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The 2013–14 New York Rangers season was the franchise's 87th season of play and their 88th season overall. It was the Rangers' first season in the newly-created Metropolitan Division, which was created during the NHL's realignment in the 2013 offseason. The Rangers won 25 road games in the regular season, setting a then-franchise record. The season marked the first time the Rangers had returned to the Stanley Cup Finals since their championship in the 1993–94 season. However, they would lose in five games to the Los Angeles Kings.

2013–14 New York Rangers
Eastern Conference champions
Division2nd Metropolitan
Conference5th Eastern
2013–14 record45–31–6
Home record20–17–4
Road record25–14–2
Goals for218
Goals against193
Team information
General ManagerGlen Sather
CoachAlain Vigneault
CaptainRyan Callahan (Oct-Mar)
Vacant (Mar–Jun)
Alternate captainsDan Girardi (Mar–Jun)
Brad Richards
Marc Staal
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Average attendance18,006[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsRick Nash (26)
AssistsDerek Stepan
Mats Zuccarello (40)
PointsMats Zuccarello (59)
Penalty minutesDerek Dorsett (128)
Plus/minusChris Kreider (+14)
WinsHenrik Lundqvist (33)
Goals against averageCam Talbot (1.64)

Contents

Off-seasonEdit

The Rangers first order of business for the 2013–14 season was to find a new head coach after letting John Tortorella go on May 29, 2013.[2] The Rangers hired recently fired Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on June 21. Coincidentally, Tortorella would be hired as the new Canucks coach only days after Vigneault was hired by the Rangers.[3] The Rangers finished their coaching staff on August 6 by hiring Scott Arniel as an associate coach, along with former players Ulf Samuelsson and Daniel Lacroix as assistant coaches.[4]

Pre-seasonEdit

The New York Rangers lost five of their six pre-season games, during which they scored nine goals and allowed 22 goals against. They went 2-for-22 on the power play and allowed five power play goals against in the last three games.

Regular seasonEdit

Due to final stages of renovations at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers opened the season on a nine-game road trip from October 3 to 24, during which the team went 3–6–0. The Rangers had a franchise-record nine-game homestand from December 7 to 23, during which they had a record of 3–4–2.[5]

As part of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series games, the Rangers played two consecutive outdoor games at Yankee Stadium on January 26 against the New Jersey Devils (7–3 win) and on January 29 against the New York Islanders (2–1 win).[6]

The NHL took a two-week break from February 9 to February 25 for the Olympics. The Rangers had seven players represent their countries: Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan for the United States; Rick Nash for Canada; Mats Zuccarello for Norway; and Carl Hagelin and Henrik Lundqvist for Sweden.

On April 7, with a New Jersey Devils loss to the Calgary Flames, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive season, and for the eighth time out of nine seasons.

On April 10, with a 2–1 win over the Buffalo Sabres and a Philadelphia Flyers 4–2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Rangers clinched second place in their division and home ice advantage for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 24 7 44 249 207 +42 109
2 x – New York Rangers 82 45 31 6 41 218 193 +25 96
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 30 10 39 236 235 +1 94
4 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 43 32 7 38 231 216 +15 93
5 Washington Capitals 82 38 30 14 28 235 240 −5 90
6 New Jersey Devils 82 35 29 18 35 197 208 −11 88
7 Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 34 207 230 −23 83
8 New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 25 225 267 −42 79
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standingsEdit

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 24 7 44 249 207 +42 109
2 x – New York Rangers 82 45 31 6 41 218 193 +25 96
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 30 10 39 236 235 +1 94
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Boston Bruins 82 54 19 9 51 261 177 +84 117
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 27 9 38 240 215 +25 101
3 x – Montreal Canadiens 82 46 28 8 40 215 204 +11 100
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 43 32 7 38 231 216 +15 93
2 AT x – Detroit Red Wings 82 39 28 15 34 222 230 −8 93
3 ME Washington Capitals 82 38 30 14 28 235 240 −5 90
4 ME New Jersey Devils 82 35 29 18 35 197 208 −11 88
5 AT Ottawa Senators 82 37 31 14 30 236 265 −29 88
6 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 38 36 8 29 231 256 −25 84
7 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 34 207 230 −23 83
8 ME New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 25 225 267 −42 79
9 AT Florida Panthers 82 29 45 8 21 196 268 −72 66
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 21 51 10 14 157 248 −91 52
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2013–14 game log

PlayoffsEdit

The New York Rangers ended the 2013–14 regular season as the Metropolitan Division's second seed. They defeated the third seed Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, 4–3. Then they faced the first seed Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. For the first time in Rangers history, the team came back from a 3–1 series deficit to win the series in seven games. Next, they defeated the third seed Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final in the third round, 4–2, and became the Eastern Conference Champions. They are the first team in NHL history that played the maximum of 14 games over the first two rounds and still had enough to advance to the final. After 20 years, the Rangers headed to the Stanley Cup Final, where they faced the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers lost three games in overtime and lost the series 4–1.

Key:      Win      Loss

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statisticsEdit

Final stats

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular season[7]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Henrik Lundqvist 63 62 3655 33 24 5 144 2.36 1810 0.920 5 0 4 0
Cam Talbot 21 19 1211 12 6 1 33 1.64 560 0.941 3 0 0 0
Martin Biron 2 1 71 0 1 0 9 7.61 38 0.763 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Henrik Lundqvist 25 25 1516 13 11 54 2.14 737 .927 1 0 1 0
Cam Talbot 2 0 46 0 1 2 2.61 13 .846 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Rangers. Stats reflect time with the Rangers only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Rangers only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

RosterEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

MilestonesEdit

RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Rangers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2013–14 season: