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1973-74 Buffalo Sabres

1973–74 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 5th East
1973–74 record 32–34–12
Goals for 242
Goals against 250
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Joe Crozier
Captain Gerry Meehan
Team leaders
Goals Rick Martin (52)
Assists Rene Robert (44)
Points Rick Martin (86)
Penalties in minutes Larry Carriere (103)
Wins Dave Dryden (23)
Goals against average Dave Dryden (2.97)

The 1973–74 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' fourth season in the National Hockey League.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player and Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 12. Morris Titanic (LW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)

Regular seasonEdit

Death of Tim HortonEdit

Early on the morning of February 21, 1974, while driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way from Toronto to Buffalo in his white De Tomaso Pantera sports car, (a gift from Sabres' GM George "Punch" Imlach), Horton was involved in what is now an infamous accident. He was negotiating a curve on the QEW where it crosses over Twelve Mile Creek in St. Catharines when he lost control and hit a cement culvert. The impact flipped the vehicle and Horton was thrown. He was not wearing a seat belt. Horton was reported dead on arrival at the local hospital, aged only 44. A police officer pursuing Horton's vehicle said that he had been travelling at over 160 km/h (100 mph).

There were reports Horton had consumed a considerable amount of vodka, and was rumoured to have been taking pain killers due to a jaw injury suffered in practice the day before. An autopsy report released in 2005 showed Horton had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit. The blood test also showed signs of amobarbital, which was possibly a residue from the Dexamyl pills that were found on Horton's body. The autopsy showed no indication Horton was taking painkillers as previously thought.

Season standingsEdit

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 78 52 17 9 349 221 113
Montreal Canadiens 78 45 24 9 293 240 99
New York Rangers 78 40 24 14 300 251 94
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 35 27 16 274 230 86
Buffalo Sabres 78 32 34 12 242 250 76
Detroit Red Wings 78 29 39 10 255 319 68
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 43 11 224 296 59
New York Islanders 78 19 41 18 182 247 56

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game logEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 10, 19734–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 0–1–0
2WOctober 13, 19734–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 1–1–0
3LOctober 14, 19731–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 1–2–0
4WOctober 18, 19736–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 2–2–0
5WOctober 20, 19732–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 3–2–0
6WOctober 21, 19734–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 4–2–0
7WOctober 24, 19733–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 5–2–0
8LOctober 25, 19734–9 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 5–3–0
9WOctober 28, 19735–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 6–3–0
10WOctober 31, 19733–2 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 7–3–0
11TNovember 4, 19731–1 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 7–3–1
12LNovember 6, 19732–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 7–4–1
13LNovember 9, 19733–6 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 7–5–1
14WNovember 10, 19735–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 8–5–1
15WNovember 14, 19733–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–5–1
16LNovember 17, 19735–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 9–6–1
17LNovember 18, 19730–2 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 9–7–1
18LNovember 21, 19732–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–8–1
19LNovember 22, 19736–7 New York Rangers (1973–74) 9–9–1
20LNovember 25, 19733–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–10–1
21WNovember 29, 19732–1 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 10–10–1
22WDecember 1, 19734–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 11–10–1
23WDecember 2, 19736–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 12–10–1
24WDecember 6, 19738–4 New York Rangers (1973–74) 13–10–1
25LDecember 8, 19732–5 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 13–11–1
26WDecember 9, 19735–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 14–11–1
27TDecember 12, 19731–1 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 14–11–2
28LDecember 15, 19733–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 14–12–2
29LDecember 16, 19732–5 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 14–13–2
30TDecember 19, 19732–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 14–13–3
31TDecember 20, 19732–2 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 14–13–4
32LDecember 22, 19731–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 14–14–4
33WDecember 23, 19733–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 15–14–4
34WDecember 27, 19733–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 16–14–4
35LDecember 30, 19734–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 16–15–4
36WDecember 31, 19736–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 17–15–4
37WJanuary 3, 19746–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 18–15–4
38LJanuary 5, 19742–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 18–16–4
39WJanuary 6, 19746–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 19–16–4
40LJanuary 9, 19740–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 19–17–4
41WJanuary 10, 19747–2 New York Rangers (1973–74) 20–17–4
42LJanuary 12, 19742–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 20–18–4
43WJanuary 13, 19741–0 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 21–18–4
44LJanuary 17, 19742–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 21–19–4
45TJanuary 19, 19742–2 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 21–19–5
46WJanuary 20, 19746–4 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 22–19–5
47LJanuary 24, 19741–4 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 22–20–5
48LJanuary 27, 19742–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 22–21–5
49LJanuary 31, 19743–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 22–22–5
50LFebruary 2, 19741–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 22–23–5
51TFebruary 3, 19743–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 22–23–6
52LFebruary 6, 19741–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 22–24–6
53WFebruary 8, 19747–2 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 23–24–6
54LFebruary 10, 19742–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 23–25–6
55WFebruary 14, 19744–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 24–25–6
56WFebruary 17, 19742–1 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 25–25–6
57LFebruary 20, 19742–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 25–26–6
58TFebruary 21, 19744–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 25–26–7
59WFebruary 24, 19743–2 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 26–26–7
60TFebruary 28, 19742–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 26–26–8
61LMarch 2, 19742–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 26–27–8
62WMarch 3, 19744–3 New York Islanders (1973–74) 27–27–8
63TMarch 6, 19744–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 27–27–9
64WMarch 8, 19744–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 28–27–9
65LMarch 10, 19743–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 28–28–9
66LMarch 12, 19740–4 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 28–29–9
67LMarch 14, 19743–4 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 28–30–9
68TMarch 16, 19742–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 28–30–10
69WMarch 17, 19745–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 29–30–10
70WMarch 20, 19743–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 30–30–10
71TMarch 23, 19741–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 30–30–11
72LMarch 24, 19743–5 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 30–31–11
73LMarch 27, 19741–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 30–32–11
74TMarch 28, 19742–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 30–32–12
75WMarch 31, 19746–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 31–32–12
76LApril 4, 19742–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 31–33–12
77LApril 6, 19741–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 31–34–12
78WApril 7, 19745–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 32–34–12

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA

PlayoffsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Rick Martin, Left Wing, NHL First Team All-Star

ReferencesEdit

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