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78-79NYR
1978–79 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 3rd Campbell
1978–79 record 40–29–11
Goals for 316
Goals against 292
General Manager Fred Shero
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Dave Maloney
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (42)
Assists Anders Hedberg (46)
Points Anders Hedberg (79)
Penalties in minutes Nick Fotiu (190)
Wins John Davidson (20)
Goals against average John Davidson (3.52)

The 1978–79 New York Rangers season was the 53rd season for the franchise. The highlight of the season was participating in the Stanley Cup Finals.

OffseasonEdit

The Rangers fired their general manager, John Ferguson, and replaced him with Emile Francis. Jean-Guy Talbot was replaced by former Philadelphia Flyers and two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Fred Shero.

The Rangers chose Don Maloney with their first pick, in the second-round, 26th over-all. Maloney was the younger brother of Dave Maloney, a defenceman with the Rangers. Don Maloney would get into 28 games for the Rangers that season.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 51 15 14 358 214 116
Philadelphia Flyers 80 40 25 15 281 248 95
New York Rangers 80 40 29 11 316 292 91
Atlanta Flames 80 41 31 8 327 280 90

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 12, 19783–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 0–0–1
2WOctober 15, 19784–1 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 1–0–1
3TOctober 18, 19783–3 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 1–0–2
4TOctober 19, 19782–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 1–0–3
5LOctober 21, 19783–5 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 1–1–3
6WOctober 22, 19785–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 2–1–3
7WOctober 25, 19786–2 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 3–1–3
8WOctober 28, 19782–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–1–3
9WOctober 29, 19783–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 5–1–3
10WNovember 2, 19783–0 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 6–1–3
11WNovember 4, 19787–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 7–1–3
12WNovember 5, 19785–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 8–1–3
13LNovember 8, 19783–5 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 8–2–3
14WNovember 11, 19782–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 9–2–3
15LNovember 12, 19783–5 New York Islanders (1978–79) 9–3–3
16WNovember 15, 19788–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 10–3–3
17WNovember 18, 19787–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 11–3–3
18LNovember 19, 19781–3 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 11–4–3
19TNovember 22, 19783–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 11–4–4
20WNovember 26, 19789–4 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 12–4–4
21WNovember 29, 19785–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 13–4–4
22LDecember 2, 19782–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 13–5–4
23LDecember 3, 19782–3 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 13–6–4
24WDecember 6, 19787–4 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 14–6–4
25WDecember 7, 19785–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 15–6–4
26LDecember 9, 19784–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 15–7–4
27LDecember 10, 19780–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 15–8–4
28WDecember 13, 19788–7 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 16–8–4
29LDecember 16, 19781–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 16–9–4
30LDecember 17, 19781–4 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 16–10–4
31WDecember 20, 19786–3 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 17–10–4
32WDecember 22, 19784–2 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 18–10–4
33LDecember 23, 19784–9 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 18–11–4
34WDecember 26, 19785–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 19–11–4
35LDecember 28, 19785–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 19–12–4
36WDecember 30, 19785–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 20–12–4
37LDecember 31, 19785–6 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 20–13–4
38WJanuary 3, 19796–2 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 21–13–4
39WJanuary 5, 19796–4 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 22–13–4
40WJanuary 9, 19795–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 23–13–4
41WJanuary 10, 19795–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 24–13–4
42WJanuary 14, 19796–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 25–13–4
43LJanuary 15, 19791–8 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 25–14–4
44WJanuary 17, 19795–3 New York Islanders (1978–79) 26–14–4
45LJanuary 20, 19792–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 26–15–4
46TJanuary 21, 19795–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 26–15–5
47LJanuary 24, 19791–5 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 26–16–5
48WJanuary 25, 19795–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 27–16–5
49WJanuary 27, 19797–2 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 28–16–5
50WJanuary 30, 19795–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 29–16–5
51LJanuary 31, 19794–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 29–17–5
52LFebruary 3, 19792–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 29–18–5
53WFebruary 14, 19795–1 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 30–18–5
54LFebruary 15, 19793–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 30–19–5
55WFebruary 17, 19794–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 31–19–5
56TFebruary 18, 19796–6 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 31–19–6
57WFebruary 21, 19797–3 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 32–19–6
58WFebruary 24, 19794–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 33–19–6
59WFebruary 25, 19793–2 New York Islanders (1978–79) 34–19–6
60LFebruary 27, 19791–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 34–20–6
61TFebruary 28, 19794–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 34–20–7
62TMarch 3, 19792–2 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 34–20–8
63LMarch 4, 19792–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 34–21–8
64WMarch 7, 19795–3 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 35–21–8
65WMarch 10, 19796–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 36–21–8
66WMarch 11, 19795–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 37–21–8
67LMarch 14, 19794–6 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 37–22–8
68WMarch 15, 19797–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 38–22–8
69LMarch 17, 19792–5 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 38–23–8
70LMarch 18, 19791–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 38–24–8
71TMarch 20, 19792–2 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 38–24–9
72WMarch 21, 19797–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 39–24–9
73LMarch 25, 19790–1 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 39–25–9
74TMarch 27, 19794–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 39–25–10
75LMarch 28, 19791–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 39–26–10
76LApril 1, 19793–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 39–27–10
77WApril 2, 19795–4 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 40–27–10
78TApril 4, 19793–3 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 40–27–11
79LApril 6, 19792–9 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 40–28–11
80LApril 8, 19792–5 New York Islanders (1978–79) 40–29–11

