1937–38 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 2nd American
1937–38 record 27–15–6
Goals for 149
Goals against 96
General Manager Lester Patrick
Coach Lester Patrick
Captain Art Coulter
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Cecil Dillon (21)
Assists Phil Watson (25)
Points Cecil Dillon (39)
Penalties in minutes Art Coulter (90)
Wins Dave Kerr (27)
Goals against average Dave Kerr (1.95)
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1936–37 1938–39

The 1937–38 New York Rangers season was the 12th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). New York finished 2nd in the American Division in regular season with a record of 27–15–6, and qualified for the playoffs. In the Semi-finals, the Rangers lost to the New York Americans 2–1 in a best of three games series.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Rangers and the New York Americans played a seven game series in western Canada:

  • Saturday, October 23 Rangers 2 Americans 2 @ Calgary
  • Tuesday, October 26 Rangers 6 Americans 5 @ Edmonton
  • Wednesday, October 27 Americans 6 Rangers 2 @ Calgary
  • Thursday, October 28 Rangers 3 Americans 1 @ Edmonton
  • Saturday, October 30 Americans 1 Rangers 0 @ Saskatoon (afternoon)
  • Saturday, October 30 Americans 1 Rangers 1 @ Saskatoon (evening)
  • Monday, November 1 Americans 4 Rangers 3 @ Winnipeg

The Americans won 3 wins to 2 with 2 ties.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Cooney Weiland scores, December 28, 1937.

An important match versus the Boston Bruins on December 28, 1937 was judged to be the "poorest refereed game seen here in many a moon" [1] and as so often happens, when the referees (Clarence Campbell and Archie McTier) wouldn't keep order, the players took matters into their own hands. The spark that lit the fire occurred at the 12 minute mark of the first period with the Bruins leading 1-0 on Cooney Weiland's seventh goal of the season. As Milt Schmidt was carrying the puck out of the Bruins end, Mac Colville caught him with an elbow to the jaw, breaking it. Schmidt left the game and no penalty was called. As play progressed, every scrum saw high-sticking and threats. In the second period with Boston leading 2-0, anger turned to outrage when Dit Clapper was assessed a weak interference penalty. The Rangers knotted the game on the power play and shortly after, Phil Watson and Eddie Shore crashed into each other. Watson butt-ended Shore in the mouth and received a blow from Shore's stick to his forehead, felling him. Both players received major penalties and cooler heads prevailed for the rest of the game. Flash Hollett scored the winner on a weak, one-handed shot as he was holding off Ott Heller and the Bruins won 3-2.

Dit Clapper's overtime winner, February 17, 1938.

The February 17, 1938 Bruins-Rangers game in New York went to overtime (which was not sudden death) tied 1-1 on goals by Milt Schmidt and Mac Colville. Tiny Thompson saved the game for Boston just before the third frame ended with a diving save off Bryan Hextall. After the Bruins Gord Pettinger scored at the 3:59 mark, Milt Schmidt took a pass from Flash Hollett, cut to the right of the Rangers net and beat Dave Kerr with a beautiful backhand goal to the top left corner tipped by Dit Clapper (a video exists of this). Hextall scored with 19 seconds left but the Bruins held on for a 3-2 win and a five point lead for first place.

Eddie Shore and Babe Pratt penalty box altercation, February 20, 1938.

Determined to not lose any more ground, the Rangers came out blazing against the Bruins on February 20, 1938 and scored twice in the first period. Near the end of the frame, Eddie Shore nailed Babe Pratt with a check and the two went at it. Having not settled matters, the two fought in the penalty box which required police intervention. Charlie Sands scored through a screen in the second period and Dit Clapper tied the game 5:02 into the third period. With 1:11 left in regulation, Leroy Goldsworthy whacked in a rebound for a 3-2 Boston win. It was the first time all season the Rangers blew a two goal lead.

Tiny Thompson and Mel Hill against the Rangers, March 13, 1938.

In New York, the Bruins met the Rangers on March 13, 1938 and the Blue Shirts Alex Shibicky opened the scoring, or did he? His shot hit the net, bounced out to the blueline, Shibicky raised his stick in triumph and the goal light went on. Several New York Americans players were in the stands and informed the Bruins the puck hit the crossbar.[2] The Bruins protested but referee Clarence Campbell counted it. In the third period, Charlie Sands tied it up and in the last minute, there was a faceoff in Boston's zone. Bill Cowley won it, kicked the puck to Woody Dumart who used Sands as a decoy on a 2 on 1, and fired it in. Mistakenly, no assist was given on the game winner. The Bruins had won their 7th Prince of Wales Trophy.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 48 30 11 7 142 89 67
New York Rangers 48 27 15 6 149 96 60
Chicago Black Hawks 48 14 25 9 97 139 37
Detroit Red Wings 48 12 25 11 99 133 35

