Esposito, Tony Parent, Bernie Philadelphia Flyers 1973-74
For the first time in NHL history there was a tie for the VEZINA TROPHY and two goaltenders from separate teams had their names inscribed. BERNIE PARENT of the Philadelphia Flyers and TONY ESPOSITO of the Chicago Black Hawks both played the majority of their club's games with each team allowing an NHL low of 164 goals against.
PARENT captured his first VEZINA TROPHY along with a berth on the NHL's First All-Star Team with a league-high 47 wins, 1.89 goals-against average and 12 shutouts. The Flyers outstanding team defence, backstopped by BERNIE, led the NHL with a penalty killing success rate of 88.4 and set new club records with 50 wins, 112 points, and an 11-game undefeated streak en route to their first Stanley Cup. PARENT proved his worth, also capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
ESPOSITO finished second to PARENT in both shutouts (10) and goals-against average (2.04) with a record of 34-14-21 in capturing his third VEZINA TROPHY. The Second Team All-Star recorded the longest shutout sequence of the year blanking opponents for 173 minutes and 42 seconds. Boston's Gilles Gilbert finished as the trophy's runner-up.