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1972–73 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 3rd East
1972–73 record 47–23–8
Goals for 297
Goals against 208
General Manager Emile Francis
Coach Emile Francis
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Jean Ratelle (41)
Assists Rod Gilbert (59)
Points Jean Ratelle (94)
Penalties in minutes Dale Rolfe (74)
Wins Ed Giacomin (26)
Goals against average Peter McDuffe (1.00)
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1971–72 1973–74

The 1972–73 New York Rangers season was the Rangers' 47th season. The Rangers finished 3rd in the East Division and lost in the Semi-finals to the Chicago Black Hawks 4 games to 1.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PIM PTS
Montreal Canadiens 78 52 10 16 329 184 783 120
Boston Bruins 78 51 22 5 330 235 1097 107
New York Rangers 78 47 23 8 297 208 765 102
Buffalo Sabres 78 37 27 14 257 219 940 88
Detroit Red Wings 78 37 29 12 265 243 893 86
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 27 41 10 247 279 716 64
Vancouver Canucks 78 22 47 9 233 339 943 53
New York Islanders 78 12 60 6 170 347 881 30

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 7, 19723–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 0–1–0
2LOctober 8, 19721–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 0–2–0
3WOctober 11, 19725–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 1–2–0
4LOctober 14, 19721–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 1–3–0
5WOctober 15, 19726–2 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 2–3–0
6WOctober 18, 19727–1 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 3–3–0
7WOctober 21, 19722–1 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 4–3–0
8TOctober 22, 19721–1 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 4–3–1
9WOctober 25, 19726–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 5–3–1
10WOctober 29, 19727–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 6–3–1
11WNovember 1, 19723–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 7–3–1
12LNovember 4, 19724–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 7–4–1
13WNovember 5, 19723–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 8–4–1
14WNovember 8, 19725–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 9–4–1
15WNovember 11, 19727–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 10–4–1
16WNovember 12, 19725–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 11–4–1
17WNovember 15, 19727–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 12–4–1
18WNovember 18, 19723–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 13–4–1
19LNovember 19, 19723–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 13–5–1
20WNovember 21, 19723–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 14–5–1
21LNovember 23, 19723–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 14–6–1
22WNovember 26, 19727–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 15–6–1
23LNovember 28, 19721–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 15–7–1
24TNovember 29, 19722–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 15–7–2
25TDecember 1, 19723–3 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 15–7–3
26WDecember 3, 19723–2 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 16–7–3
27LDecember 6, 19722–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 16–8–3
28WDecember 9, 19724–1 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 17–8–3
29WDecember 10, 19724–1 New York Islanders (1972–73) 18–8–3
30WDecember 13, 19724–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 19–8–3
31LDecember 14, 19722–4 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 19–9–3
32LDecember 16, 19721–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 19–10–3
33WDecember 17, 19729–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 20–10–3
34WDecember 20, 19725–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 21–10–3
35LDecember 21, 19722–5 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 21–11–3
36WDecember 24, 19725–0 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 22–11–3
37LDecember 27, 19721–4 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 22–12–3
38WDecember 31, 19726–1 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 23–12–3
39WJanuary 3, 19733–0 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 24–12–3
40LJanuary 6, 19731–4 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 24–13–3
41WJanuary 7, 19733–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 25–13–3
42WJanuary 11, 19734–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 26–13–3
43WJanuary 13, 19735–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 27–13–3
44WJanuary 14, 19735–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 28–13–3
45TJanuary 17, 19734–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 28–13–4
46WJanuary 19, 19736–0 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 29–13–4
47WJanuary 20, 19734–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 30–13–4
48WJanuary 24, 19734–2 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 31–13–4
49WJanuary 27, 19736–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 32–13–4
50WJanuary 28, 19735–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 33–13–4
51WJanuary 31, 19733–1 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 34–13–4
52WFebruary 3, 19737–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 35–13–4
53WFebruary 4, 19736–0 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 36–13–4
54WFebruary 7, 19736–0 New York Islanders (1972–73) 37–13–4
55WFebruary 10, 19736–0 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 38–13–4
56TFebruary 11, 19732–2 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 38–13–5
57LFebruary 14, 19733–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 38–14–5
58LFebruary 15, 19731–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 38–15–5
59WFebruary 18, 19733–2 New York Islanders (1972–73) 39–15–5
60WFebruary 21, 19734–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 40–15–5
61LFebruary 23, 19733–5 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 40–16–5
62WFebruary 25, 19736–5 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 41–16–5
63TFebruary 28, 19733–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 41–16–6
64WMarch 3, 19736–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 42–16–6
65LMarch 4, 19733–4 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 42–17–6
66TMarch 7, 19732–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 42–17–7
67WMarch 10, 19735–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 43–17–7
68WMarch 11, 19734–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 44–17–7
69LMarch 14, 19732–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 44–18–7
70LMarch 17, 19735–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 44–19–7
71WMarch 18, 19733–1 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 45–19–7
72WMarch 20, 19736–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 46–19–7
73WMarch 22, 19734–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 47–19–7
74LMarch 24, 19730–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 47–20–7
75LMarch 25, 19731–2 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 47–21–7
76LMarch 28, 19733–6 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 47–22–7
77LMarch 31, 19731–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 47–23–7
78TApril 1, 19733–3 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 47–23–8

