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Rangers Classics Preview: Rangers vs. Capitals (4/26/86)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Tune into MSG Network on Thursday March 24 at 8:00 PM ET as Rangers Classic, presented by Panasonic, looks back of Game Five of the 1986 Patrick Division Finals 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. The Rangers evened things up in Game Four, as the clubs prepared for theor fifth m,eeting of the series.

Forward Pierre Larouche (right) came up big for New York in Game Five, collecting a goal and an assist. Larouche led the Blueshirts in scoring during the Caps series with five goals and five assists.

Next week, Rangers Classics, presented by Panasonic, showcases Game Six of the Rangers-Capitals series on March 31 at 8:00 PM ET.

RANGERS CLASSICS - PREVIOUS GAME PREVIEWS:
Rangers vs. Capitals - Game 4 / 1986 Patrick Division Finals >>
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:
PIERRE LAROUCHE


BACKGROUND:
Larouche was Pittsburgh's first choice (eighth overall) in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, after collecting 365 points (146 goals, 219 assists) in 130 games with the Sorel Blackhawks of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1972 to 1974 ... He was runner-up in the balloting for rookie of the year in the first season with the Penguins when he finished with 31 goals and 37 assists for 58 points ... At age 20 he became the youngest 50-goal scorer in NHL history (1975-76) until Wayne Gretzky broke his mark in 1980 ... He was also the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals with two different NHL clubs, as he also collected 50 for Montreal in 1979-80 ... Netted 48 goals, two shy of Vic Hadfield's former club record of 50, in his first season with the Rangers in 1983-84 ... Appeared in 253 career games with the Rangers from 1983-84 to 1987-88, collecting 123 goals and 120 assists for 243 points, along with 59 penalty minutes ... Averaged a point-per-game in his Blueshirt post-season career, registering 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 26 career playoff games on Broadway ... In 812 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Montreal, Hartford and New York, he posted 822 points (395 goals, 427 assists) and 237 penalty minutes.

1985-86 NOTES:
Opened the season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL notching 22 goals and 17 assists in 32 games before his recall by the Rangers on Jan. 25 ... Placed at right wing on a line with Bob Brooke and Ron Greshner, he did not score in his first four outing with New York, but he went on a scoring rampage starting with his goal on Jan. 5 against St. Louis ... Accumulated at least one goal in the seven consecutive matches ..... Tallied 20 goals in his final 24 outings, inlcuding six multi-goal performances ... His eight goals tied the Rangers record for a single playoff year, as did his four power play scores ... Was the leading scorer in the Washington series with five goals and five assists in six games.

HOW HE BECAME A RANGER:
September 12, 1983 - Signed as a free agent by New York.

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

First Period: WSH - 1 Christian 4 (Stevens, Gartner) 2:51 (pp); WSH 2 - Stevens 3 (Christian, Carpenter) 3:34 (pp); NYR 3 - Larouche 6 (Paiement, Samuelsson) 4:05; NYR 4 - Paiement 3 (Larouche, Ruotsalainen) 13:40 (pp). Pen - Patrick (NYR) 2:07; Melnyk (NYR) 2:37; Duchesne (WSH) 7:35; Langway (WSH) 12:15; Paiement (NYR) 1:17.

Second Period: NYR 5 - Sandstrom 2 (MacLellan) 13:49. Pen - Whistle (NYR) 5:16; Murphy (WSH) 5:39; Patrick (NYR), Gould (WSH) majors, 8:12; Samuelsson (NYR) 10:46; Allison (NYR) 16:14.

Third Period: NYR 6 - Maloney 2 (Osborne) 2:12. Pen - None.

Goaltending:
Peeters (WSH) - 27/31
Vanbiesbrouck (NYR) - 32/34

Attendance: 18,130

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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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