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National Hockey League (NHL) Season Review 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Season Review 1972-1973

The NHL had it's first competition since the 1920's with the formation of the World Hockey Association. The WHA was formed with 12 teams raiding NHL players including Bobby Hull, who left the Chicago Blackhawks to sign a 10-year, $2.75 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

The NHL expanded again with the addition of the Atlanta Flames and New York Islanders. The Montreal Canadiens won the East Division, finishing 13 points ahead of the Boston Bruins. The Chicago Blackhawks led the West Division.

Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins was the NHL's leading scorer for the third straight year and Philadelphia's Bobby Clarke won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

The New York Rangers eliminated the Bruins in five games then lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in five games. Montreal beat the Buffalo Sabres in six games and then won a five-game semifinal series over Philadelphia.

In the finals Montreal defeated Chicago in six games to win the Stanley Cup.

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National Hockey League (NHL) Information
National Hockey League (NHL) Directory
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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 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Season Standings 1972-1973

Team
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
 
Eastern Division
 
 
Montreal Canadiens
78
52
10
16
120
329
184
 
Boston Bruins
78
51
22
5
107
330
235
 
New-York Rangers
78
47
23
8
102
297
208
 
Buffalo Sabres
78
37
27
14
88
257
219
 
Detroit Red Wings
78
37
29
12
86
265
243
 
Toronto Maple Leafs
78
27
41
10
64
247
279
 
Vancouver Canucks
78
22
47
9
53
233
339
 
New-York Islanders
78
12
60
6
30
170
347
 
 
Western Division
 
 
Chicago Blackhawks
78
42
27
9
93
284
225
 
Philadelphia Flyers
78
37
30
11
85
296
256
 
Minnesota North Stars
78
37
30
11
85
254
230
 
St. Louis Blues
78
32
34
12
76
233
251
 
Pittsburgh Penguins
78
32
37
9
73
257
265
 
Los-Angeles Kings
78
31
36
11
73
232
245
 
Atlanta Flames
78
25
38
15
65
191
239
 
California Golden Seals
78
16
46
16
48
213
323
 

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National Hockey League (NHL) Amateur Draft 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) First Round Amateur Draft 1972-1973

Num. Drafted By Player
Pos
Drafted From
     
 
1 NY Islanders Denis Potvin
D
Ottawa 67's (OHA)
2 Atlanta Tom Lysiak
F
Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
3 Vancouver Dennis Ververgaert
London Knights (OHA)
4 Toronto Lanny McDonald
F
Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
5 St. Louis John Davidson
G
Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
6 Boston Andre Savard
C
Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
7 Pittsburgh Blaine Stoughton
F
Flin-Flon Bombers (WCHL)
8 Mtl. Canadiens Bob Gainey
F
Peterborough Petes (OHA)
9 Vancouver Bob Dailey
D
Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
10 Toronto Bob Neely
Peterborough Petes (OHA)
11 Detroit Terry Richardson
G
New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
12 Buffalo Morris Titantic
L
Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
13 Chicago Darcy Rota
F
Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
14 NY Rangers Rick Middleton
F
Oshawa Generals (OHA)
15 Toronto Ian Turnbull
D
Ottawa 67's (OHA)
16 Atlanta Vic Mercredi
L
New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)

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National Hockey League (NHL) Trophy Winners 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Trophy Winners 1972-1973

Award 1973 Winner
Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens
Georges Vezina Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Bill Masterton Memorial Lowell MacDonald, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lester Pearson Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Steve Vickers, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo Sabres
Clarence Campbell Bowl Chicago Black Hawks
James Norris Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Art Ross Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Prince of Wales Trophy Montreal Canadiens
Conn Smythe Yvan Cournoyer, Montreal Canadiens
+/- Award Jacques Laperriere, Montreal Canadiens

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National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Team Selections 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Team Selections 1972-1973

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

1972-73

Second Team

Ken Dryden, Montreal

G

Tony Esposito, Chicago

Bobby Orr, Boston

D

Brad Park, NY Rangers

Guy Lapointe, Montreal

D

Bill White, Chicago

Phil Esposito, Boston

C

Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia

Mickey Redmond, Detroit

RW

Yvan Cournoyer, Montreal

Frank Mahovlich, Montreal

LW

Dennis Hull, Chicago

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National Hockey League (NHL) Points Leaders 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Points Leaders 1972-1973

Player
GP G A PTS
Phil Esposito
78 55 75 130
Bobby Clarke
78 37 67 104
Bobby Orr
63 29 72 101
Rick MacLeish
78 50 50 100
Jacques Lemaire
77 44 51 95
Jean Ratelle
78 41 53 94
Mickey Redmond
76 52 41 93
John Bucyk
78 40 53 93
Frank Mahovlich
78 38 55 93
Jim Pappin
76 41 51 92

