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80-81NYR
1980–81 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
Conference T-7th Campbell
1980–81 record 30–36–14
Goals for 312
Goals against 317
Coach Fred Shero,
Craig Patrick
Captain Walt Tkaczuk
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Ed Johnstone/Anders Hedberg (30)
Assists Ron Greschner (41)
Points Anders Hedberg (70)
Penalties in minutes Barry Beck (231)
Wins Doug Soetaert (16)
Goals against average Steve Weeks (2.00)

The 1980–81 New York Rangers season was the 55th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). In the regular season, the Rangers finished in fourth place in the Patrick Division with 74 points and earned a berth in the playoffs. New York won series with the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues to reach the NHL semi-finals, where the team was defeated by the New York Islanders in a four-game sweep.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Fred Shero, citing a drinking problem, chose to resign as coach. Craig Patrick, the Rangers' director of operations replaced him. Craig Patrick became the third generation of the Patrick family to coach the Rangers, after Lester Patrick, Lynn Patrick and Muzz Patrick.[1]

Halfway through the season, veteran Phil Esposito decided to retire. He retired after 18 seasons, the last six with the Rangers. He finished his career with 717 goals, 1,590 points.[2]

Final standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 355 260 110
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 313 249 97
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 329 298 92
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 312 317 74
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 286 317 70

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 9, 19802–7 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 0–1–0
2WOctober 11, 19808–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 1–1–0
3LOctober 12, 19803–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 1–2–0
4LOctober 15, 19801–2 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 1–3–0
5LOctober 18, 19802–8 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 1–4–0
6LOctober 19, 19802–4 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 1–5–0
7WOctober 22, 19803–2 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 2–5–0
8LOctober 25, 19802–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 2–6–0
9WOctober 26, 19807–6 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 3–6–0
10LOctober 28, 19804–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 3–7–0
11TOctober 30, 19803–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 3–7–1
12LNovember 1, 19804–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 3–8–1
13LNovember 2, 19803–6 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 3–9–1
14TNovember 5, 19803–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 3–9–2
15LNovember 8, 19804–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 3–10–2
16LNovember 10, 19801–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 3–11–2
17LNovember 11, 19803–7 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 3–12–2
18TNovember 14, 19803–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 3–12–3
19WNovember 16, 19807–3 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 4–12–3
20LNovember 19, 19801–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 4–13–3
21LNovember 22, 19804–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 4–14–3
22TNovember 23, 19802–2 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 4–14–4
23WNovember 26, 19806–4 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 5–14–4
24WNovember 29, 19804–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 6–14–4
25LDecember 1, 19803–5 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 6–15–4
26WDecember 3, 19804–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 7–15–4
27WDecember 5, 19805–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 8–15–4
28WDecember 7, 19805–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 9–15–4
29WDecember 10, 19806–2 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 10–15–4
30WDecember 12, 19804–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 11–15–4
31LDecember 14, 19801–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 11–16–4
32WDecember 17, 19808–2 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 12–16–4
33TDecember 20, 19803–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 12–16–5
34LDecember 22, 19802–3 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 12–17–5
35LDecember 26, 19803–7 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 12–18–5
36LDecember 28, 19802–5 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 12–19–5
37WDecember 30, 19806–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 13–19–5
38LDecember 31, 19804–6 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 13–20–5
39WJanuary 2, 19813–1 New York Islanders (1980–81) 14–20–5
40TJanuary 4, 19812–2 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 14–20–6
41TJanuary 9, 19813–3 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 14–20–7
42LJanuary 11, 19813–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 14–21–7
43TJanuary 13, 19814–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 14–21–8
44LJanuary 15, 19813–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 14–22–8
45LJanuary 18, 19810–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 14–23–8
46WJanuary 19, 19816–3 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 15–23–8
47LJanuary 21, 19811–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 15–24–8
48WJanuary 23, 19817–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 16–24–8
49WJanuary 24, 19817–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 17–24–8
50WJanuary 28, 19816–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 18–24–8
51WJanuary 31, 19817–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 19–24–8
52LFebruary 2, 19812–3 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 19–25–8
53WFebruary 4, 19819–3 New York Islanders (1980–81) 20–25–8
54LFebruary 5, 19813–6 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 20–26–8
55TFebruary 8, 19813–3 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 20–26–9
56WFebruary 12, 19818–6 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 21–26–9
57LFebruary 14, 19813–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 21–27–9
58LFebruary 15, 19814–5 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 21–28–9
59WFebruary 18, 19818–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 22–28–9
60LFebruary 19, 19813–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 22–29–9
61WFebruary 21, 19816–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 23–29–9
62LFebruary 22, 19815–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 23–30–9
63WFebruary 25, 19816–3 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 24–30–9
64LFebruary 28, 19814–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 24–31–9
65TMarch 1, 19814–4 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 24–31–10
66TMarch 4, 19815–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 24–31–11
67LMarch 7, 19812–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 24–32–11
68TMarch 8, 19814–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 24–32–12
69LMarch 10, 19814–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 24–33–12
70LMarch 11, 19813–4 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 24–34–12
71WMarch 14, 19816–2 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 25–34–12
72WMarch 18, 19813–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 26–34–12
73WMarch 21, 19816–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 27–34–12
74TMarch 22, 19817–7 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 27–34–13
75LMarch 25, 19812–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 27–35–13
76WMarch 28, 19816–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 28–35–13
77TMarch 30, 19810–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 28–35–14
78LApril 2, 19811–2 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 28–36–14
79WApril 3, 19813–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 29–36–14
80WApril 5, 19812–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 30–36–14

