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01-19-2008, 06:22 PM
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1985-86 Rangers- What Happened??

How in the hell did the 1985-86 Rangers get to the Conference Finals?

They finished two games below .500, and their highest scorer had 22-43-65 points and their leading goal scorer had 25!

In contrast, Messier's first Ranger team had FIVE 30-goal scorers and two of them were rookies, IIRC.

Anyway, how did such an average team beat two 50-win, 100-point teams and get to the Wales Finals?

That still boggles my mind, because those Rangers are not anywhere close to the '92, '94, '96 or '97 Rangers.

HOW DID THEY DO IT??

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Beezer stood on his head during the round one upset of the Flyers.

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Are we going to get this question for every year in Ranger history...just want to be prepared.

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Are we going to get this question for every year in Ranger history...just want to be prepared.
Nope.

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Are we going to get this question for every year in Ranger history...just want to be prepared.
Yep and there'll be a test at the end of the season.

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Are we going to get this question for every year in Ranger history...just want to be prepared.
What happened to the 06-07 Rangers?

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Yep and there'll be a test at the end of the season.
Just great...here come the nightmares of being back in high school...totally unprepared and (I'm not going any further)....

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Just great...here come the nightmares of being back in high school...totally unprepared and (I'm not going any further)....
Hey, at least teacher told you ahead of time, rather than simply saying: Now class, close your books and...

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BTW, We're getting a little off topic here.

I'll occasionally ask about some Rangers seasons that jump out at me the most.

1985-86 jumps out at me because the Rangers looked so mediocre all year, yet make it to the Wales Finals.

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I'll take it on. That was Ted Sator's team. He was fairly young and a 'my way or the highway' type. He was very defensive oriented and Van Biesbrouck was a hell of a goaltender. Ted didn't take to certain kinds of players. Pierre Larouche was banished out of training camp to the AHL--and not even to the Rangers farm team. He was loaned to Hershey which I believe was the Flyers AHL team. During the season he burned his bridges with Mark Pavelich, Barry Beck and Reijo Ruotsolainen arguably the three most talented players on the team. Sator did have an eye for young players. Mike Ridley in his rookie season leads the team in scoring. Other young players coming along at the time--Tomas Sandstrom, James Patrick, Kelly Miller. And we can't forget Ron Greschner. The team if I remember barely reached the playoffs--and without Pavelich and Beck in the end. Pavelich was always one of my favorite players but he was a bit eccentric and also a bit stubborn. Larouche came back up late in the season and provided timely scoring the last 20 or so games and throughout the playoffs. Timely goals--a great young goaltender and defensive orientation can take you far come playoff time.

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BTW, We're getting a little off topic here.

I'll occasionally ask about some Rangers seasons that jump out at me the most.

1985-86 jumps out at me because the Rangers looked so mediocre all year, yet make it to the Wales Finals.
BTW, you're a little too serious on a Saturday night. A week's detention!

j/k, feel free to ask about any season.

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Goaltending and the team actually started to click on the power play. I thought they had a chance to go to the Cup, but that was quickly ended w/Claude Lemeuix's OT goal in the first game of the Championship finals and Patrick Roy's goaltending. I still remember Brian MacLellan stepping it up in the playoffs and Pierre Larouche getting called up from the minors and scoring at will.

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Ted Sator and his assistants Jack Birch and Reg Higgs were a bunch of hard *****.There was no good cop or bad cop.Higgs came from a Canadian college program in the west and he recommended the Rangers give Mike Ridley a tryout.Pepe was sent to Hershey(Flyers)and Glen Hanlon was sent to Adrondack(Red Wings).Pepe was brought back and put on the wing with Ridley and Kelly Miller.Bob Brooke(Yale-84 US Olympic team)scored some huge goals from that team in the playoffs.

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How in the hell did the 1985-86 Rangers get to the Conference Finals?
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Just a quick note, It was Game 3 against the Canadians at MSG, Rangers were 2 games to 0 down. The game was in OT, the Rangers were dominating the OT, Patrick Roy was unbelievable, making great save after great save, the Canadians cleared the puck once to center ice, as the Rangers defenseman (I forget who) was backing out of the Canadians end, for some reason the linesmen was not along the boards, the Rangers player tripped over him letting Claude Lemieux get on a breakaway to win it in OT. Rangers won game 4 but lost the 5th in Montreal. If the Rangers somehow could have pulled game 3 out, who knows.

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Just a quick note, It was Game 3 against the Canadians at MSG, Rangers were 2 games to 0 down. The game was in OT, the Rangers were dominating the OT, Patrick Roy was unbelievable, making great save after great save, the Canadians cleared the puck once to center ice, as the Rangers defenseman (I forget who) was backing out of the Canadians end, for some reason the linesmen was not along the boards, the Rangers player tripped over him letting Claude Lemieux get on a breakaway to win it in OT. Rangers won game 4 but lost the 5th in Montreal. If the Rangers somehow could have pulled game 3 out, who knows.
I believe it was James Patrick.

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Are we going to get this question for every year in Ranger history...just want to be prepared.
I know right. we could do this forever.....

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What happened to the 05-06 Rangers?

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what happened to 07-08?

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