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1977–78 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 5th Clarence Campbell
1977–78 record 30-37-13
Goals for 279
Goals against 280
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach Jean-Guy Talbot
Captain Phil Esposito
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Pat Hickey (40)
Assists Ron Greschner (48)
Points Phil Esposito (81)
Penalties in minutes Carol Vadnais (115)
Wins John Davidson (14)
Goals against average John Davidson (3.18)
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1976–77 1978–79

The 1977–78 New York Rangers season was the fifty-second season of the New York Rangers franchise. The Rangers finished 5th in the Patrick Division and lost in the Preliminary round to the Buffalo Sabres 2 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Rangers hired Jean-Guy Talbot as their new head coach. It would be his only season as head coach of the Rangers.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 279 280 73

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 12, 1977 6–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 1–0–0
2 L October 15, 1977 0–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 1–1–0
3 W October 16, 1977 4–2 New York Islanders (1977–78) 2–1–0
4 T October 19, 1977 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 2–1–1
5 L October 22, 1977 2–7 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 2–2–1
6 L October 23, 1977 2–6 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 2–3–1
7 W October 25, 1977 5–0 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 3–3–1
8 W October 26, 1977 6–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 4–3–1
9 L October 29, 1977 3–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 4–4–1
10 L October 30, 1977 3–5 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 4–5–1
11 L November 2, 1977 2–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 4–6–1
12 W November 4, 1977 5–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 5–6–1
13 L November 5, 1977 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–7–1
14 W November 9, 1977 8–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 6–7–1
15 L November 12, 1977 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 6–8–1
16 L November 13, 1977 2–5 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 6–9–1
17 W November 16, 1977 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 7–9–1
18 T November 19, 1977 5–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 7–9–2
19 L November 20, 1977 0–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–10–2
20 W November 23, 1977 6–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 8–10–2
21 L November 26, 1977 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 8–11–2
22 L November 27, 1977 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 8–12–2
23 W November 30, 1977 4–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 9–12–2
24 W December 3, 1977 4–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 10–12–2
25 T December 4, 1977 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 10–12–3
26 T December 7, 1977 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–12–4
27 L December 8, 1977 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–13–4
28 L December 11, 1977 2–8 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 10–14–4
29 T December 14, 1977 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 10–14–5
30 T December 15, 1977 5–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 10–14–6
31 L December 17, 1977 2–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 10–15–6
32 W December 18, 1977 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 11–15–6
33 T December 21, 1977 5–5 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 11–15–7
34 W December 23, 1977 5–4 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 12–15–7
35 L December 28, 1977 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 12–16–7
36 T December 30, 1977 3–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 12–16–8
37 T December 31, 1977 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 12–16–9
38 W January 4, 1978 5–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 13–16–9
39 L January 7, 1978 1–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 13–17–9
40 L January 9, 1978 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 13–18–9
41 W January 10, 1978 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 14–18–9
42 L January 14, 1978 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 14–19–9
43 W January 17, 1978 5–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 15–19–9
44 W January 18, 1978 3–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 16–19–9
45 L January 20, 1978 3–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 16–20–9
46 L January 22, 1978 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 16–21–9
47 L January 25, 1978 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 16–22–9
48 L January 28, 1978 2–6 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 16–23–9
49 L January 29, 1978 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 16–24–9
50 L February 1, 1978 6–7 New York Islanders (1977–78) 16–25–9
51 T February 4, 1978 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 16–25–10
52 W February 5, 1978 6–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 17–25–10
53 W February 8, 1978 3–0 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 18–25–10
54 L February 9, 1978 0–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 18–26–10
55 L February 11, 1978 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 18–27–10
56 L February 12, 1978 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 18–28–10
57 W February 15, 1978 6–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 19–28–10
58 T February 19, 1978 4–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 19–28–11
59 L February 22, 1978 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 19–29–11
60 W February 23, 1978 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 20–29–11
61 W February 25, 1978 6–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 21–29–11
62 L February 27, 1978 3–5 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 21–30–11
63 W March 1, 1978 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–30–11
64 L March 5, 1978 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 22–31–11
65 W March 8, 1978 6–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 23–31–11
66 W March 12, 1978 8–2 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 24–31–11
67 T March 15, 1978 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 24–31–12
68 L March 18, 1978 3–6 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 24–32–12
69 T March 19, 1978 7–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 24–32–13
70 W March 22, 1978 6–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 25–32–13
71 W March 24, 1978 11–4 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 26–32–13
72 W March 25, 1978 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 27–32–13
73 W March 27, 1978 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 28–32–13
74 W March 29, 1978 5–1 New York Islanders (1977–78) 29–32–13
75 L April 1, 1978 0–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 29–33–13
76 L April 2, 1978 3–8 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 29–34–13
77 L April 5, 1978 2–4 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 29–35–13
78 L April 6, 1978 0–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 29–36–13
79 L April 8, 1978 2–7 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 29–37–13
80 W April 9, 1978 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 30–37–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 2, Buffalo Sabres 1[edit | edit source]

