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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Espo wins third straight scoring title
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


April 1, 1973

Scoring a league-leading 55 goals and assisting on 75 more goals, Boston Bruins center Phil Esposito wins his third consecutive scoring title with 130 points in the 78-game season. He easily beats out Philadelphia Flyers center Bobby Clarke, who has 37 goals and 67 assists for 104 points.

Clarke, though, prevents the Bruins' combination of Esposito and Bobby Orr from finishing one-two for the fourth straight season. Orr scores 101 points, three behind Clarke.

This is the fourth scoring title in five years for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Esposito. He will win his fifth and final scoring championship by scoring 145 points next season. He'll also score the most goals in the league the next two seasons, extending his streak to six straight years.





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