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 7, 1937 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 1–0–0
2 L November 11, 1937 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 1–1–0
3 L November 14, 1937 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1937–38) 1–2–0
4 W November 16, 1937 1–0 New York Americans (1937–38) 2–2–0
5 W November 20, 1937 3–0 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 3–2–0
6 T November 21, 1937 3–3 OT Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 3–2–1
7 L November 25, 1937 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 3–3–1
8 L November 27, 1937 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 3–4–1
9 L December 2, 1937 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 3–5–1
10 W December 5, 1937 4–0 Boston Bruins (1937–38) 4–5–1
11 W December 11, 1937 6–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 5–5–1
12 W December 12, 1937 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 6–5–1
13 W December 14, 1937 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 7–5–1
14 W December 16, 1937 2–0 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 8–5–1
15 T December 19, 1937 2–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 8–5–2
16 W December 23, 1937 4–0 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 9–5–2
17 L December 26, 1937 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 9–6–2
18 L December 28, 1937 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1937–38) 9–7–2
19 W December 31, 1937 5–3 Boston Bruins (1937–38) 10–7–2
20 T January 4, 1938 5–5 OT New York Americans (1937–38) 10–7–3
21 W January 6, 1938 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 11–7–3
22 L January 8, 1938 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 11–8–3
23 W January 9, 1938 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 12–8–3
24 T January 13, 1938 3–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 12–8–4
25 W January 16, 1938 4–0 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 13–8–4
26 W January 18, 1938 3–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 14–8–4
27 W January 23, 1938 8–2 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 15–8–4
28 W January 25, 1938 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1937–38) 16–8–4
29 L January 27, 1938 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 16–9–4
30 T January 30, 1938 2–2 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 16–9–5
31 W February 1, 1938 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 17–9–5
32 W February 6, 1938 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 18–9–5
33 W February 10, 1938 4–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 19–9–5
34 W February 12, 1938 5–3 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 20–9–5
35 W February 13, 1938 4–1 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 21–9–5
36 L February 17, 1938 2–3 OT Boston Bruins (1937–38) 21–10–5
37 L February 20, 1938 2–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1937–38) 21–11–5
38 L February 22, 1938 1–2 Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 21–12–5
39 W February 24, 1938 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 22–12–5
40 W February 26, 1938 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 23–12–5
41 W February 27, 1938 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 24–12–5
42 W March 3, 1938 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 25–12–5
43 L March 6, 1938 1–3 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 25–13–5
44 W March 8, 1938 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1937–38) 26–13–5
45 L March 13, 1938 1–2 Boston Bruins (1937–38) 26–14–5
46 W March 17, 1938 5–3 New York Americans (1937–38) 27–14–5
47 T March 19, 1938 1–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 27–14–6
48 L March 20, 1938 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 27–15–6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Americans 2, New York Rangers 1[edit | edit source]

Game 3 was decided in the 4th overtime period as Lorne Carr scored the series winning goal.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Dillon, CecilCecil Dillon RW 48 21 18 39 6
Smith, ClintClint Smith C 48 14 23 37 0
Colville, NeilNeil Colville C/D 45 17 19 36 11
Shibicky, AlexAlex Shibicky RW 48 17 18 35 26
Patrick, LynnLynn Patrick C/LW 48 15 19 34 24
Watson, PhilPhil Watson RW/C 48 7 25 32 52
Colville, MacMac Colville RW/D 48 14 14 28 18
Hextall, BryanBryan Hextall RW 48 17 4 21 6
Pratt, BabeBabe Pratt D 47 5 14 19 56
Keeling, ButchButch Keeling LW 38 8 9 17 12
Heller, OttOtt Heller D 48 2 14 16 68
Coulter, ArtArt Coulter D 43 5 10 15 90
Kirk, BobbyBobby Kirk RW 39 4 8 12 14
Cooper, JoeJoe Cooper D 46 3 2 5 56
Patrick, MuzzMuzz Patrick D 1 0 2 2 0
Boucher, FrankFrank Boucher C 18 0 1 1 2
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 8 0 1 1 2
Molyneaux, LarryLarry Molyneaux D 2 0 0 0 2
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr G 48 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr 2960 48 27 15 6 96 1.95 8
Team: 2960 48 27 15 6 96 1.95 8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Hextall, BryanBryan Hextall RW 3 2 0 2 0
Shibicky, AlexAlex Shibicky RW 3 2 0 2 2
Smith, ClintClint Smith C 3 2 0 2 0
Colville, MacMac Colville RW/D 3 0 2 2 0
Watson, PhilPhil Watson RW/C 3 0 2 2 0
Dillon, CecilCecil Dillon RW 3 1 0 1 0
Colville, NeilNeil Colville C/D 3 0 1 1 0
Heller, OttOtt Heller D 3 0 1 1 2
Keeling, ButchButch Keeling LW 3 0 1 1 2
Patrick, LynnLynn Patrick C/LW 3 0 1 1 2
Hiller, DutchDutch Hiller LW 1 0 0 0 0
Pratt, BabeBabe Pratt D 2 0 0 0 2
Cooper, JoeJoe Cooper D 3 0 0 0 4
Molyneaux, LarryLarry Molyneaux D 3 0 0 0 8
Patrick, MuzzMuzz Patrick D 3 0 0 0 2
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr G 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr 262 3 1 2 8 1.83 0
Team: 262 3 1 2 8 1.83 0

[3]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; 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 Records[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

A minute worth of footage from the February 17, 1938 game won 3-2 by the Bruins over the New York Rangers. Fascinating footage including the Kraut Line in action, Milt Schmidt getting into a scrap, Eddie Shore with an open ice hit and a goal by Dit Clapper, assisted by Schmidt on the Rangers Dave Kerr which would win the game 3-2 in overtime.

Action from Game 1 of the 1938 Quarter-finals Rangers-Americans game on March 22, 1938. Two different views of a goal by Jack Beattie which tied the game in the second period are shown. The Americans won 2-1 in double overtime on a goal by John Sorrell.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Boston Globe, p.18, December 29, 1937.
  2. Boston Globe, p.29, March 14, 1938.
  3. 1937-38 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.

External Links[edit | edit source]

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