PlayoffsEdit

New York Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 1Edit

The teams met the year before in the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals where the Bruins prevailed in six games. Rangers coach Emile Francis had watched game films of the Bruins and noticed that Bobby Orr was favoring his knee. Instead of trying to keep the puck away from Orr when shooting the puck in Boston's zone, Francis instructed his players to put the puck in Orr's corner and then forecheck him aggressively. Although he had played well in his short time with the Bruins, goalie Jacques Plante didn't hold up in this series. He was replaced with Eddie Johnston and Ross Brooks but all were outplayed by the Rangers Eddie Giacomin.

1973-Apr4-Plante Orr Vickers

#8 Steve Vickers, Jacques Plante and Bobby Orr, 1973 Quarter-finals Game 1, April 4, 1973.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden saw Plante and Giacomin start in goal. The Bruins Doug Roberts and the Rangers Brad Park traded first period goals before Bruce MacGregor put New York up 2-1 at 7:25. The next shift, Ted Irvine targeted Orr and the two fought, both receiving seven penalty minutes. With Orr off, the Rangers scored three goals, Park with his second of the game and two goals from Walt Tkaczuk. With New York leading 5-1 heading into the third period, Pete Stemkowski and Derek Sanderson traded goals. Orr was held pointless as was Phil Esposito's line, which was badly outplayed by Tkaczuk's line, as the Rangers stunned the Bruins 6-2.

Espo torn ligaments-5Apr1973

Phil Esposito suffers torn right knee ligaments and is lost for the playoffs, 1973 Quarter-finals Game 2, April 5, 1973.

Game 2 at Boston again saw Plante and Giacomin start in goal. The teams traded goals in the first period with Wayne Cashman and Steve Vickers scoring. Phil Esposito assisted on Cashman's goal which would be his only point of the series. In the second period, disaster struck the Bruins after the Rangers Ron Harris caught Esposito with a hip check, tearing Esposito's right knee ligaments and putting him out of the series. The Bruins then took two penalties in quick succession which the Rangers Ted Irvine and Pete Stemkowski scored on. Doug Roberts scored his second of the series to cut the Rangers lead to 3-2 heading into the third period. With Roberts in the penalty box, Walt Tkaczuk scored his third of the series. Orr was again held scoreless as the Rangers won 4-2 and took a two games to none lead with the series heading to New York.

Game 3 at Madison Square Garden saw Plante replaced by Eddie Johnston in net for the Bruins. Reaching the end of his brilliant career, Plante played his last NHL match in Game 2. Derek Sanderson took Phil Esposito's place centering Wayne Cashman and Ken Hodge. The changes sparked the Bruins, who took a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Gregg Sheppard. Pete Stemkowski tied it up just before the first period ended. Boston's second line scored its first goal of the series as Fred Stanfield put the Bruins up 2-1 at 3:13 of the second period. Jean Ratelle tied it up at 6:12 of the third period before Sheppard's second of the game at 10:39 which proved to be the winner. Mike Walton scored an empty net goal as the Bruins won 4-2 behind a stellar performance by Johnston, despite New York out shooting Boston 37-27. Bobby Orr didn't have a point for the third straight game.

Vickers goal-Game4-8Apr1973

Steve Vickers makes it 4-0, 1973 Quarter-finals Game 4, April 8, 1973.

Game 4 at New York saw Johnston start again for Boston while Giacomin remained in the net for the Rangers. New York scored early as Brad Park led a 3 on 1 which ended with a tap-in by Rod Gilbert at 2:35 of the first period. At 16:30, after the Bruins twice failed to clear the puck from their zone, a Bruce MacGregor shot caromed off the boards to Pete Stemkowski who knocked it in the short side on Johnston for a 2-0 Rangers lead. In the second period, Bobby Rousseau beat Johnston with a slapshot while on a partial breakaway before Don Marcotte overskated the puck which resulted in Steve Vickers gaining the puck alone in front of Johnston. He fired a low shot past Johnston for a 4-0 Rangers lead. The third period was scoreless, even though Boston twice had a two man advantage. Despite being outshot 33-25, a brilliant defensive effort saw the Rangers take a three games to one stranglehold on the series. Giacomin earned the shutout, the first by a Ranger goalie in the playoffs since Chuck Rayner had one in the 1950 Semi-finals.

