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March 14, 2023: The Rangers hosted the Washington Capitals in the “Big City Greens Classic”—the first-ever animated NHL game.
Season Preview: A team needs good scoring, solid defense, and great goaltending to win a championship. The Rangers have all three this season. Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibeanejad, and Chris Kreider are three of the NHL’s best offensive players, while Adam Fox ranks among the league’s top defensemen. If goalie Igor Shesterkin improves on his super performance of 2021–22, the Rangers could be hoisting their first Stanley Cup in a long, long time.
Season Recap: The Rangers had one of their best seasons in many years, playing great at home and on the road. Chris Kreider led the team with 52 goals, Artemi Panarin notched 74 assists, and Mike Zibanejad was their best all-around player, with 29 goals and 52 points. Goalie Igor Shesterkin allowed just over two goals a game and won 36 times. The Rangers looked like they might reach the Stanley Cup Finals after beating the Tampa Lightning twice to open the conference finals. But they fell 4 games to 2, losing four times in a row for the first time all season.
May 30, 2022: The Rangers reached the Conference Finals for the first time in seven years after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the playoffs, 4 games to 3. To make it that far, New York had to beat the Penguins after falling behind 3 games to 1. Goalie Igor Shesterkin and center Filip Chytil starred in a 6–2 victory on Carolina’s home ice.
Season Preview: New York fans will see a lot of unfamiliar faces—including new coach Gerard Gallant—in 2021–22. However, the core of the team remains the same: Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox and forwards Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad. If the club’s young goalies continue to improve and forwards Kaapo Kakko and Alex Lafreniere develop into top scorers, the Rangers may have what it takes to go deep into the playoffs.
Season Recap: No team struggled more with COVID in 2021 and it probably cost the Rangers a trip to the playoffs. Among the few bright spots in a 27-win season was the play of Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren, who ranked among the top defensive duos in the NHL. The team was fun to watch, with five players scoring 45 points or more, but seven losses in their final 11 games put an end to their season.
March 17, 2021: Mike Zibanejad scored three goals in the second period of a win over the Flyers. He also had three assists to tie the NHL record of 6 points in one period. Bryan Trottier of the Islanders set the record in 1978. Eight days later, Zibanejad scored another hat trick against the same team!
Season Preview: The Rangers will rely on Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad to provide scoring punch again this season, and also tutor rookie Alexis Lafreniere—who begins the year as a teenager. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will no longer be in net for New York, which means the pressure will be on his replacements, Igor Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin. The team is young and exciting, but will have to grow up fast to go deep into the playoffs.
Season Recap: After many disappointing seasons, the Rangers made it back to the playoffs. They fell to Carolina in the opening round, but their year was a positive one overall. New York was one of the NHL’s better road teams, and they scored a huge hit when they signed Russian star Artemi Panarin at the beginning of the year. Center Mika Zibanejad led the club with 41 goals and Adam Fox showed he was one of the NHL’s best young defensemen.
October 5, 2019: Center Mika Zibanejad scored three goals and added an assist in a 4–1 win over Ottawa. It was his second four-point game in a row. The only other Ranger with eight points in the season’s first two games was Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert, in 1976–77.
Season Preview: After trading away lots of talent over the last two seasons, the Rangers should start cashing in on the young prospects they received in return. Among the young players to watch are Vitali Kravstiov, Adam Fox, Libor Hajek, Pavel Buchnevich, and Kaapo Kakko. New York fans should also enjoy the play of left wing Artemi Panarin, the league’s biggest free agent signing this summer.
Season Recap: Although the Rangers played well at times, their overall talent was not a match for most NHL opponents. The team won 32 games and missed the playoffs. Kris Kreider had a good year and Mika Zibanejad had his best season as a pro. The team’s best player was center Kevin Hayes, but he was traded after scoring 42 points in 51 games. Veteran goalie Henrik Lundqvist looked exhausted at times, but backup Alexander Georgiev had some big games for the team.
January 25, 2019: Henrik Lundqvist won the Save Streak competition at the NHL All-Star Game. He stopped 12 shots in a row.
Season Preview: The Rangers are looking at a year of rebuilding in 2018–19. They have enough talent to win, but the team is likely to trade off some of its better players during the year if it looks like they will fall short of the playoffs. Or maybe they will go for broke and trade for veteran stars if they are winning more than they lose. You never know with New York! As always, Rangers fans will be enjoying the work of Henrik Lundqvist in goal. They can also look forward to improvement from top prospects Vitali Kravtsov, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil.
