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NYR39-40

1939-40 New York Rangers

1939–40 New York Rangers · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 2nd NHL
1939–40 record 27–11–10
Goals for 136
Goals against 77
General Manager Lester Patrick
Coach Frank Boucher
Captain Art Coulter
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Bryan Hextall (24)
Assists Phil Watson (28)
Points Bryan Hextall (39)
Penalties in minutes Art Coulter (68)
Wins Dave Kerr (27)
Goals against average Dave Kerr (1.54)

The 1939–40 New York Rangers season was the 14th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). With new coach Frank Boucher the Rangers finish in 2nd Place again with an impressive 27–11–10 record. In the semi-finals the Rangers beat the Boston Bruins in 6 games to advance to the 1940 Stanley Cup Finals. In the finals the Rangers win their first 2 games by scores of 2–1 and 6–2 at the Garden, before finishing the series on the road because of the circus. After dropping the first 2 games in Toronto the Rangers win a critical Game 5 2–1 in overtime on Muzz Patrick's overtime goal. In Game 6 it would take overtime again as the Rangers won the Stanley Cup for the 3rd time 3–2 on Bryan Hextall's goal 2:33 into OT. Following the season the Rangers would celebrate buying out their lease at Madison Square Garden by burning the lease in the historic Stanley Cup, a move that would take on greater mystery in coming years.


Pre-seasonEdit

The Rangerss played a six game series aganst the New York Americans in western Canada:

  • Friday, October 20 Rangers 2 Americans 2 @ Winnipeg
  • Saturday, October 21 Rangers 3 Americans 2 @ Port Arthur
  • Monday, October 23 Rangers 4 Americans 2 @ Winnipeg
  • Tuesday, October 24 Rangers 5 Americans 2 @ Regina
  • Saturday, October 28 Americans 2 Rangers 0 @ Regina
  • Monday, October 30 Americans 3 Rangers 1 @ Winnipeg

The Rangers won the series 3 wins to 2, 1 tie.


Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Boston Bruins48 31 12 5 170 98 330 67
New York Rangers 48 27 11 10 136 77 520 64
Toronto Maple Leafs48 25 17 6 134 110 485 56
Chicago Black Hawks 4823 19 6 112 120 351 52
Detroit Red Wings 48 16 26 6 90 126 250 38
New York Americans 48 15 29 4 106 140 236 34
Montreal Canadiens 48 10 33 5 90 167 338 25


Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalty Minutes, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TNovember 5, 19391–1 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 0–0–1
2TNovember 11, 19391–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 0–0–2
3LNovember 12, 19390–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 0–1–2
4LNovember 16, 19392–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 0–2–2
5WNovember 18, 19393–1 @ New York Americans (1939–40) 1–2–2
6LNovember 19, 19391–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 1–3–2
7TNovember 23, 19391–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 1–3–3
8TNovember 26, 19392–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1939–40) 1–3–4
9WNovember 28, 19394–1 Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 2–3–4
10WNovember 30, 19397–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 3–3–4
11TDecember 2, 19391–1 OT New York Americans (1939–40) 3–3–5
12WDecember 10, 19393–2 Boston Bruins (1939–40) 4–3–5
13TDecember 14, 19392–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 4–3–6
14WDecember 16, 19394–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 5–3–6
15TDecember 17, 19390–0 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 5–3–7
16WDecember 19, 19395–2 Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 6–3–7
17WDecember 23, 19397–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 7–3–7
18WDecember 25, 19394–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 8–3–7
19WDecember 29, 19394–0 Boston Bruins (1939–40) 9–3–7
20WDecember 31, 19395–2 New York Americans (1939–40) 10–3–7
21WJanuary 2, 19406–4 @ Boston Bruins (1939–40) 11–3–7
22WJanuary 4, 19406–2 @ New York Americans (1939–40) 12–3–7
23WJanuary 7, 19403–0 Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 13–3–7
24WJanuary 11, 19405–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 14–3–7
25WJanuary 13, 19404–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 15–3–7
26LJanuary 14, 19401–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 15–4–7
27WJanuary 18, 19401–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 16–4–7
28WJanuary 21, 19404–2 Boston Bruins (1939–40) 17–4–7
29WJanuary 23, 19405–3 @ New York Americans (1939–40) 18–4–7
30WJanuary 25, 19403–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 19–4–7
31WJanuary 28, 19404–2 New York Americans (1939–40) 20–4–7
32LFebruary 1, 19400–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 20–5–7
33WFebruary 4, 19409–0 Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 21–5–7
34LFebruary 6, 19402–6 @ Boston Bruins (1939–40) 21–6–7
35WFebruary 8, 19402–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 22–6–7
36TFebruary 10, 19404–4 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 22–6–8
37LFebruary 11, 19400–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 22–7–8
38WFebruary 15, 19403–1 Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 23–7–8
39LFebruary 18, 19400–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1939–40) 23–8–8
40LFebruary 22, 19400–1 OT @ New York Americans (1939–40) 23–9–8
41WFebruary 24, 19402–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 24–9–8
42WFebruary 25, 19406–2 Montreal Canadiens (1939–40) 25–9–8
43LFebruary 29, 19401–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 25–10–8
44TMarch 2, 19401–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1939–40) 25–10–9
45WMarch 3, 19402–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1939–40) 26–10–9
46WMarch 10, 19404–2 New York Americans (1939–40) 27–10–9
47LMarch 12, 19401–2 @ Boston Bruins (1939–40) 27–11–9
48TMarch 14, 19400–0 OT Boston Bruins (1939–40) 27–11–10

