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1988–89 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 6th Wales
1988–89 record 37–35–8
Home record 21–17–2
Road record 16–18–6
Goals for 310
Goals against 307
General Manager Phil Esposito
Coach Michel Bergeron
Phil Esposito
Captain Kelly Kisio
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Tony Granato (36)
Assists Tomas Sandstrom (56)
Points Tomas Sandstrom (88)
Penalties in minutes Rudy Poeschek (199)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (28)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (3.69)
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1987–88 1989–90

The 1988–89 New York Rangers season was the 63rd season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers finished 3rd in the Patrick Division and lost in the Division Semi-finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 0.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
2 22. Troy Mallette (LW) Flag of Canada Canada Sault-Ste.-Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2 26. Murray Duval (D) Flag of Canada Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
3 68. Tony Amonte (LW) Flag of the United States United States

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Guy Lafleur[edit | edit source]

After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Guy Lafleur returned to the NHL during the 1988–89 season with the New York Rangers. Lafleur remained one of the few players that did not wear protective helmets due to a grandfather clause. A highlight of Lafleur's season was the opportunity to be on the same team with Marcel Dionne. During his first game back in the Montreal Forum, he scored twice against Patrick Roy during the Rangers' 7–5 loss to the Canadiens. Although his high-scoring days were well behind him, his stint with the Rangers was moderately successful and he helped the team reach first place in the Patrick Division until being knocked out by a knee injury. The Rangers finished the season in third place.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Washington Capitals 80 41 29 10 305 259 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 33 7 347 349 87
New York Rangers 80 37 35 8 310 307 82
Philadelphia Flyers 80 36 36 8 307 285 80
New Jersey Devils 80 27 41 12 281 325 66
New York Islanders 80 28 47 5 265 325 61

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 T October 6, 1988 2–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 0–0–1
2 W October 8, 1988 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 1–0–1
3 L October 10, 1988 0–5 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 1–1–1
4 L October 12, 1988 3–4 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 1–2–1
5 W October 16, 1988 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 2–2–1
6 W October 19, 1988 5–1 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 3–2–1
7 W October 21, 1988 4–1 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 4–2–1
8 W October 23, 1988 8–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 5–2–1
9 W October 26, 1988 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 6–2–1
10 W October 29, 1988 6–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 7–2–1
11 W October 30, 1988 9–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 8–2–1
12 L November 2, 1988 4–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 8–3–1
13 L November 6, 1988 5–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 8–4–1
14 L November 8, 1988 3–4 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 8–5–1
15 W November 9, 1988 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 9–5–1
16 T November 11, 1988 4–4 OT Boston Bruins (1988–89) 9–5–2
17 L November 13, 1988 3–5 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 9–6–2
18 T November 15, 1988 3–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 9–6–3
19 W November 17, 1988 6–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 10–6–3
20 W November 19, 1988 4–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 11–6–3
21 L November 21, 1988 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 11–7–3
22 L November 23, 1988 2–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 11–8–3
23 W November 26, 1988 6–4 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 12–8–3
24 W November 27, 1988 5–3 New York Islanders (1988–89) 13–8–3
25 W November 29, 1988 4–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 14–8–3
26 L December 1, 1988 3–6 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 14–9–3
27 L December 4, 1988 6–10 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 14–10–3
28 W December 6, 1988 5–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 15–10–3
29 L December 8, 1988 4–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 15–11–3
30 T December 10, 1988 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 15–11–4
31 L December 12, 1988 2–5 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 15–12–4
32 W December 14, 1988 2–1 New York Islanders (1988–89) 16–12–4
33 L December 17, 1988 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 16–13–4
34 W December 19, 1988 3–1 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 17–13–4
35 L December 21, 1988 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 17–14–4
36 T December 23, 1988 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 17–14–5
37 W December 26, 1988 5–1 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 18–14–5
38 W December 27, 1988 7–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 19–14–5
39 W December 31, 1988 4–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 20–14–5
40 W January 2, 1989 5–4 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 21–14–5
41 T January 4, 1989 3–3 OT Washington Capitals (1988–89) 21–14–6
42 W January 7, 1989 5–1 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 22–14–6
43 L January 9, 1989 4–5 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 22–15–6
44 T January 14, 1989 4–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 22–15–7
45 W January 15, 1989 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 23–15–7
46 W January 18, 1989 6–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 24–15–7
47 W January 19, 1989 5–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 25–15–7
48 W January 21, 1989 5–4 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 26–15–7
49 W January 23, 1989 3–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 27–15–7
50 L January 26, 1989 3–5 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 27–16–7
51 T January 28, 1989 1–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 27–16–8
52 W January 30, 1989 7–3 New York Islanders (1988–89) 28–16–8
53 L February 1, 1989 3–4 OT Washington Capitals (1988–89) 28–17–8
54 L February 4, 1989 5–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 28–18–8
55 L February 5, 1989 3–5 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 28–19–8
56 W February 9, 1989 4–3 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 29–19–8
57 L February 12, 1989 1–3 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 29–20–8
58 L February 14, 1989 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 29–21–8
59 L February 17, 1989 6–10 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 29–22–8
60 W February 18, 1989 5–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 30–22–8
61 W February 20, 1989 7–4 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 31–22–8
62 L February 22, 1989 4–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 31–23–8
63 W February 25, 1989 7–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 32–23–8
64 W February 27, 1989 6–4 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 33–23–8
65 W March 1, 1989 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 34–23–8
66 L March 3, 1989 3–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 34–24–8
67 L March 5, 1989 0–5 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 34–25–8
68 L March 8, 1989 0–2 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 34–26–8
69 L March 9, 1989 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 34–27–8
70 L March 11, 1989 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 34–28–8
71 W March 13, 1989 4–3 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 35–28–8
72 L March 15, 1989 3–6 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 35–29–8
73 L March 18, 1989 3–8 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 35–30–8
74 W March 20, 1989 7–4 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 36–30–8
75 W March 22, 1989 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 37–30–8
76 L March 25, 1989 1–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 37–31–8
77 L March 26, 1989 4–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 37–32–8
78 L March 29, 1989 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 37–33–8
79 L April 1, 1989 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 37–34–8
80 L April 2, 1989 4–6 New York Islanders (1988–89) 37–35–8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New York Rangers 0[edit | edit source]

