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70-71NYR
1970–71 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 2nd East
1970–71 record 49–18–11
Goals for 259
Goals against 177
Coach Emile Francis
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Dave Balon (36)
Assists Walt Tkaczuk (49)
Points Walt Tkaczuk (75)
Penalties in minutes Ted Irvine (137)
Wins Ed Giacomin (27)
Goals against average Ed Giacomin (2.16)
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1969–70 1971–72

The 1970–71 New York Rangers season was the 45th season for the team. The Rangers finished 2nd in the East Division and lost in the Semi-finals to the Chicago Black Hawks 4 games to 3.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 78 57 14 7 399 207 121
New York Rangers 78 49 18 11 259 177 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 42 23 13 291 216 97
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 37 33 8 248 211 82
Buffalo Sabres 78 24 39 15 217 291 63
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 16 8 229 296 56
Detroit Red Wings 78 22 45 11 209 308 55

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 10, 19701–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 0–1–0
2WOctober 14, 19703–0 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 1–1–0
3WOctober 17, 19706–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 2–1–0
4WOctober 18, 19701–0 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 3–1–0
5WOctober 21, 19703–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 4–1–0
6WOctober 24, 19704–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 5–1–0
7TOctober 25, 19702–2 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 5–1–1
8WOctober 28, 19704–1 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 6–1–1
9LOctober 31, 19700–6 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 6–2–1
10WNovember 1, 19705–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 7–2–1
11LNovember 4, 19701–3 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 7–3–1
12WNovember 7, 19706–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 8–3–1
13TNovember 11, 19703–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 8–3–2
14LNovember 14, 19701–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 8–4–2
15WNovember 15, 19704–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 9–4–2
16WNovember 18, 19705–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 10–4–2
17WNovember 21, 19705–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 11–4–2
18WNovember 22, 19702–0 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 12–4–2
19LNovember 25, 19701–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 12–5–2
20TNovember 26, 19702–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 12–5–3
21TNovember 28, 19703–3 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 12–5–4
22WNovember 29, 19706–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 13–5–4
23WDecember 2, 19704–2 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 14–5–4
24WDecember 5, 19701–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 15–5–4
25WDecember 6, 19704–1 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 16–5–4
26LDecember 8, 19701–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 16–6–4
27TDecember 9, 19702–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 16–6–5
28WDecember 11, 19702–1 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 17–6–5
29WDecember 13, 19704–0 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 18–6–5
30WDecember 16, 19704–0 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 19–6–5
31WDecember 19, 19705–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 20–6–5
32WDecember 20, 19705–1 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 21–6–5
33WDecember 22, 19707–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 22–6–5
34WDecember 23, 19706–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 23–6–5
35LDecember 26, 19704–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 23–7–5
36TDecember 27, 19704–4 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 23–7–6
37WDecember 29, 19703–2 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 24–7–6
38WJanuary 2, 19713–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 25–7–6
39WJanuary 3, 19716–5 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 26–7–6
40WJanuary 9, 19711–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 27–7–6
41WJanuary 10, 19714–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 28–7–6
42WJanuary 12, 19714–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 29–7–6
43LJanuary 15, 19711–3 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 29–8–6
44LJanuary 17, 19713–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 29–9–6
45TJanuary 20, 19713–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 29–9–7
46TJanuary 21, 19715–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 29–9–8
47WJanuary 24, 19716–2 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 30–9–8
48TJanuary 27, 19712–2 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 30–9–9
49LJanuary 30, 19712–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 30–10–9
50TJanuary 31, 19712–2 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 30–10–10
51LFebruary 3, 19712–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 30–11–10
52WFebruary 4, 19711–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 31–11–10
53WFebruary 6, 19715–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 32–11–10
54LFebruary 9, 19713–6 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 32–12–10
55WFebruary 10, 19714–3 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 33–12–10
56LFebruary 13, 19711–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 33–13–10
57WFebruary 14, 19712–1 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 34–13–10
58LFebruary 17, 19710–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 34–14–10
59WFebruary 20, 19712–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 35–14–10
60WFebruary 21, 19714–1 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 36–14–10
61WFebruary 24, 19714–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 37–14–10
62WFebruary 27, 19714–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 38–14–10
63WFebruary 28, 19714–2 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 39–14–10
64WMarch 3, 19718–1 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 40–14–10
65TMarch 6, 19712–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 40–14–11
66WMarch 7, 19714–2 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 41–14–11
67WMarch 10, 19714–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 42–14–11
68WMarch 12, 19717–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 43–14–11
69WMarch 14, 19711–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 44–14–11
70LMarch 18, 19711–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 44–15–11
71LMarch 20, 19711–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 44–16–11
72LMarch 21, 19712–6 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 44–17–11
73WMarch 23, 19717–2 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 45–17–11
74WMarch 27, 19716–3 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 46–17–11
75WMarch 28, 19712–1 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 47–17–11
76WMarch 31, 19714–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 48–17–11
77LApril 3, 19712–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 48–18–11
78WApril 4, 19716–0 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 49–18–11

PlayoffsEdit

New York Rangers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2Edit

Chicago Black Hawks 4, New York Rangers 3Edit

Hull OT goal-Game5-27Apr1971

Bobby Hull scores the overtime winner, Game 5 of the 1971 Semi-finals, April 27, 1971.