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Hextall, BryanBryan Hextall RW 48 24 15 39 52
Colville, NeilNeil Colville C/D 48 19 19 38 22
Watson, PhilPhil Watson RW/C 48 7 28 35 42
Shibicky, AlexAlex Shibicky RW 44 11 21 32 33
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 48 13 18 31 57
MacDonald, KilbyKilby MacDonald LW 44 15 13 28 19
Patrick, LynnLynn Patrick C/LW 48 12 16 28 34
Smith, ClintClint Smith C 41 8 16 24 2
Colville, MacMac Colville RW/D 47 7 14 21 12
Heller, OttOtt Heller D 47 5 14 19 26
Pike, AlfAlf Pike LW/C 47 8 9 17 38
Pratt, BabeBabe Pratt D 48 4 13 17 61
Coulter, ArtArt Coulter D 48 1 9 10 68
Patrick, MuzzMuzz Patrick D 46 2 4 6 44
Barton, CliffCliff Barton RW 3 0 0 0 0
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr G 48 0 0 0 0
Polich, JohnJohn Polich RW 1 0 0 0 0
Smith, StanStan Smith C 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr 3000 48 27 11 10 77 1.54 8
Team: 3000 48 27 11 10 77 1.54 8

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Watson, PhilPhil Watson RW/C 12 3 6 9 16
Colville, NeilNeil Colville C/D 12 2 7 9 18
Hextall, BryanBryan Hextall RW 12 4 3 7 11
Shibicky, AlexAlex Shibicky RW 11 2 5 7 4
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 12 2 4 6 2
Colville, MacMac Colville RW/D 12 3 2 5 6
Pike, AlfAlf Pike LW/C 12 3 1 4 6
Pratt, BabeBabe Pratt D 12 3 1 4 18
Patrick, LynnLynn Patrick C/LW 12 2 2 4 4
Smith, ClintClint Smith C 11 1 3 4 2
Patrick, MuzzMuzz Patrick D 12 3 0 3 13
Heller, OttOtt Heller D 12 0 3 3 12
MacDonald, KilbyKilby MacDonald LW 12 0 2 2 4
Coulter, ArtArt Coulter D 12 1 0 1 21
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr G 12 0 0 0 0
Smith, StanStan Smith C 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr 770 12 8 4 20 1.56 3
Team: 770 12 8 4 20 1.56 3

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

The final series between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs was an exciting one that went back and forth with three overtime games. The Rangers took the first two at home and the Leafs took the next two in Toronto. The circus forced the Rangers to vacate Madison Square Garden after the first two games. The Rangers would score three game-winning goals in overtime including the Cup winner. Lynn and Murray Patrick played for the Rangers to be the third and fourth members of the Patrick family to win the Stanley Cup.

Bryan Hextall scored in overtime in the final game to give the Rangers their last Stanley Cup until 1994.

New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 2Toronto Maple Leafs1 New York Rangers 2 OT
April 3Toronto Maple Leafs2 New York Rangers 6
April 6New York Rangers1 Toronto Maple Leafs2
April 9New York Rangers0 Toronto Maple Leafs3
April 11New York Rangers 2 Toronto Maple Leafs1 2OT
April 13New York Rangers 3 Toronto Maple Leafs2 OT

New York wins best-of-seven series 4–2.

1940 New York Rangers Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Dave Kerr, Art Coulter, Ott Heller, Alex Shibicky, Mac Colville, Neil Colville, Phil Watson, Lynn Patrick, Clint Smith, Muzz Patrick, Babe Pratt, Bryan Hextall, Kilby MacDonald, Dutch Hiller, Alf Pike, Stanford Smith, Lester Patrick (manager), Frank Boucher (coach), Harry Westerby (trainer)

Awards and recordsEdit

Game AdsEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1939-40 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
New York Rangers
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Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)


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