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71-72NYR
1971–72 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 2nd East
1971–72 record 48-17-13
Goals for 317
Goals against 192
Coach Emile Francis
Captain Vic Hadfield
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Vic Hadfield (50)
Assists Jean Ratelle (63)
Points Jean Ratelle (109)
Penalties in minutes Vic Hadfield (142)
Wins Gilles Villemure
Ed Giacomin (24)
Goals against average Gilles Villemure (2.09)
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1970–71 1972–73

The 1971–72 New York Rangers season was the 46th season in franchise history. Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, and Rod Gilbert ranked third, fourth and fifth overall in league scoring.[1] The Rangers qualified for the postseason for the sixth consecutive season. The club made its first appearance in the Stanley Cup final since 1950 but lost in six games to the Boston Bruins.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Vadnais goal-23Mar1972

Carol Vadnais from Fred Stanfield, March 23, 1972.

On March 23, the Rangers visited Boston in a must-win game if they were to catch the first place Bruins. The game was hard fought and with the Bruins up 1-0 in the second period, Phil Esposito was ejected from the game for being the third man in on a Brad Park-John McKenzie fight. Ted Irvine tied it up heading into the third period. Missing Esposito and Wayne Cashman (who didn't dress), the Bruins second line took over. John Bucyk scored the winner before Fred Stanfield set up Carol Vadnais for an insurance goal. Bobby Orr scored a late short handed goal on a 200 foot shot into an empty net as the Bruins won 4-1.

Final StandingsEdit

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 119
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 108
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 80
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 76
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 51
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 48

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 LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 9, 19714–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 0–0–1
2WOctober 10, 19714–1 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 1–0–1
3LOctober 13, 19711–6 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 1–1–1
4WOctober 16, 19715–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 2–1–1
5WOctober 17, 19718–4 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 3–1–1
6WOctober 20, 19713–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 4–1–1
7WOctober 23, 19714–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 5–1–1
8TOctober 24, 19711–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 5–1–2
9WOctober 27, 19717–4 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 6–1–2
10TOctober 30, 19711–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 6–1–3
11TOctober 31, 19713–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 6–1–4
12WNovember 3, 19717–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 7–1–4
13WNovember 5, 19718–1 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 8–1–4
14WNovember 6, 19713–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 9–1–4
15WNovember 10, 19717–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 10–1–4
16WNovember 13, 19715–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 11–1–4
17WNovember 14, 19716–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 12–1–4
18LNovember 20, 19711–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 12–2–4
19WNovember 21, 197112–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 13–2–4
20WNovember 24, 19718–3 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 14–2–4
21LNovember 27, 19711–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 14–3–4
22WNovember 28, 19714–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 15–3–4
23WDecember 1, 19717–2 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 16–3–4
24LDecember 4, 19712–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 16–4–4
25WDecember 5, 19716–3 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 17–4–4
26TDecember 8, 19712–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 17–4–5
27WDecember 9, 19715–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 18–4–5
28WDecember 12, 19716–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 19–4–5
29WDecember 15, 19716–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 20–4–5
30LDecember 16, 19711–8 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 20–5–5
31WDecember 18, 19715–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 21–5–5
32TDecember 19, 19711–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 21–5–6
33WDecember 22, 19714–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 22–5–6
34WDecember 25, 19712–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 23–5–6
35WDecember 26, 19715–1 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 24–5–6
36WDecember 29, 19715–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 25–5–6
37LJanuary 2, 19721–4 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 25–6–6
38WJanuary 5, 19729–1 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 26–6–6
39WJanuary 9, 19728–0 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 27–6–6
40TJanuary 12, 19725–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 27–6–7
41WJanuary 13, 19725–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 28–6–7
42LJanuary 15, 19723–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 28–7–7
43WJanuary 19, 19725–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 29–7–7
44WJanuary 21, 19725–0 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 30–7–7
45LJanuary 22, 19722–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 30–8–7
46WJanuary 26, 19725–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 31–8–7
47LJanuary 29, 19722–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 31–9–7
48TJanuary 30, 19721–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 31–9–8
49LFebruary 2, 19720–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 31–10–8
50WFebruary 3, 19724–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 32–10–8
51LFebruary 5, 19725–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 32–11–8
52TFebruary 6, 19722–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 32–11–9
53WFebruary 9, 19724–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 33–11–9
54WFebruary 12, 19728–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 34–11–9
55WFebruary 13, 19724–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 35–11–9
56WFebruary 15, 19725–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 36–11–9
57WFebruary 17, 19726–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 37–11–9
58TFebruary 18, 19722–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 37–11–10
59WFebruary 20, 19724–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 38–11–10
60WFebruary 22, 19727–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 39–11–10
61WFebruary 23, 19724–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 40–11–10
62WFebruary 27, 19722–0 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 41–11–10
63WMarch 1, 19724–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 42–11–10
64WMarch 2, 19724–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 43–11–10
65WMarch 5, 19726–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 44–11–10
66TMarch 8, 19723–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 44–11–11
67WMarch 11, 19724–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 45–11–11
68LMarch 12, 19723–7 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 45–12–11
69LMarch 15, 19721–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 45–13–11
70WMarch 16, 19722–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 46–13–11
71WMarch 18, 19725–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 47–13–11
72WMarch 19, 19725–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 48–13–11
73LMarch 23, 19721–4 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 48–14–11
74TMarch 25, 19723–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 48–14–12
75LMarch 26, 19720–5 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 48–15–12
76TMarch 29, 19722–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 48–15–13
77LApril 1, 19721–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 48–16–13
78LApril 2, 19725–6 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 48–17–13

PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, New York Rangers 2Edit

Hodge 3rd goal-30Apr1972

Ken Hodge had a hat trick, Game 1 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals, April 30, 1972.

The Bruins and Rangers last met in the 1970 Quarter-finals where the Bruins won the hard fought series in six games. The 1972 Stanley Cup Finals would also be won by Boston in six games. Boston's goaltenders Gerry Cheevers and Eddie Johnston both played three games as did New York's Eddie Giacomin and Gilles Villemure. Jean Ratelle rushed his return from injury to play in the Finals but came back too early. A dominant player during the regular season, who despite missing the last month still finished third in scoring, he recorded just one assist in the series. The regular season's top goal scorer, Phil Esposito, didn't score in the Finals but contributed nine assists while Ken Hodge had 5 goals and 8 points. Bobby Orr scored the Cup winning goal, but not in as dramatic a fashion as in 1970. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy and was tied with Esposito for most points in the playoffs with 24.

Bailey winner-30Apr1972

Garnet Bailey scores the winner, Game 1 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals, April 30, 1972.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden saw Gerry Cheevers start in net for the Bruins and Eddie Giacomin for the Rangers. Dale Rolfe opened the scoring at 3:52 of the first period with a slapshot that beat Cheevers low to the glove side. Less than two minutes later, John McKenzie rushed into the Rangers zone and criss-crossed with Fred Stanfield who scored low to Giacomin's stick side. The Bruins then scored four straight goals. Ken Hodge put in a rebound from a Don Awrey shot at 15:48 to make it 2-1. With Awrey off for elbowing, Ed Westfall picked off a Vic Hadfield pass and sent Derek Sanderson in. Sanderson deked Bobby Rousseau and roofed a shorthanded goal over Giacomin's shoulder at 17:29. Still on the penalty kill, Ken Hodge blasted a slapshot home to make it 4-1 Boston. At 10:46 of the second period, Hodge completed a Hat trick by one-timing a Phil Esposito shot that bounced off the boards for a 5-1 lead. Rod Gilbert made it 5-2 on the power play, firing in a shot from a Hadfield rebound. At 1:56 of the third period, on the power play, Hadfield's low shot beat Cheevers to the glove side. Walt Tkaczuk scored off a face-off at 7:48 to make it 5-4. At 9:17, Awrey lost control of the puck circling the Bruins net and Bruce MacGregor completed the Rangers comeback. However, at 17:44, Garnet Bailey beat Brad Park to the outside and backhanded the winning goal over Giacomin's shoulder for a 6-5 Boston win.

Bucyk from Orr-2May1972

Bobby Orr sets up John Bucyk to open the scoring, Game 2 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals, May 2, 1972.

