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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. Also. the team's 51 wins and 109 points were the most since the '93-'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.

2011–12 New York Rangers
Atlantic Division champions
Division1st Atlantic
Conference1st Eastern
2011–12 record51–24–7
Home record27–12–2
Road record24–12–5
Goals for226
Goals against187
Team information
General ManagerGlen Sather
CoachJohn Tortorella
CaptainRyan Callahan
Alternate captainsBrad Richards
Marc Staal
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Average attendance18,191 (100.0%)
Total: 745,852 (41 games)
Team leaders
GoalsMarian Gaborik (41)
AssistsBrad Richards (41)
PointsMarian Gaborik (76)
Penalty minutesBrandon Prust (156)
Plus/minusRyan McDonagh (+25)
WinsHenrik Lundqvist (39)
Goals against averageHenrik Lundqvist (1.97)

Contents

Off-seasonEdit

On April 11, 2011, it was announced that the Rangers would 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 seasonEdit

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 title of either kind for the Rangers since winning the 1994 Stanley Cup.

Post-seasonEdit

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]

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 +39 109
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 +61 108
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 +32 103
4 x – New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 +19 102
5 New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 −52 79
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.


Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 AT z – New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 +39 109
2 NE y – Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 +67 102
3 SE y – Florida Panthers 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 −24 94
4 AT x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 +61 108
5 AT x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 +32 103
6 AT x – New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 +19 102
7 SE x – Washington Capitals 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 −8 92
8 NE x – Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 +9 92
9 NE Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 −12 89
10 SE Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 −46 84
11 SE Winnipeg Jets 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 −21 84
12 SE Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 −30 82
13 NE Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 −33 80
14 AT New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 −52 79
15 NE Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 −14 78
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division; z – Clinched conference.


Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2011–12 game log

Detailed recordsEdit

PlayoffsEdit

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 statisticsEdit

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Henrik Lundqvist 62 3754 39 18 5 123 1.97 1753 .930 8 0 2 4
Martin 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
Henrik 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 recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Marian Gaborik[24] NHL Second Star of the Week December 26, 2011
Marian Gaborik[25] NHL All-Star January 12, 2012
Dan Girardi[25] NHL All-Star January 12, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[25] NHL All-Star January 12, 2012
Carl Hagelin[26] NHL All-Star Rookie January 25, 2012
Carl Hagelin[27] NHL All-Star Game Fastest Skater January 28, 2012
Marian Gaborik[27] NHL All-Star Game MVP January 29, 2012
Ryan Callahan[28] Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award March 30, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[29] Vezina Trophy June 20, 2012

NominationsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Nominated
Henrik Lundqvist[30] Vezina Trophy April 25, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[31] Hart Memorial Trophy April 27, 2012
John Tortorella[32] Jack Adams Award April 30, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist[33] Ted Lindsay Award May 2, 2012
Ryan Callahan[34] Mark Messier Leadership Award June 4, 2012

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

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 rosterEdit

Updated May 16, 2012.[35]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
42   Artem Anisimov C L 31 2006 Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
41   Stu Bickel D/RW R 32 2010 Chanhassen, Minnesota
43   Martin Biron G L 41 2010 Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
22   Brian Boyle C L 34 2009 Hingham, Massachusetts
24   Ryan Callahan (C) RW R 34 2004 Rochester, New York
4   Michael Del Zotto D L 29 2008 Stouffville, Ontario
17   Brandon Dubinsky C/LW L 33 2004 Anchorage, Alaska
44   Steve Eminger D R 35 2010 Woodbridge, Ontario
53   Tim Erixon D L 28 2011 Port Chester, New York
26   Ruslan Fedotenko LW L 40 2010 Kiev, Soviet Union
10   Marian Gaborik RW L 37 2009 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
5   Daniel Girardi D R 35 2006 Welland, Ontario
62   Carl Hagelin LW L 30 2007 Södertälje, Sweden
20   Chris Kreider LW L 28 2009 Boxford, Massachusetts
30   Henrik Lundqvist G L 37 2000 Åre, Sweden
27   Ryan McDonagh D L 30 2009 St. Paul, Minnesota
  Dylan McIlrath D R 27 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba
  J. T. Miller F L 26 2011 East Palestine, Ohio
34   John Mitchell C/RW L 34 2011 Oakville, Ontario
45   Kris Newbury C L 37 2010 Brampton, Ontario
8   Brandon Prust W L 35 2010 London, Ontario
19   Brad Richards (A) C L 39 2011 Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island
71   Michael Rupp LW/C L 39 2011 Cleveland, Ohio
38   Michael Sauer   D R 31 2005 St. Cloud, Minnesota
28   John Scott D/LW L 36 2012 St. Catharines, Ontario
18   Marc Staal (A) D L 32 2005 Thunder Bay, Ontario
21   Derek Stepan C/LW R 29 2008 Hastings, Minnesota
32   Anton Stralman D R 32 2011 Tibro, Sweden
81   Cam Talbot G L 32 2010 Caledonia, Ontario
  Casey Wellman C R 31 2012 Brentwood, California
6   Jeff Woywitka D L 35 2011 Vermilion, Alberta
36   Mats Zuccarello RW L 31 2010 Oslo, Norway

TransactionsEdit

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

Draft picksEdit

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 alsoEdit

Farm teamsEdit

Connecticut Whale (AHL)Edit

The 2011–12 season was the 15th season of AHL hockey for the franchise, and was the franchise's first full season as the Connecticut Whale.

Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)Edit

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

ReferencesEdit

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  29. ^ Lundqvist honored with the Vezina
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  32. ^ Adams finalists: Hitchcock, MacLean, Tortorella
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  43. ^ Wolski traded for Vernace, draft pick
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  45. ^ Blueshirts add defenseman Parlett
  46. ^ Rupp joins Blueshirts as a free agent
  47. ^ Rangers land All-Star center Richards
  48. ^ Rangers Agree To Terms With Free Agent Defenseman Brendan Bell
  49. ^ Blueshirts add Deveaux as free agent
  50. ^ Rangers add defenseman Stralman
  51. ^ Hrivik gets first NHL deal with Rangers
  52. ^ Alex Frolov signs with KHL one year after he should have
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  54. ^ Lightning Sign Free Agent Defenseman Matt Gilroy
  55. ^ Blue Jackets Sign Vinny Prospal
  56. ^ Rangers claim Woywitka from Habs
  57. ^ Canucks claim Dale Weise off waivers
  58. ^ Rangers buy out final season of Chris Drury's contract
  59. ^ Rangers, Wilson agree to terms
  60. ^ Thomas agrees to first NHL contract
  61. ^ Rangers, Stajcer agree to contract terms
  62. ^ Rangers, Kolarik agree on an extension
  63. ^ Weise agrees to contract extension
  64. ^ Mitchell, Rangers agree on extension
  65. ^ Fedotenko returning with new deal
  66. ^ Rangers agree to terms with Sauer
  67. ^ Anisimov returning with new contract
  68. ^ Rangers agree to terms with Boyle
  69. ^ Rangers, Dubinsky agree to terms
  70. ^ Eminger returning to Blueshirts
  71. ^ Callahan agrees to contract terms
  72. ^ First-rounder Miller agrees to terms
  73. ^ Rangers agree to terms with Yogan
  74. ^ Rangers, Kreider agree to contract terms