PlayoffsEdit

The Rangers qualified with the fifth-best record, and played the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, winning 2–0. The Rangers then took on Fred Shero's old team the Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference semi-finals, winning 4–1. The Rangers then played their cross-town rival New York Islanders in the Conference Final, winning 4–2 to qualify for the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens.

Stanley Cup FinalEdit

The Canadiens won the Cup in five games, for the first time since 1968 winning it on home ice. After the game Jacques Lemaire, Yvan Cournoyer and Ken Dryden retired. Coach Scotty Bowman would leave the Canadiens to join the Buffalo Sabres.

New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 13 New York4 Montreal 1
May 15 New York2 Montreal 6
May 17 Montreal4New York 1
May 19 Montreal4 New York 3 OT
May 21 New York1 Montreal 4

Montreal wins the series 4–1.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 80 42 36 78 37-11407
Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg RW 80 33 45 78 3319605
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 80 34 41 75 568801
Nilsson, UlfUlf Nilsson C 59 27 39 66 2117825
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 79 27 36 63 3510123
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 80 20 38 58 3510704
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 60 17 36 53 660801
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 66 13 34 47 24-7403
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 77 8 37 45 8614411
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 77 15 27 42 3820400
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch RW 40 15 22 37 6-6402
Plante, PierrePierre Plante RW 70 6 25 31 3711001
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 71 5 26 31 15318100
Talafous, DeanDean Talafous RW 68 13 16 29 295223
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 62 11 17 28 26-10001
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 76 11 17 28 15117121
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 28 9 17 26 394300
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 71 1 19 20 61-3001
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 30 5 3 8 27-5000
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 71 3 5 8 1903001
Polis, GregGreg Polis LW 6 1 1 2 81000
Clark, DanDan Clark D 4 0 1 1 61000
Korney, MikeMike Korney RW 18 0 1 1 184000
Beaton, FrankFrank Beaton LW 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Bothwell, TimTim Bothwell D 1 0 0 0 2-1000
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 39 0 0 0 120000
Dore, AndreAndre Dore D 2 0 0 0 00000
McDougal, MikeMike McDougal RW 1 0 0 0 00000
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 17 0 0 0 40000
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 31 0 0 0 00000
Turner, DeanDean Turner D 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 2232 39 20 12 5 131 3.52 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 1668 31 15 10 3 101 3.63 1
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 900 17 5 7 3 57 3.80 0
Team: 4800 80 40 29 11 289 3.61 1

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 18 8 12 20 20202
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 18 7 13 20 19001
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 18 2 11 13 8201
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 18 7 5 12 16413
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch RW 18 7 5 12 12301
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 18 4 7 11 10010
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 18 2 9 11 13000
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 18 5 4 9 11010
Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg RW 18 4 5 9 12011
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 18 5 3 8 13101
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 18 1 7 8 6000
Sheehan, BobbyBobby Sheehan C 15 4 3 7 8100
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 17 3 4 7 45010
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 18 0 6 6 29000
Plante, PierrePierre Plante RW 18 0 6 6 20000
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 17 5 0 5 10011
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 9 2 0 2 4100
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 7 0 2 2 14000
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 18 0 0 0 6000
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 4 0 0 0 6000
Nilsson, UlfUlf Nilsson C 2 0 0 0 2000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 1106 18 11 7 42 2.28 1
Team: 1106 18 11 7 42 2.28 1

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; 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;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1978 NHL Entry Draft
Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
2 26 Don Maloney (L) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
3 43 Ray Markham (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Flin-Flon Bombers (WCHL)
3 44 Dean Turner (D) Flag of the United States United States University of Michigan (NCAA)
4 59 Dave Silk (R) Flag of the United States United States Boston University (NCAA)
4 60 Andre Dore (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1978-79 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.

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New York Rangers
Team FranchisePlayersCoachesGMsSeasonsRecordsDraft picksHistory
Madison Square Garden
Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)


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