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National Hockey League (NHL) Assist Leaders 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Assist Leaders 1972-1973

Player
GP A
Phil Esposito
78 75
Bobby Orr
63 72
Bobby Clarke
78 67
Pit Martin
78 61
Gil Perreault
78 60
Rod Gilbert
76 59
Fred Stanfield
78 58
Syl Apps Jr.
77 56
Stan Mikita
57 56
Frank Mahovlich
78 55

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National Hockey League (NHL) Leading Goal Scorers 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Leading Goal Scorers 1972-1973

Player
GP G
Phil Esposito
78 55
Mickey Redmond
76 52
Rick MacLeish
78 50
Jacques Lemaire
77 44
Bill Flett
69 43
Jim Pappin
76 41
Jean Ratelle
78 41
Garry Unger
78 41
Yvan Cournoyer
67 40
Rene Robert
75 40

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National Hockey League (NHL) Penalty Minutes Leaders 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Penalty Minute Leaders 1972-1973

Player
GP PIM
Dave Schultz
76 259
Bob Kelly
77 238
Steve Durbano
49 231
Andre Dupont
71 215
Don Saleski
78 205
Bob Stewart
63 181
Bryan Watson
69 179
Jim Schoenfeld
66 178
Larry Johnston
73 169
Gary Dornhoefer
77 168

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National Hockey League (NHL) Playoffs 1972-1973

National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Playoffs 1972-1973


Quarter Finals

Apr. 4 at Montreal Canadiens 2 Buffalo 1
Apr. 5 at Montreal Canadiens 7 Buffalo 3
Apr. 7 at Buffalo Canadiens 5 Buffalo 2
Apr. 8 at Buffalo Buffalo 5 Canadiens 1
Apr. 10 at Montreal Buffalo 3 Canadiens 2 (09:18 OT)
Apr. 12 at Buffalo Canadiens 4 Buffalo 2

Montreal Canadiens defeated Buffalo Sabres 4 games to 2


Apr. 4 at Chicago Chicago 7 St. Louis 1
Apr. 5 at Chicago Chicago 1 St. Louis 0
Apr. 7 at St. Louis Chicago 5 St. Louis 2
Apr. 8 at St. Louis St. Louis 5 Chicago 3
Apr. 10 at Chicago Chicago 6 St. Louis 1

Chicago Blackhawks defeated St. Louis Blues 4 games to 1


Apr. 4 at Philadelphia Minnesota 3 Philadelphia 0
Apr. 5 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 4 Minnesota 1
Apr. 7 at Minnesota Minnesota 5 Philadelphia 0
Apr. 8 at Minnesota Philadelphia 3 Minnesota 0
Apr. 10 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 3 Minnesota 2 (08:35 OT)
Apr. 12 at Minnesota Philadelphia 4 Minnesota 1

Philadelphia Flyers defeated Minnesota North Stars 4 games to 2


Apr. 4 at Boston Rangers 6 Boston 2
Apr. 5 at Boston Rangers 4 Boston 2
Apr. 7 at New York Boston 4 Rangers 2
Apr. 8 at New York Rangers 4 Boston 0
Apr. 10 at Boston Rangers 6 Boston 3

New York Rangers defeated Boston Bruins 4 games to 1


Semi Finals

Apr. 14 at Montreal Philadelphia 5 Canadiens 4 (02:56 OT)
Apr. 17 at Montreal Canadiens 4 Philadelphia 3 (06:45 OT)
Apr. 19 at Philadelphia Canadiens 2 Philadelphia 1
Apr. 22 at Philadelphia Canadiens 4 Philadelphia 1
Apr. 24 at Montreal Canadiens 5 Philadelphia 3

Montreal Canadiens defeated Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 1


Apr. 12 at Chicago Rangers 4 Chicago 1
Apr. 15 at Chicago Chicago 5 Rangers 4
Apr. 17 at New York Chicago 2 Rangers 1
Apr. 19 at New York Chicago 3 Rangers 1
Apr. 24 at Chicago Chicago 4 Rangers 1

Chicago Blackhawks defeated New York Rangers 4 games to 1


Stanley Cup Finals

Apr. 29 at Montreal Canadiens 8 Chicago 3
May 1 at Montreal Canadiens 4 Chicago 1
May 3 at Chicago Chicago 7 Canadiens 4
May 6 at Chicago Canadiens 4 Chicago 0
May 8 at Montreal Chicago 8 Canadiens 7
May 10 at Chicago Canadiens 6 Chicago 4

Montreal Canadiens defeated Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 2