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This day in NY sports history: Nov. 16, 1926

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IN NY SPORTS HISTORY

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1926

Rangers win in franchise debut

The Rangers debuted against the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Maroons with a 1-0 victory at Madison Square Garden. The crowd of more than 13,000 saw Bill Cook convert a pass from his brother Bun with 1:23 remaining in the second period. Rangers center Frank Boucher was cut in the neck with the butt end of Montreal's Bill Phillips' stick during a brawl in the third period. Boucher drew the only fighting major penalty of his career for his participation. Boucher and the two Cooks played together on the Bread Line, combining for 60 of the Rangers' 95 goals in their inaugural season. Rookie goalie Lorne Chabot had 10 shutouts in 36 games that season and followed with 11 in 44 games the following season, his only two with the Rangers. The first intermission featured an ice ballet. The Rangers led the American Division of the NHL and lost in the semifinals to the Boston Bruins. The following season, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.

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