1973–74 Pittsburgh Penguins season

The 1973–74 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's seventh season in the National Hockey League. The 'Century Line' of Syl Apps Jr., Lowell MacDonald and Jean Pronovost was established this season. The trio took their name as a result of combining for more than 100 goals over the course of the year.

1973–74 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division5th West
1973–74 record28–41–9
Goals for242
Goals against271
Team information
General managerJack Riley (Oct–Jan)
Jack Button (Jan–Apr)
CoachKen Schinkel
Marc Boileau
CaptainRon Schock
Alternate captainsSyl Apps
Dave Burrows
Ron Lalonde
ArenaPittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
GoalsLowell MacDonald (43)
AssistsSyl Apps (61)
PointsSyl Apps (85)
Penalty minutesSteve Durbano (138)
WinsAndy Brown (13)
Goals against averageGary Inness (3.26

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

West Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 16 12 273 164 +109 112
2 Chicago Black Hawks 78 41 14 23 272 164 +108 105
3 Los Angeles Kings 78 33 33 12 233 231 +2 78
4 Atlanta Flames 78 30 34 14 214 238 −24 74
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 −31 65
6 St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 −42 64
7 Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 −40 63
8 California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 −147 36


Schedule and resultsEdit

1973–74 Schedule
October: 4–4–1 (Home: 1–3–0 ; Road: 3–1–1), 9 Points
# Date Visitor Score Home Location Record Points
1 Oct 12 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 Atlanta Flames Omni Coliseum 1–0–0 2
2 Oct 13 New York Rangers 8–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 1–1–0 2
3 Oct 17 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–2 Minnesota North Stars Met Center 2–1–0 4
4 Oct 20 California Golden Seals 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 3–1–0 6
5 Oct 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–8 Boston Bruins Boston Garden 3–2–0 6
6 Oct 24 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 3–3–0 6
7 Oct 27 Philadelphia Flyers 6–0 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 3–4–0 6
8 Oct 28 Pittsburgh Penguins 7–2 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden (IV) 4–4–0 8
9 Oct 31 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum 4–4–1 9
November: 3–7–2 (Home: 2–3–2 ; Road: 1–4–0), 8 Points
# Date Visitor Score Home Location Record Points
10 Nov 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 0–6 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens 4–5–1 9
11 Nov 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 0–7 Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum 4–6–1 9
12 Nov 7 New York Islanders 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 4–6–2 10
13 Nov 10 Atlanta Flames 4–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 4–6–3 11
14 Nov 13 Minnesota North Stars 2–5 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 5–6–3 13
15 Nov 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena 5–7–3 13
16 Nov 17 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 5–8–3 13
17 Nov 18 Pittsburgh Penguins 0–7 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden (IV) 5–9–3 13
18 Nov 21 Vancouver Canucks 4–5 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 6–9–3 15
19 Nov 22 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens 7–9–3 17
20 Nov 24 Montreal Canadiens 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 7–10–3 17
21 Nov 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 7–11–3 17
December: 2–10–2 (Home: 1–4–1 ; Road: 1–6–1), 6 Points
# Date Visitor Score Home Location Record Points
22 Dec 1 Atlanta Flames 2–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 7–11–4 18
23 Dec 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium 7–12–4 18
24 Dec 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–4 Los Angeles Kings The Forum 7–13–4 18
25 Dec 7 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–4 California Golden Seals Oakland Coliseum Arena 7–14–4 18
26 Dec 8 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–3 Vancouver Canucks Pacific Coliseum 7–15–4 18
27 Dec 12 California Golden Seals 1–9 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 8–15–4 20
28 Dec 15 Detroit Red Wings 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 8–16–4 20
29 Dec 16 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–1 Atlanta Flames Omni Coliseum 9–16–4 22
30 Dec 20 Pittsburgh Penguins 5–6 Boston Bruins Boston Garden 9–17–4 22
31 Dec 22 New York Rangers 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 9–18–4 22
32 Dec 23 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–3 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 9–19–4 22
33 Dec 26 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–2 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium 9–19–5 23
34 Dec 28 St. Louis Blues 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 9–20–5 23
35 Dec 29 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 9–21–5 23
January: 5–8–0 (Home: 3–5–0 ; Road: 2–3–0), 10 Points
# Date Visitor Score Home Location Record Points
36 Jan 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–8 Minnesota North Stars Met Center 9–22–5 23
