2011–12 New York Rangers season

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2011–12 New York Rangers
Atlantic Division champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 1st Eastern
2011–12 record 51–24–7
Home record 27–12–2
Road record 24–12–5
Goals for 226
Goals against 187
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach John Tortorella
Captain Ryan Callahan
Alternate captains Brad Richards
Marc Staal
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,191 (100.0%)
Total: 745,852 (41 games)
Team leaders
Goals Marian Gaborik (41)
Assists Brad Richards (41)
Points Marian Gaborik (76)
Penalties in minutes Brandon Prust (156)
Plus/minus Ryan McDonagh (+25)
Wins Henrik Lundqvist (39)
Goals against average Henrik Lundqvist (1.97)

The 2011–12 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 85th season of play and their 86th season overall.[1] The Rangers finished the regular season in first place in the Eastern Conference, winning the Atlantic Division title, the franchise's seventh division title, and their first since the 1993–94 championship season. In the playoffs, the Rangers reached the Conference Finals for the first time since 1997, losing to the New Jersey Devils in six games.

Off-season[edit]

On April 11, 2011, it was announced that the Rangers will open the regular season in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 7, 2011, against the Los Angeles Kings, and on October 8 against the Anaheim Ducks as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.[2]

On May 13, Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment. Boogaard had played in 22 games for the Rangers during the 2010–11 season after signing a four-year deal with the Rangers in the previous off-season.[3]

On June 29, Rangers captain Chris Drury's contract was bought out.[4][5]

On July 2, free agent Brad Richards signed a nine-year contract worth almost $60 million with the Rangers. Richards had been considered to be the top free agent of 2011.[6][7]

On August 4, Sean Avery was arrested at his home in Hollywood Hills for battery on a police officer after pushing an officer that was trying to break up a party at Avery's home.[8]

On September 12, the Rangers announced that Ryan Callahan would be the 26th captain in New York Rangers history.[9] Brad Richards and Marc Staal were named as alternate captains.

On September 26, the NHL officially announced that the Rangers would face the Philadelphia Flyers on January 2, 2012, in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.[10] As part of the Winter Classic festivities, the Rangers were featured in HBO's 24/7 series.[11] The throwback jerseys the Rangers wore for the Winter Classic were unveiled at an event on November 28.[12]

Regular season[edit]

On December 10, the Rangers won their 2,500th game in franchise history at the Buffalo Sabres, 4–1.[13]

On December 17, in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes in Phoenix, Brad Richards scored the game-winning goal with 0.1 seconds left in the third period to win the game for the Rangers 3–2, at the last possible moment in regulation.

On January 2, 2012, the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3–2 in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, moving into first place overall in the NHL for the first time at this point in the season since the 1995–96 season.[14]

On January 6, thanks to the Rangers' first place standing in the Eastern Conference, Head Coach John Tortorella was named as one of the coaches for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.[15]

The Rangers set an NHL record by not allowing more than four goals in regulation in a game through the first 69 games of the season. The Rangers, with back-up goaltender Martin Biron playing, lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 15 by a score of 5–2 to break the streak.[16]

From March 11 to March 23, the Rangers had a seven-game homestand (playing every other day during that span), tying a franchise record for most consecutive games played at Madison Square Garden.[17] The other time this occurred was between December 10 and December 23 of the 2001–02 season.

The Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot with a 4–2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on March 20.[18]

With a victory on March 24 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers reached the 100-point plateau for the seventh time in franchise history, and the first time since the 2005–06 season.[19]

On March 28, Henrik Lundqvist notched his 250th career win as the Broadway Blueshirts netminder, thus becoming the 45th goalie in NHL history to reach this plateau, in a 4–2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.[20]

With a 5–3 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on April 3, the Rangers clinched the Atlantic Division title and first place in the Eastern Conference with their 51st win in their 80th game of the season. The Rangers had been in first place in the Conference since December 30, 2011.[21] It was the first of either kind for the Rangers since winning the 1994 Stanley Cup.

Post-season[edit]

On May 2, 2012, Marian Gaborik scored 14:41 into the third overtime of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to defeat the Washington Capitals 2–1 at the Verizon Center. This was longest playoff game for the Rangers since April 29, 1971, when Pete Stemkowski scored in the third overtime for a 3–2 win in Game 6 of the 1971 Semifinals over the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden.[22] Later in the series with Washington, on May 7, 2012, Brad Richards tied Game 5 with 6.6 seconds left in regulation, on a power-play. This was the latest tying goal in Rangers playoff history. That same Rangers power-play carried over into overtime due to it being a 4-minute double minor. Marc Staal then scored at 1:35 of overtime on the power-play, giving the Rangers a 3-2 victory, and a 3-2 series lead.[23]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[24]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
4 New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
5 New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[25]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 game log

Detailed records[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

The New York Rangers ended the 2011–12 regular season as the Eastern Conference's 1st seed. They faced the #8 seed Ottawa Senators in the first round. The Rangers battled back from a 3-2 series deficit to defeat the Senators in seven games. The Rangers defeated the #7 seed Washington Capitals their second round opponent, in seven games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Rangers faced the #6 seed New Jersey Devils. After leading the series 2-1, the Rangers lost 3 games in a row and lost the series 4-2.

