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73-74LAKings
1973–74 Los Angeles Kings · NHL
Division 3rd West
1973–74 record 33–33–12
Goals for 233
Goals against 231
Coach Bob Pulford
Captain Terry Harper
Team leaders

OffseasonEdit

Forward Serge Bernier (22 goals, 46 assists) jumped to the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA.

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Game program featuring Butch Goring.

Regular seasonEdit

After finishing strong in 1972-73 and barely missing the playoffs, the Kings had high hopes for the 1973-74 season. But the team started slowly and by the end of November, they were 5-14-3 and in last place. Then they made a blockbuster trade, sending their best defenseman Gilles Marotte to the New York Rangers for defenseman Sheldon Kannegiesser, forwards Mike Murphy, and Tom Williams, and speedy center Gene Carr. They improved a little, but were still 9 games under .500 at the end of February at 21-30-10 for 52 points and 7th place in the 8 team Western Division. The Kings then went 9-0-2 over the next 3 weeks and climbed into 3rd place, passing the Atlanta Flames, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues. Going into the final game of the season, the Kings had clinched 3rd, but needed a win to finish .500 and needed to outscore the Vancouver Canucks by 8 goals to finish even in goal differential on the season, which was one of coach Bob Pulford's goals at the beginning of the season. Not only did the Kings win, they won 11-1 to finish .500 and with a plus goal differential for the first time in their history.

Final standingsEdit

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 16 12 273 164 112
Chicago Black Hawks 78 41 14 23 272 164 105
Los Angeles Kings 78 33 33 12 233 231 78
Atlanta Flames 78 30 34 14 214 238 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 65
St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 64
Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 63
California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 36

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 10, 19730–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 0–1–0
2LOctober 13, 19733–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 0–2–0
3TOctober 14, 19731–1 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 0–2–1
4TOctober 16, 19734–4 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 0–2–2
5LOctober 18, 19732–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 0–3–2
6WOctober 20, 19733–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 1–3–2
7WOctober 24, 19736–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 2–3–2
8LOctober 27, 19732–3 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 2–4–2
9WOctober 30, 19733–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 3–4–2
10WNovember 1, 19732–1 New York Rangers (1973–74) 4–4–2
11LNovember 3, 19733–4 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 4–5–2
12LNovember 7, 19732–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 4–6–2
13WNovember 8, 19733–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 5–6–2
14LNovember 10, 19733–5 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–7–2
15LNovember 11, 19730–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 5–8–2
16LNovember 14, 19734–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 5–9–2
17LNovember 17, 19733–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 5–10–2
18LNovember 20, 19735–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 5–11–2
19TNovember 24, 19735–5 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 5–11–3
20LNovember 25, 19731–3 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 5–12–3
21LNovember 28, 19733–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 5–13–3
22LNovember 29, 19731–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–14–3
23TDecember 1, 19731–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 5–14–4
24WDecember 4, 19733–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 6–14–4
25WDecember 5, 19734–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 7–14–4
26WDecember 8, 19733–0 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 8–14–4
27LDecember 11, 19733–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 8–15–4
28WDecember 13, 19733–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 9–15–4
29LDecember 15, 19732–6 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 9–16–4
30TDecember 18, 19734–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 9–16–5
31LDecember 19, 19731–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 9–17–5
32WDecember 22, 19735–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 10–17–5
33TDecember 26, 19733–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 10–17–6
34LDecember 27, 19734–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 10–18–6
35WDecember 29, 19734–1 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 11–18–6
36LJanuary 2, 19742–5 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 11–19–6
37WJanuary 5, 19745–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 12–19–6
38WJanuary 8, 19743–1 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 13–19–6
39TJanuary 9, 19744–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 13–19–7
40LJanuary 12, 19740–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 13–20–7
41WJanuary 15, 19742–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 14–20–7
42WJanuary 16, 19742–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 15–20–7
43LJanuary 19, 19740–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 15–21–7
44LJanuary 20, 19742–5 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 15–22–7
45WJanuary 23, 19743–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 16–22–7
46TJanuary 24, 19744–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 16–22–8
47WJanuary 26, 19742–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 17–22–8
48LJanuary 27, 19743–5 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 17–23–8
49LJanuary 31, 19742–4 New York Islanders (1973–74) 17–24–8
50WFebruary 2, 19743–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 18–24–8
51WFebruary 6, 19745–1 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 19–24–8
52WFebruary 9, 19742–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 20–24–8
53WFebruary 10, 19746–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 21–24–8
54LFebruary 13, 19740–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 21–25–8
55LFebruary 14, 19742–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 21–26–8
56LFebruary 16, 19742–5 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 21–27–8
57LFebruary 19, 19743–4 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 21–28–8
58LFebruary 21, 19743–5 New York Rangers (1973–74) 21–29–8
59TFebruary 23, 19744–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 21–29–9
60TFebruary 24, 19743–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 21–29–10
61LFebruary 27, 19741–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 21–30–10
62WFebruary 28, 19743–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 22–30–10
63WMarch 2, 19744–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 23–30–10
64WMarch 5, 19742–1 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 24–30–10
65WMarch 7, 19743–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 25–30–10
66TMarch 9, 19744–4 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 25–30–11
67WMarch 13, 19745–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 26–30–11
68WMarch 16, 19742–0 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 27–30–11
69TMarch 19, 19741–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 27–30–12
70WMarch 21, 19746–3 California Golden Seals (1973–74) 28–30–12
71WMarch 23, 19745–0 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 29–30–12
72WMarch 24, 19747–1 @ California Golden Seals (1973–74) 30–30–12
73LMarch 26, 19741–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 30–31–12
74WMarch 28, 19744–1 New York Islanders (1973–74) 31–31–12
75LMarch 30, 19742–5 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 31–32–12
76WApril 3, 19744–2 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 32–32–12
77LApril 5, 19742–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 32–33–12
78WApril 6, 197411–1 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 33–33–12

