1949–50 New York Rangers season
The 1949–50 New York Rangers season saw the Rangers finish in fourth place in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a record of 28 wins, 31 losses, and 11 ties for 67 points. They upset the Montreal Canadiens in five games in the Semi-finals before losing a close seven-game Stanley Cup Finals to the Detroit Red Wings. The team reached double-overtime of the seventh game of the Finals before Detroit's Pete Babando scored to give the Red Wings the Cup. The Rangers would not win another playoff series again until 1971.
|1949–50 New York Rangers|
|General Manager||Frank Boucher|
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Goals||Edgar Laprade (22)|
|Assists||Tony Leswick and Don Raleigh (25)|
|Points||Edgar Laprade and Tony Leswick (44)|
|Penalty minutes||Gus Kyle (143)|
|Wins||Chuck Rayner (28)|
|Goals against average||Chuck Rayner (2.62)|
Also of note during this season was that the Rangers were forced to use Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the home ice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as their "home ice" during the Stanley Cup Finals, as the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was then at Madison Square Garden. Garden management found that they could make more money having the circus at the Garden instead of the Rangers. Moreover, at the time, arenas could not be configured to host a circus and a hockey game on the same day, thus forcing the shift in venue.
The Rangers would not reach the Stanley Cup Finals again until 1972.
|1||Detroit Red Wings||70||37||19||14||229||164||+65||88|
|3||Toronto Maple Leafs||70||31||27||12||176||173||+3||74|
|4||New York Rangers||70||28||31||11||170||189||−19||67|
|6||Chicago Black Hawks||70||22||38||10||203||244||−41||54|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1949–50 NHL Records|
Schedule and resultsEdit
|1949–50 Game Log|
Stanley Cup FinalsEdit
It was the Rangers' first appearance in the Final since their Stanley Cup victory in 1940. Two games were played in Toronto as the circus had taken over Madison Square Garden in New York. New York's Don Raleigh scored two overtime winners and Detroit's Pete Babando scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime of game seven, the first time ever in which the stanley cup was won in extra frames in game seven. Detroit won the Cup without Gordie Howe, who was injured in the first game of the playoffs. As Stanley Cup runner-up, the Rangers would be awarded the O'Brien Cup, the last team to win the trophy, at one time the National Hockey Association championship trophy, which was retired after the season.
|1950 Stanley Cup Playoffs|
†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.
- 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 recordsEdit
- "1949–1950 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.
- "1949–50 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-08.