Key:      Win      Loss

2012 Stanley Cup playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist 62 3754 39 18 5 123 1.97 1753 .930 8 0 2 4
Biron, MartinMartin Biron 21 1220 12 6 2 50 2.46 519 .904 2 0 3 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist 20 1251 10 10 38 1.82 554 .931 3 0 0 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.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Marian Gaborik[26] NHL Second Star of the Week December 26, 2011
Marian Gaborik[27] NHL All-Star January 12, 2012
Dan Girardi[27] NHL All-Star January 12, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[27] NHL All-Star January 12, 2012
Carl Hagelin[28] NHL All-Star Rookie January 25, 2012
Carl Hagelin[29] NHL All-Star Game Fastest Skater January 28, 2012
Marian Gaborik[29] NHL All-Star Game MVP January 29, 2012
Ryan Callahan[30] Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award March 30, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[31] Vezina Trophy June 20, 2012

Nominations[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Nominated
Henrik Lundqvist[32] Vezina Trophy April 25, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[33] Hart Memorial Trophy April 27, 2012
John Tortorella[34] Jack Adams Award April 30, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[35] Ted Lindsay Award May 2, 2012
Ryan Callahan[36] Mark Messier Leadership Award June 4, 2012

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Tim Erixon 1st career NHL game October 7, 2011
Brandon Prust 200th career NHL game October 15, 2011
Michael Rupp 500th career NHL game October 15, 2011
Brad Richards 500th career NHL assist October 20, 2011
Brian Boyle 200th career NHL game November 3, 2011
Ryan Callahan 300th career NHL game November 15, 2011
Derek Stepan 100th career NHL game November 23, 2011
Carl Hagelin 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
November 25, 2011
Carl Hagelin 1st career NHL goal November 26, 2011
New York Rangers franchise[13] 2,500th win December 10, 2011
Brad Richards 800th career NHL game December 13, 2011
Marian Gaborik 300th career NHL goal December 17, 2011
Stu Bickel 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
December 20, 2011
Marian Gaborik 600th career NHL point December 20, 2011
Artem Anisimov 200th career NHL game December 30, 2011
Brandon Dubinsky 200th career NHL point January 6, 2012
Daniel Girardi 400th career NHL game January 10, 2012
Wojtek Wolski 400th career NHL game January 12, 2012
Marian Gaborik 300th career NHL assist January 15, 2012
Dan Girardi 100th career NHL assist January 21, 2012
Artem Anisimov 100th career NHL point February 14, 2012
John Mitchell 200th career NHL game February 24, 2012
Ryan Callahan 100th career NHL goal February 25, 2012
Marian Gaborik 700th career NHL game February 25, 2012
Ryan McDonagh 100th career NHL game February 25, 2012
Ruslan Fedotenko 800th career NHL game March 4, 2012
Tim Erixon 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
March 23, 2012
Michael Del Zotto 200th career NHL game March 30, 2012
Martin Biron 500th career NHL game April 5, 2012
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Artem Anisimov 1st career NHL playoff assist April 12, 2012
Stu Bickel 1st career NHL playoff game April 12, 2012
Brian Boyle 1st career NHL playoff game
1st career NHL playoff goal
1st career NHL playoff point
April 12, 2012
Michael Del Zotto 1st career NHL playoff game April 12, 2012
Carl Hagelin 1st career NHL playoff game
1st career NHL playoff assist
1st career NHL playoff point
April 12, 2012
John Mitchell 1st career NHL playoff game April 12, 2012
Anton Stralman 1st career NHL playoff game
1st career NHL playoff assist
1st career NHL playoff point
April 12, 2012
Michael Del Zotto 1st career NHL playoff assist
1st career NHL playoff point
April 14, 2012
Anton Stralman 1st career NHL playoff goal April 14, 2012
Chris Kreider 1st career NHL playoff game
1st career NHL playoff game
April 16, 2012
Chris Kreider 1st career NHL playoff goal
1st career NHL playoff point
April 23, 2012
Derek Stepan 1st career NHL playoff goal
1st career NHL playoff assist
1st career NHL playoff point
April 23, 2012
Daniel Girardi 1st career NHL playoff goal April 26, 2012
Chris Kreider 1st career NHL playoff assist April 28, 2012
Ruslan Fedotenko 100th career NHL playoff game May 7, 2012
Brandon Prust 1st career NHL playoff goal May 24, 2012