PlayoffsEdit

  • Kings 1 at Black Hawks 3
  • Kings 1 at Black Hawks 4
  • Black Hawks 1 at Kings 0
  • Black Hawks 1 at Kings 5
  • Kings 0 at Black Hawks 1

The Kings were heavy underdogs against the Chicago Black Hawks but put up a strong showing. While Kings goalie Rogie Vachon was excellent, the difference was Chicago goalie Tony Esposito who was brilliant. Game one saw the Black Hawks score in the 3rd period to take a 2-1 lead and they added an empty net goal to win, 3-1. Game two was similar; this time Chicago led 3-1 when they scored an empty net goal late to make it 4-1.

Game 3 in Los Angeles was the Kings first home playoff game in 5 years and was one of the strangest games in post season history. Chicago scored a first period goal and then went into a defensive shell, practically daring the Kings to try to beat Esposito. Almost the entire rest of the game was played in the Black Hawk zone with the Kings dominating the action. But try as they might, they could not get the puck past Tony Esposito. Their best chance came midway through the 3rd period when Bob Berry pounced on a rebound and shot it over Esposito but hit the cross bar. With the 1-0 win, the Black Hawks had a commanding 3-0 series lead. Game 4 was played the very next day so both coaches rested their #1 goalies; the Kings played Gary Edwards over Rogie Vachon and Chicago went with Mike Veisor over Tony Esposito. The Kings were so relieved to have Esposito out that they dominated in a 5-1 win, their first playoff victory since a game 7 win over the Oakland Seals in the 1969 quarter-finals.

Another defensive struggle ensued in game 5 with Vachon and Esposito back in the nets; both made a number of brilliant saves and the game was 0-0 midway through the 3rd period. The Black Hawks won when Cliff Koroll scuffed the ice on a slap shot; the puck acted like a knuckleball change up and fooled Vachon for the game winner.

Player statsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

November 30, 1973 - traded defenseman Gilles Marotte to the New York Rangers for defenseman Sheldon Kannegiesser, forwards Mike Murphy, and Tom Williams, and center Gene Carr

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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