1949–50 New York Rangers season

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1949–50 New York Rangers
Conference 4th NHL
1949–50 record 28-31-11
Goals for 170
Goals against 189
Team information
General Manager Frank Boucher
Coach Lynn Patrick
Captain Buddy O'Connor
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Edgar Laprade (22)
Assists Tony Leswick and Don Raleigh (25)
Points Edgar Laprade and Tony Leswick (44)
Penalties in minutes Gus Kyle (143)
Wins Chuck Rayner (28)
Goals against average Chuck Rayner (2.62)
<1948–49 1950–51>

The 1949–50 New York Rangers season saw the Rangers finish in fourth place in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a record of 28 wins, 31 losses, and 11 ties for 67 points. They upset the Montreal Canadiens in five games in the Semi-finals before losing a close seven-game Stanley Cup Finals to the Detroit Red Wings. The team reached double-overtime of the seventh game of the Finals before Detroit's Pete Babando scored to give the Red Wings the Cup.

Also of note during this season was that the Rangers were forced to use Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the home ice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as their "home ice" during the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was then at Madison Square Garden. Garden management found that they could make more money having the circus at the Garden instead of the Rangers. Moreover, at the time, arenas could not be configured to host a circus and a hockey game on the same day, thus forcing the shift in venue.

The Rangers would not reach the Stanley Cup Finals again until the 1971-72 season.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 229 164 +65 88
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 29 22 19 172 150 +22 77
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 31 27 12 176 173 +3 74
4 New York Rangers 70 28 31 11 170 189 -19 −19 67
5 Boston Bruins 70 22 32 16 198 228 -30 −30 60
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 22 38 10 203 244 -41 −41 54


Schedule and results[edit]

1949-50 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

It was the Rangers' first appearance in the Final since their Stanley Cup victory in 1940. Two games were played in Toronto as the circus had taken over Madison Square Garden in New York. New York's Don Raleigh scored two overtime winners and Detroit's Pete Babando scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime of game seven, the first time ever in which the stanley cup was won in extra frames in game seven. Detroit won the Cup without Gordie Howe, who was injured in the first game of the playoffs. As Stanley Cup runner-up, the Rangers would be awarded the O'Brien Cup, the last team to win the trophy, at one time the National Hockey Association championship trophy, which was retired after the season.

Key:      Win      Loss

1950 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SO
Rayner, ChuckChuck Rayner 69 4140 28 30 11 181 2.62 6
Francis, EmileEmile Francis 1 60 0 1 0 8 8.00 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SO
Rayner, ChuckChuck Rayner 12 775 7 5 29 2.25 1

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1949–1950 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1949-50 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-08.