Orr goal-Game5-10Apr1973

Bobby Orr scores, Game 5 of the 1973 Stanley Cup Quarter-finals, April 10, 1973.

Game 5 at Boston saw the desperate Bruins start Ross Brooks in goal for his only career playoff game while Giacomin started his fifth straight game. Steve Vickers scored on the first shift of the game but a little over a minute later, Bobby Orr evened the score with his only goal of the series. Ken Hodge gave Boston a 2-1 lead at 12:45 on the power play before Vickers and Bruce MacGregor scored two quick goals. Ed Johnston went in for Brooks to start the second period and held the Rangers at bay until the last minute when Walt Tkaczuk potted his fourth of the series. Rod Gilbert put New York up 5-2 at 4:10 of the third period until three minutes later, Don Marcotte cut the lead to 5-3. However, it was all the offense the Bruins could muster. Vickers completed his first career playoff hat trick as the Rangers won 6-3 and took the series.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 4 New York Rangers 6-2 Boston Bruins 1-0
2 April 5 New York Rangers 4-2 Boston Bruins 2-0
3 April 7 Boston Bruins 4-2 New York Rangers 1-2
4 April 8 Boston Bruins 0-4 New York Rangers 1-3
5 April 10 New York Rangers 6-3 Boston Bruins 4-1

Chicago Black Hawks 4, New York Rangers 1Edit

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 78 41 53 94 12241104
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 76 25 59 84 2512604
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 76 27 39 66 5935617
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 78 30 33 63 2336525
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield LW 63 28 34 62 6013904
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski C 78 22 37 59 7128201
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 61 30 23 53 3735205
Park, BradBrad Park D 52 10 43 53 5131401
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 78 8 37 45 141203
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 72 9 33 42 3643112
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe D 72 7 25 32 7441100
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor C 52 14 12 26 1214004
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 77 11 15 26 6416112
Irvine, TedTed Irvine LW 53 8 12 20 544101
Neilson, JimJim Neilson D 52 4 16 20 3522000
Carr, GeneGene Carr C 50 9 10 19 50 -4101
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco D 51 4 13 17 1516102
Harris, RonRon Harris D 46 3 10 13 172100
Murphy, MikeMike Murphy RW 15 4 4 8 5 -5001
Legge, RandyRandy Legge D 12 0 2 2 20000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 43 0 2 2 60000
Heindl, BillBill Heindl LW 4 1 0 1 01000
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 8 1 0 1 41000
Sacharuk, LarryLarry Sacharuk D 8 1 0 1 0 -1000
Kannegiesser, SheldonSheldon Kannegiesser D 3 0 1 1 43000
Williams, TomTom Williams LW 8 0 1 1 01000
Stewart, RonRon Stewart RW 11 0 1 1 00000
Bennett, CurtCurt Bennett LW 16 0 1 1 11 -2000
Marshall, BertBert Marshall D 8 0 0 0 14 -3000
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe G 1 0 0 0 00000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure G 34 0 0 0 20000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 2580 43 26 11 6 125 2.91 4
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 2040 34 20 12 2 78 2.29 3
McDuffe, PeterPeter McDuffe 60 1 1 0 0 1 1.00 0
Team: 4680 78 47 23 8 204 2.62 7

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 10 7 2 9 8101
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 10 5 4 9 4000
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 10 2 7 9 0100
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 10 1 8 9 2000
Park, BradBrad Park D 10 2 5 7 8101
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 10 5 1 6 2001
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski C 10 4 2 6 6101
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 10 2 3 5 4000
Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe D 8 0 5 5 6000
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield LW 9 2 2 4 11001
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor C 10 2 2 4 2000
Irvine, TedTed Irvine LW 10 1 3 4 20100
Neilson, JimJim Neilson D 10 0 4 4 2000
Harris, RonRon Harris D 10 0 3 3 2000
Carr, GeneGene Carr C 1 0 1 1 0000
Marshall, BertBert Marshall D 6 0 1 1 8000
Kannegiesser, SheldonSheldon Kannegiesser D 1 0 0 0 2000
Sather, GlenGlen Sather LW 9 0 0 0 7000
Murphy, MikeMike Murphy RW 10 0 0 0 0000
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure G 2 0 0 0 0000
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 10 0 0 0 4000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 539 10 5 4 23 2.56 1
Villemure, GillesGilles Villemure 61 2 0 1 2 1.97 0
Team: 600 10 5 5 25 2.50 1

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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

Farm TeamsEdit

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1972-73 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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