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1980–81 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 7th Campbell
1980–81 record 30–36–14
Goals for 312
Goals against 317
General Manager Fred Shero
Craig Patrick
Coach Fred Shero
Craig Patrick
Captain Walt Tkaczuk
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Ed Johnstone
Anders Hedberg (30)
Assists Ron Greschner (41)
Points Anders Hedberg (70)
Penalties in minutes Barry Beck (231)
Wins Doug Soetaert (16)
Goals against average Steve Weeks (2.00)
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1979–80 1981–82

The 1980–81 New York Rangers season was the 55th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers finished 4th in the Patrick Division, defeated the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues and lost in the Semi-finals to the New York Islanders 4 games to 0.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Fred Shero, citing a drinking problem, chose to resign as coach. Craig Patrick, the Rangers' director of operations replaced him. Craig Patrick became the third generation of the Patrick family to coach the Rangers, after Lester Patrick, Lynn Patrick and Muzz Patrick.[1]

Halfway through the season, veteran Phil Esposito decided to retire. He retired after 18 seasons, the last six with the Rangers. He finished his career with 717 goals, 1,590 points.[2]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 355 260 110
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 313 249 97
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 329 298 92
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 312 317 74
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 286 317 70

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 Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1980 2–7 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 0–1–0
2 W October 11, 1980 8–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 1–1–0
3 L October 12, 1980 3–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 1–2–0
4 L October 15, 1980 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 1–3–0
5 L October 18, 1980 2–8 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 1–4–0
6 L October 19, 1980 2–4 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 1–5–0
7 W October 22, 1980 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 2–5–0
8 L October 25, 1980 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 2–6–0
9 W October 26, 1980 7–6 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 3–6–0
10 L October 28, 1980 4–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 3–7–0
11 T October 30, 1980 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 3–7–1
12 L November 1, 1980 4–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 3–8–1
13 L November 2, 1980 3–6 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 3–9–1
14 T November 5, 1980 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 3–9–2
15 L November 8, 1980 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 3–10–2
16 L November 10, 1980 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 3–11–2
17 L November 11, 1980 3–7 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 3–12–2
18 T November 14, 1980 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 3–12–3
19 W November 16, 1980 7–3 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 4–12–3
20 L November 19, 1980 1–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 4–13–3
21 L November 22, 1980 4–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 4–14–3
22 T November 23, 1980 2–2 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 4–14–4
23 W November 26, 1980 6–4 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 5–14–4
24 W November 29, 1980 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 6–14–4
25 L December 1, 1980 3–5 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 6–15–4
26 W December 3, 1980 4–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 7–15–4
27 W December 5, 1980 5–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 8–15–4
28 W December 7, 1980 5–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 9–15–4
29 W December 10, 1980 6–2 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 10–15–4
30 W December 12, 1980 4–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 11–15–4
31 L December 14, 1980 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 11–16–4
32 W December 17, 1980 8–2 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 12–16–4
33 T December 20, 1980 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 12–16–5
34 L December 22, 1980 2–3 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 12–17–5
35 L December 26, 1980 3–7 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 12–18–5
36 L December 28, 1980 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 12–19–5
37 W December 30, 1980 6–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 13–19–5
38 L December 31, 1980 4–6 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 13–20–5
39 W January 2, 1981 3–1 New York Islanders (1980–81) 14–20–5
40 T January 4, 1981 2–2 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 14–20–6
41 T January 9, 1981 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 14–20–7
42 L January 11, 1981 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 14–21–7
43 T January 13, 1981 4–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 14–21–8
44 L January 15, 1981 3–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 14–22–8
45 L January 18, 1981 0–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 14–23–8
46 W January 19, 1981 6–3 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 15–23–8
47 L January 21, 1981 1–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 15–24–8
48 W January 23, 1981 7–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 16–24–8
49 W January 24, 1981 7–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 17–24–8
50 W January 28, 1981 6–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 18–24–8
51 W January 31, 1981 7–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 19–24–8
52 L February 2, 1981 2–3 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 19–25–8
53 W February 4, 1981 9–3 New York Islanders (1980–81) 20–25–8
54 L February 5, 1981 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 20–26–8
55 T February 8, 1981 3–3 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 20–26–9
56 W February 12, 1981 8–6 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 21–26–9
57 L February 14, 1981 3–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 21–27–9
58 L February 15, 1981 4–5 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 21–28–9
59 W February 18, 1981 8–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 22–28–9
60 L February 19, 1981 3–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 22–29–9
61 W February 21, 1981 6–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 23–29–9
62 L February 22, 1981 5–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 23–30–9
63 W February 25, 1981 6–3 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 24–30–9
64 L February 28, 1981 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 24–31–9
65 T March 1, 1981 4–4 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 24–31–10
66 T March 4, 1981 5–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 24–31–11
67 L March 7, 1981 2–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 24–32–11
68 T March 8, 1981 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 24–32–12
69 L March 10, 1981 4–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 24–33–12
70 L March 11, 1981 3–4 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 24–34–12
71 W March 14, 1981 6–2 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 25–34–12
72 W March 18, 1981 3–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 26–34–12
73 W March 21, 1981 6–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 27–34–12
74 T March 22, 1981 7–7 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 27–34–13
75 L March 25, 1981 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 27–35–13
76 W March 28, 1981 6–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 28–35–13
77 T March 30, 1981 0–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 28–35–14
78 L April 2, 1981 1–2 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 28–36–14
79 W April 3, 1981 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 29–36–14
80 W April 5, 1981 2–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 30–36–14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 3, Los Angeles Kings 1[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 4, St. Louis Blues 2[edit | edit source]

