1994–95 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Atlantic
Conference 8th Eastern
1994–95 record 22–23–3
Home record 11–10–3
Road record 11–13–0
Goals for 139
Goals against 134
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach Colin Campbell
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Adam Graves
Brian Leetch
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,194 (99.9%)
Team Leaders
Goals Adam Graves (17)
Assists Mark Messier (39)
Points Mark Messier (53)
Penalties in minutes Nick Kypreos (93)
Wins Mike Richter (14)
Goals against average Glenn Healy (2.36)
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The 1994–95 New York Rangers season was the 69th season for the franchise. With Mike Keenan off to St. Louis to coach the Blues, the Rangers hired Colin Campbell to lead the Rangers. Members of the 1994 Stanley Cup championship team Doug Lidster and Esa Tikkanen would join Keenan in St. Louis, as Lidster and Tikkanen were traded for Petr Nedved on July 24, 1994. Another member of the championship team, Glenn Anderson would sign with St. Louis as a free agent on February 13, 1995. On March 23, the team acquired Pat Verbeek through a trade with the Hartford Whalers. Verbeek would prove to be a handy addition to the club, scoring 10 goals in 19 games. The defending Cup champions finished the season 8th place in the Eastern Conference with a mediocre record of 22-23-3 for 47 points - just one point ahead of the Florida Panthers.

The Rangers faced the first-place Quebec Nordiques in the first round of the playoffs. They narrowly lost game 1 by a score of 5-4, as the Nordiques were powered by Joe Sakic's hat trick. New York came back in game 2, winning 8-3. Sergei Nemchinov and Petr Nedved each scored twice. After edging the Nordiques 4-3 in game 3, the Rangers found themselves trailing 2-0 in game 4. They would tie it up on goals by Brian Leetch and Alexei Kovalev. Steve Larmer scored the winner at 8:09 of the first overtime period. Facing elimination, the Nordiques played a determined game 5 at home and won 4-2 to cut New York's lead in the series to 3-2. The Rangers, at home for game 6, built up a 4-0 lead and ended up winning 4-2, to eliminate the Nordiques 4 games to 2. The Nordiques moved to Colorado almost immediately, as the announcement came on May 25, 1995.

In the second round, the Rangers faced a determined Philadelphia Flyers team that was led by the "Legion of Doom" line. In game 1, the Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period on power-play goals by Brian Leetch and Petr Nedved. With the help of John LeClair's hat trick, the Flyers took a 4-3 lead in the third period. With only 19 seconds remaining, Pat Verbeek tied the game a 4-4. However, it was the Flyers who would ultimately win the game, as Eric Desjardins scored at 7:03 of the first overtime period. Game 2 started nearly identically to game 1, as New York led 2-0 after the first period on power-play goals. Both were scored by Brian Leetch. Philadelphia re-gained control of the game as they had in game 1, leading 3-2 midway through the third period. With under 8 minutes to go, Leetch completed his hat trick to tie the score at 3-3. This game also went into overtime, and the Flyers needed only 25 seconds to win it, as defenseman Kevin Haller scored his 3rd of the playoffs to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead in the series. The Flyers went on to dominate games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York, winning 5-2 and 4-1 to complete the sweep.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NHL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 26 Dan Cloutier (G) Flag of Canada Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
52 Rudolf Verčík (Forward) Flag of Slovakia Slovakia New York Rangers HC Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)

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Regular season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Philadelphia Flyers 48 28 16 4 150 132 60
2 5 New Jersey Devils 48 22 18 8 136 121 52
3 6 Washington Capitals 48 22 18 8 136 120 52
4 8 New York Rangers 48 22 23 3 139 134 47
5 9 Florida Panthers 48 20 22 6 115 127 46
6 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 48 17 28 3 120 144 37
7 13 New York Islanders 48 15 28 5 126 158 35

Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, 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]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L Jan 20, 1995 1–2 Buffalo Sabres 0–1–0
2 W Jan 21, 1995 5–2 Montreal Canadiens 1–1–0
3 L Jan 23, 1995 1–2 Boston Bruins 1–2–0
4 L Jan 25, 1995 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3–0
5 L Jan 28, 1995 0–2 @ Quebec Nordiques 1–4–0
6 W Jan 30, 1995 6–2 Ottawa Senators 2–4–0
7 L Feb 1, 1995 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 2–5–0
8 T Feb 2, 1995 3–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning 2–5–1
9 W Feb 4, 1995 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators 3–5–1
10 W Feb 8, 1995 5–4 Washington Capitals 4–5–1
11 L Feb 9, 1995 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils 4–6–1
12 W Feb 11, 1995 3–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 5–6–1
13 W Feb 15, 1995 2–1 @ Buffalo Sabres 6–6–1
14 T Feb 16, 1995 2–2 OT Montreal Canadiens 6–6–2
15 L Feb 18, 1995 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens 6–7–2
16 W Feb 20, 1995 3–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7–7–2
17 W Feb 21, 1995 5–3 @ Florida Panthers 8–7–2
18 L Feb 24, 1995 1–2 Hartford Whalers 8–8–2
19 W Feb 26, 1995 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres 9–8–2
20 T Feb 28, 1995 0–0 OT Florida Panthers 9–8–3
21 W Mar 1, 1995 5–2 @ Hartford Whalers 10–8–3
22 W Mar 3, 1995 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers 11–8–3
23 L Mar 5, 1995 2–4 @ Washington Capitals 11–9–3
24 W Mar 6, 1995 4–3 Ottawa Senators 12–9–3
25 W Mar 8, 1995 6–4 New Jersey Devils 13–9–3
26 L Mar 11, 1995 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens 13–10–3
27 L Mar 15, 1995 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers 13–11–3
28 L Mar 18, 1995 1–4 @ Washington Capitals 13–12–3
29 L Mar 22, 1995 2–5 New Jersey Devils 13–13–3
30 L Mar 23, 1995 0–1 @ New York Islanders 13–14–3
31 L Mar 25, 1995 1–2 @ Quebec Nordiques 13–15–3
32 L Mar 30, 1995 4–5 Quebec Nordiques 13–16–3
33 W Apr 1, 1995 3–2 @ Boston Bruins 14–16–3
34 L Apr 2, 1995 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers 14–17–3
35 W Apr 5, 1995 5–0 @ Florida Panthers 15–17–3
36 L Apr 7, 1995 3–4 New York Islanders 15–18–3
37 L Apr 9, 1995 0–2 @ New Jersey Devils 15–19–3
38 W Apr 12, 1995 3–1 Buffalo Sabres 16–19–3
39 W Apr 14, 1995 5–3 Boston Bruins 17–19–3
40 W Apr 16, 1995 3–2 @ New York Islanders 18–19–3
41 L Apr 18, 1995 5–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 18–20–3
42 W Apr 20, 1995 3–2 Hartford Whalers 19–20–3
43 L Apr 23, 1995 4–5 @ Boston Bruins 19–21–3
44 W Apr 24, 1995 5–4 Washington Capitals 20–21–3
45 W Apr 26, 1995 6–4 Tampa Bay Lightning 21–21–3
46 L Apr 28, 1995 2–4 New York Islanders 21–22–3
47 W Apr 30, 1995 2–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 22–22–3
48 L May 2, 1995 3–4 Florida Panthers 22–23–3

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP W L T SO GAA

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Quebec vs. NY Rangers
Date Away Home
May 6 NY Rangers 4 5 Quebec
May 8 NY Rangers 8 3 Quebec
May 10 Quebec 3 4 NY Rangers
May 12 Quebec 2 3 NY Rangers OT
May 14 NY Rangers 2 4 Quebec
May 16 Quebec 2 4 NY Rangers
NY Rangers wins series 4–2
Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Date Away Home
May 21 NY Rangers 4 5 Philadelphia OT
May 22 NY Rangers 3 4 Philadelphia OT
May 24 Philadelphia 5 2 NY Rangers
May 26 Philadelphia 4 1 NY Rangers
Philadelphia wins series 4–0

References[edit | edit source]

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Stanley Cups 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
Affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), Maine Mariners (ECHL)


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