37 Jan 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–6 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 9–23–5 23
38 Jan 5 Buffalo Sabres 2–5 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 10–23–5 25
39 Jan 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 10–24–5 25
40 Jan 12 Buffalo Sabres 2–5 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 11–24–5 27
41 Jan 13 Boston Bruins 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 11–25–5 27
42 Jan 16 Los Angeles Kings 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 11–26–5 27
43 Jan 18 Pittsburgh Penguins 6–2 Vancouver Canucks Pacific Coliseum 12–26–5 29
44 Jan 20 Pittsburgh Penguins 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum 13–26–5 31
45 Jan 23 St. Louis Blues 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 14–26–5 33
46 Jan 26 Los Angeles Kings 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 14–27–5 33
47 Jan 27 Pittsburgh Penguins 5–6 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium 14–28–5 33
48 Jan 30 New York Rangers 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 14–29–5 33
February: 5–6–1 (Home: 3–2–1 ; Road: 2–4–0), 11 Points
# Date Visitor Score Home Location Record Points
49 Feb 2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 14–30–5 33
50 Feb 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–5 Boston Bruins Boston Garden 14–31–5 33
51 Feb 7 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum 14–32–5 33
52 Feb 9 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–2 New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 15–32–5 35
53 Feb 10 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium 15–33–5 35
54 Feb 13 Detroit Red Wings 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 16–33–5 37
55 Feb 16 California Golden Seals 3–7 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 17–33–5 39
56 Feb 20 St. Louis Blues 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 17–33–6 40
57 Feb 23 Boston Bruins 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 17–34–6 40
58 Feb 24 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium 18–34–6 42
59 Feb 27 Los Angeles Kings 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 19–34–6 44
60 Feb 28 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–7 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum 19–35–6 44
March: 7–4–3 (Home: 3–1–2 ; Road: 4–3–1), 17 Points
# Date Visitor Score Home Location Record Points
61 Mar 2 Vancouver Canucks 1–6 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 20–35–6 46
62 Mar 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–1 New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 21–35–6 48
63 Mar 7 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens 21–35–7 49
64 Mar 9 Pittsburgh Penguins 7–5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena 22–35–7 51
65 Mar 10 Montreal Canadiens 5–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 22–36–7 51
66 Mar 13 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–5 Los Angeles Kings The Forum 22–37–7 51
67 Mar 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 6–1 California Golden Seals Oakland Coliseum Arena 23–37–7 53
68 Mar 16 Pittsburgh Penguins 8–6 Vancouver Canucks Pacific Coliseum 24–37–7 55
69 Mar 20 New York Islanders 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 24–37–8 56
70 Mar 23 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–5 Minnesota North Stars Met Center 24–38–8 56
71 Mar 24 Detroit Red Wings 0–8 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 25–38–8 58
72 Mar 27 Minnesota North Stars 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 25–38–9 59
73 Mar 30 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–4 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena 25–39–9 59
74 Mar 31 Atlanta Flames 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 26–39–9 61
April: 2–2–0 (Home: 2–0–0 ; Road: 0–2–0), 4 Points
# Date Visitor Score Home Location Record Points
75 Apr 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–3 New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 26–40–9 61
76 Apr 4 Buffalo Sabres 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 27–40–9 63
77 Apr 6 Philadelphia Flyers 1–6 Pittsburgh Penguins Civic Arena 28–40–9 65
78 Apr 7 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–6 Atlanta Flames Omni Coliseum 28–41–9 65
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Tie

PlayoffsEdit

The Penguins failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Player statisticsEdit

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[3]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Andy Brown 36 13 16 4 115 1
Gary Inness 20 7 10 1 56 0
James Rutherford 26 7 12 4 82 0
Denis Herron 5 1 3 0 18 0
Total 28 41 9 271 1

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Jean Pronovost became the first person to play 400 games for the Penguins. He did so in a 3–5 loss to Boston on January 13.
  • Bryan Watson earned his 871st and final penalty minute for the Penguins on Jan 16th against Los Angeles, establishing a career high for the Penguins.
  • Lowell MacDonald became the first player to score 40 goals in a season for the Penguins. He did so in a 3–4 loss to St. Louis on March 30.
  • Syl Apps Jr. became the first player to record 60 assists in a season for the Penguins. He did so in a 4–2 win over Atlanta on March 31.

