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

The 4th-seeded '73-'74 Boston Bruins

The 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins

  • Ross Brooks (G)
    • 2 GP   0 GS   1-0-0   0.50 GAA   .978 SV%   0 SO   1 Stars
  • John Bucyk (LW)
    • 11 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   Even   19 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wayne Cashman (LW)
    • 11 GP   2 G   12* A   14 P   +10   41 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   3 Stars
  • Gary Doak (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Darryl Edestrand (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Phil Esposito (C)
    • 11 GP   6* G   9 A   15* P   +10   49* S   1 GWG   2 PIM   8 Stars
  • Dave Forbes (LW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gilles Gilbert (G) – Was awarded the Ultimate NHL Playoff Vezina Trophy
    • 11 GP   11 GS   5-3-2   2.00 GAA (Best among qualified G’s)   .931 SV% (T-2nd among qualified G’s)   4 SO (T-most in tournament)   16* Stars (2nd-most for G in tournament)
  • Ken Hodge (RW)
    • 11 GP   6* G   5 A   11 P   +9   35 S   2* GWG   0 PIM   4 Stars
  • Don Marcotte (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   +1   22 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Terry O’Reilly (RW)
    • 11 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   +1   19 S   1 GWG   6 PIM   1 Stars
  • Bobby Orr (D)
    • 11 GP   4 G   9 A   13 P   +11   33 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   4 Stars
  • Derek Sanderson (C)
    • 11 GP   4 G   6 A   10 P   Even   39 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   3 Stars
  • Bobby Schmautz (RW)
    • 11 GP   5 G   1 A   6 P   +1   27 S   1 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gregg Sheppard (C)
    • 11 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   18 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   2 Stars
  • Al Sims (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -2   10 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dallas Smith (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   19 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Carol Vadnais (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   6 A   6 P   +12*   24 S   0 GWG   13* PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 6-3-2
  • Goals Scored: 36
  • Goals/Game: 3.27
  • Goals Allowed: 23
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.09 – 2nd-best in tournament
  • Shots: 372
  • Shots Allowed: 364
  • Shots/Game: 33.8
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 33.1
  • # of PP’s: 17
  • PPG’s: 5
  • PP%: 29.4%
  • TSH: 17
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 82.4%
  • Penalties in minutes: 63

This is arguably one of the best teams Boston has ever had and they failed to win the Stanley Cup. However, they have now represented the Original Six franchise in both Ultimate NHL Playoffs and were Semifinalists in the inaugural tourney. However, in their second trip, they failed to get out of the Third Round:

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

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

Third Round:

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

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. Boston finished first in the league in offense, averaging 4.47 goals per game, while they were 3rd in the league defensively, allowing 2.83 goals a game. Hockey Reference ranked the Bruins’ strength of schedule 14th out of the 16 teams while they were top in the league in Hockey Reference’s SRS. That SRS of 1.55 is the third-best mark for a season in Boston’s history. 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 32 goals and and a staggering 90 assists for 122 points in 74 games played. Ken Hodge also broke the century mark in points with 105 points (50 G, 55 A). 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. In net, Gilles Gilbert posted a 34-12-8 record to go along with a 2.95 goals against average and six shutouts. Orr and Espo posted insane Point Shares of 19.4 and 17.0, respectively, to lead the team while Hodge was third with a 11.7. 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 are the 3rd-seeded ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings!

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