2002–03 New York Rangers season
|2002–03 New York Rangers|
|General Manager||Glen Sather|
Glen Sather (interim)
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Average attendance||18,148 (99.7%)|
|Goals||Petr Nedved (27)|
|Assists||Tom Poti (37)|
|Points||Petr Nedved (58)|
|Penalties in minutes||Dale Purinton (161)|
|Wins||Mike Dunham (19)|
|Goals against average||Mike Dunham (2.29)|
The 2002–03 New York Rangers season was the 77th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). In the regular season, the Rangers posted a 32–36–10–4 record, finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers' ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference left them out of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the sixth straight season.
The Rangers entered the season under the supervision of former Colorado Avalanche assistant coach and New York Islanders star Bryan Trottier in his first head coaching role. With the team on the outside of the playoff picture, he was fired after 54 games and replaced with general manager Glen Sather.
The Rangers saw a major milestone reached as goaltender Mike Richter won his 300th game with the team. Shortly thereafter, he suffered a concussion against the Edmonton Oilers when Todd Marchant accidentally struck his head with his knee. Combined with a skull fracture Richter suffered toward the end of the previous season when hit in the face with a slap shot, it was the second such injury he suffered in the previous eight months and caused him to miss the rest of the season. Richter retired before the start of the next season.
|1||2||New Jersey Devils||82||46||20||10||6||216||166||108|
|3||8||New York Islanders||82||35||34||11||2||224||231||83|
|4||9||New York Rangers||82||32||36||10||4||210||231||78|
Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
|1||P- Ottawa Senators||NE||82||52||21||8||1||263||182||113|
|2||Y- New Jersey Devils||AT||82||46||20||10||6||216||166||108|
|3||Y- Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||36||25||16||5||219||210||93|
|4||X- Philadelphia Flyers||AT||82||45||20||13||4||211||166||107|
|5||X- Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||44||28||7||3||236||208||98|
|6||X- Washington Capitals||SE||82||39||29||8||6||224||220||92|
|7||X- Boston Bruins||NE||82||36||31||11||4||245||237||87|
|8||X- New York Islanders||AT||82||35||34||11||2||224||231||83|
|9||New York Rangers||AT||82||32||36||10||4||210||231||78|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast
P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot
Schedule and results
|2002-03 Game Log|
|Dunham, MikeMike Dunham†||43||2467||19||17||5||94||2.29||1229||.924||5|
|Blackburn, DanDan Blackburn||32||1762||8||16||4||93||3.17||842||.890||1|
|Richter, MikeMike Richter||13||694||5||6||1||34||2.94||329||.897||0|
|Holmqvist, JohanJohan Holmqvist||1||39||0||1||0||2||3.08||18||.889||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.
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|2||33||Lee Falardeau||C||United States||Michigan State University (CCHA)|
|3||81||Marcus Jonasen||LW||Sweden||VIK Vasteras IK Jr. (Sweden)|
|4||127||Nate Guenin||D||United States||Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)|
|5||143||Mike Walsh||LW||United States||Detroit Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)|
|6||177||Jake Taylor||D||United States||Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)|
|6||194||Kim Hirschovits||C||Finland||HIFK (FNL)|
|7||226||Joey Crabb||RW||United States||Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)|
|8||240||Petr Prucha||LW||Czech Republic||HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)|
|9||270||Rob Flynn||RW||United States||Harvard University (ECAC)|
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