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1988–89 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 6th Prince of Wales
1988–89 record 37–35–8
Home record 21–17–2
Road record 16–18–6
Goals for 310
Goals against 307
General Manager Phil Esposito
Coach Michel Bergeron and Phil Esposito
Captain Kelly Kisio
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Tony Granato (36)
Assists Tomas Sandstrom (56)
Points Tomas Sandstrom (88)
Penalties in minutes Rudy Poeschek (199)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (28)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (3.69)

The 1988–89 New York Rangers season was the Rangers' 63rd season. The aspect of the season was that it was Guy Lafleur’s comeback.


OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

See also: 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
2 22. Troy Mallette (LW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sault-Ste.-Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2 26. Murray Duval (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
3 68. Tony Amonte (LW) Flag of the United States United States

Regular seasonEdit

Guy LafleurEdit

After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Guy Lafleur returned to the NHL during the 1988–89 with the New York Rangers. Lafleur remained one of the few players that did not wear protective helmets due to the Grandfather clause. A highlight of Lafleur's season was the opportunity to be on the same team with Marcel Dionne. During his first game back in the Montreal Forum, he scored twice against Patrick Roy during the Rangers' 7–5 loss to the Canadiens. Although his high-scoring days were well behind him, his stint with the Rangers was moderately successful and he helped the team to first place in the Patrick Division until being knocked out by a knee injury. The Rangers would finish the season in third place.

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Washington Capitals 80 41 29 10 305 259 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 33 7 347 349 87
New York Rangers 80 37 35 8 310 307 82
Philadelphia Flyers 80 36 36 8 307 285 80
New Jersey Devils 80 27 41 12 281 325 66
New York Islanders 80 28 47 5 265 325 61

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 6, 19882–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 0–0–1
2WOctober 8, 19884–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 1–0–1
3LOctober 10, 19880–5 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 1–1–1
4LOctober 12, 19883–4 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 1–2–1
5WOctober 16, 19883–2 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 2–2–1
6WOctober 19, 19885–1 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 3–2–1
7WOctober 21, 19884–1 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 4–2–1
8WOctober 23, 19888–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 5–2–1
9WOctober 26, 19884–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 6–2–1
10WOctober 29, 19886–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 7–2–1
11WOctober 30, 19889–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 8–2–1
12LNovember 2, 19884–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 8–3–1
13LNovember 6, 19885–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 8–4–1
14LNovember 8, 19883–4 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 8–5–1
15WNovember 9, 19885–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 9–5–1
16TNovember 11, 19884–4 OT Boston Bruins (1988–89) 9–5–2
17LNovember 13, 19883–5 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 9–6–2
18TNovember 15, 19883–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 9–6–3
19WNovember 17, 19886–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 10–6–3
20WNovember 19, 19884–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 11–6–3
21LNovember 21, 19882–4 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 11–7–3
22LNovember 23, 19882–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 11–8–3
23WNovember 26, 19886–4 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 12–8–3
24WNovember 27, 19885–3 New York Islanders (1988–89) 13–8–3
25WNovember 29, 19884–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 14–8–3
26LDecember 1, 19883–6 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 14–9–3
27LDecember 4, 19886–10 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 14–10–3
28WDecember 6, 19885–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 15–10–3
29LDecember 8, 19884–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 15–11–3
30TDecember 10, 19881–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 15–11–4
31LDecember 12, 19882–5 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 15–12–4
32WDecember 14, 19882–1 New York Islanders (1988–89) 16–12–4
33LDecember 17, 19883–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 16–13–4
34WDecember 19, 19883–1 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 17–13–4
35LDecember 21, 19882–5 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 17–14–4
36TDecember 23, 19882–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 17–14–5
37WDecember 26, 19885–1 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 18–14–5
38WDecember 27, 19887–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 19–14–5
39WDecember 31, 19884–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 20–14–5
40WJanuary 2, 19895–4 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 21–14–5
41TJanuary 4, 19893–3 OT Washington Capitals (1988–89) 21–14–6
42WJanuary 7, 19895–1 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 22–14–6
43LJanuary 9, 19894–5 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 22–15–6
44TJanuary 14, 19894–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 22–15–7
45WJanuary 15, 19896–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 23–15–7
46WJanuary 18, 19896–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 24–15–7
47WJanuary 19, 19895–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 25–15–7
48WJanuary 21, 19895–4 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 26–15–7
49WJanuary 23, 19893–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 27–15–7
50LJanuary 26, 19893–5 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 27–16–7
51TJanuary 28, 19891–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 27–16–8
52WJanuary 30, 19897–3 New York Islanders (1988–89) 28–16–8
53LFebruary 1, 19893–4 OT Washington Capitals (1988–89) 28–17–8
54LFebruary 4, 19895–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 28–18–8
55LFebruary 5, 19893–5 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 28–19–8
56WFebruary 9, 19894–3 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 29–19–8
57LFebruary 12, 19891–3 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 29–20–8
58LFebruary 14, 19891–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 29–21–8
59LFebruary 17, 19896–10 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 29–22–8
60WFebruary 18, 19895–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 30–22–8
61WFebruary 20, 19897–4 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 31–22–8
62LFebruary 22, 19894–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 31–23–8
63WFebruary 25, 19897–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 32–23–8
64WFebruary 27, 19896–4 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 33–23–8
65WMarch 1, 19897–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 34–23–8
66LMarch 3, 19893–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 34–24–8
67LMarch 5, 19890–5 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 34–25–8
68LMarch 8, 19890–2 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 34–26–8
69LMarch 9, 19892–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 34–27–8
70LMarch 11, 19892–4 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 34–28–8
71WMarch 13, 19894–3 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 35–28–8
72LMarch 15, 19893–6 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 35–29–8
73LMarch 18, 19893–8 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 35–30–8
74WMarch 20, 19897–4 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 36–30–8
75WMarch 22, 19893–1 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 37–30–8
76LMarch 25, 19891–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 37–31–8
77LMarch 26, 19894–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 37–32–8
78LMarch 29, 19893–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 37–33–8
79LApril 1, 19892–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 37–34–8
80LApril 2, 19894–6 New York Islanders (1988–89) 37–35–8

