7th-seeded ’71-’72 Rangers Survive Tight Five-Game Series Over 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Senators; Helped by Three Wins in Overtime

(Photo via rangers.nhl.com)

(Photo via rangers.nhl.com)

Game’s 1, 2 and 5 all went to overtime and the 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers were the winners in all three. That went along way to winning this series as they just barely edged out the 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators 16-15 over the course of the five games.

Neither offense played all that well and for the ’71-’72 Rangers, only five players score more than once. Vic Hadfield was their leader in goals with four while there was a four-way tie for second with two goals between Rod Gilbert, Ted Irvine, Jean Ratelle and defenseman Brad Park. Gilbert finished as the team’s top playmaker with four assists while Ratelle was tied for second with Bill Fairbairn with three assists. All of Fairbairn’s assists came in the Rangers’ 4-2 win in Game 3. Gilbert and Hadfield both finished with six points to tie for the team lead while Ratelle was a close second with five. Park, by the way, was ejected in the second period of the series-deciding Game 5 for spearing. Goaltender Ed Giacomin was pretty good for New York during the series. However, his final stats for the series won’t show it because the Senators were able to beat him 10 times in the final two games of the series. Overall, he posted a 4-1-1 record with a 3.00 goals against average and an .886 save percentage.

The offense for the Senators was especially poor early on in this series. They scored just five times over the first three games, but scored 10 during the final two. Much like in the First Round, most of the goal-scoring for Ottawa came from Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley. They both scored four times during this series to tie for the team lead. Patrick Eaves tallied three goals to stand alone in second and was the only other Sen to score more than once. Heatley was also tied for the team lead in assists at four with defenseman Wade Redden. Redden’s defensive partner, Zdeno Chara, was second in assists with three.  Goaltender Dominik Hasek was much better than he was in the First Round for Ottawa. He posted a 1-1-3 record to go along with a 3.20 goals against average and a .920 save percentage, much better than his .874 percentage in the First Round.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. OTT – LW – Dany Heatley – 5 GP   4 G   4 A   8 P   -4   32 S   4 PIM   5 Star Points
  2. NYR – G – Ed Giacomin – 5 GP   5 GS   4-1-0   3.00 GAA   .886 SV%   5 Star Points
  3. OTT – G – Dominik Hasek 0 5 GP   5 GS   1-1-3   3.20 GAA   .920 SV%   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

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

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘71-’72 NYR – 2   ‘05-’06 OTT – 1   (OT)   (1-0   ‘71-’72 NYR)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 NYR – 17:11 – NYR: V. Hadfield (1) assisted by P. Stemkowski (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 7:02 – OTT: P. Eaves (1) assisted by Z. Chara (7), A. Volchenkov (2)

 

Overtime:

  • 2 – 1 NYR – 1:06 – NYR: B. Park (1) assisted by D. Balon (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

1

Goals

2

27

Shots

31

0/1

PP

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

GWG

B. Park (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

 

GAME 2:

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

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘71-’72 NYR – 3   ‘05-’06 OTT – 2   (OT)   (2-0   ‘71-’72 NYR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NYR – 7:28 – NYR: J. Ratelle (1) assisted by R. Gilbert (1), R. Seiling (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 8:45 – OTT: P. Eaves (2) assisted by B. Pothier (4), M. Fisher (3)
  • 2 – 1 NYR – 18:50 – PP – NYR: J. Ratelle (2) unassisted

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 0:13 – OTT: W. Redden (2) assisted by J. Spezza (8), D. Alfredsson (11)

 

Overtime:

  • 3 – 2 NYR – 0:38 – NYR: R. Gilbert (1) assisted by V. Hadfield (1), B. Park (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

2

Goals

3

30

Shots

40

0/1

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

100%

GWG

R. Gilbert (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Jean Ratelle (NYR)
  • 2nd Star: Rod Gilbert (NYR)
  • 3rd Star: Dominik Hasek (OTT)

 

GAME 3:

