1978–79 New York Rangers season

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1978–79 New York Rangers
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 3rd Campbell
1978–79 record 40–29–11
Goals for 316
Goals against 292
Team information
General Manager Fred Shero
Coach Fred Shero
Captain Dave Maloney
Alternate captains None
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (42)
Assists Anders Hedberg (46)
Points Anders Hedberg (79)
Penalties in minutes Nick Fotiu (190)
Wins John Davidson (20)
Goals against average John Davidson (3.52)

The 1978–79 New York Rangers season was the 53rd season for the franchise. The highlight of the season was participating in the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Rangers played 12 consecutive playoff games without losing in regulation.

Offseason[edit]

The Rangers fired their general manager John Ferguson and head coach Jean-Guy Talbot, replacing them with former Philadelphia Flyers and two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Fred Shero.

The Rangers chose Don Maloney with their first pick, in the second-round, 26th over-all. Maloney was the younger brother of Dave Maloney, a defenceman with the Rangers. Don Maloney would get into 28 games for the Rangers that season.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 51 15 14 358 214 116
Philadelphia Flyers 80 40 25 15 281 248 95
New York Rangers 80 40 29 11 316 292 91
Atlanta Flames 80 41 31 8 327 280 90

Schedule and results[edit]

1978-79 Game Log

Season Summary[edit]

  • February 25: During a win against the Islanders, Ulf Nilsson was injured on a hip check by Denis Potvin. In the years to come, this would serve as the origin to the infamous "Potvin Sucks" chant at Madison Square Garden.

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The Rangers faced the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, who were making their fourth straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance. It was the Rangers' first appearance in the finals since the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup.

Key:      Win      Loss

1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 39 2232 20 12 5 131 3.52 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 31 1668 15 10 3 101 3.63 1
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 17 900 5 7 3 57 3.80 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 18 1106 11 7 42 2.28 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]

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 26 Don Maloney LW  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
3 43 Ray Markham C  Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
3 44 Dean Turner D  United States University of Michigan (NCAA)
4 59 Dave Silk RW  United States Boston University (NCAA)
4 60 Andre Dore D  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
5 76 Mike McDougall RW  United States Port Huron Flags (IHL)
6 93 Tom Laidlaw D  Canada Northern Michigan University (NCAA)
7 110 Dan Clark D  Canada Milwaukee Admirals (IHL)
8 127 Greg Kostenko D  Canada Ohio State University (NCAA)
9 144 Brian McDavid D  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
10 161 Mark Rodrigues G  United States Yale University (NCAA)
11 176 Steve Weeks G  Canada Northern Michigan University (NCAA)
12 192 Pierre Daigneault LW  Canada Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)
13 206 Chris McLaughlin D  United States Dartmouth College (NCAA)
14 217 Todd Johnson C  United States Boston University (NCAA)
15 223 Dan McCarthy C  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978-79 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-08.