2008–09 New York Rangers season

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2008–09 New York Rangers
Division4th Atlantic
Conference7th Eastern
2008–09 record43–30–9
Home record26–11–4
Road record17–19–5
Goals for210
Goals against218
Team information
General manager Glen Sather
Coach Tom Renney (Oct.–Feb.)
John Tortorella (Feb.–Apr.)
Captain Chris Drury
Alternate captains Scott Gomez
Markus Naslund
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance18,200
Team leaders
Goals Markus Naslund (24)
Assists Scott Gomez (42)
Points Scott Gomez
Nikolay Zherdev (58)
Penalty minutes Colton Orr (193)
Plus/minus Ryan Callahan (+7)
Wins Henrik Lundqvist (38)
Goals against average Lundqvist (2.40)

The 2008–09 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 82nd season of play and their 83rd season overall. It saw the Rangers qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The Rangers started the season in Europe. First, as part of the inaugural Victoria Cup being held in Switzerland, the Rangers played an exhibition game against SC Bern on September 30, and then the main game against the 2008 European Champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk on October 1 (the first game between a Russian club and an NHL team since 1991). They won both games, and were awarded the first Victoria Cup. The Rangers battled from a 3–0 deficit in the Victoria Cup to win the game by a score of 4–3. Ryan Callahan scored the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left. [1]


On October 3, 2008 Chris Drury was named the 25th captain in Rangers history. The Rangers opened the NHL regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning with two games in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 4 and 5. [2] Alexei Cherepanov, a former first-round draft pick of the Rangers, died suddenly on October 13 during a Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) game in Moscow. [3] The Rangers tied the 1983–84 Rangers for the best start in franchise history with a 5–0 record. The quest for the greatest start in franchise history was put to a halt on October 15, 2008, with a 3–1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. [4] The Rangers set the franchise record for best start in a season by going 10–2–1 for 21 points in the first 13 games. The 10 wins and 21 points both marked franchise records. [5] On January 24, 2009, the festivities for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game began in Montreal with Brandon Dubinsky and Marc Staal playing for the Sophomore Team in the YoungStars Game. Staal scored two goals in the game, but the Rookie Team won 9–5. Henrik Lundqvist was the Rangers' only All-Star selection, and stopped 12 of 16 shots in the Elimination Shootout during the SuperSkills Competition. [6] On January 25, 2009, Lundqvist stopped 15 of the 21 shots he faced in the second period of the All-Star Game, helping the East beat the West 12–11 in a shootout. [7] On February 3, 2009, the New York Rangers retired Adam Graves' number 9 jersey before a game against the Atlanta Thrashers, joining fellow 1994 Stanley Cup champion teammates Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Mike Richter, as well as Ranger greats Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin, in the rafters of Madison Square Garden. [8] On February 22, the Rangers retired Andy Bathgate's number 9 and Harry Howell's number 3 jerseys before a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. [9] A day later, Head Coach Tom Renney was fired after five seasons with the Rangers. Former Rangers assistant coach and coach of the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, John Tortorella, was hired later that same day to replace Renney. Rangers Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld was given the interim assistant coaching position. [10] Shortly after that, Sean Avery made his return to the Rangers, claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars. [11] Head Coach John Tortorella was suspended for Game 6 of the Rangers–Washington Capitals playoff series after an altercation with a fan towards the end of the Rangers' 4–0 loss in Washington, D.C., during Game 5. [12] On May 4, 2009, Markus Naslund announced that he would be retiring after one season with the Rangers. [13]


2008 pre-season game log: 3–5–0 (home: 2–2–0; road: 1–3–0)
1September 20@ Ottawa Senators 3 - 2 Valiquette 0-1-0
2September 22 Ottawa Senators 2 - 1 Lundqvist 1-1-0
3September 23@ Tampa Bay Lightning 3 - 2 Wiikman 1-2-0
4September 24@ New Jersey Devils 3 - 2Lundqvist1-3-0
5September 25 Tampa Bay Lightning 4 - 2Valiquette1-4-0
6September 27 New Jersey Devils 4 - 2Lundqvist1-5-0
7September 30 (in Bern, Switzerland) SC Bern 8 - 1Valiquette2-5-0
8October 1 (in Bern, Switzerland) Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4 - 3 Lundqvist3-5-0

Regular season

The Rangers finished the regular season with the League's best penalty-kill percentage, at 87.84%. [14]

Divisional standings

Atlantic Division
1y – New Jersey Devils 8251274244209106
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 824528926423999
3 Philadelphia Flyers 8244271126423899
4 New York Rangers 824330921021895
5 New York Islanders 822647920127961

Conference standings

Eastern Conference
1z – Boston Bruins NE82531910274196116
2y – Washington Capitals SE8250248272245108
3y – New Jersey Devils AT8251274244209106
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT824528926423999
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT8244271126423899
6 Carolina Hurricanes SE824530723922697
7 New York Rangers AT824330921021895
8 Montreal Canadiens NE8241301124924793
9 Florida Panthers SE8241301123423193
10 Buffalo Sabres NE824132925023491
11 Ottawa Senators NE8236351121723783
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE8234351325029381
13 Atlanta Thrashers SE823541625728076
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE8224401821027966
15 New York Islanders AT822647920127961

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)

AT – Atlantic Division, NE – Northeast Division, SE – Southeast Division

Schedule and results

  Win (2 points)  Loss (0 points)  Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

2008-09 Game Log
October: 10-2-1 (Home: 6-2-0; Road: 4-0-1)
14 (in Prague, Czech Republic @ Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 1 Lundqvist 1-0-0
25 (in Prague, Czech Republic) Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 1Lundqvist2-0-0
310 Chicago Blackhawks 4 - 2Lundqvist3-0-0
411@ Philadelphia Flyers 4 - 3 Valiquette 4-0-0
513 New Jersey Devils 4 - 1Lundqvist5-0-0
615 Buffalo Sabres 3 - 1Lundqvist5-1-0
717 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - 0 SOValiquette6-1-0
818@ Detroit Red Wings 5 - 4 OTLundqvist6-1-1
920 Dallas Stars 2 - 1Lundqvist6-2-1
1024@ Columbus Blue Jackets 3 - 1Lundqvist7-2-1
1125 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 2 SOLundqvist8-2-1
1227@ New York Islanders 4 - 2Lundqvist9-2-1
1330 Atlanta Thrashers 3 - 2Lundqvist10-2-1
November: 7-6-1 (Home: 4-3-1; Road: 3-3-0)
141@ Toronto Maple Leafs 5 - 2Valiquette10-3-1
154 New York Islanders 2 - 1Lundqvist10-4-1
166 Tampa Bay Lightning 5 - 2Lundqvist11-4-1
178@ Washington Capitals 3 - 1Lundqvist11-5-1
1810 Edmonton Oilers 3 - 2 SOLundqvist11-5-2
1912@ New Jersey Devils 5 - 2Lundqvist12-5-2
2015 Boston Bruins 3 - 2 SOLundqvist13-5-2
2117 Ottawa Senators 2 - 1 SOLundqvist14-5-2
2219 Vancouver Canucks 6 - 3Lundqvist14-6-2
2322@ Ottawa Senators 4 - 1Valiquette14-7-2
2424 Phoenix Coyotes 4 - 1Lundqvist15-7-2
2526@ Tampa Bay Lightning 3 - 2 SOLundqvist16-7-2
2628@ Florida Panthers 4 - 3 SOLundqvist17-7-2
2730 Florida Panthers 4 - 0Lundqvist17-8-2
December: 6-5-1 (Home: 3-2-1; Road: 3-3-0)
283 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 2 SOLundqvist18-8-2
294@ Montreal Canadiens 6 - 2Lundqvist18-9-2
307 Calgary Flames 3 - 0Lundqvist18-10-2
3110@ Atlanta Thrashers 3 - 2 OTValiquette19-10-2
3212@ New Jersey Devils 8 - 5Lundqvist19-11-2
3313 Carolina Hurricanes 3 - 2 SOLundqvist20-11-2
3416@ Anaheim Ducks 3 - 1Lundqvist21-11-2
3517@ Los Angeles Kings 3 - 2 OTValiquette22-11-2
3620@ San Jose Sharks 3 - 2Lundqvist22-12-2
3723 Washington Capitals 5 - 4 OTLundqvist22-12-3
3827 New Jersey Devils 4 - 2Lundqvist22-13-3
3929 New York Islanders 5 - 4Lundqvist23-13-3
January: 6-5-1 (Home: 3-1-0; Road: 3-4-1)
403@ Washington Capitals 2 - 1Valiquette23-14-3
415 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 - 0Lundqvist24-14-3
427 Montreal Canadiens 6 - 3Lundqvist24-15-3
439@ Buffalo Sabres 2 - 1 SOValiquette24-15-4
4410@ Ottawa Senators 2 - 0Lundqvist25-15-4
4513@ New York Islanders 2 - 1Lundqvist26-15-4
4616@ Chicago Blackhawks 3 - 2 OTLundqvist27-15-4
4718@ Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 0Lundqvist27-16-4
4820 Anaheim Ducks 4 - 2Lundqvist28-16-4
4927 Carolina Hurricanes 3 - 2Valiquette29-16-4
5028@ Pittsburgh Penguins 6 - 2Lundqvist29-17-4
5131@ Boston Bruins 1 - 0Lundqvist29-18-4
February: 3-6-4 (Home: 3-2-2; Road: 0-4-2)
523 Atlanta Thrashers 2 - 1 SOLundqvist29-18-5
536@ Dallas Stars 10 - 2Valiquette29-19-5
549@ New Jersey Devils 3 - 0Lundqvist29-20-5
5511 Washington Capitals 5 - 4 SOLundqvist30-20-5
5613@ Florida Panthers 2 - 1 SOLundqvist30-20-6
5715 Philadelphia Flyers 5 - 2Lundqvist30-21-6
5816@ St. Louis Blues 2 - 1Lundqvist30-22-6
5918 New York Islanders 3 - 1Lundqvist31-22-6
6021@ Buffalo Sabres 4 - 2Lundqvist31-23-6
6122 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - 2 OTLundqvist31-23-7
6225@ Toronto Maple Leafs 2 - 1 SOLundqvist31-23-8
6326 Florida Panthers 2 - 1Lundqvist31-24-8
6428 Colorado Avalanche 6 - 1Lundqvist32-24-8
March: 8-4-1 (Home: 5-1-0; Road: 3-3-1)
655@ New York Islanders 4 - 2Lundqvist33-24-8
668 Boston Bruins 4 - 3Lundqvist34-24-8
679@ Carolina Hurricanes 3 - 0Valiquette34-25-8
6812@ Nashville Predators 4 - 2Lundqvist35-25-8
6914@ Philadelphia Flyers 4 - 2Lundqvist35-26-8
7015 Philadelphia Flyers 4 - 1Lundqvist36-26-8
7117@ Montreal Canadiens 4 - 3 SOLundqvist37-26-8
7221 Buffalo Sabres 5 - 3Lundqvist38-26-8
7322 Ottawa Senators 2 - 1Lundqvist38-27-8
7424 Minnesota Wild 2 - 1Lundqvist39-27-8
7526@ Atlanta Thrashers 5 - 4 SOValiquette39-27-9
7628@ Pittsburgh Penguins 4 - 3Lundqvist39-28-9
7730 New Jersey Devils 3 - 0Lundqvist40-28-9
April: 3-2-0 (Home: 2-0-0; Road: 1-2-0)
782@ Carolina Hurricanes 4 - 2Lundqvist40-29-9
794@ Boston Bruins 1 - 0Lundqvist40-30-9
807 Montreal Canadiens 3 - 1Lundqvist41-30-9
819 Philadelphia Flyers 2 - 1Lundqvist42-30-9
8212@ Philadelphia Flyers 4 - 3Lundqvist43-30-9


