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1949–50 New York Rangers · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 4th NHL
1949–50 record 28-31-11
Goals for 170
Goals against 189
General Manager Frank Boucher
Coach Lynn Patrick
Captain Buddy O'Connor
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Edgar Laprade (22)
Assists Tony Leswick
Don Raleigh (25)
Points Edgar Laprade
Tony Leswick (44)
Penalties in minutes Gus Kyle (143)
Wins Chuck Rayner (28)
Goals against average Chuck Rayner (2.62)
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1948–49 1950–51

The 1949–50 New York Rangers season was the 24th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers finish 4th in the league with a record of 28 wins, 31 losses, and 11 ties for 67 points. They upset the Montreal Canadiens in five games in the Semi-finals before losing a close seven-game Stanley Cup Finals to the Detroit Red Wings. The team reached double-overtime of the seventh game of the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals before Detroit's Pete Babando scored to give the Red Wings the Cup.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey league GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 88 229 164
Montreal Canadiens 70 29 22 19 77 172 150
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 31 27 12 74 176 173
New York Rangers 70 28 31 11 67 170 189
Boston Bruins 70 22 32 16 60 198 228
Chicago Black Hawks 70 22 38 10 54 203 244

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 L October 15, 1949 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 0–1–0
2 T October 16, 1949 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1949–50) 0–1–1
3 L October 19, 1949 1–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 0–2–1
4 T October 22, 1949 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 0–2–2
5 W October 25, 1949 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 1–2–2
6 W October 26, 1949 5–2 Boston Bruins (1949–50) 2–2–2
7 L October 29, 1949 0–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 2–3–2
8 L October 30, 1949 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 2–4–2
9 T November 2, 1949 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 2–4–3
10 L November 6, 1949 0–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 2–5–3
11 T November 9, 1949 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 2–5–4
12 L November 12, 1949 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 2–6–4
13 T November 13, 1949 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 2–6–5
14 W November 16, 1949 2–1 Boston Bruins (1949–50) 3–6–5
15 W November 20, 1949 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 4–6–5
16 L November 23, 1949 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 4–7–5
17 L November 26, 1949 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 4–8–5
18 T November 27, 1949 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1949–50) 4–8–6
19 W November 30, 1949 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 5–8–6
20 L December 3, 1949 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 5–9–6
21 W December 4, 1949 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 6–9–6
22 W December 7, 1949 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 7–9–6
23 W December 10, 1949 1–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 8–9–6
24 W December 11, 1949 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 9–9–6
25 L December 14, 1949 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 9–10–6
26 W December 17, 1949 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1949–50) 10–10–6
27 L December 18, 1949 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 10–11–6
28 W December 21, 1949 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 11–11–6
29 T December 24, 1949 0–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 11–11–7
30 W December 25, 1949 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 12–11–7
31 W December 28, 1949 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 13–11–7
32 W December 31, 1949 4–1 Boston Bruins (1949–50) 14–11–7
33 L January 1, 1950 0–6 @ Boston Bruins (1949–50) 14–12–7
34 W January 4, 1950 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 15–12–7
35 W January 7, 1950 3–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 16–12–7
36 T January 8, 1950 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 16–12–8
37 L January 11, 1950 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 16–13–8
38 L January 14, 1950 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 16–14–8
39 L January 15, 1950 0–1 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 16–15–8
40 L January 18, 1950 2–4 Boston Bruins (1949–50) 16–16–8
41 L January 21, 1950 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 16–17–8
42 L January 22, 1950 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 16–18–8
43 L January 25, 1950 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 16–19–8
44 T January 28, 1950 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1949–50) 16–19–9
45 W January 29, 1950 2–0 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 17–19–9
46 L February 1, 1950 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1949–50) 17–20–9
47 L February 2, 1950 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 17–21–9
48 T February 5, 1950 5–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 17–21–10
49 W February 9, 1950 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 18–21–10
50 W February 12, 1950 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 19–21–10
51 T February 15, 1950 2–2 Boston Bruins (1949–50) 19–21–11
52 W February 18, 1950 4–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 20–21–11
53 W February 19, 1950 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 21–21–11
54 W February 22, 1950 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 22–21–11
55 W February 23, 1950 7–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 23–21–11
56 L February 25, 1950 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 23–22–11
57 W February 26, 1950 4–3 Boston Bruins (1949–50) 24–22–11
58 L March 1, 1950 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 24–23–11
59 L March 4, 1950 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1949–50) 24–24–11
60 W March 5, 1950 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 25–24–11
61 W March 8, 1950 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 26–24–11
62 W March 9, 1950 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 27–24–11
63 L March 11, 1950 0–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 27–25–11
64 L March 12, 1950 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 27–26–11
65 L March 15, 1950 1–4 Boston Bruins (1949–50) 27–27–11
66 L March 18, 1950 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 27–28–11
67 L March 19, 1950 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 27–29–11
68 L March 21, 1950 3–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 27–30–11
69 L March 22, 1950 7–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 27–31–11
70 W March 26, 1950 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 28–31–11

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 4, Montreal Canadiens 1[edit | edit source]

Charlie Rayner foils the Canadiens, Game 1 of the 1950 Semi-finals, March 29, 1950.

