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The 1974 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1973–74 season, and the culmination of the 1974 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers made their first Final appearance and the Bruins returned to the Finals after having won the 1972 Final. The Flyers won the best-of-seven series, four games to two, and became the first team from the 1967 Expansion to win the Stanley Cup.

1974 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Philadelphia Flyers 23*4411 4
Boston Bruins 32*1250 2
* overtime periods
Location(s)Philadelphia: Spectrum (3, 4, 6)
Boston: Boston Garden (1, 2, 5)
CoachesPhiladelphia: Fred Shero
Boston: Bep Guidolin
CaptainsPhiladelphia: Bobby Clarke
Boston: John Bucyk
RefereesDave Newell (1, 5)
Art Skov (2, 6)
Lloyd Gilmour (3)
Ron Wicks (4)
Dates7 May – 19 May
MVPBernie Parent (Flyers)
Series-winning goalRick MacLeish (14:48, first, G6)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), NBC (United States, Games 3, 6), WTAF (Philadelphia area, Games 1, 2, 5), WSBK (Boston area, Games 1, 2, 4, 5)

Paths to the FinalsEdit

Boston defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 and the Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 to advance to the final.

Philadelphia defeated the Atlanta Flames 4–0 and the New York Rangers 4–3 to make it to the final.

Game summariesEdit

In the previous 19 games against the Bruins in Boston, the Flyers had lost 17 and tied two. Boston had the best regular season record in the league finishing one point ahead of the Flyers. The Bruins also had home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals, and were made heavy favorites to win the series. A key confidence-building win late in the regular season saw the Flyers defeating the Bruins 5–3 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

The first two games at Boston Garden were full of late game dramatics. In game one, the Flyers nearly scored late in the third period to break a 2–2 tie. Bobby Orr, having saved the Flyers' shot by blocking the open Boston net with his leg, then took the puck up the ice and scored on a slapshot past goaltender Bernie Parent with a little over a minute remaining in regulation time to propel the Bruins to a 3–2 win. Game two saw the Bruins on the verge of a 2–0 series lead when Flyers defenseman Andre Dupont scored with Parent pulled with less than a minute remaining for an extra attacker to tie the score at 2–2, and Bobby Clarke scored the 3–2 game winner in overtime.

The Flyers, led by Parent's play in goal, won the next two games on home ice to take a 3–1 series lead. Game five in Boston was a sloppy affair marred by many fights and penalties as Boston easily won to extend the series to a game six in Philadelphia. Before a national audience watching the game on NBC and a raucous Philadelphia crowd, Parent posted an epic 30-save shutout against the Bruins as the Flyers won the game 1–0, the series four games to two, and the Stanley Cup. Parent made a spectacular kick save to stop a tremendous slapshot from Ken Hodge with less than three minutes left to play. The blast was the Bruins' final shot of the series. Parent was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The Flyers were the first of the 1967 expansion teams in the NHL to win the championship.


Philadelphia won series 4–2


AftermathEdit

The Flyers Stanley Cup win triggered the largest celebration in Philadelphia sports history.[1][2] Some observers of the celebration noted that they had seen that type of event in Philadelphia only once before, upon the announcement of the surrender of Japan on August 14, 1945. The day after the Flyers won the Cup, more than two million lined Broad Street for a ticker-tape parade,[3] making it the largest championship parade in the history of Philadelphia sports.[2][4] One of the fans who attended the parade was future New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter.[5] Richter grew up near Philadelphia in Flourtown, Pennsylvania idolizing Flyers goalie Bernie Parent.[6]

The following year, the Flyers successfully returned to the Finals and captured their second consecutive Stanley Cup; this time, over the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, also winning in six games.

As for the Bruins, they lost in the first round to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1.