The New York Rangers ended the 2008–09 regular season as the Eastern Conference's seventh seed. They were defeated in the first round by the Washington Capitals in seven games.

Key:   Win   Loss

2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (2) Washington Capitals - Washington wins series 4-3
1April 15 New York Rangers 4 - 3 Washington Capitals LundqvistNew York Rangers lead series 1-0
2April 18New York Rangers1 - 0Washington CapitalsLundqvistNew York Rangers lead series 2-0
3April 20Washington Capitals4 - 0New York RangersLundqvistNew York Rangers lead series 2-1
4April 22Washington Capitals1 - 2New York RangersLundqvistNew York Rangers lead series 3-1
5April 24New York Rangers0 - 4Washington CapitalsLundqvistNew York Rangers lead series 3-2
6April 26Washington Capitals5 - 3New York RangersLundqvistSeries tied 3-3
7April 28New York Rangers1 - 2Washington CapitalsLundqvistWashington wins series 4-3

Player statistics

Regular Season
Henrik Lundqvist 704153382571682.432007.9163
Steve Valiquette 15823552392.84421.9071
Henrik Lundqvist 738034193.00207.9081
Steve Valiquette 2400000.0091.0000

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.


Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G =  Goals; A =  Assists; Pts = Points; PIM =  Penalty minutes; +/- =  Plus/minus; PPG =  Power-play goals; SHG =  Short-handed goals; GWG =  Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA =  Goals-against average; SO =  Shutouts; SA =  Shots  against; SV = Shots  saved; SV% =  Save percentage;

