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Oct. 6, 1976 (Rangers vs. Minnesota North Stars)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
March 2, 1980 (Rangers vs. Boston Bruins)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1977
Most goals in one game — 5 at Minnesota on Oct. 12, 1976 (shares record with Mark Pavelich)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Nicknames: Doc, Murder
Full name: Donald Walter Murdoch
Uniform Numbers: 14
Retired from pro hockey: 1986
Right wing Don Murdoch`s career with the Rangers lasted only four seasons, but they were memorable years in which the colorful Murdoch enjoyed a strong bond with Blueshirts fans.
A distant cousin of Rangers legend Murray Murdoch, Don arrived at Madison Square Garden as a first-round draft pick in 1976 and wasted no time carving out his reputation as a scorer. In only 59 games as a rookie, Murdoch put together a career high 32 goals and 56 points, narrowly missing out on the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year when he finished second to Atlanta`s Willi Plett.
Few Rangers have ever enjoyed the kind of start that Murdoch had in October 1976. He scored two goals in his first NHL game and then exploded for a team-record five goals in fourth NHL game on Oct. 12, 1976, at Minnesota. By the end of his first 16 games, Murdoch led the entire NHL with 16 goals and went on to set a then Rangers rookie record of 32 goals in one season.
Although Murdoch never quite recaptured the magic of his rookie year, he did add 27 goals in 66 games the following season and was a key player in the 1979 run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Murdoch was also on pace for another 30-goal season in 1979-80 when he was traded to Edmonton in at the 1980 trade deadline.
Perhaps Murdoch`s most dramatic moment came in the 1978 Stanley Cup playoffs against Buffalo. In Game 2 of the best-of-3 series on April 13, 1978, at MSG, Murdoch scored in overtime to keep the Rangers` hopes alive. His jubilant celebration that night was typical of the enthusiasm he brought to the rink and reflected the energy of New York fans who embraced him.
º Photographic Memory: 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs