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April 13, 1968

April 13, 1968

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Bathgate Expansion leader’

MONTREAL, Quebec.— Andy Bathgate of Pittsburgh won the unofficia1 scoring championship among expansion-division players during this just — concluded regular Andy Bathgate gate scored 20 goals and assited on 39 others to total 59 points, nosing out Ed Joyal of Los Angeles by two points for the, top spot in the Western Division. Wayne Connelly of Minnesota led in goals with 35, followed by teammate Ray Cullen with 28 and L.A.’s Bill Flett with 26. Mike McMahon of Minnesota led all defensemen in the entire NHL with 14 goals, 33 assists and 47 points. Playing in 37 games, rookie Doug Favell of Philadelphia had the best goals-against average among goal-tenders with a 2.27 mark. Les Binkley of Pittsburgh and Cesare Maniago of Minnesota led with six shutouts each. Barclay Plager of St. Louis wound up…

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MOBILE DEFENSE BOOMS RANGEL HOPES

NEW YORK. N.Y.— In 1949-50, Lynn Patrick’s rag tag fourth place Rangers won the first game of the Stanley Cup semi final series from the second place Montreal Canadiens, and went on from there to just miss the Stanley Cup by a whisker, in sudden death overtime, in a seven-game series with Detroit. Since that year, no Ranger team has won the first game in a playoff, or has won a series, that is until Emile Francis’ 1968 Gothamites knocked off the Chicago Black Hawks 3-1 on Anril 4. ‘We are happy to be up, not down,” commented Francis. “However, I expect a long tough series with the Hawks. Any club with Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita has to betough.” The key to the first-game win was the tremendous checking job that Ron…

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Rangers Turn Back Hawks To Grab Playoff Opener

Game One THURS. APR. 4 CHICAGO 1 AT NEW YORK 3 NEW YORK, N.Y. — The New York Rangers ended a six year winless streak in playoff action by defeating the disappointting Chicago Black Hawks 3-1 and take a 1-0 lead in the B series best-of-seven quarter-final. It was the first Stanley Cup playoff victory for the Rangers since 1962 when they were eliminated four games to two by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last year, the Rangers were beaten in four straight games by the Canadiens. Orland Kurtenbach, Veteran defenceman Harry Howell and high-scoring Rod Gilbert were the offensive heroes for the Rangers with one goal apiece. Gilbert’s goal was his first of the year against the Hawks and also broke a 12-game scoring slump. CHICAGO: Goal — De Jordy, Dryden. Defence — Marotte, Stapleton, Pilote, Jarrett,…

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How Teams Compare In National League

COMPLETE OVERALL WON AND LOST RECORDS THIS SEASON BETWEEN NHL TEAMS