Awards and records


Regular Season
Lauri Korpikoski 1st NHL Regular Season GameOctober 4, 2008
Henrik Lundqvist 200th NHL AppearanceOctober 15, 2008
Brandon Dubinsky 100th NHL GameOctober 27, 2008
Nikolay Zherdev 300th NHL GameNovember 8, 2008
Lauri Korpikoski1st NHL Regular Season Goal
1st NHL Regular Season Point
November 12, 2008
Marc Staal 100th NHL GameNovember 15, 2008
Lauri Korpikoski1st NHL AssistNovember 15, 2008
Michal Rozsival 500th NHL GameNovember 17, 2008
Fredrik Sjostrom 300th NHL GameNovember 22, 2008
Nikolai Zherdev200th NHL PointNovember 24, 2008
Scott Gomez 400th NHL AssistDecember 3, 2008
Corey Potter 1st NHL Regular Season GameDecember 7, 2008
Ryan Callahan 100th NHL GameDecember 16, 2008
Dmitri Kalinin 500th NHL GameDecember 16, 2008
Paul Mara 600th NHL GameDecember 23, 2008
Colton Orr 200th NHL GameDecember 23, 2008
Corey Potter1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
December 27, 2008
Wade Redden 500th NHL Penalty MinuteJanuary 3, 2009
Nigel Dawes 100th NHL GameJanuary 5, 2009
Blair Betts 300th NHL GameJanuary 9, 2009
Henrik Lundqvist1st NHL All-Star GameJanuary 25, 2009
Artem Anisimov 1st NHL GameFebruary 3, 2009
Aaron Voros 100th NHL GameFebruary 3, 2009
Colton Orr500th NHL Penalty MinuteFebruary 21, 2009
Michal Rozsival200th NHL PointFebruary 22, 2009
Wade Redden900th NHL GameFebruary 26, 2009
John Tortorella 1st Win as Rangers coachFebruary 28, 2009
Markus Naslund 1,100th NHL GameMarch 5, 2009
Henrik Lundquist1st NHL goalie to win 30+ games in first four seasonsMarch 12, 2009
John TortorellaWinningest US-born coach in NHL history with 245 winsMarch 17, 2009
Mike Sauer 1st NHL GameMarch 24, 2009
Nik Antropov 300th NHL PointMarch 26, 2009
Scott Gomez700th NHL GameMarch 28, 2009
Corey Potter1st NHL GoalApril 2, 2009
Artem Anisimov1st NHL Playoff GameApril 28, 2009
Markus NaslundFinal NHL GameApril 28, 2009


The Rangers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2008–09 season.


Updated April 28, 2009. [22]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
42 Flag of Russia.svg Artem Anisimov C L33 2006 Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
80 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Nik Antropov RW L41 2009 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union
16 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sean Avery LW L41 2009 North York, Ontario
15 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Blair Betts   Injury icon 2.svg C L41 2004 Edmonton, Alberta
24 Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Callahan RW R36 2004 Rochester, New York
23 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Drury  ( C ) C R44 2007 Trumbull, Connecticut
17 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Dubinsky C L35 2004 Anchorage, Alaska
5 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dan Girardi D R37 2006 Welland, Ontario
19 Flag of the United States.svg Scott Gomez  ( A ) C L41 2007 Anchorage, Alaska
29 Flag of Finland.svg Lauri Korpikoski LW L34 2004 Turku, Finland
30 Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Lundqvist G L39 2000 Åre, Sweden
27 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Mara D L41 2007 Ridgewood, New Jersey
53 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Derek Morris D R42 2009 Edmonton, Alberta
91 Flag of Sweden.svg Markus Naslund  ( A ) LW L47 2008 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
28 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Colton Orr RW R39 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba
6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Wade Redden D L43 2008 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
33 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Michal Rozsival D R42 2005 Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
20 Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Sjostrom LW L38 2008 Färgelanda, Sweden
18 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Marc Staal D L34 2005 Thunder Bay, Ontario
40 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Steve Valiquette G L43 2003 Etobicoke, Ontario
34 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Aaron Voros LW L39 2008 Vancouver, British Columbia
13 Flag of Russia.svg Nikolay Zherdev RW R36 2008 Kiev, Soviet Union


Draft picks

New York's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario:

Round#PlayerPositionNationalityCollege/Junior/Club Team (League)
120 Michael Del Zotto D Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
251 Derek Stepan C Flag of the United States.svg  United States Shattuck-Saint Mary's (USHS-MN)
375 Evgeny Grachev CFlag of Russia.svg  Russia Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl (Russia)
390 Tomas Kundratek DFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Ocelari Trinec (Czech Extraliga)
4111 Dale Weise RW Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
5141Chris DoyleCFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada P.E.I. Rocket (QMJHL)
6171 Mitch Gaulton DFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Erie Otters (OHL)

See also

Farm teams

Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

The 2008–09 season will be the 12th season of American Hockey League (AHL) hockey for the franchise.

Charlotte Checkers (ECHL)

The 2008–09 season will be the 16th season of ECHL hockey for the franchise.

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