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Rangers Classics Preview: Rangers vs. Capitals (4/23/86)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Tune-in to MSG Network on Wednesday, March 16 at 8:00 PM ET as Rangers Classics, presented by Panasonic, looks back at Game 4 of the 1986 Patrick Division Finals series between the Blueshirts and the Washington Capitals. New York took the first game of the series but the Caps fired back and claimed to the next two to take a 2-1 series lead. As in Game One, this game also went the distance and then some.

Rangers rookie center Mike Ridley (photo - right) came up big for his club in this one, collecting a goal and an assist on the night.

Next week, Rangers Classics, presented by Panasonic, shifts back to Thursday nights as the Blueshirts and Capitals battle in Game Five of the Division Finals on March 24 at 8:00 PM ET.

RANGERS CLASSICS - PREVIOUS GAME PREVIEWS:
Rangers vs. Capitals - Game 1 / 1986 Patrick Division Finals >>
Rangers vs. Flyers - Game 5 / 1986 Patrick Division Semifinals >>
Rangers vs. Flyers - Game 2 / 1986 Patrick Division Semifinals >>

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RANGERS CLASSIC PROFILE:
MIKE RIDLEY


BACKGROUND:
Arrived at New York's training camp on the recommendation of then-Rangers Assistant Coach Reg Higgs ... Ridley played two seasons at the University of Manitoba in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (1983-84 and 1984-85), during which time Higgs was coaching an opposing team at Regina ... Was named to the All-Canadian Team twice and was selected as the MVP of the GPAC over the two seasons ... Overcame a broken collarbone and broken left leg during his amateur career ... While playing his junior hockey at Saint Boniface (Manitoba Junior), he broke the scoring records previously set by former Philadelphia Flyers forward Bobby Clarke ... Was enrolled in the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies prior to signing with the Rangers ... Appeared in 118 career regular season games with New York from 1985-86 to 1986-87, collecting 101 points (38 goals, 63 assists), along with 89 penalty minutes.

1985-86 NOTES:
Earned a contract and a spot on the opening night roster with an impressive training camp ... Tallied his first NHL goal, the game-winner, in New York's season-opening 4-2 victory over Washington on October 10, 1985... Appeared in all 96 games with the Rangers in 1985-86, including all 16 post-season outings ... Was the only NHL rookie to lead his team in scoring with 65 points (22 goals, 43 assists) ... His 65 points ranked fourth among NHL rookies ... Was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and was honored as the NHL Rookie of the Month for February 1985 ... His 43 assists tied Mark Pavelich (1981-82) for the most by a Rangers rookie in one season ... Ranked third on the team with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 16 playoff games.

HOW HE BECAME A RANGER:
October 2, 1985 - Signed as a free agent by the Rangers.

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Game 4 - BOX SCORE (Rangers vs. Capitals):

First Period: NYR 1 - Paiement 2 (Larouche, Ridley) 6:47 (pp); WSH 2 - Christian 3 (Carpenter, Hatcher) 7:15; WSH 3 - Hatcher 1 (Haworth, Barrett) 10:49; WSH 4 - Carpenter 4 (Laughlin, Stevens) 13:19 (pp). Pen: Smith (WSH), Brooke (NYR) minors, majors, 2:36; Allison (NYR) 3:33; Duchesne (WSH) 6:30; Huber (NYR) 8:38; Schofield (WSH) double minor, Sandstrom (NYR) 10:49; Duchesne (WSH), Patrick (NYR) double minors, 11:07; Ridley (NYR) 12:04; Sandstrom (NYR) 15:08; Adams (WSH), Osborne (NYR) 20:00

Second Period: NYR 5 - Ridley 5 (Larouche, Laidlaw) 4:42; NYR 6 - Sandstrom 1 (Ruotsalainen, Patrick) 8:29; WSH 7 - Gould 4 (Carpenter, Murphy) 18:59. Pen - Laughlin (WSH), Osborne (NYR) 18:13.

Third Period: WSH 8 - Smith 2 (Duchesne, Gould) 7:45 (sh); NYR 9 - Huber 2 (Allison) 8:09 (pp); NYR 10 - Brooke 3 (MacLellan) 17:25. Pen- Haworth (WSH) 6:26; Duchesne (WSH), MacLellan (NYR) 10:49; Laidlaw (NYR) 12:40, Carpenter (WSH), Patrick (NYR) 13:56; Hatcher (WSH), Brooke (NYR) 14:40.

Overtime: NYR 11 - Brooke 4, 2:40. Pen - none

Goaltending:
Vanbiesbrouck (NYR) - 29/34
Peeters (WSH) - 30/36

Attendance - 17,404

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1985-86 FAST FACTS:
NYR General Manager: Phil Esposito
NYR Head Coach: Ted Sator
NYR Assistant Coaches: Jack Birch, Reg Higgs
NYR Regular Season Record: 36-38-6 (78 points / 4th Patrick Divison)
1985-85 Season Series vs. WSH: 3-3-1

RANGERS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
Goals: Tomas Sandstrom (25), Bob Brooke (24), Mike Ridley (22)
Assists: Mike Ridley (43), Reijo Ruotsalainen (42), Raimo Helminen (30)
Points: Mike Ridley (65), Reijo Ruotsalainen (59), Tomas Sandstrom (54)
Penalty Minutes: Bob Brooke (111), Tomas Sandstrom (109), Ron Greschner (104)
Wins: John Vanbiesbrouck (31), Glen Hanlon (5)
GAA: John Vanbiesbrouck (3.32), Glen Hanlon (3.33)
Save %: Glen Hanlon (.893), John Vanbiesbrouck (.887)

WSH General Manager: David Poile
WSH Head Coach: Bryan Murray
WSH Assistant Coaches: Terry Murray, Ron Lapointe
WSH Regular Season Record: 50-23-7 (107 points / 2nd Patrick Division)

WASHINGTON REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
Goals: Dave Christian (41), Mike Gartner (35), Alan Haworth (34)
Assists: Bengt Gustafsson (52), Craig Laughlin (45), Larry Murphy (44)
Points: Dave Christian (83), Mike Gartner, Craig Laughlin, Bengt Gustafsson (75)
Penalty MInutes: Scott Stevens (165), Greg Adams (152), Lou Franceschetti (131)
Wins: Al Jensen (28), Pete Peters (19)
GAA: Al Jensen (3.18), Pete Peters (3.35)
Save %: Al Jensen (.889), Pete Peters (3.35), Pete Peters (.875)
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