1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs
1982 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 7-May 16, 1982
Defending championsNew York Islanders
Final positions
ChampionsNew York Islanders
Runner-upVancouver Canucks
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Bryan Trottier (Islanders)
(29 points)
MVPMike Bossy (Islanders)

The 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 7, after the conclusion of the 1981-82 NHL season. The playoffs concluded on May 16 with the champion New York Islanders defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 to win the Final series four games to none and win the Stanley Cup.

The first round of the 1982 playoffs saw three first-place teams (Edmonton, Minnesota, and Montreal) upset by fourth-place teams, a round which featured what is still the greatest comeback in NHL history: The Kings' 6-5 win over Edmonton in game three. After trailing 5-0 after two periods, the Kings scored five third period goals--three in the last 5:22, the final goal coming with only five seconds left in regulation. Los Angeles then scored on a face-off early in overtime, thus completing the "Miracle on Manchester".

The eventual champion New York Islanders nearly capitulated in the first round as well, losing games three and four of their first-round playoff series with Pittsburgh after crushing the Penguins in the first two games. In game five, the Islanders scored twice in the last five minutes to force overtime and then won the series on John Tonelli's goal 6:19 into the extra session. This served as a wake-up call for New York, who lost only two more games the rest of the way on their march to a third straight Stanley Cup. Their Finals opponents, the Vancouver Canucks, finished the regular season with only 77 points, defeating three teams beneath them in the standings (Calgary 75, Los Angeles 63, and Chicago 72) in the much weaker Campbell Conference.

Playoff seeds

The 1982 playoffs introduced a new format, in which the four teams with the best regular-season records from each of the four divisions would secure playoff berths. The best-of-five division semi-finals would see the first-place club against the fourth-place team, while the second- and third-place teams faced off. The winning clubs would then meet in a best-of-seven division final. Home-ice advantage for these first two rounds of the playoffs would be granted to the team with the better regular-season record. Division winners would then face one another in the conference finals.

Home-ice advantage for the conference finals was determined by coin flips.[1] Occurring prior to the start of the regular season, this event determined that home-ice advantage would be granted to champions of the Patrick and Norris divisions. The Adams and Smythe division champions would receive that advantage for the following season. Similarly, a puck flip determined that home-ice advantage for the Stanley Cup finals would be granted to the Wales Conference champion this year, with the Campbell Conference champion receiving the advantage next season.

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division

  1. Montreal Canadiens, Adams Division champions - 109 points
  2. Boston Bruins - 96 points
  3. Buffalo Sabres - 93 points
  4. Quebec Nordiques - 82 points

Patrick Division

  1. New York Islanders, Patrick Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions - 118 points
  2. New York Rangers - 92 points
  3. Philadelphia Flyers - 87 points
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins - 75 points

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division

  1. Minnesota North Stars, Norris Division champions - 94 points
  2. Winnipeg Jets - 80 points
  3. St. Louis Blues - 72 points (32 wins)
  4. Chicago Black Hawks - 72 points (30 wins)

Smythe Division

  1. Edmonton Oilers, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions - 111 points
  2. Vancouver Canucks - 77 points
  3. Calgary Flames - 75 points
  4. Los Angeles Kings - 63 points

Playoff bracket

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
A1 Montreal 2  
A4 Quebec 3  
  A4 Quebec 4  
Adams Division
  A2 Boston 3  
A2 Boston 3
A3 Buffalo 1  
  A4 Quebec 0  
Prince of Wales Conference
  P1 NY Islanders 4  
P1 NY Islanders 3  
P4 Pittsburgh 2  
  P1 NY Islanders 4
Patrick Division
  P2 NY Rangers 2  
P2 NY Rangers 3
P3 Philadelphia 1  
  P1 NY Islanders 4
  S2 Vancouver 0
N1 Minnesota 1  
N4 Chicago 3  
  N4 Chicago 4
Norris Division
  N3 St. Louis 2  
N2 Winnipeg 1
N3 St. Louis 3  
  N4 Chicago 1
Clarence Campbell Conference
  S2 Vancouver 4  
S1 Edmonton 2  
S4 Los Angeles 3  
  S4 Los Angeles 1
Smythe Division
  S2 Vancouver 4  
S2 Vancouver 3
S3 Calgary 0  

Division Semifinals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques

Dale Hunter scored the game-winning overtime goal in the decisive Game 5 twenty-two seconds into the first OT to help the Nordiques eliminate the Canadiens.

Quebec won series 3-2

(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Buffalo Sabres

Boston won series 3-1

(P1) New York Islanders vs. (P4) Pittsburgh Penguins

John Tonelli scored the game-tying goal late in the third period and game-winning overtime goal in the decisive Game 5 to lift the Islanders over the Penguins.

New York won series 3-2

(P2) New York Rangers vs. (P3) Philadelphia Flyers

New York won series 3-1

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N1) Minnesota North Stars vs. (N4) Chicago Black Hawks

Chicago won series 3-1

(N2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (N3) St. Louis Blues

St. Louis won series 3-1

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles won series 3-2

(S2) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S3) Calgary Flames

Vancouver won series 3-0

Division Finals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques

Quebec won series 4-3

(P1) New York Islanders vs. (P2) New York Rangers

New York Islanders won series 4-2

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N3) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Chicago Black Hawks

Chicago won series 4-2

(S2) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S4) Los Angeles Kings

Vancouver won series 4-1

Conference Finals

Prince of Wales Conference Final

(P1) New York Islanders vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques

New York won series 4-0

Clarence Campbell Conference Final

(N4) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (S2) Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver won series 4-1

Stanley Cup Finals

In the Stanley Cup Final, the Cinderella run of the Vancouver Canucks came to an end with a four-game sweep by the Islanders, winning their third consecutive Stanley Cup.

New York won series 4-0

Player statistics


These are the top ten skaters based on points.[2]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders 19 6 23 29 +9 40
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 19 17 10 27 +7 0
Denis Potvin New York Islanders 19 5 16 21 +9 30
Thomas Gradin Vancouver Canucks 17 9 10 19 +8 10
Denis Savard Chicago Black Hawks 15 11 7 18 -2 52
Stan Smyl Vancouver Canucks 17 9 9 18 +4 25
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 12 7 11 18 +1 10
Barry Pederson Boston Bruins 11 7 11 18 +5 22
Joe Mullen St. Louis Blues 10 7 11 18 +7 4
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 10 3 15 18 +8 10


This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage, with at least 420 minutes played. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[3]

Billy Smith New York Islanders 18 15 3 498 47 2.51 .906 1 1125:15
Richard Brodeur Vancouver Canucks 17 11 6 594 49 2.71 .917 0 1086:28
Mike Liut St. Louis Blues 10 5 3 251 27 3.29 .892 0 492:58
Dan Bouchard Quebec Nordiques 11 4 7 359 38 3.37 .894 0 676:16
Mike Moffat Boston Bruins 11 6 5 290 38 3.45 .869 0 661:46

See also


  1. ^ "Wales at Home". The Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan. Canadian Press. 17 September 1981. p. B4. Retrieved 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ NHL.com - Skater Stats
  3. ^ NHL.com - Goalie Stats

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