1988–89 New York Rangers season

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1988–89 New York Rangers
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
Team information
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)
<1987–88 1989–90>

The 1988–89 New York Rangers season was the Rangers' 63rd season. The team returned to the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 seasons. The aspect of the season was that it was Guy Lafleur’s comeback.

Regular season[edit]

Guy Lafleur[edit]

After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Guy Lafleur returned to the NHL during the 1988–89 with the New York Rangers. Lafleur remained one of the few players that did not wear protective helmets due to the 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 to first place in the Patrick Division until being knocked out by a knee injury. The Rangers would finish the season in third place.

Season standings[edit]

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

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1988-89 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

1989 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 56 3207 28 21 4 197 3.69 1662 .881 0
Froese, BobBob Froese 30 1621 9 14 4 102 3.78 787 .870 1
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 2 107 0 1 6 3.36 55 .891 0
Froese, BobBob Froese 2 72 0 2 8 6.67 51 .843 0
Richter, MikeMike Richter 1 58 0 1 4 4.14 30 .867 0

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;

Roster[edit]

New York Rangers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Forwards[edit]

Tomas Sandstrom, Ulf Dahlen, Lucien DeBlois, John Ogrodnick, Jan Erixon, Chris Nilan, Brian Mullen, Paul Cyr, Tony Granato, Kelly Kisio (captain), Carey Wilson, Marcel Dionne, Don Maloney.

Defencemen[edit]

Michel Petit, Mark Hardy, David Shaw, Norm MacIver, Norman Rochefort

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Montreal Forum.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 22 Troy Mallette LW  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2 26 Murray Duval D  Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
4 68 Tony Amonte RW  United States Thayer Academy (Massachusetts)
5 99 Martin Bergeron C  Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
6 110 Dennis Vial D  Canada Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
7 131 Mike Rosati G  Canada Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
8 152 Eric Couvrette LW  Canada Saint-Jean Castors (QMJHL)
10 194 Paul Cain C  Canada Cornwall Royals (OHL)
10 202 Eric Fenton RW  United States N. Yarmouth Academy (Maine)
11 215 Peter Fiorentino D  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
12 236 Keith Slifstein RW  United States Choate Academy (Connecticut)

Supplemental Draft[edit]

New York's picks at the 1988 NHL Supplemental Draft.

Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
Mike Hurlbut D  United States St. Lawrence University (ECAC)
Ron Lecinskas LW  United States Salem State College (NCAA)

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1988-89 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  3. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 184, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5