Team Recap: 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers

The 7th-seeded '71-'72 New York Rangers

The 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers

  • Dave Balon (LW)
    • 14 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   -1   16 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ab DeMarco Jr. (D)
    • 14 GP   1 G   6 A   7 P   +1   19 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Gary Doak (D)
    • 14 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   10 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jack Egers (RW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even  0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bill Fairbairn (RW)
    • 14 GP   3 G   5 A   8 P   -1   23 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Ed Giacomin (G)
    • 14 GP   14 GS   7-5-2   3.14 GAA   .889 SV%   0 SO   6 Stars
  • Rod Gilbert (RW)
    • 14 GP   6 G   10* A   16 P   -3   62 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   4 Stars
  • Vic Hadfield (LW)
    • 14 GP   9* G   10* A   19* P   -4   63* S   1 GWG   18* PIM   7* Stars
  • Ted Irvine (LW)
    • 14 GP   4 G   3 A   7 P   +3*   18 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   2 Stars
  • Bruce MacGregor (C)
    • 14 GP   5 G   4 A   9 P   +3*   17 S   2* GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Jim Neilson (D)
    • 14 GP   0 G   6 A   6 P   -1   37 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Brad Park (D)
    • 14 GP   6 G   7 A   13 P   -2   47 S   1 GWG   10 PIM   4 Stars
  • Jean Ratelle (C)
    • 14 GP   5 G   9 A   14 P   +3*   30 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Dale Rolfe (D)
    • 14 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -1   35 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bobby Rousseau (RW)
    • 14 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   +2   24 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   7* Stars
  • Glen Sather (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even  0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rod Seiling (D)
    • 14 GP   1 G   5 A   6 P   -1   29 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pete Stemkowski (C)
    • 14 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -7   25 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Walt Tkaczuk (C)
    • 14 GP   6 G   5 A   11 P   -1   35 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   7* Stars
  • Gilles Villemure (G)
    • 1 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 7-5-2
  • Goals Scored: 50
  • Goals/Game: 3.57
  • Goals Allowed: 44
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.14
  • Shots: 490
  • Shots Allowed: 405
  • Shots/Game: 35.0
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 28.9 – 5th-best in tournament
  • # of PP’s: 35
  • PPG’s: 9
  • PP%: 25.7%
  • TSH: 29
  • PPGA: 1
  • PK%: 96.6% – Highest in tournament, excluding teams that did not allow a PPG
  • Penalties in minutes: 72

The ’71-’72 New York Rangers have represented the the Original Six franchise in both of the Ultimate NHL Playoffs now. However, their second trip here was less successful.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Defeated 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators in seven games after trailing 3-2 in the series

Third Round:

Lost to the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres in seven games after leading 2-0 and then trailing 3-2

Under Hall of Famer Emile Francis, the ’71-’72 Rangers finished 2nd in the very competitive East Division after posting a 48-17-13 record, which was good for 109 points. Despite having the 13th out of 14 weakest strength of schedule, Hockey Reference’s SRS rating had this Rangers team as the 2nd best team in the league. That 1.49 SRS is also the best for a season in New York’s history. They were also 2nd in the league in goals for (4.06 per game) and ranked 3rd in the league in goals allowed (2.46 per game). They had the pleasure of defeating the Montreal Canadiens in the Quarterfinals in six games and then swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the Semifinals. Their playoff run ended in the Stanley Cup final when they fell in six games to the Boston Bruins.

This era of Rangers hockey was ruled by the Goal-a-Game line, which included Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert. They were third, fourth and fifth overall in points in the league, respectively. Ratelle, remarkably, was third in the league with 109 points (46 G 63 A) in just 63 games played, which was 15 less than Hadfield and 10 less than Gilbert. Hadfield was the team leader in goals (50) and he added 56 assists for a total of 106 points. Gilbert posted 43 goals and 54 assists for 97 points. Scoring depth came from guys like Walt Tkaczuk, Bill Fairbairn, Bobby Rousseau and defensemen Brad Park and Rod Seiling. Park was the teams top defenseman and he added 130 PIM to his 73 points. Goalkeeping duties were kind of split between Ed Giacomin and Gilles Villemure, but Giacomin, the Hall of Famer, was the #1 and made more starts in the regular season and playoffs. Park posted the team’s highest Point Share at 13.8, just narrowly beating out Ratelle who posted a 13.6 while Hadfield was a fairly close third at 13.1.

Up next are the 5th-seeded ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks!

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