PlayoffsEdit

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg RW 80 30 40 70 520713
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 80 30 38 68 10015435
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 74 27 41 68 1120601
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 75 26 38 64 8312402
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 73 19 39 58 407513
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 61 29 23 52 9917759
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 79 11 36 47 13224301
Nilsson, UlfUlf Nilsson C 51 14 25 39 42-3103
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 50 17 21 38 832510
Beck, BarryBarry Beck D 75 11 23 34 2319610
Talafous, DeanDean Talafous RW 50 13 17 30 282120
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 80 6 23 29 1000100
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 43 6 22 28 2813100
Silk, DaveDave Silk RW 59 14 12 26 58-24201
Nethery, LanceLance Nethery C 33 11 12 23 120200
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 74 3 20 23 9119100
Gillis, JereJere Gillis LW 35 10 10 20 46101
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 41 7 13 20 20-13300
Hospodar, EdEd Hospodar D 61 5 14 19 21410000
Kotsopoulos, ChrisChris Kotsopoulos D 54 4 12 16 153-10000
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 27 5 6 11 91-6100
Wallin, PeterPeter Wallin RW 12 1 5 6 2-1000
Sulliman, DougDoug Sulliman RW 32 4 1 5 32-9000
McCarthy, DanDan McCarthy C 5 4 0 4 43200
Burns, GaryGary Burns LW/C 11 2 2 4 18-9001
Connor, CamCam Connor RW 15 1 3 4 446000
Dore, AndreAndre Dore D 15 1 3 4 15-1000
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 8 1 2 3 46-5000
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 10 0 2 2 20000
Bandura, JeffJeff Bandura D 2 0 1 1 0-3000
Bothwell, TimTim Bothwell D 3 0 1 1 00000
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 10 0 1 1 20000
Baker, SteveSteve Baker G 21 0 0 0 50000
McDougal, MikeMike McDougal RW 2 0 0 0 01000
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 39 0 0 0 20000
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks G 1 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 2320 39 16 16 7 152 3.93 0
Baker, SteveSteve Baker 1260 21 10 6 5 73 3.48 2
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 600 10 3 6 1 34 3.40 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 560 10 1 7 1 48 5.14 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks 60 1 0 1 0 2 2.00 0
Team: 4800 80 30 36 14 309 3.86 2

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 14 8 9 17 16011
Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg RW 14 8 8 16 6300
Nilsson, UlfUlf Nilsson C 14 8 8 16 23301
Beck, BarryBarry Beck D 14 5 8 13 32110
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 14 4 8 12 17100
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 12 4 7 11 14100
Nethery, LanceLance Nethery C 14 5 3 8 9001
Talafous, DeanDean Talafous RW 14 3 5 8 2000
Wallin, PeterPeter Wallin RW 14 2 6 8 6000
Gillis, JereJere Gillis LW 14 2 5 7 9000
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 13 1 6 7 13100
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 14 1 4 5 18001
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 14 3 1 4 20102
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 8 2 2 4 4001
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 14 1 3 4 26000
Kotsopoulos, ChrisChris Kotsopoulos D 14 0 3 3 63000
Hospodar, EdEd Hospodar D 12 2 0 2 93000
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 2 0 2 2 9000
Sulliman, DougDoug Sulliman RW 3 1 0 1 0000
Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes D 3 0 1 1 6000
Baker, SteveSteve Baker G 14 0 0 0 4000
Burns, GaryGary Burns LW/C 1 0 0 0 2000
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 2 0 0 0 4000
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks G 1 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Baker, SteveSteve Baker 826 14 7 7 55 4.00 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks 14 1 0 0 1 4.29 0
Team: 840 14 7 7 56 4.00 0

[3]

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

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. McFarlane, p. 204
  2. McFarlane, p. 205
  3. 1980-81 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.

External linksEdit

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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