Best Rangers goaltenders of all-time
Newsday's Arthur Staple counts down the six best goaltenders in New York Rangers history.
JOHN VANBIESBROUCK, Goaltender
Islanders (2000-2001): 10-25-5 W-L-T, .898%, 3.01 GAA
Rangers (1981-1993): 200-177-47 W-L-T, .889%, 3.45 GAA
5. DAVE KERR
Kerr is no household name to Ranger fans of recent vintage, but he was the answer to a longtime trivia question during the 54-year Stanley Cup drought: Who was the last Ranger goaltender to win a Cup? Kerr joined the Rangers in 1934 and proceeded to play seven seasons, which included five straight years starting every game of the 48-game season.
Rangers career: 157-110-57, 40 shutouts, 2.07 GAA
Overall career: 203-148-75, 51 shutouts, 2.15 GAA
4. GUMP WORSLEY
The Hall of Famer spent the first decade of his lengthy NHL career with the Rangers, though that span from 1952-63 was hardly a banner era on Broadway. Worsley lost 271 games over that time with 204 wins and had a 3.05 GAA while the team made the postseason only four times. It clearly wasn’t all Worsley. The Rangers traded him to his hometown Canadiens before the 1963-64 season and he won four Stanley Cups in five years with Montreal.
Rangers career: 204-271-101, 24 shutouts, 3.05 GAA
Overall career: 335-352-150, 43 shutouts, 2.88 GAA
3. ED GIACOMIN
Perhaps the first New York athlete ever to have his first name chanted in unison by a crowd, Giacomin backstopped the first truly strong era in Rangers history soon after his arrival in 1965, with the consistency of GM/coach Emile Francis and the play of Ranger greats Rod Gilbert, Vic Hadfield and Jean Ratelle. He was in goal for the Rangers' 1972 Finals appearance and his 49 shutouts held up as a franchise record for nearly four decades. And the Garden faithful memorably showed their love after Giacomin was unceremoniously waived early in the 1975-76 season, chanting "Ed-die" upon Giacomin's return with the Red Wings days later.
Rangers career: 266-172-89, 49 shutouts, 2.73 GAA
Overall career: 289-209-96, 54 shutouts, 2.82 GAA
2. HENRIK LUNDQVIST
The King either owns or is on his way to owning every Rangers goaltending mark, and the seven-year, $59.5-million extension he signed in December 2013 ensured it will be a long, long while before someone dethrones Lundqvist from the Rangers' record books. What’s missing, of course, is a Stanley Cup.
Career: 339-208-65, 55 shutouts, 2.26 GAA
1. MIKE RICHTER
A little guy from Philly who never won any of the big NHL goaltending trophies but stood tallest during the best era of the franchise’s history. He began his Rangers career getting dropped into a sinking ship, starting Game 4 of the 1989 first-round sweep by Mario Lemieux and the Penguins, and he finally won the goaltending war with John Vanbiesbrouck in 1993. Even though he hung on into the lean years of the late 1990s and early 2000s before a concussion sidelined him after 301 wins and 666 appearances for the Rangers, he will always be remembered for 1994, for his acrobatic, penalty shot save on Pavel Bure and for hoisting the Cup in the Garden.
Career: 301-258-73, 24 shutouts, 2.89 GAA