Game 2 at Boston saw Ed Johnston and Gilles Villemure start in net and the game was a goaltenders duel. John Bucyk opened the scoring at 16:15 of the first period on the power play after Bobby Orr spun away from Bruce MacGregor and fed Bucyk a perfect pass to the left of Villemure. In the second period, Vic Hadfield stripped Ed Westfall of the puck at the Bruins blueline and sent Jim Neilson and Rod Gilbert in on a 2 on 1. Gilbert slipped Neilson's pass between Johnston's pads to tie the score at 7:23. In the third period at nearly the halfway mark, MacGregor was sent off for tripping. Phil Esposito won a face-off in the Rangers zone back to Mike Walton who raced down the left wing and sent a perfect pass to Ken Hodge who tipped in the game winner. The Rangers couldn't convert on a power play of their own with less than five minutes left and the game ended a 2-1 Bruins victory.

Game 3 at Madison Square Garden saw the teams switch back to the Game 1 starters, Cheevers and Giacomin. Special teams would see the Rangers to their first victory in the series. After Dallas Smith took a penalty 12 seconds into the game, Brad Park scored with the man advantage. New York then killed off three consecutive penalties before scoring two more power play goals, by Rod Gilbert and Park again. Mike Walton countered at 14:14 to make it 3-1 Rangers going into the second period. Bobby Orr scored at 1:10 to cut the Rangers lead to 3-2 but goals by Rod Gilbert and Pete Stemkowski put the game out of reach. A scoreless third period saw the Rangers cruise to a 5-2 win and cut the Bruins series lead to two games to one.

Orr from Walton-7May1972

Bobby Orr factored in every Bruins goal, Game 4 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals, May 7, 1972.

Game 4 at New York had Johnston back in net for the Bruins while Giacomin remained in for the Rangers. It was a fight-filled match with eight in the first period alone. Orr dominated this game and opened the scoring at 5:26 of the first period as he took a Mike Walton pass while in full flight, split the Rangers defense and fired a shot over Giacomin's shoulder for a 1-0 Bruins lead. Less than three minutes later on the power play, John McKenzie fished the puck out of a goal mouth scramble and sent it back to Orr who one-timed a low slapshot in to make it 2-0 Boston. At 16:55, a melee broke out that included Orr and Brad Park exchanging blows. In the second period, with Mike Walton in the penalty box, Don Marcotte executed a perfect give-and-go with Orr which Marcotte finished off with a backhand over Giacomin for a 3-0 score. Ted Irvine cut the lead to 3-1 at 18:38, beating Johnston to the stick side on a breakaway. The teams calmed down in the third period and defensive play reigned. With less than two minutes left, Rod Seiling scored on the power play but the Rangers couldn't mark another and the Bruins took a three games to one hold on the series with a 3-2 win.

7May1972-Orr Espo

Glen Sather, Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr, Game 5 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals, May 9, 1972.

Game 5 at Boston saw Johnston start his second straight game of the Finals while Villemure was back in the nets for the Rangers. Wayne Cashman scored his first of the series as he found the puck in a goalmouth scramble and backhanded it between Villemure's legs at 3:55. Dale Rolfe tied it up at 13:45 off a Walt Tkaczuk rebound. Rolfe took an interference penalty less than a minute later. Phil Esposito dug the puck out of the corner and sent a no-look backhand pass to Fred Stanfield in the slot. Villemure stopped Stanfield's shot but Ken Hodge put in the rebound to make it 2-1 Boston on the power play. Despite five power plays in the second period, including a lengthy 5 on 3 for Boston, neither team scored, though Brad Park hit the crossbar on a breakaway. At 2:56 of the third period, Bobby Rousseau tied the game up with a low slapshot that went between Johnston's pads. At 12:45, Rousseau took a short pass from Ted Irvine and fired a high shot over Johnston's glove. The Bruins pressed furiously but couldn't even the score. Villemure was excellent, stopping 17 shots in the third period. The Bruins out shot the Rangers 38-26 but New York prevailed 3-2.

Orr Game6-11May1972

Bobby Orr scores his second Stanley Cup winning goal, Game 6 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals, May 11, 1972.

