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69-70NYR
1969–70 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th East
1969–70 record 38–22–16
Goals for 246
Goals against 189
General Manager Emile Francis
Coach Emile Francis
Captain Bob Nevin
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Dave Balon (33)
Assists Walt Tkaczuk (50)
Points Walt Tkaczuk (77)
Penalties in minutes Dave Balon (100)
Wins Ed Giacomin (35)
Goals against average Ed Giacomin (2.36)
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1968–69 1970–71

The 1969–70 New York Rangers season was the 44th season for the team in the National Hockey League. The Rangers compiled 92 points during the regular season and advanced to the playoffs, where they lost in the quarter-finals to the Boston Bruins.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chicago Black Hawks 76 45 22 9 250 170 99
Boston Bruins 76 40 17 19 277 216 99
Detroit Red Wings 76 40 21 15 246 199 95
New York Rangers 76 38 22 16 246 189 92
Montreal Canadiens 76 38 22 16 244 201 92
Toronto Maple Leafs 76 29 34 13 222 242 71

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 12, 19691–2 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 0–1–0
2WOctober 15, 19694–3 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 1–1–0
3LOctober 18, 19693–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 1–2–0
4WOctober 19, 19691–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 2–2–0
5TOctober 22, 19691–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 2–2–1
6WOctober 25, 19694–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 3–2–1
7LOctober 26, 19693–8 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 3–3–1
8WOctober 29, 19693–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 4–3–1
9TOctober 30, 19693–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 4–3–2
10WNovember 1, 19693–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 5–3–2
11WNovember 2, 19696–4 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 6–3–2
12LNovember 5, 19691–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 6–4–2
13WNovember 7, 19698–1 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 7–4–2
14WNovember 8, 19694–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 8–4–2
15WNovember 12, 19694–2 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 9–4–2
16WNovember 15, 19696–5 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 10–4–2
17WNovember 16, 19694–2 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 11–4–2
18TNovember 19, 19691–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 11–4–3
19WNovember 22, 19695–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 12–4–3
20WNovember 23, 19695–2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 13–4–3
21WNovember 26, 19693–0 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 14–4–3
22TNovember 29, 19692–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 14–4–4
23TNovember 30, 19692–2 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 14–4–5
24TDecember 3, 19693–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 14–4–6
25WDecember 7, 19696–3 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 15–4–6
26WDecember 10, 19695–2 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 16–4–6
27LDecember 11, 19691–2 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 16–5–6
28WDecember 13, 19695–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 17–5–6
29LDecember 14, 19691–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 17–6–6
30TDecember 17, 19692–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 17–6–7
31WDecember 20, 19695–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 18–6–7
32WDecember 21, 19693–1 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 19–6–7
33LDecember 26, 19692–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 19–7–7
34TDecember 28, 19693–3 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 19–7–8
35WDecember 31, 19692–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 20–7–8
36TJanuary 3, 19703–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 20–7–9
37WJanuary 4, 19705–2 Oakland Seals (1969–70) 21–7–9
38WJanuary 7, 19705–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 22–7–9
39LJanuary 11, 19701–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 22–8–9
40WJanuary 14, 19707–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 23–8–9
41TJanuary 15, 19704–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 23–8–10
42WJanuary 17, 19703–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 24–8–10
43LJanuary 22, 19703–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 24–9–10
44WJanuary 24, 19708–1 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 25–9–10
45WJanuary 25, 19703–2 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 26–9–10
46LJanuary 28, 19704–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 26–10–10
47WJanuary 30, 19702–1 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 27–10–10
48WFebruary 1, 19706–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 28–10–10
49WFebruary 4, 19705–1 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 29–10–10
50WFebruary 8, 19705–1 Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 30–10–10
51WFebruary 11, 19706–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1969–70) 31–10–10
52LFebruary 13, 19702–4 @ Oakland Seals (1969–70) 31–11–10
53WFebruary 15, 19702–0 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 32–11–10
54TFebruary 18, 19703–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 32–11–11
55TFebruary 19, 19703–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 32–11–12
56LFebruary 21, 19702–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 32–12–12
57WFebruary 22, 19705–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 33–12–12
58WFebruary 25, 19702–1 St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 34–12–12
59LFebruary 26, 19703–5 @ Boston Bruins (1969–70) 34–13–12
60TFebruary 28, 19703–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 34–13–13
61LMarch 1, 19701–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 34–14–13
62LMarch 4, 19700–2 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 34–15–13
63LMarch 6, 19701–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1969–70) 34–16–13
64TMarch 8, 19700–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 34–16–14
65LMarch 11, 19703–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 34–17–14
66LMarch 14, 19704–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1969–70) 34–18–14
67LMarch 15, 19702–4 Minnesota North Stars (1969–70) 34–19–14
68WMarch 18, 19702–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1969–70) 35–19–14
69TMarch 19, 19702–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1969–70) 35–19–15
70LMarch 22, 19702–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 35–20–15
71LMarch 25, 19701–3 Boston Bruins (1969–70) 35–21–15
72TMarch 28, 19701–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 35–21–16
73WMarch 29, 19704–1 Montreal Canadiens (1969–70) 36–21–16
74WApril 1, 19702–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1969–70) 37–21–16
75LApril 4, 19702–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 37–22–16
76WApril 5, 19709–5 Detroit Red Wings (1969–70) 38–22–16

PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, New York Rangers 2Edit

The Bruins and Rangers last met in the 1958 Semi-finals which Boston won in six games. Gerry Cheevers played five games in the series while the Rangers Eddie Giacomin was spelled off by Terry Sawchuk for two games. The Bruins were powered by 10 points by Phil Esposito and 7 goals by Bobby Orr and took the series in six games.

Orr goal-8Apr1970

Bobby Orr makes it 3-1 Bruins, Game 1 of the Quarter-finals, April 8, 1970.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden was a wide-open, fight-filled game dominated by Phil Esposito. He opened the scoring 3:51 into the first period with a goal mouth tap-in and then scored on the power play from the slot. Jack Egers scored on a long slapshot to make it 2-1. In the second period, Bobby Orr rushed out of the Bruins zone and after a give and go with John McKenzie, fired a low shot glove side that beat Eddie Giacomin at 4:56. Don Marcotte took a tripping penalty but Orr wasn't dissuaded, deking three Rangers and scoring with a low slapshot to Giacomin's stick side to make it 4-1 Boston. The Rangers then gave up another shorthanded goal on the same power play to Derek Sanderson, who scored on a breakaway. Before the period ended, Esposito scored his Hat trick goal and Wayne Cashman added another. Terry Sawchuk went in the net for the Rangers in the third period, which degenerated in multiple fights. Fred Stanfield and Bob Nevin traded power play goals as the Bruins romped to an 8-2 victory.

9Apr1970-Hodge Sawchuk

Ken Hodge scores the game winner on Terry Sawchuk, Game 2 of the Quarter-finals, April 9, 1970.

Game 2 at Boston saw Terry Sawchuk start for the Rangers. After Jim Lorentz scored on a beautiful passing play with Ed Westfall and Wayne Carleton, the Rangers took their first lead of the series with goals by Jack Eger and Rod Gilbert. In the second period, John McKenzie tied it up with a one-timer from a great feed from Fred Stanfield. John Bucyk gave Boston the lead when he squeaked a shot from a sharp angle past Sawchuk. Early in the third period, Ken Hodge stripped Ab DeMarco, Jr. of the puck at the Rangers blueline and scored the game winner on a breakaway. A few minutes later, Orr sent Westfall into the Rangers zone and he beat Sawchuk with a low backhander. Tim Horton got one back but the Bruins triumphed 5-3 and took a two games to none lead in the series.

Game 3 at Madison Square Garden saw Giacomin back in goal and the Rangers target Derek Sanderson early. A massive brawl broke out two minutes into the game which resulted in six fighting majors as well as Sanderson and Dave Balon receiving game misconducts. Police dealt with fans attacking the Bruins bench and showering the ice with debris. It took nearly 20 minutes to restart the game. Bill Speer opened the scoring with a point shot, his only career playoff goal. Gary Doak and Jack Egers fought before Jean Ratelle tied the game on a rebound. Wayne Cashman and Orland Kurtenbach fought and a penalty to Speer resulted in Walt Tkaczuk scoring on the power play. The second period was calmer and Gilbert put the Rangers up 3-1 as he took a goal mouth pass and put it into the open net. In the third period, Ted Irvine put the Rangers up 4-1 with a goal mouth rebound. Bobby Orr scored on a point shot before Cashman and Bill Fairbairn fought. With eight minutes left in the game, Fred Stanfield tipped in a Dallas Smith point shot to trim the deficit to a goal. The Rangers held on and nipped the Bruins 4-3 in a game that saw 174 penalty minutes and New York out shoot Boston 42-29.

Game 4 at New York saw the Bruins Eddie Johnston play his only game of the 1970 playoffs and Danny Schock play his only career playoff game. Rod Gilbert staked the Rangers to a 2-0 lead with a pair of first period goals. In the second period, an Orr rush into the Rangers zone resulted in Phil Esposito shovelling a goal in from the edge of the crease. Less than a minute later, Derek Sanderson turned over the puck at the Bruins blueline and Dave Balon skated in alone and beat Johnston for a 3-1 New York lead. Wayne Cashman and Tim Horton fought before Giacomin robbed Sanderson on a breakaway. At 8:41 of the third period, Bobby Orr scored from the point on a power play to make it 3-2. Hard work by Dave Balon in the Bruins zone resulted in Walt Tkaczuk firing a one-timer past Johnston for a 4-2 Rangers win. New York again out shot Boston and the series was tied at two games each.

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Bobby Orr's solo rush opens the scoring during Game 5 of the Quarter-finals, April 14, 1970.