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 79 38 43 81 53 -22 21 0 5
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 80 40 33 73 47 -19 10 1 3
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 78 24 48 72 100 3 8 1 5
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 80 26 40 66 30 15 6 1 3
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 79 19 44 63 30 10 9 0 2
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch RW 66 27 28 55 41 -5 10 0 1
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 80 6 40 46 115 -25 3 1 1
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 71 20 20 40 43 -17 3 0 1
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 71 22 8 30 27 -11 1 0 3
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 53 13 13 26 44 -3 2 1 0
Polis, GregGreg Polis LW 37 7 16 23 12 -3 0 4 1
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 56 2 19 21 63 18 0 0 0
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 57 5 13 18 52 -11 2 0 0
Dillon, WayneWayne Dillon C 59 5 13 18 15 -8 1 0 1
Newman, DanDan Newman LW 59 5 13 18 22 -11 0 0 1
Heaslip, MarkMark Heaslip RW 29 5 10 15 34 3 0 0 0
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 78 2 8 10 38 -14 0 0 1
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 19 2 7 9 6 -10 1 0 0
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 59 2 7 9 105 -14 0 0 0
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 66 3 5 8 62 -13 0 1 0
Hodge, KenKen Hodge RW 18 2 4 6 8 -6 1 0 1
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 29 1 4 5 23 -11 0 0 0
Byers, JerryJerry Byers LW 7 2 1 3 0 -1 0 0 1
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 8 1 1 2 15 -3 0 0 0
Goldsworthy, BillBill Goldsworthy RW 7 0 1 1 12 1 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 41 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 0
Stefanski, BudBud Stefanski C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Keating, MikeMike Keating LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Hickey, GregGreg Hickey LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Holst, GregGreg Holst C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Gosselin, BenoitBenoit Gosselin LW 7 0 0 0 33 -3 0 0 0
Astrom, HardyHardy Astrom G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 34 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 1848 34 14 13 4 98 3.18 1
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 2352 41 12 20 7 141 3.60 4
Astrom, HardyHardy Astrom 240 4 2 2 0 14 3.50 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 360 6 2 2 2 20 3.33 0
Team: 4800 80 30 37 13 273 3.41 5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Murdoch, DonDon Murdoch RW 3 1 3 4 4 0 0 1
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 0
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 3 1 1 2 2 1 0 0
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 3 0 2 2 16 0 0 0
Dillon, WayneWayne Dillon C 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 3 0 1 1 5 0 0 0
Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Heaslip, MarkMark Heaslip RW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 3 0 0 0 11 0 0 0
Newman, DanDan Newman LW 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 122 2 1 1 7 3.44 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 60 1 0 1 4 4.00 0
Team: 182 3 1 2 11 3.63 0

[1]

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]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1977-78 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
  2. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.425, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
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