Team rostersEdit

Philadelphia FlyersEdit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1   Bernie Parent G L 29 1973 Montreal, Quebec
2   Ed Van Impe D L 33 1967 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3   Tom Bladon D R 21 1972 Edmonton, Alberta
4   Barry Ashbee D R 34 1970 Weston, Ontario
6   Andre Dupont D L 24 1972 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
7   Bill Barber LW L 21 1972 Callander, Ontario
8   Dave Schultz LW L 24 1969 Waldheim, Saskatchewan
9   Bob Kelly LW L 23 1970 Oakville, Ontario
10   Bill Clement C L 23 1970 Buckingham, Quebec
11   Don Saleski RW R 24 1972 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
12   Gary Dornhoefer (A) RW R 31 1967 Kitchener, Ontario
14   Joe Watson (A) D L 30 1967 Smithers, British Columbia
15   Terry Crisp (A) C L 30 1973 Parry Sound, Ontario
16   Bobby Clarke (C) C L 24 1969 Flin Flon, Manitoba
17   Simon Nolet RW R 32 1967 St. Odilon, Quebec
18   Ross Lonsberry LW L 27 1972 Watson, Saskatchewan
19   Rick MacLeish C L 24 1971 Cannington, Ontario
20   Jim Watson D L 21 1972 Smithers, British Columbia
21   Bill Flett RW R 30 1972 Vermilion, Alberta
26   Orest Kindrachuk C L 23 1972 Nanton, Alberta
27   Bruce Cowick LW L 22 1973 Victoria, British Columbia
30   Bobby Taylor G R 29 1968 Calgary, Alberta

Boston BruinsEdit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1   Gilles Gilbert G L 25 1973 Saint-Esprit, Quebec
4   Bobby Orr D L 26 1966 Parry Sound, Ontario
6   Darryl Edestrand D L 28 1973 Strathroy, Ontario
7   Phil Esposito C L 32 1967 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
8   Ken Hodge RW R 29 1967 Birmingham, United Kingdom
9   Johnny Bucyk (C) LW L 39 1957 Edmonton, Alberta
10   Carol Vadnais D L 28 1972 Montreal, Quebec
11   Andre Savard C L 20 1973 Temiscamingue, Quebec
12   Wayne Cashman RW R 28 1964 Kingston, Ontario
14   Dave Forbes LW L 25 1973 Montreal, Quebec
17   Bobby Schmautz RW R 29 1974 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
18   Rich Leduc C L 22 1971 Ile Perot, Quebec
19   Gregg Sheppard LW L 25 1972 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
20   Dallas Smith D L 32 1959 Hamiota, Manitoba
21   Don Marcotte LW L 27 1965 Arthabaska, Quebec
22   Doug Gibson C L 20 1973 Peterborough, Ontario
23   Al Sims D L 21 1973 Toronto, Ontario
24   Terry O'Reilly RW R 22 1971 Niagara Falls, Ontario
29   Al Simmons D L 23 1974 Winnipeg, Manitoba
30   Ross Brooks G L 36 1971 Toronto, Ontario

Philadelphia Flyers – 1974 Stanley Cup championsEdit

 
Celebration in the Flyers' locker room, 19 May 1974

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • #25 Al MacAdam played five regular season games and one playoff game. Although he did receive a Stanley Cup ring, his name was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.[7]
  • Joe Kadlec, John Brogan (Directors of Public Relations) were included on Philadelphia's Stanley Cup winning pictures in 1974, 1975, but their names do not appear on the Stanley Cup.
  • Bruce Cowick didn't play any regular season games for the Flyers in 1973-74 but was an injury replacement for eight games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, thus becoming eligible to receive a Stanley Cup ring and have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Keese, Parton (20 May 1974). "Flyers Capture Stanley Cup by Beating Bruins, 1–0". New York Times. p. 41.
  2. ^ a b 1974 stanley cup on YouTube
  3. ^ Keese, Parton (21 May 1974). "Philadelphia Flies High As Its Flyers". New York Times. p. 35.
  4. ^ Lin, Jennifer; Steele, Allison; Dwight Ott (31 October 2008). "Parade for the Champs; Noon High: Million-plus expected at celebration". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A1. In the annals of Philadelphia sports parades, the biggest crowd turned out for the 1974 celebration of the Flyers' Stanley Cup. More than two million fans flocked to Broad Street.
  5. ^ Price, Laura (18 June 1994). "Rangers' Parade Of Glory". Newsday. p. A41. The All-Star goaltender (Richter) remembers watching a victory parade in Philadelphia as a youngster when the Flyers won the Cup in 1974.
  6. ^ Alven, Al (15 November 2007). "Prospect Profile: James van Riemsdyk". philadelphiaflyers.com. Flyers.NHL.com. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Legends of Hockey – NHL Player Search – Player – Al MacAdam". Retrieved 6 December 2013.

ReferencesEdit

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
1973
Philadelphia Flyers
Stanley Cup Champions

1974
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Flyers
1975