1994–95 New York Rangers season

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1994–95 New York Rangers
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
Team information
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)
<1993–94 1995–96>

The 1994–95 New York Rangers season was the 69th season for the franchise. The season was shortened to 48 games due to the 1994-95 NHL lockout.

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.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

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

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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.


Schedule and results[edit]

1994-95 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

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.

Key:      Win      Loss

1995 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Richter, MikeMike Richter 35 1993 14 17 2 97 2.92 884 .890 2
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy 17 888 8 6 1 35 2.36 377 .907 1
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO
Richter, MikeMike Richter 7 384 2 5 23 3.60 189 .878 0
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy 5 230 2 1 13 3.39 93 .860 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;

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft in Hartford, Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 26 Dan Cloutier G  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2 52 Rudolf Vercik LW  Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava (Slovak Extraliga)
3 78 Adam Smith D  Canada Tacoma Rockets (WHL)
4 100 Alexander Korobolin D  Russia Chelyabinsk Mechel (Rus-1)
4 104 Sylvain Blouin LW  Canada Laval Titan (QMJHL)
5 130 Martin Ethier D  Canada Beauport Harfangs (QMJHL)
6 135 Yuri Litvinov C  Russia PHC Krylya Sovetov (Russia)
6 156 David Brosseau RW  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
7 182 Alexei Lazarenko RW  Ukraine HC CSKA Moscow (Russia)
8 208 Craig Anderson D  United States Park Center H.S. (Minnesota)
9 209 Vitali Yeremeyev G  Kazakhstan HC Kamenogorsk (Russia)
9 234 Eric Boulton LW  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
10 260 Radoslav Kropac Forward  Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava (Russia)
11 267 Jamie Butt LW  Canada Tacoma Rockets (WHL)
11 286 Kim Johnsson D  Sweden Malmo IF (SEL)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  2. ^ "1994-95 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  3. ^ NHL.com - 2008 Trade Deadline