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 New York Rangers 1 Pittsburgh Penguins 3
April 6 New York Rangers 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 7
April 8 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 New York Rangers 4 (OT)
April 9 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 New York Rangers 3

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Tomas Sandstrom 28 79 32 56 88 148 4 3 2 5 12
Brian Leetch 2 68 23 48 71 50 3 0 1 1 4
Brian Mullen 19 78 29 35 64 60 3 0 1 1 4
Tony Granato 18 78 36 27 63 140 4 1 1 2 21
Kelly Kisio 11 70 26 36 62 91 4 0 0 0 9
Carey Wilson 17 41 21 34 55 45 4 1 2 3 2
James Patrick 3 68 11 36 47 41 4 0 1 1 2
Guy Lafleur 10 67 18 27 45 12 4 1 0 1 0
Ulf Dahlen 9 56 24 19 43 50 4 0 0 0 0
John Ogrodnick 25 60 13 29 42 14 3 2 0 2 0
Lucien DeBlois 23 73 9 24 33 107 4 0 0 0 4
Michel Petit 24 69 8 25 33 154 4 0 2 2 27
Jason Lafreniere 15 38 8 16 24 6 3 0 0 0 17
Marcel Dionne 16 37 7 16 23 20 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Lafreniere 15 38 8 16 24 6 3 0 0 0 17
Brian Lawton - 30 7 10 17 39 0 0 0 0 0
David Shaw 21 63 6 11 17 88 4 0 2 2 30
Jan Erixon 20 44 4 11 15 27 4 0 1 1 2
Chris Nilan 31 38 7 7 14 177 4 0 1 1 28
Mark Hardy 14 56 2 12 14 45 4 0 1 1 31
Don Maloney - 31 4 9 13 16 0 0 0 0 0
Ron Greschner 4 58 1 10 11 94 4 0 1 1 6
Darren Turcotte 8 20 7 3 10 4 1 0 0 0 0
Norm Maciver - 26 0 10 10 14 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Miller 26 24 3 5 8 2 0 0 0 0 0
Igor Liba - 10 2 5 7 15 0 0 0 0 0
Normand Rochefort 5 11 1 5 6 18 0 0 0 0 0
Lindy Ruff 44 13 0 5 5 31 2 0 0 0 17
Rudy Poeschek 29 52 0 2 2 199 0 0 0 0 0
Doug Wickenheiser 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simon Wheeldon 41 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Miloslav Horava 6 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dean Kennedy 16 0 1 1 40 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Paterson 27 20 0 1 1 84 0 0 0 0 0
Stephane Brochu 32 21 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Cyr 22 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
James Latos 44 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jayson More 40 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Hammond 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Janssens 47 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Bloemberg 38 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peter Laviolette 39 12 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0

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Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Bob Froese 30 9 14 4 1 3.78
John Vanbiesbrouck 56 28 21 4 0 3.69

Roster[edit | edit source]

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1988-89 New York Rangers [NHL] player statistics at hockeydb.com
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 184, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
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