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National Hockey League (NHL) Season Review 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Season Review 1967-1968

For the 1967-68 season, the NHL doubled in size by adding six more teams: the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Oakland Seals, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues. With the addition of the expansion teams the league aligned into two divisions with the six new teams in the West and the six older teams in the East. The regular season schedule was increased from 70 to 74 games. A new playoff format was established, with semifinal and final rounds in each division, followed by the Stanley Cup final series between the division champions.

In the East, the Montreal Canadiens edged the New York Rangers by 4 points, while the Boston Bruins moved from the cellar into third place and the Chicago Blackhawks took the fourth playoff spot.

The race in the West was very close, with only 6 points between the first-place Philadelphia Flyers and the fifth-place Pittsburgh Penguins. The St. Louis Blues, who finished in third place, were only 3 points back of the Flyers. The Blues won their way to the final round, largely because of Glenn Hall's goaltending, while the Canadiens won eight of nine games in the East playoffs.

Not surprisingly, Montreal swept St. Louis in the final series, but it wasn't that easy. Each game was decided by one goal and two of them went into overtime.

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National Hockey League (NHL) Information
National Hockey League (NHL) Directory
National Hockey League Team Information
National Hockey League (NHL) Awards
National Hockey League (NHL) Records
National Hockey League (NHL) Champions
National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Game and Events
National Hockey League (NHL) History of League
National Hockey League Year by Year

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National Hockey League (NHL) Season Standings 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Season Standings 1967-1968

Team GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM
NHL East Division
                   
Montreal Canadiens 74 42 22 10 0 94 236 167 700
New-York Rangers 74 39 23 12 0 90 226 183 673
Boston Bruins 74 37 27 10 0 84 259 216 1043
Chicago Blackawks 74 32 26 16 0 80 212 222 606
Toronto Maple Leafs 74 33 31 10 0 76 209 176 634
Detroit Red Wings 74 27 35 12 0 66 245 257 759
 
NHL West Division
                   
Philadelphia Flyers 74 31 32 11 0 73 173 179 987
Los-Angeles Kings 74 31 33 10 0 72 200 224 810
St. Louis Blues 74 27 31 16 0 70 177 191 792
Minnesota North Stars 74 27 32 15 0 69 191 226 738
Pittsburgh Penguins 74 27 34 13 0 67 195 216 554
Oakland Seals 74 15 42 17 0 47 153 219 787

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National Hockey League (NHL) Amateur Draft 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) First Round Amateur Draft 1967-1968

Num. Drafted By Player Pos Drafted From
1 Mtl. Canadiens Michel Plasse G Drummondville Rangers (QJHL)
2 Mtl. Canadiens Roger Belisle C Montreal North Beavers
3 Mtl. Canadiens Jim Pritchard D Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
4 Pittsburgh Garry Swain C Niagara-Falls Flyers (OHA)
5 Minnesota Jim Benzelock R Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
6 St. Louis Gary Edwards G Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
7 Los Angeles Jim McInally D Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
8 Philadelphia Lew Morrison R Flin-Flon Bombers (WCHL)
9 Chicago John Marks D U. of North Dakota (NCAA)
10 Toronto Brad Selwood D Niagara-Falls Flyers (OHA)
11 Detroit Steve Andrascik R Flin-Flon Bombers (WCHL)
12 Boston Danny Schock L Estevan Bruins (WCHL)

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National Hockey League (NHL) Trophy Winners 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Trophy Winners 1967-1968

Award 1968 Winner
Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens
Georges Vezina Rogie Vachon & Gump Worsley, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Bill Masterton Memorial :Claude Provost, Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Derek Sanderson, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Clarence Campbell Bowl Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Art Ross Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Prince of Wales Trophy Montreal Canadiens
Conn Smythe Glenn Hall, St. Louis Blues
Bud +/- Award Dallas Smith, Boston Bruins

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National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Team Selections 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Team Selections 1967-1968

Voting for the NHL All Star Teams is conducted by the representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the season. These are separate selections from the annual All Star game. Other years selections are listed under NHL All Star Selections.

First Team

1967-68

Second Team

Lorne Worsley, Montreal

G

Ed Giacomin, New York

Bobby Orr, Boston

D

J.C. Tremblay, Montreal

Tim Horton, Toronto

D

Jim Neilson, New York

Stan Mikita, Chicago

C

Phil Esposito, Boston

Gordie Howe, Detroit

RW

Rod Gilbert, New York

Bobby Hull, Chicago

LW

John Bucyk, Boston

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National Hockey League (NHL) Points Leaders 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Points Leaders 1967-1968

Player
GP G A PTS
Stan Mikita
72 40 47 87
Phil Esposito
74 35 49 84
Gordie Howe
74 39 43 82
Jean Ratelle
74 32 46 78
Rod Gilbert
73 29 48 77
Bobby Hull
71 44 31 75
Norm Ullman
71 35 37 72
Alex Delvecchio
74 22 48 70
John Bucyk
72 30 39 69
Ken Wharram
74 27 42 69

