4/5/70 New York Rangers Red Wings NHL Hockey Ticket Stub "Craziest Rangers Game"
4/5/70 New York Rangers Red Wings NHL Hockey Ticket Stub "Craziest Rangers Game"

4/5/70 New York Rangers Red Wings NHL Hockey Ticket Stub "Craziest Rangers Game"

Regular price
$439.11
Sale price
$439.11

1969-1970 New York Rangers Vs. Detroit Red Wings Ticket Stub!


Up for auction is a ticket stub from the April 5, 1979 NHL game between the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings.  This game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The Rangers would win this game 9-5.  This game has been dubbed the "Craziest Rangers Game in History".  As Blue Line Station would write:

In an effort to score as many goals as possible, the Rangers set a franchise record with 65 shots on goal and even pulled their goalie in the third period with a six goal lead.

The reason was that the Rangers had to win and if Montreal lost and they finished in a tie for  fourth place, they had to finish with more goals than the Canadiens.

Here is how it stood going into the last day of the season.  If the Rangers won and Montreal lost, they would finished tied with 92 points.  At that point the tiebreaker was the number of goals scored  The Rangers went into their game with Detroit with 237 goals.  Montreal had 242 goals.  The Rangers knew that they had to score at least five goals, but they would then have to rely on the Chicago Black Hawks to shut out the Habs.


So the Blueshirts threw everything they had at the Detroit goal, scoring nine times, thrilling the sold out Madison Square Garden crowd.  They even pulled goalie Ed Giacomin with a 9-3 lead in the third period in an effort to score more goals. That didn’t work as the Red Wings scored twice into the empty net.  Montreal fans complained that the Red Wings sat out some of their best players as they had clinched a playoff spot the day before and had been up into the wee hours celebrating..  

On top of all of that, Gordie Howe would also score in this game.  This ticket has been graded VG-EX 4 by PSA.  This is the only stub PSA has ever graded from this game.  This stub can serve as an important piece to any collection!

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