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What happened on September 22 in New York Rangers history

After a two-week layoff, the Summit series resumed on that date in 1972. A New York Rangers player was missing as Vic Hadfield left the team due to lack of playing time. question is whether Hadfield would have made a difference as Canada lost 5-4 to the Soviets in Moscow.

The Canadiens had been embarrassed after the first four games of the series. Expecting some fun, the USSR left North America 2-1-1 as the Soviets outscored the Canadians in three of four games. In Game 3, a 4-4 tie in Winnipeg, the Canadians lost a 3-1 lead and were fortunate enough to come out with a tie.

During the two-week layoff, Team Canada traveled to Europe and played two exhibition games in Sweden while the Soviets competed in a tournament in the USSR. It was after the Canadian team arrived in Moscow that Hadfield fled, accompanied by Rick Martin and Jocelyn Guevremont, all dissatisfied with the playing time.

Five New York Rangers have been selected for Team Canada, including Hadfield, Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, Brad Park and Rod Seiling. Seiling only played three games, but stayed with the team. Hadfield had played twice in the first four games, but it wasn’t enough for him.

The first game played in the Soviet Union was an absolute disaster. Canada took a 3-0 lead after two periods thanks to goals from JP Parise, Bobby Clarke and Paul Henderson. Rod Gilbert assisted on the Parisian goal.

The USSR scored early in the third period to get closer to two goals, but Canada regained the three-goal lead when Henderson scored again. With 3:04 to go at the end of the game, Canada had what appeared to be an insurmountable 4-1 lead and Tony Esposito in goal.

Not so quickly, the Soviets turned it on and scored four straight goals, all evenly matched. The USSR team scored five goals in the third period on just 11 shots.

3,000 Canadian fans made the trip to Moscow and they cheered the team on at the end of the game, away from the boos that followed them out of the ice in their last game in Vancouver. Team Canada faced the challenge of winning the next three games to win the series. At this point, no one except the players felt they had a chance.

Leaving the team, Vic Hadfield missed one of the most moving comebacks in hockey history.

Today’s birthdays

20 NHL players were born on September 22 with three former New York Rangers in that squad, including one of the franchise’s top goalies.

Mike Richter was born on this date in 1966 in Abington, Pennsylvania. A second-round pick in the 1975 draft from the University of Wisconsin, Richter played his entire career with the Rangers and was immortalized in the Stanley Cup championship in 1994. Until Henrik Lundqvist’s arrival, Richter was a won more games, made more saves, faced more shots and played more minutes than any other Rangers goalie. Richter’s number 35 hangs from the rafters of Madison Square Garden, retired February 4, 2004.

Derick Brassard was born on this date in 1987 in Hull, Quebec. The Rangers traded Marian Gaborik to Columbus in 2013, putting Brassard back in the business. A playoff clutch player, Brassard was a key member of the Rangers team that made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. The center was a fan favorite who played three full seasons in New York City. before being traded to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad, one of the best offers ever made by the Blueshirts.

Gerry Foley was a right winger born September 22, 1932 in Ware, Massachusetts. The Rangers claimed him from Toronto in the 1956 intra-league draft and he played two full seasons in New York, scoring nine goals in 137 games. An interesting note about Foley is that he played for the Rangers in 1958 and then it took him 11 seasons to return to the NHL, with the Los Angeles Kings in 1968. He played in the AHL for all of them. those years and played just one game for the Kings when he returned to the NHL. It’s one of the longest periods between appearances in the NHL for any player, but not the longest.



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