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

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘71-’72 NYR – 4   ‘05-’06 OTT – 2   (3-0   ‘71-’72 NYR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NYR – 3:45 – NYR: B. Park (2) assisted by B. Fairbairn (1), W. Tkaczuk (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 7:55 – OTT: M. Fisher (2) assisted by W. Redden (5)
  • 2 – 1 OTT – 11:33 – OTT: D. Alfredsson (6) assisted by W. Redden (6)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 14:18 – NYR: D. Balon (1) assisted by B. Fairbairn (2)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 2 NYR – 3:10 – NYR: V. Hadfield (2) assisted by R. Gilbert (2), G. Doak (1)
  • 4 – 2 NYR – 10:41 – PP – NYR: A. Demarco Jr. (1) assisted by B. Fairbairn (3), W. Tkaczuk (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

4

Goals

2

49

Shots

35

1/2

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

1/2

50%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

50%

V. Hadfield (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

 

GAME 4:

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

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

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 OTT – 3:03 – OTT: J. Spezza (2) assisted by D. Heatley (7)
  • 2 – 0 OTT – 7:10 – OTT: P. Schaefer (3) assisted by M. Fisher (4), Z. Chara (8)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 OTT – 2:32 – OTT: D. Heatley (11) assisted by A. Meszaros (3)
  • 4 – 0 OTT – 4:45 – OTT: D. Alfredsson (7) assisted by D. Heatley (8)
  • 5 – 0 OTT – 5:27 – OTT: P. Eaves (3) assisted by W. Redden (7), P. Schaefer (2)
  • 5 – 1 OTT – 5:27 – NYR: V. Hadfield (3) assisted by R. Gilbert (3), J. Ratelle (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 2 NYR – 3:10 – NYR: V. Hadfield (2) assisted by R. Gilbert (2), G. Doak (1)
  • 4 – 2 NYR – 10:41 – PP – NYR: A. Demarco Jr. (1) assisted by B. Fairbairn (3), W. Tkaczuk (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

1

Goals

5

23

Shots

29

0/3

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

P. Schaefer (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#26 ‘05-’06 Senators 1 3 1 0 5
#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers 4 0 1 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘71-’72 NYR – 6   ‘05-’06 OTT – 5   (OT)   (4-1   ‘71-’72 NYR)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 OTT – 0:26 – OTT: D. Heatley (12) unassisted
  • 1 – 1 tie – 6:58 – NYR: T. Irvine (1) assisted by G. Doak (2)
  • 2 – 1 NYR – 11:04 – NYR: V. Hadfield (4) assisted by J. Ratelle (2), R. Gilbert (4)
  • 3 – 1 NYR – 12:02 – NYR: B. Rousseau (1) assisted by J. Neilson (1)
  • 4 – 1 NYR – 12:21 – NYR: T. Irvine (2) assisted by J. Neilson (2), B. Rousseau (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3:18 – B. Park (NYR) receives 5-minute major for spearing and a 10-minute game misconduct
  • 4 – 2 NYR – 4:55 – PP – OTT: D. Alfredsson (8) assisted by D. Heatley (9), Z. Chara (9)
  • 4 – 3 NYR – 7:08 – PP – OTT: D. Alfredsson (9) assisted by D. Heatley (10)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 7:45 – PP – OTT: D. Heatley (13) assisted by W. Redden (8), A. Meszaros (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 4 OTT – 2:52 – OTT: D. Heatley (14) assisted by D. Alfredsson (12), J. Spezza (9)
  • 5 – 5 tie – 19:30 – NYR: W. Tkaczuk (1) assisted by J. Ratelle (3), D. Balon (2)

 

Overtime:

  • 6 – 5 NYR – 14:51 – NYR: R. Gilbert (2) assisted by P. Stemkowski (2), V. Hadfield (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#26 ‘05-’06 Senators

#7 ‘71-’72 Rangers

5

Goals

6

30

Shots

56

4/3

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

0/3

133%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

0%

GWG

R. Gilbert (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Ted Irvine (NYR)
  • 2nd Star: Dany Heatley (OTT)
  • 3rd Star: Daniel Alfredsson (OTT)

The ’71-’72 Rangers have represented the Original Six franchise in all three Ultimate NHL Playoffs. They are heading to the Third Round for the third time, but last year they were knocked out in the Third Round after making it to the Quarterfinal in the inaugural UNP. For the second year in a row, they will face the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres in the next round. The ’05-’06 Senators have also represented the second coming of the franchise in all three UNPs and have been able to get to the Second Round in all three. However, they have yet to get past this round and it has been the ’71-’72 Rangers for the second year in a row to be their downfall.

Up next in the Second Round, the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings face he 20th-seeded ’08-’09 Carolina Hurricanes!

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