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National Hockey League (NHL) Assist Leaders 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Assist Leaders 1967-1968

Player
GP A
Phil Esposito
74 49
Rod Gilbert
73 48
Alex Delvecchio
74 48
Stan Mikita
72 47
Jean Ratelle
74 46
Bobby Rousseau
74 46
Fred Stanfield
73 44
Gordie Howe
74 43
Ken Wharram
74 42
Phil Goyette
73 40

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National Hockey League (NHL) Leading Goal Scorers 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Leading Goal Scorers 1967-1968

Player
GP G
Bobby Hull
71 44
Stan Mikita
72 40
Gordie Howe
74 39
Wayne Connelly
74 35
Phil Esposito
74 35
Norm Ullman
71 35
Jean Ratelle
74 32
Jean Beliveau
59 31
John Bucyk
72 30
Mike Walton
73 30

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National Hockey League (NHL) Penalty Minutes Leaders 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Penalty Minute Leaders 1967-1968

Player
GP PIM
Barclay Plager
49 153
Don Awrey
74 150
Noel Picard
66 142
Ed Van Impe
67 141
Gary Dornhoefer
65 134
Ted Green
72 133
Reggie Fleming
73 132
Forbes Kennedy
73 130
Kent Douglas
76 126
Gilles Marotte
73 122

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National Hockey League (NHL) Playoffs 1967-1968

National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Playoffs 1967-1968

Quarter Finals

Apr. 4 at Montreal Canadiens 2 Boston 1
Apr. 6 at Montreal Canadiens 5 Boston 3
Apr. 9 at Boston Canadiens 5 Boston 2
Apr. 11 at Boston Canadiens 3 Boston 2

Montreal Canadiens defeated Boston Bruins 4 games to 0


Apr. 4 at New York Rangers 3 Chicago 1
Apr. 9 at New York Rangers 2 Chicago 1
Apr. 11 at Chicago Chicago 7 Rangers 4
Apr. 13 at Chicago Chicago 3 Rangers 1
Apr. 14 at New York Chicago 2 Rangers 1
Apr. 16 at Chicago Chicago 4 Rangers 1

Chicago Blackhawks defeated New York Rangers 4 games to 2


Apr. 4 at Philadelphia St. Louis 1 Philadelphia 0
Apr. 6 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 4 St. Louis 3
Apr. 10 at St. Louis St. Louis 3 Philadelphia 2 (24:10 OT)
Apr. 11 at St. Louis St. Louis 5 Philadelphia 2
Apr. 13 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 6 St. Louis 1
Apr. 16 at St. Louis Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 1 (31:38 OT)
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia St. Louis 3 Philadelphia 1

St. Louis Blues defeated Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 3


Apr. 4 at Los Angeles Los Angeles 2 Minnesota 1
Apr. 6 at Los Angeles Los Angeles 2 Minnesota 0
Apr. 9 at Minnesota Minnesota 7 Los Angeles 5
Apr. 11 at Minnesota Minnesota 3 Los Angeles 2
Apr. 13 at Los Angeles Los Angeles 3 Minnesota 2
Apr. 16 at Minnesota Minnesota 4 Los Angeles 3 (09:11 OT)
Apr. 18 at Los Angeles Minnesota 9 Los Angeles 4

Minnesota North Stars defeated Los Angeles Kings 4 games to 3


Semi Finals

Apr. 18 at Montreal Canadiens 9 Chicago 2
Apr. 20 at Montreal Canadiens 4 Chicago 1
Apr. 23 at Chicago Canadiens 4 Chicago 2
Apr. 25 at Chicago Chicago 2 Canadiens 1
Apr. 28 at Montreal Canadiens 4 Chicago 3 (02:14 OT)

Montreal Canadiens defeated Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 1

Apr. 21 at Minnesota St. Louis 5 Minnesota 3
Apr. 22 at Minnesota Minnesota 3 St. Louis 2 (03:41 OT)
Apr. 25 at St. Louis Minnesota 5 St. Louis 1
Apr. 27 at St. Louis St. Louis 4 Minnesota 3 (01:32 OT)
Apr. 29 at St. Louis St. Louis 3 Minnesota 2 (17:27 OT)
May 1 at Minnesota Minnesota 5 St. Louis 1
May 3 at St. Louis St. Louis 2 Minnesota 1 (22:50 OT)

St. Louis Blues defeated Minnesota North Stars 4 games to 3


Stanley Cup Finals

May 5 at St. Louis Canadiens 3 St. Louis 2 (01:41 OT)
May 7 at St. Louis Canadiens 1 St. Louis 0
May 9 at Montreal Canadiens 4 St. Louis 3 (01:13 OT)
May 11 at Montreal Canadiens 3 St. Louis 2

Montreal Canadiens defeated St. Louis Blues 4 games to 0