Since the Black Hawks won their division, they were given home ice advantage in the series. The series opened up with two games at Chicago Stadium, however, the Rangers took a 1-0 series lead, defeating the Hawks in overtime by a 2-1 score. Chicago evened the series in the next game, shutting out New York 3-0. The series shifted to Madison Square Garden for the next two games, and the Rangers won the third game of the series by a 4-1 score, however, Chicago fought back in the fourth game, demolishing New York 7-1 to once again even the series. The fifth game was back in Chicago, and the Hawks took the series lead for the first time with a 3-2 overtime victory. Back in New York for the sixth game, the Rangers would push the series to the limit, with their second overtime victory of the series, setting up a seventh and deciding game in Chicago. The Black Hawks used their home ice advantage, and held on for a 4-2 victory, to win the series, and earn their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1965.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 18 New York Rangers 2–1 (OT) Chicago Black Hawks 0-1
2 April 20 New York Rangers 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks 1-1
3 April 22 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 New York Rangers 1-2
4 April 25 Chicago Black Hawks 7–1 New York Rangers 2-2
5 April 27 New York Rangers 2–3 (OT) Chicago Black Hawks 3-2
6 April 29 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 (3OT) New York Rangers 3-3
7 May 2 New York Rangers 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 4-3

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 77 26 49 75 4818514
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 78 26 46 72 1428613
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 78 30 31 61 6522805
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 78 36 24 60 3414907
Nevin, BobBob Nevin RW 78 21 25 46 1017303
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski C 68 16 29 45 6116402
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield LW 63 22 22 44 3814801
Park, BradBrad Park D 68 7 37 44 11425300
Irvine, TedTed Irvine LW 76 20 18 38 13718206
Neilson, JimJim Neilson D 77 8 24 32 6931203
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 56 7 23 30 32 -4201
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 68 5 22 27 3430003
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor C 27 12 13 25 412213
Horton, TimTim Horton D 78 2 18 20 5728101
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 60 7 10 17 508303
Brown, ArnieArnie Brown D 48 3 12 15 240002
Stewart, RonRon Stewart RW 76 5 6 11 199021
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe D 14 0 7 7 2311000
Apps, Jr., SylSyl Apps, Jr. C 31 1 2 3 110000
Dupont, AndreAndre Dupont D 7 1 2 3 211000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 31 2 0 2 520001
Brown, LarryLarry Brown D 31 1 1 2 108100
Robitaille, MikeMike Robitaille D 11 1 1 2 7 -1100
Krulicki, JimJim Krulicki LW 27 0 2 2 6 -1000
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco D 2 0 1 1 01000
Luce, DonDon Luce C 9 0 1 1 00000
Blackburn, DonDon Blackburn LW 1 0 0 0 00000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure G 34 0 0 0 00000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 45 0 0 0 40000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 2641 45 27 10 7 95 2.16 8
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 2039 34 22 8 4 78 2.30 4
Team: 4680 78 49 18 11 173 2.22 12

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield LW 12 8 5 13 46101
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 13 2 9 11 8000
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 13 4 6 10 8101
Nevin, BobBob Nevin RW 13 5 3 8 0101
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 13 1 5 6 14001
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 13 3 2 5 4201
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski C 13 3 2 5 6002
Horton, TimTim Horton D 13 1 4 5 14000
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor C 13 0 4 4 2000
Park, BradBrad Park D 13 0 4 4 42000
Irvine, TedTed Irvine LW 12 1 2 3 28000
Neilson, JimJim Neilson D 13 0 3 3 30000
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 13 1 0 1 12000
Stewart, RonRon Stewart RW 13 1 0 1 0010
Brown, LarryLarry Brown D 11 0 1 1 0000
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe D 13 0 1 1 14000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 13 0 1 1 18000
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 3 0 0 0 2000
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 4 0 0 0 0000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure G 2 0 0 0 0000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 12 0 0 0 2000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 759 12 7 5 28 2.21 0
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 80 2 0 1 6 4.50 0
Team: 839 13 7 6 34 2.43 0

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; 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

VideoEdit

Film of the Sabres inaugural season including the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft and 1970 NHL Amateur Draft and many interviews. Footage of the Sabres first exhibition game (against the Rangers), a game versus Montreal, Toronto on November 18, 1970 (featuring Leafs goalie Murray McLachlan in one of his two NHL games), Detroit on February 20, 1971, Boston on February 23, Chicago on March 5, St. Louis on March 18 (Gilbert Perreault breaks the record for most goals by a rookie), Vancouver on March 26, 1971.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1970-71 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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