Final roster[edit]

Updated May 16, 2012.[37]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
42 Russia Anisimov, ArtemArtem Anisimov C L 28 2006 Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
41 United States Bickel, StuStu Bickel D/RW R 30 2010 Chanhassen, Minnesota
43 Canada Biron, MartinMartin Biron G L 39 2010 Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
22 United States Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle C L 32 2009 Hingham, Massachusetts
24 United States Callahan, RyanRyan Callahan (C) RW R 32 2004 Rochester, New York
4 Canada Del Zotto, MichaelMichael Del Zotto D L 26 2008 Stouffville, Ontario
17 United States Dubinsky, BrandonBrandon Dubinsky C/LW L 30 2004 Anchorage, Alaska
44 Canada Eminger, SteveSteve Eminger D R 33 2010 Woodbridge, Ontario
53 Sweden Erixon, TimTim Erixon D L 26 2011 Port Chester, New York
26 Ukraine Fedotenko, RuslanRuslan Fedotenko LW L 38 2010 Kiev, Soviet Union
10 Slovakia Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik RW L 35 2009 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
5 Canada Girardi, DanielDaniel Girardi D R 32 2006 Welland, Ontario
62 Sweden Hagelin, CarlCarl Hagelin LW L 28 2007 Södertälje, Sweden
20 United States Kreider, ChrisChris Kreider LW L 25 2009 Boxford, Massachusetts
30 Sweden Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist G L 35 2000 Åre, Sweden
27 United States McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh D L 27 2009 St. Paul, Minnesota
Canada McIlrath, DylanDylan McIlrath D R 25 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba
United States Miller, J. T.J. T. Miller F L 24 2011 East Palestine, Ohio
34 Canada Mitchell, JohnJohn Mitchell C/RW L 32 2011 Oakville, Ontario
45 Canada Newbury, KrisKris Newbury C L 35 2010 Brampton, Ontario
8 Canada Prust, BrandonBrandon Prust W L 33 2010 London, Ontario
19 Canada Richards, BradBrad Richards (A) C L 36 2011 Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island
71 United States Rupp, MichaelMichael Rupp LW/C L 37 2011 Cleveland, Ohio
38 United States Sauer, MichaelMichael Sauer Injured Reserve D R 29 2005 St. Cloud, Minnesota
28 Canada Scott, JohnJohn Scott D/LW L 34 2012 St. Catharines, Ontario
18 Canada Staal, MarcMarc Staal (A) D L 30 2005 Thunder Bay, Ontario
21 United States Stepan, DerekDerek Stepan C/LW R 26 2008 Hastings, Minnesota
32 Sweden Stralman, AntonAnton Stralman D R 30 2011 Tibro, Sweden
81 Canada Talbot, CamCam Talbot G L 29 2010 Caledonia, Ontario
United States Wellman, CaseyCasey Wellman C R 29 2012 Brentwood, California
6 Canada Woywitka, JeffJeff Woywitka D L 33 2011 Vermilion, Alberta
36 Norway Zuccarello, MatsMats Zuccarello RW L 29 2010 Oslo, Norway

Transactions[edit]

The Rangers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season:

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 15 J. T. Miller LW  United States US National Team Development Program (USHL)
3 72 (from St. Louis) Steven Fogarty C  United States Edina High School (Minnesota HS)
4 106 Michael St. Croix C  Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
5 134 (from Calgary) Shane McColgan RW  United States Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
5 136 Samuel Noreau D  Canada Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
6 172 (from Nashville) Peter Ceresnak D  Slovakia Dukla Trencin Jr. (Slovakia-Jr.)

See also[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

Connecticut Whale (AHL)[edit]

The 2011–12 season will be the 15th season of AHL hockey for the franchise. This will be the franchise's first full season as the Connecticut Whale.

Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)[edit]

The 2011–12 season will be the 2nd season of affiliation for the Rangers and the Road Warriors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 91. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  2. ^ Rangers open next season in Sweden
  3. ^ Derek Boogaard passes away at age 28
  4. ^ Rangers buy out Drury's contract
  5. ^ Drury's Rangers career ends today
  6. ^ Rosen, Dan. "Report: Brad Richards chooses Rangers". NHL.com. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Richards chooses Rangers for nine years, 60 million". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ REPORT: AVERY ARRESTED FOR BATTERY ON A POLICE OFFICER
  9. ^ Callahan named Rangers' 26th captain
  10. ^ It's Rangers vs. Flyers in Winter Classic
  11. ^ Rangers to be featured on HBO's '24/7'
  12. ^ Rangers unveil Winter Classic jersey
  13. ^ a b NYR win No. 2,500 truly a sweet one
  14. ^ "NHL Preview - New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins - Jan 06, 2012". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  15. ^ Tortorella to coach in NHL All-Star Game
  16. ^ Without Henrik, Rangers fall at home
  17. ^ "#Islanders ChrisBottaNHL: Rangers' 7-game homestand, starting Sunday, ties longest in team histo". Letsgokings.com. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  18. ^ Rangers down Devils to clinch playoff berth at home
  19. ^ Rangers beat Leafs, reach 101 points
  20. ^ Leonard, Pat (March 28, 2012). "NY Rangers defeat Winnipeg Jets 4-2 to stay on top of Eastern Conference playoff picture". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  21. ^ Leonard, Pat (April 3, 2012). "NY Rangers earn Eastern Conference top seed for 2012 NHL Playoffs with 5-3 win over Philadelphia Flyers, top conference for first time since Stanley Cup win". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  22. ^ Leonard, Pat (May 3, 2012). "NY Rangers' Marian Gaborik scores in third overtime of Game 3 to give Blueshirts 2-1 win over Washington Capitals". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  23. ^ "Stunner! Rangers win in OT, 3-2". Newsday.com. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  24. ^ "2011–12 Standings by Division". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  25. ^ "2011–2012 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ Marchand, Gaborik, Giguere earn Three Stars
  27. ^ a b c A Trio of NYR All-Stars
  28. ^ Hagelin going to All-Star Weekend
  29. ^ a b Gaborik MVP caps big All-Star Weekend
  30. ^ Callahan wins third McDonald Award
  31. ^ Lundqvist honored with the Vezina
  32. ^ Lundqvist, Rinne, Quick tabbed Vezina finalists
  33. ^ Lundqvist, Malkin and Stamkos are Hart finalists
  34. ^ Adams finalists: Hitchcock, MacLean, Tortorella
  35. ^ Malkin, Stamkos, Lundqvist named Lindsay finalists
  36. ^ Brown, Doan, Callahan finalists for Messier Award
  37. ^ "New York Rangers - Team: Roster". New York Rangers. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  38. ^ Rangers obtain Lindberg for Werek
  39. ^ a b Rangers get Erixon in deal with Flames
  40. ^ Grachev dealt for a pick to land Fogarty
  41. ^ Rangers make six picks at 2011 draft
  42. ^ Blueshirts get Thuresson from Preds
  43. ^ Rangers deal for Francois Bouchard
  44. ^ Rangers obtain Wellman from Minnesota
  45. ^ Wolski traded for Vernace, draft pick
  46. ^ Rangers obtain Scott from Blackhawks
  47. ^ Blueshirts add defenseman Parlett
  48. ^ Rupp joins Blueshirts as a free agent
  49. ^ Rangers land All-Star center Richards
  50. ^ Rangers Agree To Terms With Free Agent Defenseman Brendan Bell
  51. ^ Blueshirts add Deveaux as free agent
  52. ^ Rangers add defenseman Stralman
  53. ^ Hrivik gets first NHL deal with Rangers
  54. ^ Alex Frolov signs with KHL one year after he should have
  55. ^ "Forward Jeremy Williams reinforces the Red Bulls" (in German). EC Red Bull Salzburg. 2011-06-15. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  56. ^ Lightning Sign Free Agent Defenseman Matt Gilroy
  57. ^ Blue Jackets Sign Vinny Prospal
  58. ^ Rangers claim Woywitka from Habs
  59. ^ Canucks claim Dale Weise off waivers
  60. ^ Rangers buy out final season of Chris Drury's contract
  61. ^ Rangers, Wilson agree to terms
  62. ^ Thomas agrees to first NHL contract
  63. ^ Rangers, Stajcer agree to contract terms
  64. ^ Rangers, Kolarik agree on an extension
  65. ^ Weise agrees to contract extension
  66. ^ Mitchell, Rangers agree on extension
  67. ^ Fedotenko returning with new deal
  68. ^ Rangers agree to terms with Sauer
  69. ^ Anisimov returning with new contract
  70. ^ Rangers agree to terms with Boyle
  71. ^ Rangers, Dubinsky agree to terms
  72. ^ Eminger returning to Blueshirts
  73. ^ Callahan agrees to contract terms
  74. ^ First-rounder Miller agrees to terms
  75. ^ Rangers agree to terms with Yogan
  76. ^ Rangers, Kreider agree to contract terms