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National Hockey League (NHL) Season Review 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Season Review 1974-1975

The NHL went through another expansion and realignment. The Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals entered the league, which was reorganized into four divisions, the Adams and Norris in the Prince of Wales Conference, the Patrick and Smythe Divisions in the Clarence Campbell Conference.

The regular season schedule was increased to 80 games. Also the playoff formats were revised with the top three teams in each division qualifying for the playoffs, with the first-place teams getting byes into the second round.

The first-place finishers were Montreal (Norris Division), Buffalo (Adams), Philadelphia (Patrick), and the Vancouver Canucks in the Smythe Division.

The Philadelphia Flyers, beat New York Islanders to advance to the finals.The Buffalo Sabres beat the Chicago Blackhawks and the Canadiens to set up the first time that two expansion teams would play for the Cup.

The Philadelphia Flyers won the finals series in six games. For the second year in a row, Rick MacLeish was the leading scorer in the playoffs, but Parent won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the post-season MVP.

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National Hockey League Year by Year

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National Hockey League (NHL) Season Standings 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Season Standings 1974-1975

 
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
 
Prince of Whales Conference
Adams Division
 
 
Buffalo Sabres
80
49
16
15
113
354
240
 
Boston Bruins
80
40
26
14
94
345
245
 
Toronto Maple Leafs
80
31
33
16
78
280
309
 
California Seals
80
19
48
13
51
212
316
 
 
Norris Division
 
 
Montreal Canadiens
80
47
14
19
113
374
225
 
Los-Angeles Kings
80
42
17
21
105
269
185
 
Pittsburgh Penguins
80
37
28
15
89
326
289
 
Detroit Red Wings
80
23
45
12
58
259
335
 
Washington Capitals
80
8
67
5
21
181
446
 
 
Clarence Campbell Conference
Patrick Division
 
 
Philadelphia Flyers
80
51
18
11
113
293
181
 
New-York Rangers
80
37
29
14
88
319
276
 
New-York Islanders
80
33
25
22
88
264
221
 
Atlanta Flames
80
34
31
15
83
243
233
 
 
Smythe Division
 
 
Vancouver Canucks
80
38
32
10
86
271
254
 
St. Louis Blues
80
35
31
14
84
269
267
 
Chicago Blackhawks
80
37
35
8
82
268
241
 
Minnesota North Stars
80
23
50
7
53
221
341
 
Kansas-City Scouts
80
15
54
11
41
184
328
 

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National Hockey League (NHL) Amateur Draft 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) First Round Amateur Draft 1974-1975

Num. Drafted By Player
Pos
Drafted From
     
 
1 Philadelphia Mel Bridgman
C
Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
2 Kansas City Barry Dean
L
Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
3 California Ralph Klassen
F
Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
4 Minnesota Bryan Maxwell
D
Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
5 Detroit Rick Lapointe
D
Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
6 Toronto Don Ashby
C
Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
7 Chicago Greg Vaydik
F
Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
8 Atlanta Richard Mulhern
D
Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
9 Mtl. Canadiens Robin Sadler
D
Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
10 Vancouver Rick Blight
R
Brandon Wheat Kings (WCHL)
11 NY Islanders Pat Price
D
Vancouver Blazers (WHA)
12 NY Rangers Wayne Dillon
C
Toronto Toros (WHA)
13 Pittsburgh Gordie Laxton
G
New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
14 Boston Doug Halward
D
Peterborough Petes (OHA)
15 Mtl. Canadiens Pierre Mondou
F
Montreal Red White and Blue (QMJHL)
16 Los Angeles Tim Young
F
Ottawa 67's (OHA)
17 Buffalo Bob Sauve
G
Laval National (QMJHL)
18 Washington Alex Forsyth
F
Kingston Canadiens (OHA)

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National Hockey League (NHL) Trophy Winners 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Trophy Winners 1974-1975

Award 1975 Winner
Stanley Cup Philadelphia Flyers
Jack Adams Bob Pulford, Los Angeles Kings
Georges Vezina Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers
Hart Memorial Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Bill Masterton Memorial Don Luce, Buffalo Sabres
Lester Pearson Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Eric Vail, Atlanta Flames
Lady Byng Marcel Dionne, Detroit Red Wings
Clarence Campbell Bowl Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Art Ross Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Prince of Wales Trophy Buffalo Sabres
Conn Smythe Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers
+/- Award Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins

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National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Team Selections 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) All Star Team Selections 1974-1975

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

1974-75

Second Team

Bernie Parent, Philadelphia

G

Rogatien Vachon, Los Angeles

Bobby Orr, Boston

D

Guy Lapointe, Montreal

Denis Potvin, NY Islanders

D

Borje Salming, Toronto

Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia

C

Phil Esposito, Boston

Guy Lafleur, Montreal

RW

Rene Robert, Buffalo

Richard Martin, Buffalo

LW

Steve Vickers, NY Rangers

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National Hockey League (NHL) Points Leaders 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Points Leaders 1974-1975

Player
GP G A PTS
Bobby Orr
80 46 89 135
Phil Esposito
79 61 66 127
Marcel Dionne
80 47 74 121
Guy Lafleur
70 53 66 119
Pete Mahovlich
80 35 82 117
Bobby Clarke
80 27 89 116
Rene Robert
74 40 60 100
Rod Gilbert
76 36 61 97
Gil Perreault
68 39 57 96
Rick Martin
68 52 43 95

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National Hockey League (NHL) Assist Leaders 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Assist Leaders 1974-1975

