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11-12-2011, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by RangerEsq View Post
They were the top team in the NHL for a while in 1995-96. They were unbeated the whole month of January 1996 and at the end of it, they were at the top of the NHL.

On February 1, they played Colorado. Even going into the game, everyone was saying that they were very tired after a huge effort the whole month of January. They really tried to go unbeaten that month and as the calendar hit February, their exhaust finally overcame their effort.

I remember wanting Colin Campbell, then our coach, to bench a few stars to give them rest, figuring they will lose anyway. Obviously that didn't happen. The game finished 7-1. Richter was pulled and it became the only NHL game in which Jamie Ram every played in.

It was also the last time the Rangers were at the top of the NHL in points.

At the end of the 2/1/96 game, everyone hoped that this clunker of a game will allow the Rangers to get all the bad stuff out of their system and they would return the following night as a good team. That didn't happen.

The rest of February went bad and then Neil Smith traded Norstrom, Ray Ferraro and Laperriere for the aging Kurri as well as McSorley and Churla, both injured. That sealed our fate for the rest of the intra-lockout era.

In 1997, we got lucky and came back from losing the first two home games against Montreal, but that Cinderella run was nothing more than the final breath of a dying man.
did you just say that?! haha!

in the end, everyone plays 82 games.

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