1983 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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1983 Stanley Cup Playoffs
1983 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 5-May 17, 1983
Defending championsNew York Islanders
Final positions
ChampionsNew York Islanders
Runner-upEdmonton Oilers
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Wayne Gretzky (Oilers)
(38 points)
MVPBilly Smith (Islanders)

The 1983 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 5, after the conclusion of the 1982-83 NHL season. The playoffs concluded on May 17 with the champion New York Islanders defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 to win the Final series four games to none and win the Stanley Cup for the fourth consecutive season.

The 1983 Playoffs marked the first time that seven NHL teams based in Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Quebec, Winnipeg, and Calgary) all qualified for the playoffs in the same season. Since the 1967-68 expansion, all the Canadian teams have qualified for the playoffs on five other occasions - 1969 (Montreal and Toronto), 1975, 1976 and 1979 (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), and 1986 (the same seven as in 1983), the last time to date (as of 2020) that all active Canadian teams qualified. This is also the most recent time that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs in the same season.

In the Wales Conference, the Patrick Division champion Philadelphia Flyers were upset by the New York Rangers in the first round. The defending champion Islanders had qualified second in the Patrick Division, and defeated the Washington Capitals in the first round, and defeated the Rangers to qualify for the Conference Final. In the Adams Division, the first-place Boston Bruins defeated the Quebec Nordiques and the Buffalo Sabres (who swept the Canadiens in their opening round series) to advance to the Conference Final. In the Conference Final, the Islanders defeated Boston in six games to qualify for their fourth consecutive Cup Finals appearance.

In the Campbell Conference, the Smythe Division first seed Edmonton Oilers swept the Winnipeg Jets in the opening round, and defeated the Calgary Flames (who defeated the Vancouver Canucks three games to one in the opening round) in the Smythe Final. The Norris Champion Chicago Black Hawks defeated the St. Louis Blues three games to one and the Minnesota North Stars (who defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one in the opening round) in the Norris Final four games to one. Edmonton defeated the Norris Division champion Chicago Black Hawks in a four-game sweep in the Conference Final to advance to the Cup Final.

Playoff seeds

The 1983 playoffs followed the format introduced in the previous season. The four teams with the best regular-season records from each of the four divisions would secure playoff berths. The 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 the 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 had been determined by coin flips[1] prior to the start of the previous season. That event determined that home-ice advantage would be granted to champions of the Adams and Smythe divisions this season. Similarly, a puck flip determined that home-ice advantage for the Stanley Cup finals would be granted to Campbell Conference champion this season.

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division

  1. Boston Bruins, Adams Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions - 110 points
  2. Montreal Canadiens - 98 points
  3. Buffalo Sabres - 89 points
  4. Quebec Nordiques - 80 points

Patrick Division

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions - 106 points
  2. New York Islanders - 96 points
  3. Washington Capitals - 94 points
  4. New York Rangers - 80 points

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division

  1. Chicago Black Hawks, Norris Division champions - 104 points
  2. Minnesota North Stars - 96 points
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs - 68 points
  4. St. Louis Blues - 65 points

Smythe Division

  1. Edmonton Oilers, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions - 106 points
  2. Calgary Flames - 78 points
  3. Vancouver Canucks - 75 points
  4. Winnipeg Jets - 74 points

Playoff bracket

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

Division Semifinals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques

Boston won series 3-1

(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A3) Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo won series 3-0

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P4) New York Rangers

New York won series 3-0

(P2) New York Islanders vs. (P3) Washington Capitals

New York won series 3-1

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N4) St. Louis Blues

Chicago won series 3-1

(N2) Minnesota North Stars vs. (N3) Toronto Maple Leafs

Minnesota won series 3-1

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Winnipeg Jets

Edmonton won series 3-0

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

Calgary won series 3-1

Division Finals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Buffalo Sabres

Brad Park scored the game-winner in game seven on a slapshot off a rebound of his own shot just seconds earlier.

Boston won series 4-3

(P2) New York Islanders vs. (P4) New York Rangers

New York Islanders won series 4-2

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N2) Minnesota North Stars

Chicago won series 4-1

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S2) Calgary Flames

Edmonton won series 4-1

Conference Finals

Prince of Wales Conference Final

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (P2) New York Islanders

New York won series 4-2

Clarence Campbell Conference Final

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N1) Chicago Black Hawks

Edmonton won series 4-0

Stanley Cup Finals

The rising Edmonton Oilers qualified for their first final but more than met their match in the veteran Islanders. The Islanders won the series in a four-game sweep.

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
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 16 12 26 38 +20 4
Rick Middleton Boston Bruins 17 11 22 33 +13 6
Barry Pederson Boston Bruins 17 14 18 32 +10 21
Bob Bourne New York Islanders 20 8 20 28 +19 14
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 19 17 9 26 +7 10
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 16 8 15 23 +16 8
Ray Bourque Boston Bruins 17 8 15 23 +15 10
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers 15 15 6 21 +11 14
Brent Sutter New York Islanders 20 10 11 21 +18 26
Duane Sutter New York Islanders 20 9 12 21 +16 43


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 17 13 3 494 43 2.69 .913 2 960:02
Andy Moog Edmonton Oilers 16 11 5 461 48 3.04 .896 0 946:16
Bob Sauve Buffalo Sabres 10 6 4 234 28 3.08 .880 2 545:06
Pete Peeters Boston Bruins 17 9 8 481 61 3.58 .873 1 1022:10
Murray Bannerman Chicago Black Hawks 8 4 4 238 32 4.01 .866 0 479:04

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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