The Big Bad Bear Moves On; ’73-’74 Bruins Sweep ’12-’13 Blue Jackets

Boston Bruins defenseman Carol Vadnais. via crunchtimenews.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Carol Vadnais. via crunchtimenews.com

The 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins mauled the Blue Jackets in this one. They blasted the 36th-seeded ’12-’13 Columbus Blue Jackets with 54 shots in Game 1, but it would take overtime to get the win. The Bruins would then outscore the Jackets 15-4 over the next three games. NHL legend Phil Esposito led the way for the Bruins with three goals and five assists for eight points. Right behind him were defensemen Bobby Orr, you may have heard of him once or twice, who posted three goals and four assists for seven points and Carol Vadnais, who posted one goal and five assists for six points. Another player you may have heard of, John Bucyk, led the Bruins in goals with four. Goaltender Gilles Gilbert clinched the series with a 2-0 shutout in Game 4. He finished the series with a 1.75 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

The Blue Jackets, frankly, were fortunate to have made it the 2nd Round. They were dominated in every way against the Bruins. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky kept them in Game 1 with a 50-save performance, but there wasn’t much more he could do. He finished with a 3.75 goals against average and a save percentage of .911. Offensively, the Jackets didn’t do much. Derick Brassard led the team in scoring with three points with three goals. Marian Gaborik only scored one goal in this series after scoring six in the 1st Round and points leader Mark Letestu, who totaled 12 points in the 1st Round, only registered two assists against the Bruins.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. BOS – D – Carol Vadnais – 1 G   5 A   6 P   +7   25 S   5 Star Points
  2. BOS – C – Phil Esposito – 3 G   5 A   8 P   +6   31 S   3 Star Points
  3. BOS – LW – John Bucyk – 4 G   2 A   6 P   +3   12 S   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#36 ‘12-’13 Blue Jackets 1 0 2 0 3
#4 ‘73-’74 Bruins 1 1 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:   BOS – 4   CBJ – 3 (OT)   (1-0 BOS)

1st Period:

  • BOS Goal: A. Sims (1) assisted by W. Cashman (1), P. Esposito (1)
  • CBJ Goal: V. Prospal (3) assisted by M. Letestu (8), M. Gaborik (4)

2nd Period:

  • CBJ PP-Goal: B. Orr (1) assisted by J. Bucyk (1), P. Esposito (2)

3rd Period:

  • CBJ Goal: R. Johansen (1) assisted by N. Nikitin (1), N. Foligno (1)
  • BOS Goal: P. Esposito (1) assisted by K. Hodge (1)
  • CBJ Goal: M. Gaborik (7) assisted by A. Anisimov (5)

Overtime:

  • BOS Goal: G. Sheppard (1) assisted by T. O’Reilly (1), B. Orr (1)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#36 ‘12-’13 Blue Jackets 0 1 1 2
#4 ‘73-’74 Bruins 2 3 4 9

GAME SUMMARY:   BOS – 9   CBJ – 2   (2-0 BOS)

1st Period:

  • BOS Goal: J. Bucyk (1) assisted by A. Sims (1)
  • BOS Goal: B. Orr (2) assisted by P. Esposito (3), K. Hodge (2)

2nd Period:

  • BOS Goal: W. Cashman (1) assisted by D. Edestrand (1), C. Vadnais (1)
  • BOS Goal: W. Cashman (2) assisted by C. Vadnais (2), P. Esposito (4)
  • BOS Goal: W. Cashman (3) assisted by D. Sanderson (1), T. O’Reilly (2)
  • CBJ SH-Goal: C. Atkinson (2) assisted by F. Tyutin (5), M. Letestu (9)

3rd Period:

  • BOS Goal: P. Esposito (2) assisted by K. Hodge (3)
  • BOS Goal: D. Sanderson (1) assisted by B. Schmautz (1), C. Vadnais (3)
  • CBJ Goal: D. Brassard (5) assisted by M. Calvert (1), N. Nikitin (2)
  • BOS Goal: B. Orr (3) assisted by B. Schmautz (2), C. Vadnais (4)
  • BOS Goal: D. Marcotte (1) assisted by B. Orr (2)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#4 ‘73-’74 Bruins 2 2 0 4
#36 ‘12-’13 Blue Jackets 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY:   BOS – 4   CBJ – 2   (3-0 BOS)

1st Period:

  • BOS Goal: C. Vadnais (1) assisted by J. Bucyk (2)
  • BOS SH-Goal: P. Esposito (3) unassisted

2nd Period:

  • BOS Goal: J. Bucyk (2) assisted by C. Vadnais (5), B. Schmautz (3)
  • BOS Goal: T. O’Reilly (1) assisted b W. Cashman (2), B. Orr (3)

3rd Period:

  • CBJ Goal: D. Brassard (6) assisted by C. Atkinson (2)
  • CBJ Goal: D. Brassard (7) assisted by J. Moore (1)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#4 ‘73-’74 Bruins 2 0 0 2
#36 ‘12-’13 Blue Jackets 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:   BOS – 2   CBJ – 0   (4-0 BOS)

1st Period:

  • BOS Goal: J. Bucyk (3) assisted by D. Sanderson (2), D. Smith (1)
  • BOS Goal: J. Bucyk (4) assisted by B. Orr (4), P. Esposito (5)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

So, the 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins roll through to the 3rd Round where they will meet the 20th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars who defeated the 13th-seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons in the 2nd Round.

Up next in the 2nd Round is a matchup between the 15th-seeded ’73-’74 Philadelphia Flyers and the 18th-seeded ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks.

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