New York Islanders 4, New York Rangers 0[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg RW 80 30 40 70 52 0 7 1 3
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 80 30 38 68 100 15 4 3 5
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 74 27 41 68 112 0 6 0 1
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 75 26 38 64 83 12 4 0 2
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 73 19 39 58 40 7 5 1 3
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 61 29 23 52 99 17 7 5 9
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 79 11 36 47 132 24 3 0 1
Nilsson, UlfUlf Nilsson C 51 14 25 39 42 -3 1 0 3
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 50 17 21 38 83 2 5 1 0
Beck, BarryBarry Beck D 75 11 23 34 231 9 6 1 0
Talafous, DeanDean Talafous RW 50 13 17 30 28 2 1 2 0
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 80 6 23 29 100 0 1 0 0
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 43 6 22 28 28 13 1 0 0
Silk, DaveDave Silk RW 59 14 12 26 58 -24 2 0 1
Nethery, LanceLance Nethery C 33 11 12 23 12 0 2 0 0
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 74 3 20 23 91 19 1 0 0
Gillis, JereJere Gillis LW 35 10 10 20 4 6 1 0 1
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 41 7 13 20 20 -13 3 0 0
Hospodar, EdEd Hospodar D 61 5 14 19 214 10 0 0 0
Kotsopoulos, ChrisChris Kotsopoulos D 54 4 12 16 153 -10 0 0 0
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 27 5 6 11 91 -6 1 0 0
Wallin, PeterPeter Wallin RW 12 1 5 6 2 -1 0 0 0
Sulliman, DougDoug Sulliman RW 32 4 1 5 32 -9 0 0 0
McCarthy, DanDan McCarthy C 5 4 0 4 4 3 2 0 0
Burns, GaryGary Burns LW/C 11 2 2 4 18 -9 0 0 1
Connor, CamCam Connor RW 15 1 3 4 44 6 0 0 0
Dore, AndreAndre Dore D 15 1 3 4 15 -1 0 0 0
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 8 1 2 3 46 -5 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 10 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Bandura, JeffJeff Bandura D 2 0 1 1 0 -3 0 0 0
Bothwell, TimTim Bothwell D 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 10 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McDougal, MikeMike McDougal RW 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Baker, SteveSteve Baker G 21 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 39 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 2320 39 16 16 7 152 3.93 0
Baker, SteveSteve Baker 1260 21 10 6 5 73 3.48 2
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 600 10 3 6 1 34 3.40 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 560 10 1 7 1 48 5.14 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks 60 1 0 1 0 2 2.00 0
Team: 4800 80 30 36 14 309 3.86 2

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 14 8 9 17 16 0 1 1
Hedberg, AndersAnders Hedberg RW 14 8 8 16 6 3 0 0
Nilsson, UlfUlf Nilsson C 14 8 8 16 23 3 0 1
Beck, BarryBarry Beck D 14 5 8 13 32 1 1 0
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 14 4 8 12 17 1 0 0
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 12 4 7 11 14 1 0 0
Nethery, LanceLance Nethery C 14 5 3 8 9 0 0 1
Talafous, DeanDean Talafous RW 14 3 5 8 2 0 0 0
Wallin, PeterPeter Wallin RW 14 2 6 8 6 0 0 0
Gillis, JereJere Gillis LW 14 2 5 7 9 0 0 0
Maloney, DonDon Maloney LW 13 1 6 7 13 1 0 0
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 14 1 4 5 18 0 0 1
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 14 3 1 4 20 1 0 2
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 8 2 2 4 4 0 0 1
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 14 1 3 4 26 0 0 0
Kotsopoulos, ChrisChris Kotsopoulos D 14 0 3 3 63 0 0 0
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 2 0 2 2 9 0 0 0
Hospodar, EdEd Hospodar D 12 2 0 2 93 0 0 0
Sulliman, DougDoug Sulliman RW 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes D 3 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Burns, GaryGary Burns LW/C 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Baker, SteveSteve Baker G 14 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Baker, SteveSteve Baker 826 14 7 7 55 4.00 0
Weeks, SteveSteve Weeks 14 1 0 0 1 4.29 0
Team: 840 14 7 7 56 4.00 0

[3]

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.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. McFarlane, p. 204
  2. McFarlane, p. 205
  3. 1980-81 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
  • 1980–81 New York Rangers Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-06.
  • McFarlane, Brian (1989). One hundred years of hockey. Toronto, Ontario: Deneau Publishers. ISBN 0888792166. 
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