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55-56NYR
1955–56 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 3rd NHL
1955–56 record 17-17-10
Goals for 136
Goals against 143
General Manager Muzz Patrick
Coach Phil Watson
Captain Harry Howell
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Andy Hebenton
Dean Prentice (24)
Assists Andy Bathgate (47)
Points Andy Bathgate (66)
Penalties in minutes Lou Fontinato (202)
Wins Gump Worsley (32)
Goals against average Gump Worsley (2.84)
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1954–55 1956–57

The 1955–56 New York Rangers season was the 30th season for the team in the National Hockey League. The Rangers finished 3rd in the league and qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in five season. They lost in the Semi-finals to the Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 1.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

8Mar1956-Rollins Hergesheimer

Wally Hergesheimer scores on Al Rollins to make it 5-3 Rangers in the last Hawks home game played in St. Louis, March 8, 1956.

With poor attendance at home and having played three home games in Indianapolis during the 1953–54 season, and six home games in St. Louis in the 1954–55 season, the Chicago Blackhawks played another five home games in St. Louis in 1955-56 but for the last time. The New York Rangers won 6-4 in the last Chicago home game played in St. Louis on March 8, 1956.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 70 45 15 10 100 222 131
Detroit Red Wings 70 30 24 16 76 183 148
New York Rangers 70 32 28 10 74 204 203
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 24 33 13 61 153 181
Boston Bruins 70 23 34 13 59 147 185
Chicago Black Hawks 70 19 39 12 50 155 216

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualify for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

Game LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 7, 19557–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 1–0–0
2WOctober 9, 19553–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 2–0–0
3LOctober 15, 19551–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 2–1–0
4LOctober 16, 19551–4 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 2–2–0
5WOctober 19, 19556–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 3–2–0
6LOctober 22, 19552–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 3–3–0
7WOctober 23, 19555–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 4–3–0
8WOctober 26, 19556–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 5–3–0
9LOctober 29, 19550–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 5–4–0
10TNovember 3, 19551–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 5–4–1
11WNovember 5, 19553–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 6–4–1
12WNovember 6, 19554–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 7–4–1
13TNovember 9, 19551–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 7–4–2
14LNovember 10, 19551–5 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–5–2
15WNovember 13, 19554–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 8–5–2
16TNovember 16, 19553–3 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 8–5–3
17LNovember 19, 19551–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 8–6–3
18TNovember 20, 19551–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 8–6–4
19WNovember 23, 19554–0 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 9–6–4
20WNovember 24, 19555–0 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 10–6–4
21TNovember 27, 19553–3 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 10–6–5
22WNovember 30, 19556–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 11–6–5
23WDecember 2, 19552–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 12–6–5
24WDecember 4, 19557–3 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 13–6–5
25WDecember 7, 19553–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 14–6–5
26LDecember 10, 19551–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 14–7–5
27LDecember 11, 19550–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 14–8–5
28LDecember 14, 19551–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 14–9–5
29LDecember 15, 19550–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 14–10–5
30WDecember 18, 19554–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 15–10–5
31TDecember 21, 19553–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 15–10–6
32WDecember 25, 19555–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 16–10–6
33LDecember 29, 19552–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 16–11–6
34WDecember 31, 19556–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 17–11–6
35WJanuary 1, 19564–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 18–11–6
36WJanuary 4, 19565–4 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 19–11–6
37LJanuary 8, 19563–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 19–12–6
38WJanuary 11, 19566–1 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 20–12–6
39LJanuary 12, 19560–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 20–13–6
40WJanuary 14, 19566–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 21–13–6
41WJanuary 15, 19562–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 22–13–6
42TJanuary 17, 19562–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 22–13–7
43LJanuary 21, 19561–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 22–14–7
44LJanuary 22, 19561–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 22–15–7
45LJanuary 26, 19562–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 22–16–7
46WJanuary 28, 19563–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 23–16–7
47WJanuary 29, 19566–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 24–16–7
48WFebruary 1, 19565–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 25–16–7
49LFebruary 4, 19561–7 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 25–17–7
50TFebruary 5, 19563–3 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 25–17–8
51TFebruary 8, 19563–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 25–17–9
52LFebruary 11, 19560–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 25–18–9
53WFebruary 12, 19562–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 26–18–9
54LFebruary 14, 19563–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 26–19–9
55WFebruary 15, 19566–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 27–19–9
56LFebruary 18, 19564–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 27–20–9
57LFebruary 19, 19560–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 27–21–9
58LFebruary 22, 19562–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 27–22–9
59LFebruary 23, 19562–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 27–23–9
60WFebruary 26, 19563–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 28–23–9
61LFebruary 28, 19561–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 28–24–9
62WFebruary 29, 19564–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 29–24–9
63LMarch 3, 19562–5 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 29–25–9
64WMarch 4, 19563–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 30–25–9
65WMarch 8, 19566–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 31–25–9
66LMarch 10, 19562–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 31–26–9
67WMarch 11, 19564–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 32–26–9
68TMarch 15, 19562–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 32–26–10
69LMarch 17, 19562–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 32–27–10
70LMarch 18, 19561–3 Montreal Canadiens (1955–56) 32–28–10

PlayoffsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 1Edit

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate RW 70 19 47 66 59
Creighton, DaveDave Creighton C 70 20 31 51 43
Gadsby, BillBill Gadsby D 70 9 42 51 84
Lewicki, DannyDanny Lewicki LW 70 18 27 45 26
Murphy, RonRon Murphy LW 66 16 28 44 71
Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 70 24 18 42 44
Hergesheimer, WallyWally Hergesheimer RW 70 22 18 40 26
Popein, LarryLarry Popein C 64 14 25 39 37
Hebenton, AndyAndy Hebenton RW 70 24 14 38 8
Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 66 12 17 29 40
Conacher, PetePete Conacher LW 41 11 11 22 10
Fontinato, LouLou Fontinato D 70 3 15 18 202
Howell, HarryHarry Howell D 70 3 15 18 77
Raleigh, DonDon Raleigh C 29 1 12 13 4
Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron LW 63 5 7 12 38
Evans, JackJack Evans D 70 2 9 11 104
Guidolin, AldoAldo Guidolin RW/D 14 1 0 1 8
Bartlett, JimJim Bartlett LW 12 0 1 1 8
Irwin, IvanIvan Irwin D 34 0 1 1 20
Howell, RonRon Howell D/LW 1 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 70 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 4200 70 32 28 10 198 2.83 4
Team: 4200 70 32 28 10 198 2.83 4

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Gadsby, BillBill Gadsby D 5 1 3 4 4
Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron LW 5 2 1 3 2
Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate RW 5 1 2 3 2
Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 5 1 2 3 4
Lewicki, DannyDanny Lewicki LW 5 0 3 3 0
Evans, JackJack Evans D 5 1 0 1 18
Hebenton, AndyAndy Hebenton RW 5 1 0 1 2
Hergesheimer, WallyWally Hergesheimer RW 5 1 0 1 0
Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 5 1 0 1 2
Howell, HarryHarry Howell D 5 0 1 1 4
Murphy, RonRon Murphy LW 5 0 1 1 2
Popein, LarryLarry Popein C 5 0 1 1 2
Fontinato, LouLou Fontinato D 4 0 0 0 6
Conacher, PetePete Conacher LW 5 0 0 0 0
Creighton, DaveDave Creighton C 5 0 0 0 4
Irwin, IvanIvan Irwin D 5 0 0 0 8
Bell, GordieGordie Bell G 2 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 3 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Bell, GordieGordie Bell 120 2 1 1 9 4.50 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 180 3 0 3 14 4.67 0
Team: 300 5 1 4 23 4.60 0

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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 RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Over nine minutes of highlights beginning with a minute of the Rangers-Canadiens Semi-finals then goals of all five games of the 1956 Stanley Cup Finals.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1955-56 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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