Game 5 at Boston saw Cheevers back between the pipes for the Bruins. A melee broke out on the first shift of the game. Two minutes later, Bobby Orr rounded the Bruins net and skated through the entire Ranger team to open the scoring. Phil Esposito sent Wayne Cashman in on a breakaway but he was stopped by Ed Giacomin before Jack Egers tied the game up on the power play. In the second period, Orr was tripped on a rush but no penalty was called. The puck was fed to Orland Kurtenbach who scored on a breakaway to make it 2-1 Rangers. At 2:20 of the third period, Cashman won a puck battle in the Rangers zone and fed it to Esposito in the slot who scored to tie the game 2-2. At 7:59, Orr fed a brilliant pass to Esposito, who was in full flight. Esposito evaded the New York defense and fired the winner past Giacomin. Cheevers preserved the lead making several excellent stops, including a point blank chance by Dave Balon as the Bruins won 3-2 and took the series lead.

Game 6 at New York saw Brad Park open the scoring on the power play after a give and go with Rod Gilbert. In the second period, Orr broke into the Rangers zone, passed it back to the blueline, headed for the Ranger net and tipped in a John McKenzie shot to tie the game. Two minutes later, Wayne Cashman pounced on a Tim Horton turnover and scored stick side on a surprised Ed Giacomin. At 3:09 of the third period, Orr slapped one in from the point through a screen to make it 3-1 Bruins. Four minutes later, Derek Sanderson deflected a corner pass from Ed Westfall for an insurance goal. Boston blunted New York's attack, even once they pulled Giacomin and the Bruins won 4-1 to take the series in six games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 8 New York Rangers 2–8 Boston Bruins 1–0
2 April 9 New York Rangers 3–5 Boston Bruins 2–0
3 April 11 Boston Bruins 3–4 New York Rangers 2–1
4 April 12 Boston Bruins 2–4 New York Rangers 2–2
5 April 14 New York Rangers 2–3 Boston Bruins 3–2
6 April 16 Boston Bruins 4–1 New York Rangers 4–2

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 76 27 50 77 38502
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 75 32 42 74 281006
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 76 33 37 70 100413
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 76 23 33 56 23305
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield LW 71 20 34 54 69305
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 72 16 37 53 22301
Nevin, BobBob Nevin RW 68 18 19 37 8314
Park, BradBrad Park D 60 11 26 37 98612
Brown, ArnieArnie Brown D 73 15 21 36 78302
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 76 5 21 26 68000
Stewart, RonRon Stewart RW 76 14 10 24 14145
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 57 9 15 24 6203
Neilson, JimJim Neilson D 62 3 20 23 75000
Widing, JuhaJuha Widing C 44 7 7 14 10200
Kurtenbach, OrlandOrland Kurtenbach C 53 4 10 14 47100
Lemieux, RealReal Lemieux LW 55 4 6 10 51000
Horton, TimTim Horton D 15 1 5 6 16100
Hamilton, AlAl Hamilton D 59 0 5 5 54000
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 6 3 0 3 2200
Luce, DonDon Luce C 12 1 2 3 8000
Brown, LarryLarry Brown D 15 0 3 3 8000
Irvine, TedTed Irvine LW 17 0 3 3 10000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 70 0 2 2 2000
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk G 8 0 1 1 0000
Blackburn, DonDon Blackburn LW 3 0 0 0 0000
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco D 3 0 0 0 0000
Robitaille, MikeMike Robitaille D 4 0 0 0 8000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 4148 70 35 21 14 163 2.36 6
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 412 8 3 1 2 20 2.91 1
Team: 4560 76 38 22 16 183 2.41 7

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 6 4 5 9 0300
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 5 3 1 4 10100
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 6 1 3 4 0000
Brown, ArnieArnie Brown D 4 0 4 4 9000
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 6 2 1 3 17100
Irvine, TedTed Irvine LW 6 1 2 3 8001
Kurtenbach, OrlandOrland Kurtenbach C 6 1 2 3 24000
Park, BradBrad Park D 5 1 2 3 11100
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 6 1 1 2 32001
Horton, TimTim Horton D 6 1 1 2 28000
Nevin, BobBob Nevin RW 6 1 1 2 2100
Luce, DonDon Luce C 5 0 1 1 4000
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 6 0 1 1 10000
Neilson, JimJim Neilson D 6 0 1 1 8000
Blackburn, DonDon Blackburn LW 1 0 0 0 0000
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 1 0 0 0 0000
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 2 0 0 0 0000
Hamilton, AlAl Hamilton D 5 0 0 0 2000
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco D 5 0 0 0 2000
Stewart, RonRon Stewart RW 6 0 0 0 2000
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk G 3 0 0 0 0000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 5 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 280 5 2 3 19 4.07 0
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 80 3 0 1 6 4.50 0
Team: 360 6 2 4 25 4.17 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

Draft PicksEdit

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1969-70 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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