Team Recap: 4th-Seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins

The 4th-seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '73-'74 Boston Bruins.

The 4th-seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’73-’74 Boston Bruins.

  • Ross Brooks (G)
    • 1 GP   0-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (24 SA)   0 SO   0 Stars
  • John Bucyk (LW)
    • 17 GP   12 G   7 A   19 P   -1   33 S   4 GWG   0 PIM   8 Stars
  • Wayne Cashman (LW)
    • 17 GP   8 G   16 A   24 P   +23   54 S   1 GWG   12 PIM   15 Stars
  • Gary Doak (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Darryl Edestrand (D)
    • 17 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   +5   11 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Phil Esposito (C)
    • 17 GP   16 G   13 A   29 P   +17   94 S   3 GWG   4 PIM   12 Stars
  • Gilles Gilbert (G)
    • 17 GP   13-4-0   2.59 GAA   .918 SV%   2 SO   9 Stars
  • Ken Hodge (RW)
    • 17 GP   7 G   12 A   19 P   +13   42 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   5 Stars
  • Don Marcotte (LW)
    • 17 GP   4 G   0 A   4 P   Even   24 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Terry O’Reilly (RW)
    • 17 GP   5 G   7 A   12 P   +8   35 S   0 GWG   26 PIM    5 Stars
  • Chris Oddleifson (C)
    • 1 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bobby Orr (D)
    • 17 GP   7 G   13 A   20 P   +6   72 S   1 GWG   24 PIM   8 Stars
  • Derek Sanderson (C)
    • 17 GP   4 G   10 A   14 P   +5   42 S   0 GWG   27 PIM   1 Stars
  • Bobby Schmautz (RW)
    • 17 GP   3 G   9 A   12 P   Even   44 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Gregg Sheppard (C)
    • 17 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   29 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Al Sims (D)
    • 17 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   +12   43 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dallas Smith (D)
    • 17 GP   1 G   8 A   9 P   +11   28 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Carol Vadnais (D)
    • 17 GP   4 G   19 A   23 P   +12   63 S   1 GWG   24 PIM   8 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 13-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 75
  • Goals/Game: 4.41
  • Goals Allowed: 44
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.59
  • Shots: 619
  • Shots Allowed: 559
  • Shots/Game: 36.4
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 32.9
  • # of PP’s: 29
  • PPG’s: 8
  • PP%: 27.6%
  • TSH: 35
  • PPGA: 0
  • PK%: 100.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 129

Bold – Tournament Best

This is arguably one of the best teams Boston has ever had and they failed to win a Cup. However, this team ran through the Bruins’ qualifying tournament to easily represent Boston in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. They were one of the best teams in the tournament and made it look easy up until they played the eventual champions in the Semifinals. Here is their run through the tournament.

1st Round:

Bye

2nd Round:

Swept 36th-seeded ’12-’13 Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-0

3rd Round:

Swept 20th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars, 4-0

Quarterfinal:

Swept 5th-seeded ’83-’84 Edmonton Oilers, 4-0

Semifinal:

Lost to top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, 4-1

The ’73-’74 season was the 50th season in the history of the Boston Bruins and they finished the regular season with a 52-17-9 record, which was good for 113 points and 1st in the East Division. They were largely regarded as the league’s best team that year under head coach Bep Guidolin. They swept their rival Toronto Maple Leafs in the Quarterfinals and then defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in the Semifinals in six games. However, they were upset by the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.

The two biggest names on the ’73-’74 Bruins and the arguably the two biggest names in the Bruins’ history were Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr. They both posted incredible seasons during the ’73-’74 campaign. They were the top two leading scorers and along with Ken Hodge were the only Bruins to reach 100 points on the season. Espo posted an incredible 68 goals and 77 assists for 145 points in 78 games played. Orr posted a staggering 32 goals and 90 assists for 122 points in 74 games played. They were known as ‘The Big Bad Bruins” for a reason as they had two players post more than 100 PIM’s and four players post more than 80 PIM’s. Even though they didn’t win a Cup, this version of the Bruins still had a full trophy cabinet, including the Prince of Wales Trophy. Espo was awarded the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy and Orr won the Norris Trophy.

Up next is the #5 seed, the ’83-’84 Edmonton Oilers!

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