Team Recap: 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers

The 12th-seeded '74-'75 Philadelphia Flyers

The 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers

  • Bill Barber (LW)
    • 23 GP   9 G   10 A   19 P   +9   63 S   1 GWG   10 PIM   11 Stars
  • Tom Bladon (D)
    • 23 GP   0 G   11 A   11 P   +11*   74 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bobby Clarke (C)
    • 23 GP   10* G   22* A   32* P   +5   100* S   4* GWG   20 PIM   18 Stars
  • Bill Clement (C)
    • 23 GP   3 G   4 A   7 P   +7   31 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   4 Stars
  • Gary Dornhoefer (RW)
    • 23 GP   4 G   5 A   9 P   -2   30 S   1 GWG   34 PIM   0 Stars
  • Andre Dupont (D)
    • 23 GP   4 G   7 A   11 P   Even   79 S   0 GWG   94 PIM (2nd most in tournament)   2 Stars
  • Ted Harris (D)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jimmy Watson (D)
    • 23 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   +8   42 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   3 Stars
  • Joe Watson (D)
    • 21 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   Even   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Kelly (LW)
    • 23 GP   7 G   3 A   10 P   +6   35 S   2 GWG   18 PIM   6 Stars
  • Orest Kindrachuk (C)
    • 22 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   5 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Reggie Leach (RW)
    • 23 GP   8 G   9 A   17 P   +7   61 S   2 GWG   0 PIM   5 Stars
  • Ross Lonsberry (LW)
    • 23 GP   5 G   4 A   9 P   -3   41 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   2 Stars
  • Rick MacLeish (C)
    • 23 GP   6 G   4 A   10 P   -2   81 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   7 Stars
  • Bernie Parent (G)
    • 23 GP   23 GS   13-5-4   2.13 GAA (3rd best in tournament)   .921 SV%   4 SO (T-most in tournament)   20* Stars (Leads all goaltenders)
  • Don Saleski (RW)
    • 23 GP   3 G   9 A   12 P   +3   43 S   0 GWG   26 PIM   1 Stars
  • Dave Schultz (LW)
    • 23 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -5   15 S   0 GWG   158* PIM (Most in tournament)   0 Stars
  • Wayne Stephenson (G)
    • 3 GP   0 GS   0-0-1   0.67 GAA   .957 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Ed Van Impe (D)
    • 23 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   -1   16 S   0 GWG   14 PIM   0 Stars

*  – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 13-5-5
  • Goals Scored: 62
  • Goals/Game: 2.70
  • Goals Allowed: 52
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.26 – 3rd-best in tournament
  • Shots: 724
  • Shots Allowed: 669
  • Shots/Game: 31.5
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 29.1
  • # of PP’s: 40 – 3rd-most in tournament
  • PPG’s: 10 – 4th-most in tournament
  • PP%: 25.0%
  • TSH: 73 – Most in tournament
  • PPGA: 8
  • PK%: 89.0% – 4th best in tournament, excluding teams that did not allow a PPG
  • Penalties in minutes: 433 – Most in tournament

The second of back-to-back Stanley Cup Winners, the ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers were an extremely intimidating opponent. Not just because they would beat you to a pulp physically, but because they were fast, skilled and had arguably the best goaltending in the world at the time. They were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut and very much out did what Philly’s inaugural representative did in the inaugural tournament.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Defeated 21st-seeded ’69-’70 St. Louis Blues in seven games, 4-3

Third Round:

Defeated 28th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks in five games, 4-1

Quarterfinal:

Defeated 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings in six games, 4-2, after losing Game’s 1 and 2

Semifinal:

Lost to top-seeded, eventual champions, ’78-’79 Montreal Canadiens in five games, 4-1

Led by “The Fog,” or more commonly known as Fred Shero, the ’74-’75 Flyers posted a record of 51-18-11, which was good for 113 points and 1st in the Patrick Division. The Flyers ranked sixth in the league offensively, averaging 3.66 goals per games, but they were more known for what they accomplished defensively. They were best in the league defensively, allowing just 2.26 goals per game. Hockey Reference ranked Philly’s strength of schedule 17th out of 18 teams, but their SRS listed the Flyers as the 3rd-best team in the league. That 1.32 SRS is second-best in Flyers history for a season, behind only the ’75-’76 Flyers. The Flyers earned the top spot heading into the playoffs and therefore avoided the Preliminary Round. Then, in the Quarterfinals, the Flyers swept the Toronto Maple Leafs to advance to the Semifinals. It took seven games for Philly to eliminate the New York Islanders to make it back to the Stanley Cup Final. In said Final, the Flyers won their second consecutive Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in six games.

To nobody’s surprise, Bobby Clarke was Philly’s most important player offensively. He led them in assists with 89 and points with 116. Rick MacLeish was a very distant second in overall scoring with 79 points. He was also second on the team in goal scoring with 38 goals, which was behind only Reggie Leach who scored 45 goals. MacLeish also finished second behind Clarke in assists, also a very distant second, with 41 apples compared to Clarke’s 89. One thing this team wasn’t short of was penalties. Dave Schultz totaled a ridiculous 472 penalties in minutes, which was nearly 200 minutes more than Andre Dupont, who was second with 276 PIMs. Goaltender Bernie Parent was absolutely incredible, once again, for the Flyers, as he posted a 44-14-10 record with a 2.03 goals against average and 12 shutouts. He was even better in the playoffs, average less than two goals per game with four shutouts. Not surprisingly, Parent and Clarke posted the first and second best Point Shares on the team at 18. and 11.2, respectively. Parent won both the Conn Smythe and Vezina for the second consecutive season. Clarke also won the Hart Trophy for the second consecutive season.

Up next are the 11th-seeded ’95-’96 Pittsburgh Penguins!

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