Unlike in the previous season, the Montreal Canadiens were favorites as they entered the Semi-finals against the New York Rangers. Right from the start, New York served notice that the series will not be an easy victory. The Rangers win the first two games in Montreal to take a 2-0 series lead. As the series shifted to Madison Square Garden, the Rangers claimed a 4-1 win in the third game to put the Canadiens in a huge hole. To shake up his team, Montreal coach Dick Irvin pulled Bill Durnan from the net after the loss and replaced him with Gerry McNeil. The move worked as the Canadiens won 3-2 win in overtime in the fourth game as Elmer Lach delivered the winning goal. The Rangers completed their upset in five games with a 3-0 victory in the next game. Center Norm Dussault shone in the series with three goals after scoring only 13 during the regular season.

Detroit Red Wings 4, New York Rangers 3[edit | edit source]

The Rangers were forced to use Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the home ice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as their "home ice" during the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was then at Madison Square Garden. Garden management found that they could make more money having the circus at the Garden instead of the Rangers. Moreover, at the time, arenas could not be configured to host a circus and a hockey game on the same day, thus forcing the shift in venue.

The Rangers lost Game 7 in double overtime to the Detroit Red Wings and became the last winner of the O'Brien Trophy as the Stanley Cup runner-up.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Laprade, EdgarEdgar Laprade C 60 22 22 44 2
Leswick, TonyTony Leswick W 69 19 25 44 85
Slowinski, EdEd Slowinski RW 63 14 23 37 12
Raleigh, DonDon Raleigh C 70 12 25 37 11
Fisher, DuncDunc Fisher RW 70 12 21 33 42
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 66 11 22 33 4
Kaleta, AlexAlex Kaleta LW 67 17 14 31 40
Lund, PenttiPentti Lund RW 64 18 9 27 16
Mickoski, NickNick Mickoski LW 45 10 10 20 10
Egan, PatPat Egan D 70 5 11 16 50
McLeod, JackieJackie McLeod RW 38 6 9 15 2
Shero, FredFred Shero D 67 2 8 10 71
Poile, BudBud Poile RW 27 3 6 9 8
Stanley, AllanAllan Stanley D 55 4 4 8 58
Kyle, GusGus Kyle D 70 3 5 8 143
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 58 2 6 8 20
Lamirande, Jean-PaulJean-Paul Lamirande LW/D 16 4 3 7 6
Lancien, JackJack Lancien D 43 1 4 5 27
Juckes, BingBing Juckes LW 14 2 1 3 6
Lowe, OdieOdie Lowe C 4 1 1 2 0
Smith, DonDon Smith LW/C 11 1 1 2 0
Stanowski, WallyWally Stanowski D 37 1 1 2 10
White, ShermanSherman White C 3 0 2 2 0
Adam, DouglasDouglas Adam LW 4 0 1 1 0
Denis, Jean-PaulJean-Paul Denis RW 4 0 1 1 2
Perreault, FernFern Perreault LW 1 0 0 0 0
Gordon, JackJack Gordon C 1 0 0 0 0
Evans, JackJack Evans D 2 0 0 0 2
Kyle, BillBill Kyle C 2 0 0 0 0
McDonagh, BillBill McDonagh LW 4 0 0 0 2
Webster, JohnJohn Webster C 14 0 0 0 4
Francis, EmileEmile Francis G 1 0 0 0 0
Rayner, ChuckChuck Rayner G 69 0 0 0 6
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Rayner, ChuckChuck Rayner 4140 69 28 30 11 181 2.62 6
Francis, EmileEmile Francis 60 1 0 1 0 8 8.00 0
Team: 4200 70 28 31 11 189 2.70 6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lund, PenttiPentti Lund RW 12 6 5 11 0
Raleigh, DonDon Raleigh C 12 4 5 9 4
Laprade, EdgarEdgar Laprade C 12 3 5 8 4
Slowinski, EdEd Slowinski RW 12 2 6 8 6
Stanley, AllanAllan Stanley D 12 2 5 7 10
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 12 4 2 6 4
Fisher, DuncDunc Fisher RW 12 3 3 6 14
Leswick, TonyTony Leswick W 12 2 4 6 12
Mickoski, NickNick Mickoski LW 12 1 5 6 2
Egan, PatPat Egan D 12 3 1 4 6
Kyle, GusGus Kyle D 12 1 2 3 30
Kaleta, AlexAlex Kaleta LW 10 0 3 3 0
Gordon, JackJack Gordon C 9 1 1 2 7
Eddolls, FrankFrank Eddolls D 11 0 1 1 4
Lancien, JackJack Lancien D 4 0 1 1 0
Shero, FredFred Shero D 7 0 1 1 2
Smith, DonDon Smith LW/C 1 0 0 0 0
Lamirande, Jean-PaulJean-Paul Lamirande LW/D 2 0 0 0 0
McLeod, JackieJackie McLeod RW 7 0 0 0 0
Rayner, ChuckChuck Rayner G 12 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Rayner, ChuckChuck Rayner 775 12 7 5 29 2.25 1
Team: 775 12 7 5 29 2.25 1

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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]

Over 30 minutes of game footage from the Semi-finals and Finals including the presentation of the Stanley Cup.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1949-50 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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