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  • A short history of the NEW YORK RANGERS,  Part 3, the 1970's.

Jean Ratelle: 1971-72 Topps no. 97

Now in the expansion era, the #NewYorkRangers made the Stanley Cup Finals twice during the 1970's. In 1972 they put up a fight against Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito's Boston Bruins, losing in six. In 1979, they met the mighty Montreal Canadiens, led by Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur, losing in five.

Offensively, the #Rangers boasted the dynamic GAG Line. Short for "Goal-a-Game," the GAG Line consisted of Vic Hadfield, #JeanRatelle and Rod Gilbert. In '72, with #Ratelle out with a broken ankle and Gilbert playing hurt, the Rangers showed their depth when Walt Tkaczuk stepped up from his "Bulldog Line" to fill in. The tough defensive center not only added offense, but held Phil Esposito scoreless in the series.

Times were changing and the Rangers were right in the middle of it. In 1972, the New York Islanders set up shop, creating a fierce, long term rivalry. In 1973-74, the Rangers earned the dubious distinction of being the first Original Six team to lose a playoff series to a 1967 expansion team. In seven hard-fought games, the Philadelphia Flyers won the Semifinals. In 1978, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson left the faltering World Hockey Association and joined the Rangers. Europeans were not yet common in the #NHL but the two high-scoring Swedish stars worked wonders on winning over New York fans.

They'd push all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in Hedberg and Nilsson's first year, but lost to the Canadiens in five.

NOTABLE NAMES: Phil Esposito, Brad Park, Walt Tkaczuk, Carol Vadnais, Steve Vickers, Ron Greschner, John Davidson

#hockey #hockeycards #NYRangers #HallofFame #Topps A short history of the NEW YORK RANGERS,  Part 3, the 1970's. Jean Ratelle: 1971-72 Topps no. 97 Now in the expansion era, the #newyorkrangers made the Stanley Cup Finals twice during the 1970's. In 1972 they put up a fight against Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito's Boston Bruins, losing in six. In 1979, they met the mighty Montreal Canadiens, led by Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur, losing in five. Offensively, the #rangers boasted the dynamic GAG Line. Short for "Goal-a-Game," the GAG Line consisted of Vic Hadfield, #jeanratelle and Rod Gilbert. In '72, with #ratelle out with a broken ankle and Gilbert playing hurt, the Rangers showed their depth when Walt Tkaczuk stepped up from his "Bulldog Line" to fill in. The tough defensive center not only added offense, but held Phil Esposito scoreless in the series. Times were changing and the Rangers were right in the middle of it. In 1972, the New York Islanders set up shop, creating a fierce, long term rivalry. In 1973-74, the Rangers earned the dubious distinction of being the first Original Six team to lose a playoff series to a 1967 expansion team. In seven hard-fought games, the Philadelphia Flyers won the Semifinals. In 1978, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson left the faltering World Hockey Association and joined the Rangers. Europeans were not yet common in the #nhl but the two high-scoring Swedish stars worked wonders on winning over New York fans. They'd push all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in Hedberg and Nilsson's first year, but lost to the Canadiens in five. NOTABLE NAMES: Phil Esposito, Brad Park, Walt Tkaczuk, Carol Vadnais, Steve Vickers, Ron Greschner, John Davidson #hockey #hockeycards #nyrangers #halloffame #topps
  • A short history of the NEW YORK RANGERS,  Part 3, the 1970's. Jean Ratelle: 1971-72 Topps no. 97 Now in the expansion era, the #newyorkrangers made the Stanley Cup Finals twice during the 1970's. In 1972 they put up a fight against Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito's Boston Bruins, losing in six. In 1979, they met the mighty Montreal Canadiens, led by Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur, losing in five. Offensively, the #rangers boasted the dynamic GAG Line. Short for "Goal-a-Game," the GAG Line consisted of Vic Hadfield, #jeanratelle and Rod Gilbert. In '72, with #ratelle out with a broken ankle and Gilbert playing hurt, the Rangers showed their depth when Walt Tkaczuk stepped up from his "Bulldog Line" to fill in. The tough defensive center not only added offense, but held Phil Esposito scoreless in the series. Times were changing and the Rangers were right in the middle of it. In 1972, the New York Islanders set up shop, creating a fierce, long term rivalry. In 1973-74, the Rangers earned the dubious distinction of being the first Original Six team to lose a playoff series to a 1967 expansion team. In seven hard-fought games, the Philadelphia Flyers won the Semifinals. In 1978, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson left the faltering World Hockey Association and joined the Rangers. Europeans were not yet common in the #nhl but the two high-scoring Swedish stars worked wonders on winning over New York fans. They'd push all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in Hedberg and Nilsson's first year, but lost to the Canadiens in five. NOTABLE NAMES: Phil Esposito, Brad Park, Walt Tkaczuk, Carol Vadnais, Steve Vickers, Ron Greschner, John Davidson #hockey #hockeycards #nyrangers #halloffame #topps
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