Game 6 at New York had Cheevers back in goal for Boston, while the Rangers stuck with Villemure. The first period was penalty-filled and at 10:25 on the power play, Bobby Orr took a Ken Hodge pass at the point. He spun away from the check of Bruce MacGregor and fired a low shot that beat Villemure to the stick side. Ken Hodge and Vic Hadfield fought minutes later and then an altercation between Wayne Cashman and Gary Doak resulted in Orr receiving a misconduct penalty and missing the rest of the period. The second period was scoreless but continued to be rough as Derek Sanderson and Rod Gilbert fought before Cashman and Walt Tkaczuk duked it out. With so much at stake, the teams played a clean third period and the Rangers took only one penalty, but it proved fatal. At 5:10, Wayne Cashman tipped in an Orr point shot on the power play to make it 2-0 Bruins. The Rangers pressed and out shot the Bruins 33-27 in the game but Cheevers was unbeatable. Cashman sealed the win on a two on one with Esposito, as his shot trickled between Villemure's pads into the net. Cheevers earned the shutout in Boston's 3-0 victory and Bobby Orr became the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy twice as playoff MVP.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 30 New York Rangers 5-6 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 May 2 New York Rangers 1-2 Boston Bruins 0-2
3 May 4 Boston Bruins 2-5 New York Rangers 2-1
4 May 7 Boston Bruins 3-2 New York Rangers 3-1
5 May 9 New York Rangers 3-2 Boston Bruins 2-3
6 May 11 Boston Bruins 3-0 New York Rangers 4-2

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle 63 46 63 109 461516
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield 78 50 56 106 142602307
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert 73 43 54 97 6451604
Park, BradBrad Park 75 24 49 73 13062824
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk 76 24 42 66 6534322
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn 78 22 37 59 5336246
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau 78 21 36 57 128416
Seiling, RodRod Seiling 78 5 36 41 6253012
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor 75 19 21 40 2223135
Neilson, JimJim Neilson 78 7 30 37 5638200
Irvine, TedTed Irvine 78 15 21 36 668001
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski 59 11 17 28 532101
Carr, GeneGene Carr 59 8 8 16 2516103
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe 68 2 14 16 6741000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather 76 5 9 14 77 -2000
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco 48 4 7 11 418100
Doak, GaryGary Doak 49 1 10 11 5416000
Balon, DaveDave Balon 16 4 5 9 25101
Jarry, PierrePierre Jarry 34 3 3 6 202000
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette 8 1 4 5 0 -1100
Egers, JackJack Egers 17 2 1 3 142100
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 44 0 3 3 40000
Stewart, RonRon Stewart 13 0 2 2 2 -6000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 37 0 2 2 60000
Gratton, NormNorm Gratton 3 0 1 1 01000
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 1 0 0 0 00000
McMahon, Jr., MikeMike McMahon, Jr. 1 0 0 0 01000
Williams, TomTom Williams 3 0 0 0 2 -1000
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz 7 0 0 0 0 -1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 2551 44 24 10 9 115 2.70 1
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 2129 37 24 7 4 74 2.09 3
Team: 4680 78 48 17 13 189 2.42 4

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau 16 6 11 17 7001
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield 16 7 9 16 22201
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert 16 7 8 15 11402
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn 16 5 7 12 11201
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski 16 4 8 12 18001
Park, BradBrad Park 16 4 7 11 21201
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk 16 4 6 10 35002
Irvine, TedTed Irvine 16 4 5 9 19000
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor 16 2 6 8 4010
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe 16 4 3 7 16001
Seiling, RodRod Seiling 16 1 4 5 10100
Carr, GeneGene Carr 16 1 3 4 21000
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette 13 1 3 4 2100
Stewart, RonRon Stewart 8 2 1 3 0000
Neilson, JimJim Neilson 10 0 3 3 8000
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco 4 0 1 1 0000
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle 6 0 1 1 0000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather 16 0 1 1 22000
Andrascik, SteveSteve Andrascik 1 0 0 0 0000
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 1 0 0 0 0000
Doak, GaryGary Doak 12 0 0 0 46000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 10 0 0 0 2000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 6 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 600 10 6 4 27 2.70 0
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 360 6 4 2 14 2.33 0
Team: 960 16 10 6 41 2.56 0

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Awards and RecordsEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Brief highlights of the 1972 Rangers-Canadiens Quarter-finals, Rangers-Black Hawks Semi-finals, Bruins-Leafs Quarter-finals and Bruins-Blues Semi-finals before highlights of all six games of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals.

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  2. 1971-72 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
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