7th-seeded ’71-’72 Rangers Trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in Series, but Defeat 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Senators in Low-Scoring Seven Games

(Photo via rangers.nhl.com)

(Photo via rangers.nhl.com)

In a series that only averaged just over six total goals per game, it was the 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers who came out on top over the 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators. Last year, the Goal-A-Game Line (Hadfield-Ratelle-Gilbert) was a dominant force for the ’71-’72 Rangers. In this series, they weren’t as dominant, but the scoring depth for the Rangers was better than Ottawa’s.

With all the talent on their top line, it was defenseman Brad Park who led New York in goals in this series with five. Meanwhile, there was a three-way tie for second at four with Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle and Walt Tkaczuk. Vic Hadfield tallied eight assists in the series to lead the Rangers while Gilbert was second behind him with five. Hadfield also led New York in overall scoring with 10 points in the seven games while Gilbert and Park were tied for second right behind Hadfield with nine points apiece. Park and his defensive partner, Rod Seiling, were tied for the team lead in plus/minus at +7 as Park was arguably the best player in the series. Behind them in second was Ratelle who posted a +6 rating. In goal, Ed Giacomin, did not have a very good series. He posted a measly .899 save percentage, but posted a decent 2.57 goals against average. However, that could be more due to the solid defensive work in front of him, who allowed just 25.4 shots against per game.

Going up against the Goal-A-Game Line was the Pizza Line for the Senators, Heatley-Spezza-Alfredsson. In terms of combined points, the GAG Line just barely out-produced the Pizza Line 25 to 24. To no one’s surprise, it was Dany Heatley who led the Senators in goal scoring with six in the series while Daniel Alfredsson was second with four. Alfie and Jason Spezza both posted a team-high five assists while Heatley was tied with gigantic defenseman, Zdeno Chara, for second with four. Heatley finished with 10 points in the series to lead Ottawa while Alfie’s nine were good enough for second. Defenseman Christoph Schubert was the only Senator to post a plus/minus rating above even at +1, however he did only appear in six of the seven games of this series. Of player who played in all seven games, Antoine Vermette, Chris Neil and Chris Kelly all posted the highest plus/minus ratings for the Sens at even. Goaltender Dominik Hasek‘s stats don’t look all the great, he posted a 3.57 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. However, it was only because of him that the Senators were able to not just make it to seven games, but even lead in this series three times before losing Game 7.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. OTT – G – Dominik Hasek – 7 GP   7 GS   3-3-1   3.57 GAA   .905 SV%   7 Star Points
  2. NYR – LW – Vic Hadfield – 2 G   8 A   10 P   +4   28 S   10 PIM   5 Star Points
  3. NYR – D – Brad Park – 5 G   4 A   9 P   +7   29 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 0 2 2 4
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 0 1 2 3

GAME SUMMARY: ‘05-’06 OTT – 4   ‘71-’72 NYR – 3  (1-0   ‘05-’06 OTT)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 OTT – 1:50 – OTT: C. Kelly (1) assisted by J. Spezza (5), A. Meszaros (3)
  • 2 – 0 OTT – 2:51 – OTT: D. Heatley (9) assisted by J. Spezza (6), D. Alfredsson (10)
  • 2 – 1 OTT – 15:24 – NYR: B. Park (1) assisted by V. Hadfield (1), R. Gilbert (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 OTT – 6:20 – OTT: D. Alfredsson (6) assisted by D. Heatley (6)
  • 4 – 1 OTT – 12:50 – OTT: D. Heatley (10) assisted by Z. Chara (3), D. Alfredsson (11)
  • 4 – 2 OTT – 13:15 – NYR: W. Tkaczuk (1) assisted by B. Fairbairn (1), A. DeMarco Jr. (1)
  • 4 – 3 OTT – 14:55 – NYR: J. Ratelle (1) assisted by R. Gilbert (2), V. Hadfield (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

4

Goals

3

29

SOG

39

0/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

D. Heatley (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dany Heatley (OTT)
  • 2nd Star: Daniel Alfredsson (OTT)
  • 3rd Star: Dominik Hasek (OTT)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 0 1 1 2
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ‘71-’72 NYR – 5   ‘05-’06 OTT – 2  (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NYR – 9:28 – NYR: W. Tkaczuk (2) assisted by J. Neilson (1), D. Rolfe (1)
  • 2 – 0 NYR – 13:12 – NYR: R. Gilbert (1) assisted by V. Hadfield (3)
  • 3 – 0 NYR – 13:49 – NYR: J. Ratelle (2) assisted by V. Hadfield (4), R. Gilbert (3)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4 – 0 NYR – 7:46 – NYR: B. MacGregor (1) assisted by B. Park (1)
  • 4 – 1 NYR – 18:56 – OTT: D. Heatley (11) assisted by A. Vermette (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 1 NYR – 6:36 – PP – NYR: W. Tkaczuk (3) assisted by D. Balon (1), B. Fairbairn (2)
    • OTT replaces starting goalie D. Hasek with backup R. Emery
  • 5 – 2 NYR – 14:11 – OTT: C. Neil (2) assisted by C. Kelly (2), J. Spezza (7)

 

TEAM STATS:

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

2

Goals

5

28

SOG

27

0/1

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Ratelle (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Walt Tkaczuk (NYR)
  • 2nd Star: Rod Gilbert (NYR)
  • 3rd Star: Vic Hadfield (NYR)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 1 0 0 0 1
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 0 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ‘05-’06 OTT – 2   ‘71-’72 NYR – 1   (OT)   (2-1   ‘05-’06 OTT)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NYR – 17:35 – NYR: B. Park (2) assisted by T. Irvine (1)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 7:28 – OTT: D. Alfredsson (7) assisted by D. Heatley (7)

 

Overtime:

  • 2 – 1 OTT – 2:11 – OTT: C. Neil (3) assisted by J. Spezza (8)

 

TEAM STATS:

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

1

Goals

2

29

SOG

31

0/1

PP

0/4

4/4

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

C. Neil (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dominik Hasek (OTT)
  • 2nd Star: Ed Giacomin (NYR)
  • 3rd Star: Brad Park (NYR)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 2 0 2 1 5
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 1 3 0 0 4

GAME SUMMARY: ‘71-’72 NYR – 5   ‘05-’06 OTT – 4   (OT)   (2-2)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 OTT – 8:44 – OTT: C. Neil (4) assisted by Z. Chara (4)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 12:43 – NYR: V. Hadfield (1) unassisted by
  • 2 – 1 NYR – 13:15 – NYR: R. Gilbert (2) assisted by B. Park (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 1:53 – OTT: A. Vermette (4) assisted by D. Heatley (8)
  • 3 – 2 OTT – 17:42 – OTT: D. Heatley (12) assisted by Z. Chara (5)
  • 4 – 2 OTT – 18:36 – OTT: P. Schaefer (2) assisted by B. Pothier (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 3 OTT – 13:02 – NYR: R. Gilbert (3) assisted by V. Hadfield (5), B. Park (3)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 15:45 – PP – NYR: B. Park (3) assisted by J. Ratelle (1), J. Neilson (2)

 

Overtime:

  • 5 – 4 NYR – 0:48 – NYR: W. Tkaczuk (4) unassisted

 

TEAM STATS:

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

5

Goals

4

37

SOG

24

1/4

PP

0/4

4/4

SH

3/4

25%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

75%

W. Tkaczuk (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Brad Park (NYR)
  • 2nd Star: Rod Gilbert (NYR)
  • 3rd Star: Vic Hadfield (NYR)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 1 0 1 1 3
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 1 1 0 0

GAME SUMMARY: ‘05-’06 OTT – 3   ‘71-’72 NYR – 2   (OT)   (3-2   ‘05-’06 OTT)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 OTT – 7:34 – OTT: D. Alfredsson (8) assisted by W. Redden (8)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 13:51 – NYR: B. Fairbairn (1) assisted by W. Tkaczuk (1), G. Doak (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 NYR – 0:21 – NYR: R. Gilbert (4) assisted by R. Seiling (1), J. Ratelle (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 0:13 – PP – OTT: D. Heatley (13) assisted by D. Alfredsson (12), B. McGrattan (1)

 

Overtime:

  • 3 – 2 OTT – 2:42 – OTT: Z. Chara (4) assisted by J. Spezza (9), D. Alfredsson (13)

 

TEAM STATS:

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

3

Goals

2

16

SOG

49

1/2

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

1/2

50%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

50%

Z. Chara (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dominik Hasek (OTT)
  • 2nd Star: Daniel Alfredsson (OTT)
  • 3rd Star: Bill Fairbairn (NYR)

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 2 2 1 5
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ‘71-’72 NYR – 5   ‘05-’06 OTT – 1   (3-3)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 OTT – 6:52 – OTT: P. Schaefer (3) assisted by P. Eaves (2)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 9:35 – NYR: B. Rousseau (1) assisted by A. DeMarco Jr. (2), B. MacGregor (1)
  • 2 – 1 NYR – 19:44 – NYR: B. Park (4) assisted by R. Seiling (2), V. Hadfield (6)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 1 NYR – 5:17 – NYR: J. Ratelle (3) assisted by V. Hadfield (7)
  • 4 – 1 NYR – 11:40 – NYR: T. Irvine (1) assisted by B. Rousseau (1), B. MacGregor (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 1 NYR – 17:01 – NYR: V. Hadfield (2) assisted by R. Gilbert (4), P. Stemkowski (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

5

Goals

1

39

SOG

21

PP

SH

PP%

PK%

B. Park (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

 

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 1 0 1 2
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 1 0 3 4

GAME SUMMARY: ‘71-’72 NYR – 4   ‘05-’06 OTT – 2   (4-3   ‘71-’72 NYR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 OTT – 8:05 – OTT: D. Alfredsson (9) assisted by D. Heatley (9)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 16:44 – NYR: B. Park (5) assisted by B. Rousseau (2), B. MacGregor (3)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 NYR – 7:00 – NYR: T. Irvine (2) assisted by B. Park (4), B. Rousseau (3)
  • 3 – 1 NYR – 11:48 – NYR: B. MacGregor (2) assisted by B. Rousseau (4), T. Irvine (2)
  • 4 – 1 NYR – 12:47 – NYR: J. Ratelle (4) assisted by V. Hadfield (8), R. Gilbert (5)
  • 4 – 2 NYR – 19:34 – OTT: D. Heatley (14) assisted by Z. Chara (6), D. Alfredsson (14)

 

TEAM STATS:

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

2

Goals

4

29

SOG

46

0/1

PP

0/4

4/4

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

B. MacGregor (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Bobby Rousseau (NYR)
  • 2nd Star: Ted Irvine (NYR)
  • 3rd Star: Bruce MacGregor (NYR)

The Goal-A-Game Line wasn’t as dominant as last year, but just like last year, the ’71-’72 New York Rangers advance from the Second Round. Last year, they only needed four games to dispatch of their opponent, but the ’05-’06 Senators were a much tougher opponent. Those ’05-’06 Senators match their performance from the inaugural tournament by advancing from the First Round, but getting eliminated in the Second Round. Next up in the Third Round, the ’71-’72 Rangers will take on the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres, a matchup of two teams that both appeared in the Quarterfinals last year!

Up next in the Second Round are the 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins, a Semifinalist from the inaugural UNP, and the 36th-seeded ’13-’14 Columbus Blue Jackets!

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