1991–92 New York Rangers season

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1991–92 New York Rangers
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Prince of Wales
1991–92 record 50–25–5
Home record 28–8–4
Road record 22–17–1
Goals for 321
Goals against 246
Team information
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Mark Messier
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Mike Gartner (40)
Assists Brian Leetch (80)
Points Mark Messier (107)
Penalties in minutes Tie Domi (246)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (27)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (2.85)
<1990–91 1992–93>

The 1991–92 New York Rangers season saw the Rangers finish in first place in the Patrick Division with a record of 50 wins, 25 losses, and 5 ties for 105 points. This was the highest points total in the league that season, netting the Rangers the Presidents' Trophy. This season marked the first time since the 1941-42 NHL season that the Rangers were the top team in the NHL. In the playoffs, they defeated their cross-river rivals, the New Jersey Devils, in seven games in the Division Semi-finals before falling to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the Division Finals.

The 1991–92 season was Mark Messier's first in New York, having arrived from the Edmonton Oilers via trade on October 5, 1991. He scored 35 goals and 72 assists for 107 points, winning his second Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player. Rangers defenceman Brian Leetch had a spectacular season, leading all rearguards in the NHL in scoring (22 goals and 80 assists for 102 points) and receiving the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenceman. The Rangers, along with the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, had five 30-goal scorers. New York was not shut out in any of their 80 regular-season games.

Pre-season

On September 27, 1991 the Rangers played the Los Angeles Kings in the first ever outdoor NHL game in Las Vegas, Nevada at Caesars Palace. This was also the first NHL game in Las Vegas since 1968. The crowd on hand was 13,000 with the Kings beating the Rangers 5 to 2.

Regular season

Towards the end of the regular season, the NHL went on a 10-day strike, causing the league to shut down from April 1-April 12. The games that were originally scheduled to be played during that 10-day period were made up once the strike was over.1

The Rangers had an effective penalty-killing unit, as they tied the Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals for the fewest power-play goals allowed during the regular season, with just 60.2 The Rangers also led the NHL in penalty-killing percentage (84.81%).2

Season standings

Patrick Division3
GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 P - New York Rangers 80 50 25 5 321 246 105
2 Washington Capitals 80 45 27 8 330 257 98
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 80 39 32 9 343 308 87
4 New Jersey Devils 80 38 31 11 289 259 87
5 New York Islanders 80 34 35 11 291 299 79
6 Philadelphia Flyers 80 32 37 11 252 273 75

P - Clinched Presidents Trophy

Prince of Wales Conference4
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 P — New York Rangers PAT 80 50 25 5 321 246 105
2 Washington Capitals PAT 80 45 27 8 330 257 98
3 Montreal Canadiens ADM 80 41 28 11 267 207 93
4 Pittsburgh Penguins PAT 80 39 32 9 343 308 87
5 Boston Bruins ADM 80 36 32 12 270 275 84
6 New Jersey Devils PAT 80 38 31 11 289 259 87
7 Buffalo Sabres ADM 80 31 37 12 289 299 74
8 New York Islanders PAT 80 34 35 11 291 299 79
9 Hartford Whalers ADM 80 26 41 13 247 283 65
10 Philadelphia Flyers PAT 80 32 37 11 252 273 75
11 Quebec Nordiques ADM 80 20 48 12 255 318 52

P — Clinched Presidents Trophy, ADM — Adams Division, PAT — Patrick Division


Schedule and results

1991-92 Game Log

Playoffs

Key:      Win      Loss

1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 45 2526 27 13 3 120 2.85 1331 .910 2
Richter, MikeMike Richter 41 2298 23 12 2 119 3.11 1205 .901 3
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO
Richter, MikeMike Richter 7 412 4 2 24 3.50 226 .894 1
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 7 368 2 5 23 3.75 179 .872 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.

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Note:

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;

Transactions

Trades

October 4, 1991 To Edmonton Oilers
Bernie Nicholls
Steven Rice
Louie DeBrusk
To New York Rangers
Mark Messier

Draft picks

New York's picks at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York at the Memorial Auditorium.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 15 Alexei Kovalev RW  Soviet Union Moscow Dynamo (Russia)
2 37 Darcy Werenka D  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
5 96 Corey Machanic D  United States University of Vermont (NCAA)
6 125 Fredrik Jax RW  Sweden Leksands IF (SEL)
6 128 Barry Young D  United Kingdom Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
7 147 John Rushin C  United States Edina Kennedy H.S. (Minnesota)
8 169 Corey Hirsch G  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
9 191 Vyacheslav Uvayev D  Russia Moscow Spartak (Russia)
10 213 Jamie Ram G  Canada Michigan Tech (NCAA)
11 235 Vitali Chinakhov C  Russia Yaroslavl Torpedo (Russia)
12 257 Brian Wiseman C  Canada University of Michigan (NCAA)

Supplemental Draft

New York's picks at the 1991 NHL Supplemental Draft.

Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
Steven King RW  United States Brown University (ECAC)

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ Lapointe, Joe (1992-04-01). "Puck stops everywhere as players go on strike". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1992.html
  3. ^ "1991-1992 Division Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1991-1992 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "1991-92 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 







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