1976–77 Atlanta Flames season

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1976–77 Atlanta Flames
Division 3rd Patrick
1976–77 record 34–34–12
Goals for 264
Goals against 265
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Fred Creighton
Captain Pat Quinn
Alternate captains None
Arena Omni Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Willi Plett (33)
Assists Tom Lysiak (51)
Points Tom Lysiak (81)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (123)
Wins Dan Bouchard, Phil Myre (17)
Goals against average Phil Myre (3.07)

The 1976–77 Atlanta Flames season was the fifth season for the franchise.

Regular season[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 16 16 323 213 112
New York Islanders 80 47 21 12 288 193 106
Atlanta Flames 80 34 34 12 264 265 80
New York Rangers 80 29 37 14 272 310 72

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
1 L October 5, 1976 5–6 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 0–1–0 13,152
2 W October 7, 1976 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 1–1–0 9,140
3 W October 9, 1976 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 2–1–0 13,091
4 L October 12, 1976 0–7 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 2–2–0 12,331
5 W October 13, 1976 4–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 3–2–0 3,812
6 W October 15, 1976 2–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 4–2–0 9,336
7 W October 17, 1976 6–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 5–2–0 16,433
8 L October 20, 1976 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 5–3–0 7,130
9 L October 22, 1976 3–5 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 5–4–0 9,702
10 T October 24, 1976 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 5–4–1 7,787
11 L October 27, 1976 2–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 5–5–1 3,763
12 L October 28, 1976 1–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 5–6–1 9,104
13 T October 30, 1976 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 5–6–2 15,610
14 W November 3, 1976 7–0 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 6–6–2 8,146
15 L November 5, 1976 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 6–7–2 10,259
16 T November 7, 1976 0–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 6–7–3 8,810
17 T November 10, 1976 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 6–7–4 11,235
18 T November 12, 1976 3–3 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 6–7–5 9,431
19 W November 13, 1976 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 7–7–5 15,128
20 W November 17, 1976 6–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 8–7–5 8,337
21 W November 19, 1976 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 9–7–5 12,444
22 L November 21, 1976 5–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 9–8–5 17,077
23 W November 24, 1976 6–2 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 10–8–5 9,287
24 W November 26, 1976 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 11–8–5 12,193
25 T November 30, 1976 2–2 New York Rangers (1976–77) 11–8–6 9,262
26 W December 3, 1976 3–1 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 12–8–6 12,325
27 W December 4, 1976 1–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 13–8–6 14,344
28 W December 8, 1976 5–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 14–8–6 6,085
29 T December 10, 1976 3–3 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 14–8–7 10,101
30 W December 11, 1976 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 15–8–7 11,711
31 L December 15, 1976 1–3 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 15–9–7 11,264
32 L December 17, 1976 2–4 New York Islanders (1976–77) 15–10–7 9,467
33 L December 18, 1976 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 15–11–7 8,742
34 L December 20, 1976 2–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 15–12–7 16,485
35 W December 22, 1976 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 16–12–7 14,244
36 W December 27, 1976 6–2 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 17–12–7 12,613
37 L December 29, 1976 3–6 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 17–13–7 14,727
38 W December 31, 1976 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 18–13–7 17,500
39 L January 2, 1977 0–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 18–14–7 15,782
40 W January 5, 1977 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 19–14–7 11,319
41 L January 7, 1977 4–5 New York Islanders (1976–77) 19–15–7 14,280
42 L January 8, 1977 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 19–16–7 15,149
43 W January 12, 1977 6–1 New York Rangers (1976–77) 20–16–7 11,241
44 W January 14, 1977 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 21–16–7 12,436
45 W January 16, 1977 6–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 22–16–7 10,138
46 T January 20, 1977 4–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 22–16–8 7,479
47 T January 22, 1977 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 22–16–9 15,155
48 L January 23, 1977 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 22–17–9 11,391
49 T January 27, 1977 1–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 22–17–10 16,433
50 T January 28, 1977 3–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 22–17–11 13,941
51 W January 31, 1977 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 23–17–11 14,126
52 L February 2, 1977 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 23–18–11 N/A
53 W February 4, 1977 6–3 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 24–18–11 15,151
54 L February 7, 1977 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 24–19–11 17,077
55 L February 9, 1977 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 24–20–11 16,416
56 L February 12, 1977 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 24–21–11 14,856
57 L February 13, 1977 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 24–22–11 N/A
58 W February 17, 1977 4–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 25–22–11 11,059
59 L February 19, 1977 1–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 25–23–11 N/A
60 L February 21, 1977 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 25–24–11 16,583
61 L February 23, 1977 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 25–25–11 14,705
62 W February 25, 1977 6–2 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 26–25–11 15,087
63 L February 26, 1977 2–8 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 26–26–11 15,317
64 L March 2, 1977 1–2 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 26–27–11 11,609
65 L March 5, 1977 1–2 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 26–28–11 13,341
66 W March 6, 1977 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 27–28–11 10,098
67 L March 8, 1977 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 27–29–11 10,771
68 L March 9, 1977 2–6 New York Islanders (1976–77) 27–30–11 11,230
69 W March 12, 1977 6–3 New York Rangers (1976–77) 28–30–11 15,155
70 W March 13, 1977 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 29–30–11 17,500
71 W March 15, 1977 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 30–30–11 13,161
72 W March 17, 1977 4–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 31–30–11 17,077
73 L March 19, 1977 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 31–31–11 16,485
74 L March 20, 1977 4–5 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 31–32–11 10,829
75 L March 22, 1977 3–6 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 31–33–11 12,034
76 W March 24, 1977 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 32–33–11 14,783
77 W March 26, 1977 2–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 33–33–11 7,338
78 L March 30, 1977 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 33–34–11 17,500
79 W April 1, 1977 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 34–34–11 13,931
80 T April 3, 1977 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 34–34–12 15,110

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Tom Lysiak 12 79 30 51 81 52 3 1 3 4 8
Eric Vail 27 78 32 39 71 22 3 1 3 4 0
Willi Plett 25 64 33 23 56 123 3 1 0 1 19
Guy Chouinard 16 80 17 33 50 8 3 2 0 2 0
Curt Bennett 5 76 22 25 47 36 3 1 0 1 7
Ken Houston 6 78 20 24 44 35 3 0 0 0 4
Richard Mulhern 4 79 12 32 44 80 3 0 2 2 5
Bill Clement 10 67 17 26 43 27 3 1 1 2 0
Rey Comeau 18 80 15 18 33 16 3 0 0 0 2
Randy Manery 7 73 5 24 29 33 3 0 0 0 0
Tim Ecclestone 14 78 9 18 27 26 3 0 2 2 6
Ed Kea 19 72 4 21 25 63 3 0 1 1 2
Bobby Simpson 11 72 13 10 23 45 2 0 1 1 0
John Gould 21 54 8 15 23 8 3 0 0 0 2
Barry Gibbs 2 66 1 16 17 63 3 0 0 0 2
Dave Shand 8 55 5 11 16 62 3 0 0 0 33
Hilliard Graves 17 25 8 5 13 17 - - - - -
Pat Quinn 3 59 1 12 13 58 1 0 0 0 0
Larry Romanchych 21/9 25 4 5 9 4 1 0 0 0 0
Bill Flett 9 24 4 4 8 6 - - - - -
Larry Carriere 23 25 2 3 5 16 - - - - -
Pat Ribble 23 23 2 2 4 31 2 0 0 0 6
Rick Bowness 15 28 0 4 4 29 - - - - -
Phil Myre 1 43 0 2 2 6 2 0 0 0 0
Dan Bouchard 30 42 0 1 1 9 1 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Atlanta. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Traded mid-season

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Phil Myre 1 43 2422 17 17 7 124 3 3.07 2 120 1 1 5 0 2.50
Dan Bouchard 30 42 2378 17 17 5 139 1 3.51 1 60 0 1 5 0 5.00

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1976–77 season.

Trades[edit]

December 1, 1976 To Atlanta Flames ----Cash To Edmonton Oilers (WHA) ----Bill Flett
December 2, 1976 To Atlanta Flames ----John Gould
Kings' 2nd round pick in 1977 (Brian Hill)
To Vancouver Canucks ----Larry Carriere
Hilliard Graves
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Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 8. Dave Shand (D)  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
1 10. Harold Phillipoff (LW)  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
2 28. Bobby Simpson (LW)  Canada Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
3 46. Rick Hodgson (D)  Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
4 64. Kent Nilsson (C)  Sweden Djurgårdens IF (Elitserien)
5 82. Mark Earp (G)  Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225.