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Tomas Sandstrom 28 79 32 56 88 148 4 3 2 5 12
Brian Leetch 2 68 23 48 71 50 3 0 1 1 4
Brian Mullen 19 78 29 35 64 60 3 0 1 1 4
Tony Granato 18 78 36 27 63 140 4 1 1 2 21
Kelly Kisio 11 70 26 36 62 91 4 0 0 0 9
Carey Wilson 17 41 21 34 55 45 4 1 2 3 2
James Patrick 3 68 11 36 47 41 4 0 1 1 2
Guy Lafleur 10 67 18 27 45 12 4 1 0 1 0
Ulf Dahlen 9 56 24 19 43 50 4 0 0 0 0
John Ogrodnick 25 60 13 29 42 14 3 2 0 2 0
Lucien DeBlois 23 73 9 24 33 107 4 0 0 0 4
Michel Petit 24 69 8 25 33 154 4 0 2 2 27
Jason Lafreniere 15 38 8 16 24 6 3 0 0 0 17
Marcel Dionne 16 37 7 16 23 20 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Lafreniere 15 38 8 16 24 6 3 0 0 0 17
Brian Lawton - 30 7 10 17 39 0 0 0 0 0
David Shaw 21 63 6 11 17 88 4 0 2 2 30
Jan Erixon 20 44 4 11 15 27 4 0 1 1 2
Chris Nilan 31 38 7 7 14 177 4 0 1 1 28
Mark Hardy 14 56 2 12 14 45 4 0 1 1 31
Don Maloney - 31 4 9 13 16 0 0 0 0 0
Ron Greschner 4 58 1 10 11 94 4 0 1 1 6
Darren Turcotte 8 20 7 3 10 4 1 0 0 0 0
Norm Maciver - 26 0 10 10 14 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Miller 26 24 3 5 8 2 0 0 0 0 0
Igor Liba - 10 2 5 7 15 0 0 0 0 0
Normand Rochefort 5 11 1 5 6 18 0 0 0 0 0
Lindy Ruff 44 13 0 5 5 31 2 0 0 0 17
Rudy Poeschek 29 52 0 2 2 199 0 0 0 0 0
Doug Wickenheiser 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simon Wheeldon 41 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Miloslav Horava 6 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dean Kennedy 16 0 1 1 40 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Paterson 27 20 0 1 1 84 0 0 0 0 0
Stephane Brochu 32 21 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Cyr 22 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
James Latos 44 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jayson More 40 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Hammond 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Janssens 47 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Bloemberg 38 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peter Laviolette 39 12 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
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GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Bob Froese 30 9 14 4 1 3.78
John Vanbiesbrouck 56 28 21 4 0 3.69

RosterEdit

New York Rangers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


ForwardsEdit

Tomas Sandstrom, Ulf Dahlen, Lucien DeBlois, John Ogrodnick, Jan Erixon, Chris Nilan, Brian Mullen, Paul Cyr, Tony Granato, Kelly Kisio (captain), Carey Wilson, Marcel Dionne, Don Maloney.

DefencemenEdit

Michel Petit, Mark Hardy, David Shaw, Norm MacIver, Norman Rochefort

PlayoffsEdit

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 New York Rangers 1 Pittsburgh Penguins 3
April 6 New York Rangers 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 7
April 8 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 New York Rangers 4 (OT)
April 9 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 New York Rangers 3

Pittsburgh wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1988-89 New York Rangers [NHL] player statistics at hockeydb.com
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 184, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
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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