Player
GP A
Bobby Orr
80 89
Bobby Clarke
80 89
Pete Mahovlich
80 82
Marcel Dionne
80 74
Phil Esposito
79 66
Guy Lafleur
70 66
Ron Schock
80 63
Andre Boudrias
77 62
Rod Gilbert
76 61
Rene Robert
74 60

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National Hockey League (NHL) Leading Goal Scorers 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Leading Goal Scorers 1974-1975

Player
GP G
Phil Esposito
79 61
Guy Lafleur
70 53
Rick Martin
68 52
Danny Grant
80 50
Marcel Dionne
80 47
Bobby Orr
80 46
Reggie Leach
80 45
Jean Pronovost
78 43
Steve Vickers
80 41
Rene Robert
74 40

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National Hockey League (NHL) Penalty Minutes Leaders 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Penalty Minute Leaders 1974-1975

Player
GP PIM
Dave Schultz
76 472
Andre Dupont
80 276
Phil Russell
80 260
Bryan Watson
70 238
Bob Gassoff
60 222
Doug Risebrough
64 198
Dave "Tiger" Williams
42 187
Jim Schoenfeld
68 184
Jerry Korab
79 184
Yvon Labre
76 182

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National Hockey League (NHL) Playoffs 1974-1975

National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Playoffs 1974-1975

Preliminary Rounds

Apr. 8 at Rangers Islanders 3 Rangers 2
Apr. 10 at Islanders Rangers 8 Islanders 3
Apr. 11 at Rangers Islanders 4 Rangers 3 (00:11 OT)

New York Islanders defeated New York Rangers 2 games to 1


Apr. 8 at Los Angeles Los Angeles 3 Toronto 2 (08:53 OT)
Apr. 10 at Toronto Toronto 3 Los Angeles 2 (10:19 OT)
Apr. 11 at Los Angeles Toronto 2 Los Angeles 1

Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Los Angeles Kings 2 games to 1


Apr. 8 at Boston Boston 8 Chicago 2
Apr. 10 at Chicago Chicago 4 Boston 3 (07:33 OT)
Apr. 11 at Boston Chicago 6 Boston 4

Chicago Blackhawks defeated Boston Bruins 2 games to 1


Apr. 8 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 3
Apr. 10 at St. Louis Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 3

Pittsburgh Penguins defeated St. Louis Blues 2 games to 0


Quarter Finals

Apr. 13 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 5 Islanders 4
Apr. 15 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 3 Islanders 1
Apr. 17 at New York Pittsburgh 6 Islanders 4
Apr. 20 at New York Islanders 3 Pittsburgh 1
Apr. 22 at Pittsburgh Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 2
Apr. 24 at New York Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 1
Apr. 26 at Pittsburgh Islanders 1 Pittsburgh 0

New York Islanders defeated Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 3


Apr. 13 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 6 Toronto 3
Apr. 15 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 3 Toronto 0
Apr. 17 at Toronto Philadelphia 2 Toronto 0
Apr. 19 at Toronto Philadelphia 4 Toronto 3 (01:45 OT)

Philadelphia Flyers defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 0


Apr. 13 at Buffalo Buffalo 4 Chicago 1
Apr. 15 at Buffalo Buffalo 3 Chicago 1
Apr. 17 at Chicago Chicago 5 Buffalo 4 (02:31 OT)
Apr. 20 at Chicago Buffalo 6 Chicago 2
Apr. 22 at Buffalo Buffalo 3 Chicago 1

Buffalo Sabres defeated Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 1


Apr. 13 at Montreal Canadiens 6 Vancouver 2
Apr. 15 at Montreal Vancouver 2 Canadiens 1
Apr. 17 at Vancouver Canadiens 4 Vancouver 1
Apr. 19 at Vancouver Canadiens 4 Vancouver 0
Apr. 22 at Montreal Canadiens 5 Vancouver 4 (17:06 OT)

Montreal Canadiens defeated Vancouver Canucks 4 games to 1


Semi Finals

Apr. 29 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 4 Islanders 0
May 1 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 5 Islanders 4 (02:56 OT)
May 4 at New York Philadelphia 1 Islanders 0
May 7 at New York Islanders 4 Philadelphia 3 (01:53 OT)
May 8 at Philadelphia Islanders 5 Philadelphia 1
May 11 at New York Islanders 2 Philadelphia 1
May 13 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 4 Islanders 1

Philadelphia Flyers defeated New York Islanders 4 games to 3


Apr. 27 at Buffalo Buffalo 6 Canadiens 5 (04:42 OT)
Apr. 29 at Buffalo Buffalo 4 Canadiens 2
May 1 at Montreal Canadiens 7 Buffalo 0
May 3 at Montreal Canadiens 8 Buffalo 2
May 6 at Buffalo Buffalo 5 Canadiens 4 (05:56 OT)
May 8 at Montreal Buffalo 4 Canadiens 3

Buffalo Sabres defeated Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 2

Stanley Cup Finals

May 15 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 4 Buffalo 1
May 18 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 2 Buffalo 1
May 20 at Buffalo Buffalo 5 Philadelphia 4 (18:29 OT)
May 22 at Buffalo Buffalo 4 Philadelphia 2
May 25 at Philadelphia Philadelphia 5 Buffalo 1
May 27 at Buffalo Philadelphia 2 Buffalo 0

Philadelphia Flyers defeated Buffalo Sabres 4 games to 2