1976–77 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 5th Clarence Campbell
1976–77 record 29-37-14
Goals for 272
Goals against 310
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach John Ferguson
Captain Phil Esposito
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (34)
Assists Rod Gilbert (48)
Points Phil Esposito (80)
Penalties in minutes Nick Fotiu (174)
Wins John Davidson (14)
Goals against average Doug Soetaert (2.95)
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1975–76 1977–78

The 1976–77 New York Rangers season was the fifty-first season of the New York Rangers franchise in the National Hockey League. The Rangers finished 4th in the Patrick Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Main article: 1976 NHL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/club team

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Rangers had a better regular season record than two playoff teams and the league would change the rules in the following season to place the top twelve teams in the playoffs, regardless of division.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 16 16 323 213 112
New York Islanders 80 47 21 12 288 193 106
Atlanta Flames 80 34 34 12 264 265 80
New York Rangers 80 29 37 14 272 310 72

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 Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 6, 1976 6–5 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 1–0–0
2 W October 8, 1976 5–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 2–0–0
3 L October 9, 1976 1–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 2–1–0
4 W October 12, 1976 10–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 3–1–0
5 L October 13, 1976 1–5 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 3–2–0
6 L October 16, 1976 4–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 3–3–0
7 W October 17, 1976 4–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 4–3–0
8 L October 20, 1976 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 4–4–0
9 L October 24, 1976 4–5 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 4–5–0
10 W October 26, 1976 5–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 5–5–0
11 L October 27, 1976 3–4 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 5–6–0
12 T October 30, 1976 2–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 5–6–1
13 L October 31, 1976 5–6 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 5–7–1
14 W November 3, 1976 6–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 6–7–1
15 T November 6, 1976 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 6–7–2
16 L November 10, 1976 5–7 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 6–8–2
17 L November 13, 1976 2–6 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 6–9–2
18 L November 14, 1976 1–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 6–10–2
19 W November 17, 1976 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 7–10–2
20 L November 20, 1976 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 7–11–2
21 W November 22, 1976 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 8–11–2
22 T November 24, 1976 2–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 8–11–3
23 W November 27, 1976 5–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 9–11–3
24 W November 28, 1976 4–1 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 10–11–3
25 T November 30, 1976 2–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 10–11–4
26 W December 1, 1976 4–1 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 11–11–4
27 W December 4, 1976 11–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 12–11–4
28 T December 5, 1976 5–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 12–11–5
29 T December 8, 1976 4–4 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 12–11–6
30 L December 11, 1976 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 12–12–6
31 W December 12, 1976 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 13–12–6
32 T December 14, 1976 4–4 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 13–12–7
33 L December 16, 1976 2–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 13–13–7
34 T December 18, 1976 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 13–13–8
35 W December 19, 1976 3–2 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 14–13–8
36 T December 22, 1976 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 14–13–9
37 T December 23, 1976 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 14–13–10
38 L December 26, 1976 1–2 New York Islanders (1976–77) 14–14–10
39 W December 28, 1976 5–2 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 15–14–10
40 L December 31, 1976 2–4 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 15–15–10
41 W January 2, 1977 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 16–15–10
42 T January 5, 1977 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 16–15–11
43 T January 7, 1977 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 16–15–12
44 L January 9, 1977 4–5 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 16–16–12
45 L January 12, 1977 1–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 16–17–12
46 L January 13, 1977 5–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 16–18–12
47 W January 16, 1977 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 17–18–12
48 T January 19, 1977 3–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 17–18–13
49 L January 22, 1977 0–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 17–19–13
50 L January 23, 1977 2–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 17–20–13
51 L January 27, 1977 0–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 17–21–13
52 W January 30, 1977 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 18–21–13
53 L February 1, 1977 2–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 18–22–13
54 L February 3, 1977 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 18–23–13
55 W February 6, 1977 4–0 New York Islanders (1976–77) 19–23–13
56 L February 9, 1977 1–2 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 19–24–13
57 W February 10, 1977 5–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 20–24–13
58 W February 13, 1977 8–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 21–24–13
59 L February 17, 1977 1–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 21–25–13
60 L February 19, 1977 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 21–26–13
61 W February 20, 1977 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 22–26–13
62 W February 23, 1977 5–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 23–26–13
63 L February 26, 1977 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 23–27–13
64 L February 27, 1977 1–8 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 23–28–13
65 L March 3, 1977 1–4 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 23–29–13
66 L March 5, 1977 2–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 23–30–13
67 W March 6, 1977 4–3 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 24–30–13
68 W March 9, 1977 6–4 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 25–30–13
69 L March 10, 1977 3–10 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 25–31–13
70 L March 12, 1977 3–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 25–32–13
71 L March 13, 1977 3–5 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 25–33–13
72 T March 16, 1977 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 25–33–14
73 W March 19, 1977 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 26–33–14
74 W March 20, 1977 5–3 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 27–33–14
75 W March 23, 1977 5–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 28–33–14
76 L March 25, 1977 2–7 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 28–34–14
77 L March 27, 1977 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 28–35–14
78 W March 30, 1977 4–3 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 29–35–14
79 L April 2, 1977 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 29–36–14
80 L April 3, 1977 2–5 New York Islanders (1976–77) 29–37–14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Rangers did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 80 34 46 80 52 -28 15 0 4
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 77 27 48 75 50 -17 7 0 2
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 78 21 41 62 43 -18 6 0 5
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch RW 59 32 24 56 47 5 11 0 6
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 75 22 31 53 26 -14 4 0 3
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 80 12 38 50 38 11 1 1 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 74 11 37 48 131 -20 3 1 0
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 80 11 36 47 89 0 0 2 1
Dillon, WayneWayne Dillon C 78 17 29 46 33 -14 1 0 1
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 80 14 29 43 38 -24 5 0 0
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 80 23 17 40 35 -11 4 1 1
Polis, GregGreg Polis LW 77 16 23 39 44 0 3 0 2
Goldsworthy, BillBill Goldsworthy RW 61 10 12 22 43 -17 0 0 2
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 66 3 18 21 100 -8 0 0 1
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 80 2 17 19 102 -16 0 0 0
Newman, DanDan Newman LW 41 9 8 17 37 -4 0 0 1
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski C 61 2 13 15 8 -14 0 1 0
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 70 4 8 12 174 -23 0 0 0
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 9 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0
Heaslip, MarkMark Heaslip RW 19 1 0 1 31 -3 0 0 0
Bednarski, JohnJohn Bednarski D 5 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 39 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Gratton, GillesGilles Gratton G 41 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 0
Holst, GregGreg Holst C 5 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Huras, LarryLarry Huras D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jarrett, DougDoug Jarrett D 9 0 0 0 4 -6 0 0 0
Sacharuk, LarryLarry Sacharuk D 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tataryn, DaveDave Tataryn G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 2116 39 14 14 6 125 3.54 1
Gratton, GillesGilles Gratton 2034 41 11 18 7 143 4.22 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 570 12 3 4 1 28 2.95 1
Tataryn, DaveDave Tataryn 80 2 1 1 0 10 7.50 0
Team: 4800 80 29 37 14 306 3.83 2

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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 Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Rangers did not win any awards this season.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1976-77 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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