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74-75BufSab

1974-75 Buffalo Sabres

1974–75 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Prince of Wales Conference Champions
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
Conference 1st Prince of Wales
1974–75 record 49–16–15
Goals for 354
Goals against 240
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Floyd Smith
Captain Jim Schoenfeld
Team leaders
Goals Rene Robert (40)
Assists Gilbert Perreault (57)
Points Rene Robert (100)
Penalties in minutes Jerry Korab and Jim Schoenfeld (184)
Wins Gary Bromley (26)
Goals against average Roger Crozier (2.62)

The 1974–75 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' fifth season in the National Hockey League. After a subpar year in 1974 that saw them miss the playoffs, the Sabres finished in a tie for the best record in the NHL in the 1974–75 regular season. Buffalo would advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in team history to play against the rough Philadelphia Flyers (who had been recently nicknamed the "Broad Street Bullies"), a series which included the legendary Fog Game (game three of the series).


OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 11 Lee Fogolin (D) Flag of the United States United States Oshawa Generals (OHA)

Regular seasonEdit

On October 10, 1974, Danny Gare scored a goal 18 seconds into the first game of his career. [1]

Season standingsEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Buffalo Sabres 80 49 16 15 354 240 113
Boston Bruins 80 40 26 14 345 245 94
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 31 33 16 280 309 78
California Golden Seals 80 19 48 13 212 316 51

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

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
2LOctober 12, 19741–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 1–1–0
6TOctober 20, 19745–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 3–2–1
7LOctober 24, 19742–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 3–3–1
8WOctober 26, 19742–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 4–3–1
9WOctober 27, 19743–2 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 5–3–1
10WNovember 2, 19746–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 6–3–1
11WNovember 3, 19744–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 7–3–1
12TNovember 5, 19742–2 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 7–3–2
13WNovember 6, 19746–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 8–3–2
14WNovember 9, 19746–1 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 9–3–2
15WNovember 10, 19748–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 10–3–2
16WNovember 13, 19748–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 11–3–2
17WNovember 14, 19745–3 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 12–3–2
18LNovember 16, 19745–7 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 12–4–2
19WNovember 17, 19744–0 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 13–4–2
20WNovember 20, 19747–3 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 14–4–2
21TNovember 22, 19744–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 14–4–3
22WNovember 24, 19746–4 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 15–4–3
23WNovember 27, 19743–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 16–4–3
24WNovember 28, 19745–2 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 17–4–3
25TNovember 30, 19745–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 17–4–4
26WDecember 1, 19746–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 18–4–4
27WDecember 3, 19745–3 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 19–4–4
28WDecember 5, 19749–2 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 20–4–4
29WDecember 8, 19745–0 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 21–4–4
30LDecember 12, 19743–5 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 21–5–4
31LDecember 14, 19742–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 21–6–4
32TDecember 15, 19745–5 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 21–6–5
33WDecember 18, 19743–2 New York Islanders (1974–75) 22–6–5
34WDecember 22, 19744–0 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 23–6–5
35WDecember 26, 19743–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 24–6–5
36LDecember 27, 19745–9 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 24–7–5
37LDecember 29, 19742–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 24–8–5
38TJanuary 3, 19752–2 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 24–8–6
39WJanuary 5, 19754–2 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 25–8–6
40LJanuary 9, 19752–5 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 25–9–6
41TJanuary 11, 19753–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 25–9–7
42WJanuary 12, 19755–1 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 26–9–7
43WJanuary 15, 19754–0 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 27–9–7
44WJanuary 17, 19754–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 28–9–7
45WJanuary 19, 19755–0 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 29–9–7
46WJanuary 23, 19755–1 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 30–9–7
47WJanuary 25, 19757–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 31–9–7
48LJanuary 26, 19753–4 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 31–10–7
49WJanuary 30, 19756–3 New York Rangers (1974–75) 32–10–7
50LFebruary 1, 19750–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 32–11–7
51WFebruary 2, 19758–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 33–11–7
52WFebruary 4, 19756–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 34–11–7
53TFebruary 6, 19752–2 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 34–11–8
54TFebruary 9, 19754–4 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 34–11–9
55TFebruary 12, 19753–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 34–11–10
56WFebruary 13, 19753–1 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 35–11–10
57TFebruary 16, 19754–4 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 35–11–11
58WFebruary 18, 19753–2 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 36–11–11
59TFebruary 20, 19756–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 36–11–12
60WFebruary 21, 19759–4 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 37–11–12
61WFebruary 23, 19754–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 38–11–12
62WFebruary 27, 19755–0 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 39–11–12
63LMarch 1, 19752–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 39–12–12
64TMarch 2, 19753–3 New York Islanders (1974–75) 39–12–13
65WMarch 5, 19756–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 40–12–13
66TMarch 8, 19753–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 40–12–14
67WMarch 9, 19758–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 41–12–14
68TMarch 11, 19752–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 41–12–15
69WMarch 12, 19757–2 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 42–12–15
70LMarch 14, 19751–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 42–13–15
71WMarch 16, 197511–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 43–13–15
72WMarch 20, 19756–3 New York Rangers (1974–75) 44–13–15
73WMarch 22, 19754–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 45–13–15
74WMarch 23, 19759–4 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 46–13–15
75LMarch 26, 19751–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 46–14–15
76LMarch 28, 19752–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 46–15–15
77LMarch 30, 19754–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 46–16–15
78WApril 1, 19753–1 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 47–16–15
79WApril 3, 19754–2 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 48–16–15
80WApril 5, 19754–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 49–16–15

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

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Buffalo Sabres vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 15 Buffalo1Philadelphia 4
May 18 Buffalo1 Philadelphia 2
May 20 Philadelphia 4 Buffalo 5 OT
May 22 Philadelphia 2 Buffalo4
May 25 Buffalo1 Philadelphia 5
May 27 Philadelphia 2 Buffalo 0

Philadelphia wins the series 4–2.

Fog GameEdit

Due to unusual heat in Buffalo in May 1975, portions of the game were played in heavy fog. Players, officials, and the puck were invisible to many spectators. During a face-off and through the fog, Sabres center Jim Lorentz spotted a bat flying across the rink, raised his stick, and killed it. Many superstitious Buffalo fans considered this to be an "Evil Omen," pertaining to the result of the series. It was the only time that any player killed an animal during an NHL game. The Sabres won that game thanks to Rene Robert's goal in overtime. However, Philadelphia would wind up taking the Cup Final to six games, winning the series 4 games to 2.

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.187, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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