge of a 2–0 series lead when Flyers defenseman Andre Dupont scored with Parent pulled with less than a minute remaining for an extra attacker to tie the score at 2–2, and Bobby Clarke scored the 3–2 game winner in overtime. The Flyers, led by Parent's play in goal, won the next two games on home ice to take a 3–1 series lead. Game 5 in Boston was a sloppy affair marred by many fights and penalties as Boston easily won to extend the series to a game 6 in Philadelphia. Before a national audience watching the game on NBC and a raucous Philadelphia crowd, Parent posted an epic 30-save shutout against the Bruins as the Flyers won the game 1–0, the series four games to two, and the Stanley Cup. Parent made a spectacular kick save to stop a tremendous slapshot from Ken Hodge with less than 3 minutes left to play. The blast was the Bruins' final shot of the series. Parent was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The Flyers were the first of the non-original 6 teams in the NHL to win the championship.
|May 7||Boston Bruins||3–2||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Garden|
|May 9||Boston Bruins||2–3||OT||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Garden|
|May 12||Philadelphia Flyers||4–1||Boston Bruins||Philadelphia Spectrum|
|May 14||Philadelphia Flyers||4–2||Boston Bruins||Philadelphia Spectrum|
|May 16||Boston Bruins||5–1||Philadelphia Flyers||Boston Garden|
|May 19||Philadelphia Flyers||1–0||Boston Bruins||Philadelphia Spectrum|
|Philadelphia won series 4–2|
The Flyers Stanley Cup win triggered the largest celebration in Philadelphia sports history. The day after the Flyers won the Cup, more than two million lined Broad Street for a ticker-tape parade, making it the largest championship parade in the history of Philadelphia sports. One of the fans who attended the parade was future New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter. Richter grew up in Flourtown, Pa. near Philadelphia idolizing Flyers goalie Bernie Parent.
Philadelphia Flyers – 1974 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
Stanley Cup engraving
- #25 Al MacAdam played five regular season games and one playoff game. Although he did receive a Stanley Cup ring, his name was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.
- Joe Kadlec^, John Brogan^ (Directors of Public Relations) were included on Philadelphia's Stanley Cup winning pictures in 1974, 1975, but their names do not appear on the Stanley Cup.
- Keese, Parton (May 20, 1974). "Flyers Capture Stanley Cup by Beating Bruins, 1–0". New York Times. p. 41.
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- Keese, Parton (May 21, 1974). "Philadelphia Flies High As Its Flyers". New York Times. p. 35.
- Lin, Jennifer; Steele, Allison; Dwight Ott (October 31, 2008). "Parade for the Champs; Noon High: Million-plus expected at celebration". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A1.
In the annals of Philadelphia sports parades, the biggest crowd turned out for the 1974 celebration of the Flyers' Stanley Cup. More than two million fans flocked to Broad Street.
- Price, Laura (June 18, 1994). "Rangers' Parade Of Glory". Newsday. p. A41.
The All-Star goaltender (Richter) remembers watching a victory parade in Philadelphia as a youngster when the Flyers won the Cup in 1974.
- Alven, Al (November 15, 2007). "Prospect Profile: James van Riemsdyk". philadelphiaflyers.com. Flyers.NHL.com. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
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- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
Stanley Cup Champions