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1973–74 season:

TradesEdit

July 3, 1973 To Toronto Maple Leafs

Eddie Shack

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

October 4, 1973 To St. Louis Blues

Nick Harbaruk

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Bob Johnson

October 25, 1973 To Boston Bruins

Darryl Edestrand

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Nick Beverley

January 4, 1974 To Atlanta Flames

Al McDonough

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Chuck Arnason
Bob Paradise

January 17, 1974 To St. Louis Blues

Greg Polis
Bryan Watson
1974 2nd round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Ab DeMarco Jr.
Steve Durbano
Bob Kelly

January 17, 1974 To Detroit Red Wings

Jack Lynch
Jim Rutherford

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Ron Stackhouse

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Gary Inness University of Toronto Varsity Blues (CIAU) free agency (1973–06)
Ron Jones Boston Bruins Intra-league Draft (1973–06–12)
Bob McManama Harvard Crimson (Ivy League) free agency (1973–08)
Ted Snell Hershey Bears (AHL) free agency (1973–10)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Steve Cardwell Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA) free agency (1973)
Paul Hoganson Los Angeles Sharks (WHA) free agency (1973)
Cam Newton Chicago Cougars (WHA) free agency (1973–05)
Rick Kessell California Golden Seals Reverse Draft (1973–06–13)
Bryan Hextall Atlanta Flames waivers (1974–01–06)

RosterEdit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
26   Syl Apps Jr. (A) C R 26 1964 Toronto, Ontario
9   Ernest Arnason RW R 22 1971 Dauphin, Manitoba
25   Nick Beverley D R 27 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
14   Wayne Bianchin RW L 20 1973 Nanaimo, British Columbia
23   Larry Bignell D L 24 1970 Edmonton, Alberta
30   Andy Brown G L 30 Undrafted Hamilton, Ontario
4   David Burrows (A) D L 25 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
5   Ab Demarco Jr. D R 25 Undrafted Cleveland, Ohio
7   Steve Durbano D L 22 1971 Toronto, Ontario
1   Denis Herron G L 21 1972 Chambly, Quebec
29   Gary Inness G L 24 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
6   Ron Jones D L 23 1971 Vermilion, Alberta
22   John Kelly RW L 27 1967 Fort William, Ontario
20   Yvon Labre D L 24 1969 Sudbury, Ontario
24   Jean-Guy Lagace D R 29 Undrafted L'Abord-a-Plouffe, Quebec
16   Robert Lalonde (A) C L 21 1972 Toronto, Ontario
11   Bernie Lukowich RW R 22 1972 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
18   Lowell MacDonald LW R 32 Undrafted New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
15   Bob McManama C L 22 Undrafted Belmont, Massachusetts
27   Hank Nowak LW L 23 1970 Oshawa, Ontario
2   Robert Paradise D L 30 Undrafted St. Paul, Minnesota
19   Jean Pronovost RW R 28 Undrafted Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
17   Ron Schock (C) C L 30 Undrafted Chapleau, Ontario
10   Ted Snell RW R 27 Undrafted Ottawa, Ontario
3   Ronald Stackhouse D R 24 1969 Haliburton, Ontario
12   Blaine Stoughton LW R 21 1973 Gilbert Plains, Manitoba
8   Thomas Wiley C L 24 Undrafted Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Draft picksEdit

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.[4]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 7 Blaine Stoughton Left Wing   Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
2 23 Wayne Bianchin Right Wing   Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
2 27[a] Colin Campbell Defense   Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
4 55 Dennis Owchar Defense   Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
5 71 Guido Tenesi Defense   United States Oshawa Generals (OHA)
6 87 Don Seiling Left Wing   Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
7 103 Terry Ewasiuk Left Wing   Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
8 119 Fred Comrie Center   Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
9 134 Gordon Lane Defense   Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
10 150 Randy Aimoe Defense   Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
11 164 Don McLeod Center   Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
Draft notes[5]
  • a The Detroit Red Wings' second-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of an October 6, 1972, trade that sent Roy Edwards to the Red Wings in exchange for a 1974 second-round pick and this pick.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins' third-round pick went to the Detroit Red Wings as the result of a February 25, 1973, trade that sent Andy Brown to the Penguins in exchange for this pick.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1973-1974 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.
  2. ^ "1973–1974 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – All Skaters – Summary – Points – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  3. ^ "1973–1974 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  4. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". NHL. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "1973 NHL Entry Draft Pending Transactions". Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved February 25, 2013.