Season Recap: High hopes for a playoff run disappeared after the Rangers struggled to fill the hole created by the trade of center Derek Stepan. Goalie Henrik Lunqvist was sensational in the first half, but he tired out down the stretch and the defense slowly unraveled. Despite a 34-39-9 record, the team saw improvement from several young players, and made trades for two first-round draft picks in 2018.
January 16, 2018: Henrik Lundqvist won his 20th game of the season, against the Flyers. He became the first goalie to win at least 20 games a year for 13 years in a row.
January 1, 2018: The Rangers hosted the 10th Winter Classic at Citi Field in record-low temperatures. They defeated Buffalo 3–2 in overtime.
Season Preview: The Rangers made some risky trades over the summer to get younger, and also signed a defensive star in Kevin Shattenkirk. They play a lightning-fast game and depend heavily on goalie Henrik Lundqvist to cover for their defensive mistakes. If he has a better year than last year, the Broadway Blues should have a happy season.
Season Recap: The Rangers finished with 101 points to finish third in the conference, and Henrik Lundqvist became the first goalie in history to win more than 20 games in each of his first 11 years in the NHL. “King Henrik” played brilliantly during the season, but could not hold back the Penguins in the playoffs. Five Rangers netted between 20 and 30 goals, but no player had a breakout scoring season, as Rick Nash did the year before.
Season Preview: The Rangers hoped to win the Stanley Cup last year but came up short. This year they bring the same strengths to the ice—a superstar goalie, lots of goal-scoring and speed to burn. Rick Nash is their most famous offensive player, but the key to a big offensive year for New York may be the play of Keith Yandle, who was injured in 2014–15.
Recap: The Rangers won the President’s Cup with the most points in the NHL. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist missed two months with an injury to his throat, but Cam Talbot did a great job filling in until he got back. Rick Nash scored 42 goals and nine other Rangers scored in double-figures. Playmakers Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan, and Mats Zuccarello had fine seasons, too. New York entered the playoffs favored to win the championship, but fell in the third round to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
February 14, 2015: New York coach Alain Vigneault won his 500th NHL game.
Season Preview: New York’s surprising trip to the Stanley Cup Finals was followed by a busy summer. Several key players left as free agents, but the team kept its core of talented stars—and also brought in an important newcomers, Dan Boyle, a top defenseman. He joins Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, and Ryan McDonagh on the back line, while veteran Martin St. Louis leads the offense. They can all play with great confidence because they know as long as goalie Henrik Lundqvist stays healthy, the Rangers have a chance to win any game they play.
June 13, 2014: After letting two victories slip through their fingers to open the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings, the Rangers could not recover and fell 4 games to 1. New York won 45 games during the regular season with a quick, scrappy team and a magnificent goalie, Henrik Lundqvist. These qualities enabled the team to survive a pair of seven-game playoff series with the Flyers and Penguins, and win the first two games (on the road) against the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals. New York defeated Montreal 4 games to 2 to reach their first Stanley Cup Finals in 20 years.
May 13, 2014: When the Rangers upset the Penguins in a seven-game payoff series, New York center Martin center Martin St. Louis tied Hall of Famer Red Kelly as the only two players who are a perfect 7–0 in pressure-packed 7-game playoff series.
March 9, 2014: Goalie Henrik Lundqvist won his 300th game. He joined 28 others on the 300-victory list. Nine days later he became the team’s all-time winning goalie, passing Mike Richter, who had 301. Three days after passing Richter, Lundqvist broke Eddie Giacomin’s team record for shutouts.
Season Preview: An excellent defense, acrobatic goalie, and full season from right wing Rick Nash promise to keep the Rangers in the running for a championship. The team will also expect a big year from Derick Brassard, who will anchor New York’s second line. Derek Stepan, Brad Richards, and Ryan McDonagh lead a solid supporting cast.
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In the Stanley Cup Finals
|1927–28||Montreal Maroons||Won 3–2|
|1928–29||Boston Bruins||Lost 0–2|
|1931–32||Toronto Maple Leafs||Lost 0–3|
|1932–33||Toronto Maple Leafs||Won 3–1|
|1936–37||Detroit Red Wings||Lost 2–3|
|1939–40||Toronto Maple Leafs||Won 4–2|
|1949–50||Detroit Red Wings||Lost 3–4|
|1971–72||Boston Bruins||Lost 2–4|
|1978–79||Montreal Canadiens||Lost 1–4|
|1993–94||Vancouver Canucks||Won 4–3|
|2013–14||Los Angeles Kings||Lost 1–4|