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71-72NYR
1971–72 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 2nd East
1971–72 record 48-17-13
Goals for 317
Goals against 192
Coach Emile Francis
Captain Vic Hadfield
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Vic Hadfield (50)
Assists Jean Ratelle (63)
Points Jean Ratelle (109)
Penalties in minutes Vic Hadfield (142)
Wins Gilles Villemure, Ed Giacomin (24)
Goals against average Gilles Villemure (2.09)

The 1971–72 New York Rangers season was the 46th season in franchise history. Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, and Rod Gilbert ranked third, fourth and fifth overall in league scoring.[1] The Rangers qualified for the postseason for the sixth consecutive season. The club made its first appearance in the Stanley Cup final since 1950 but lost in six games to the Boston Bruins.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Main article: 1971 NHL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/club team

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 119
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 108
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 80
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 76
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 51
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 48

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 9, 19714–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 0–0–1
2WOctober 10, 19714–1 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 1–0–1
3LOctober 13, 19711–6 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 1–1–1
4WOctober 16, 19715–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 2–1–1
5WOctober 17, 19718–4 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 3–1–1
6WOctober 20, 19713–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 4–1–1
7WOctober 23, 19714–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 5–1–1
8TOctober 24, 19711–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 5–1–2
9WOctober 27, 19717–4 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 6–1–2
10TOctober 30, 19711–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 6–1–3
11TOctober 31, 19713–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 6–1–4
12WNovember 3, 19717–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 7–1–4
13WNovember 5, 19718–1 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 8–1–4
14WNovember 6, 19713–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 9–1–4
15WNovember 10, 19717–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 10–1–4
16WNovember 13, 19715–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 11–1–4
17WNovember 14, 19716–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 12–1–4
18LNovember 20, 19711–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 12–2–4
19WNovember 21, 197112–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 13–2–4
20WNovember 24, 19718–3 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 14–2–4
21LNovember 27, 19711–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 14–3–4
22WNovember 28, 19714–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 15–3–4
23WDecember 1, 19717–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 16–3–4
24LDecember 4, 19712–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 16–4–4
25WDecember 5, 19716–3 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 17–4–4
26TDecember 8, 19712–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 17–4–5
27WDecember 9, 19715–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 18–4–5
28WDecember 12, 19716–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 19–4–5
29WDecember 15, 19716–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 20–4–5
30LDecember 16, 19711–8 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 20–5–5
31WDecember 18, 19715–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 21–5–5
32TDecember 19, 19711–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 21–5–6
33WDecember 22, 19714–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 22–5–6
34WDecember 25, 19712–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 23–5–6
35WDecember 26, 19715–1 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 24–5–6
36WDecember 29, 19715–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 25–5–6
37LJanuary 2, 19721–4 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 25–6–6
38WJanuary 5, 19729–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 26–6–6
39WJanuary 9, 19728–0 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 27–6–6
40TJanuary 12, 19725–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 27–6–7
41WJanuary 13, 19725–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 28–6–7
42LJanuary 15, 19723–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 28–7–7
43WJanuary 19, 19725–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 29–7–7
44WJanuary 21, 19725–0 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 30–7–7
45LJanuary 22, 19722–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 30–8–7
46WJanuary 26, 19725–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 31–8–7
47LJanuary 29, 19722–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 31–9–7
48TJanuary 30, 19721–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 31–9–8
49LFebruary 2, 19720–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 31–10–8
50WFebruary 3, 19724–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 32–10–8
51LFebruary 5, 19725–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 32–11–8
52TFebruary 6, 19722–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 32–11–9
53WFebruary 9, 19724–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 33–11–9
54WFebruary 12, 19728–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 34–11–9
55WFebruary 13, 19724–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 35–11–9
56WFebruary 15, 19725–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 36–11–9
57WFebruary 17, 19726–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 37–11–9
58TFebruary 18, 19722–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 37–11–10
59WFebruary 20, 19724–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 38–11–10
60WFebruary 22, 19727–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 39–11–10
61WFebruary 23, 19724–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 40–11–10
62WFebruary 27, 19722–0 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 41–11–10
63WMarch 1, 19724–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 42–11–10
64WMarch 2, 19724–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 43–11–10
65WMarch 5, 19726–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 44–11–10
66TMarch 8, 19723–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 44–11–11
67WMarch 11, 19724–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 45–11–11
68LMarch 12, 19723–7 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 45–12–11
69LMarch 15, 19721–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 45–13–11
70WMarch 16, 19722–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 46–13–11
71WMarch 18, 19725–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 47–13–11
72WMarch 19, 19725–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 48–13–11
73LMarch 23, 19721–4 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 48–14–11
74TMarch 25, 19723–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 48–14–12
75LMarch 26, 19720–5 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 48–15–12
76TMarch 29, 19722–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 48–15–13
77LApril 1, 19721–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 48–16–13
78LApril 2, 19725–6 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 48–17–13

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle 63 46 63 109 461516
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield 78 50 56 106 142602307
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert 73 43 54 97 6451604
Park, BradBrad Park 75 24 49 73 13062824
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk 76 24 42 66 6534322
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn 78 22 37 59 5336246
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau 78 21 36 57 128416
Seiling, RodRod Seiling 78 5 36 41 6253012
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor 75 19 21 40 2223135
Neilson, JimJim Neilson 78 7 30 37 5638200
Irvine, TedTed Irvine 78 15 21 36 668001
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski 59 11 17 28 532101
Carr, GeneGene Carr 59 8 8 16 2516103
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe 68 2 14 16 6741000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather 76 5 9 14 77-2000
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco 48 4 7 11 418100
Doak, GaryGary Doak 49 1 10 11 5416000
Balon, DaveDave Balon 16 4 5 9 25101
Jarry, PierrePierre Jarry 34 3 3 6 202000
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette 8 1 4 5 0-1100
Egers, JackJack Egers 17 2 1 3 142100
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 44 0 3 3 40000
Stewart, RonRon Stewart 13 0 2 2 2-6000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 37 0 2 2 60000
Gratton, NormNorm Gratton 3 0 1 1 01000
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 1 0 0 0 00000
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz 7 0 0 0 0-1000
McMahon, Jr., MikeMike McMahon, Jr. 1 0 0 0 01000
Williams, TomTom Williams 3 0 0 0 2-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 2551 44 24 10 9 115 2.70 1
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 2129 37 24 7 4 74 2.09 3
Team: 4680 78 48 17 13 189 2.42 4

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau 16 6 11 17 7001
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield 16 7 9 16 22201
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert 16 7 8 15 11402
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn 16 5 7 12 11201
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski 16 4 8 12 18001
Park, BradBrad Park 16 4 7 11 21201
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk 16 4 6 10 35002
Irvine, TedTed Irvine 16 4 5 9 19000
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor 16 2 6 8 4010
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe 16 4 3 7 16001
Seiling, RodRod Seiling 16 1 4 5 10100
Carr, GeneGene Carr 16 1 3 4 21000
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette 13 1 3 4 2100
Stewart, RonRon Stewart 8 2 1 3 0000
Neilson, JimJim Neilson 10 0 3 3 8000
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco 4 0 1 1 0000
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle 6 0 1 1 0000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather 16 0 1 1 22000
Andrascik, SteveSteve Andrascik 1 0 0 0 0000
Doak, GaryGary Doak 12 0 0 0 46000
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 1 0 0 0 0000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 10 0 0 0 2000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 6 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 600 10 6 4 27 2.70 0
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 360 6 4 2 14 2.33 0
Team: 960 16 10 6 41 2.56 0

[2]

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 30 New York5 Boston 6
May 2 New York1 Boston 2
May 4 Boston 2 New York 5
May 7 Boston 3 New York 2
May 9 New York3 Boston 2
May 11 Boston 3 New York 0

Boston wins the series 4–2.

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  2. 1971-72 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
New York Rangers
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Madison Square Garden
Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)


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