What Happened May 9 in New York Rangers History
On that date in 1972, the Rangers did something they hadn’t done since 1928. Trailing the Boston Bruins 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals, they won a playoff game in the Finals for the first time since 1928.
The Rangers had avoided elimination in 1928 when the series was best-of-five, beating the Montreal Maroons after falling behind 2-1. Since that series, Rangers had lost every final elimination game they had played in 1929, 1932, 1937 and 1950. The 1950 series was the first final Rangers entered that was a best-of-seven In this series, the elimination match was the seventh and final game of the series.
In 1972, the Bruins won three of the first four games, setting up Game 5 of the playoffs on May 9. In Game 5, the Bruins took a 2-1 lead on goals from Wayne Cashman and Ken Hodge while the Rangers got a goal from Dale Rolfe.
The heroism belonged to Bobby Rousseau who had been acquired before the season for Bob Nevin. The veteran forward scored at 2:56 and 12:45 of the third period to secure the win.
Unfortunately, it was for naught as the Bruins won Game 6 two days later.
A drought begins
On this date in 2017, the Rangers lost Game 6 of the second round of the playoffs, 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators and were eliminated from the playoffs. After making the playoffs 11 times in the past 12 years, no one knew the Blueshirts were heading for the fourth-longest playoff drought in franchise history, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the next four years.
Prior to that streak, the Rangers had missed the playoffs for seven consecutive years from 1997 to 2004 and experienced two other five-year droughts. It was just two years away from winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team
28 NHL players were born on May 9, including four former New York Rangers.
Marc Tinordi was a great defenseman, born on this date in 1966 in Red Deer, Alberta. He should be classified as the one who got away. The Rangers had the good sense to sign the undrafted free agent in January 1987, but they had the bad sense to trade him to Minnesota after just 24 games in New York. The players the Rangers got on a six-man contract never meant much to the Rangers, while Tinordi played 11 NHL seasons for three teams as one of the toughest defensemen in the game. the NHL. Of course, his son is now in the Rangers organization, signed as a free agent this season.
Joe Cirella was born on this date in 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario. Colorado’s fifth pick in the 1981 Entry Draft, Cirella played 15 years in the NHL as a house defenseman, including for the New Jersey Devils. In 1991 he was traded to Rangers and played three seasons in New York. He was claimed by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 expansion draft, narrowly missing out on the Stanley Cup championship season.
Danny Belisle was born on this date in 1937 in South Porcupine, Ontario. He was a right winger who played four games in New York for the Rangers during the 1960-61 season. It was his only experience in the NHL although he played nearly 15 seasons in the minor leagues.
Stan Brown was born on May 9, 1898 in North Bay, Ontario. He was a first-team member for the New York Rangers in 1926-27, a defenseman who played in 24 games that season. After a year, the Rangers traded him to the Detroit Cougars where he played an additional year.
Overtime losses: 1
Winning percentage: 38%