1980-81 Rangers- How did they go as far as they did?
In 1980-81, a mediocre, no-name Rangers team that finished 30-36-14 with 74 points somehow managed to make it to the Stanley Cup Semifinals.
Their leading scorer, Anders Hedberg, had a mere 70 points.
(In contrast, Brian Leetch had 80 assists by himself one year!)
I know the Rangers have had a history of hot goalies in the Beezer, Richter, King Henrik, and JD, but their main goalies that year was Steve Baker.
Somehow, they managed to beat a Kings team w/all three members of the Triple Crown line scoring 100 points, Larry Murphy as a rookie, and Mario Lessard, who led all NHL goalies that year in wins.
Also, they beat a Blues team with the league's best goalie in Mike Liut and a potent and deep offense.
That Ranger team... beat those teams.
How the heck did that happen?
How the hell did a below-average team with little talent go as far as they did?
Good playoff team, but I was little so don't remember much.
Duguay & Greschner having the best playoffs of their careers.
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