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Rangers Classics Preview: Rangers vs. Flyers (4/12/86)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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Tune-in to MSG Network on Thursday, February 24 at 8:00 PM ET as Rangers Classics, presented by Panasonic, looks back at Game Three of the 1986 Prince of Wales - Division Semifinals series between the Blueshirts and Philadelphia. With the series tied at one game apiece, the Rangers returned home to Madison Square Garden to host the Flyers on April 12, 1986 in Game Three.

Trailing 2-1 after two, the Rangers exploded for four third period goals to skate to a 5-2 win at the Spectrum. Ron Greshner (two goals, one assist), Bob Brooke (photo right - one goal, one assist) and Brian MacLellan (two assists) led the Blueshirt offensive charge, while John Vanbiesbrouck added an assist and stopped 32 of 34 shots as New York took a 2-1 series lead.

The deciding Game Five of this series will be the focus of the next Rangers Classics on Wednesday, March 2 at 8:00 PM ET.

First Period: NYR 1 - Greschner 2 (MacLellan, Vanbiesbrouck) 9:30; PHI 2 - Kerr 1 (Propp, Eklund) 12:34.

Second Period: PHI 3 - Sinisalo 1 (Craven, Eklund) 4:54.

Third Period: NYR 4 - Ridley 3 (Larouche, Miller) 8:13; NYR 5 - Wiemer 1 (Greschner, MacLellan) 12:29 PP; NYR 6 - Brooke 2 (unassisted) 12:43; NYR 7 - Greschner 3 (Paiement, Brooke) 13:07.

NYR - Vanbiesbrouck (W) - 32/34
PHI - Froese/Resch (L) - 33/38

General Manager: Phil Esposito
Head Coach: Ted Sator
Assistant Coaches: Jack Birch, Reg Higgs

NYR Regular Season Record: 36-38-6 (78 points / 4th Patrick Divison)
PHI Regular Season Record: 53-23-4 (110 points / 1st Patrick Division)
1985-85 Season Series vs. PHI: 1-6-0

Goals: Tomas Sandstrom (25)
Assists: Mike Ridley (43)
Points: Mike Ridley (65)
Penalty Minutes: Bob Brooke (111)
Wins: John Vanbiesbrouck (31)
GAA: John Vanbiesbrouck (3.32)
Save %: Glen Hanlon (.893)


A big, tough, aggressive player, Brooke appeared in 175 games with the Rangers from 1983-84 to 1986-87, posting 35 goals and 36 assists for 71 points, along with 214 penalty minutes ... Tallied six goals and nine assists for 15 points, along with 43 penalty minutes in 24 career post-season games with the Blueshirts ... Was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round (75th overall) in the 1980 NHL Draft ... Was an economics major and a B+ student at Yale, while playing four seasons with the Bulldogs from 1979-80 to 1982-83 ... A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, he represented the United States at the 1984 Winter Olympics ... Worked at the Bear Sterns brokerage firm on Wall Street during the off-season ... Grew up a New York Mets fan and was a shortstop at Yale, playing behind former Mets pitcher Ron Darling ... Was only the second player to wear #13 for the Rangers (Jack Stoddard in 1951-52 and 1952-53 was the first).

Enjoyed an outstanding 1985-86 playoffs, finishing second on the team with six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 16 games ... Was also the leading scorer in the Philadelphia series (Prince of Wales - Division Semifinals) with eight points (two goals, six assists) in five games ... Netted a pair of goals in Game Four of the Washington series (Prince of Wales - Division Finals), including the winner at 2:40 of overtime.

Obtained from the St. Louis Blues, along with Larry Patey for Dave Barr and a 1984 draft choice on March 5, 1984 ... Joined the Rangers following his stint at the 1984 Olympics.
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