1984 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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1984 Stanley Cup Playoffs
1984 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 4-May 19, 1984
Defending championsNew York Islanders
Final positions
ChampionsEdmonton Oilers
Runner-upNew York Islanders
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Wayne Gretzky (Oilers)
(35 points)
MVPMark Messier (Oilers)

The 1984 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 4, after the conclusion of the 1983-84 NHL season. The playoffs concluded on May 19 with the Edmonton Oilers defeating the four time defending champion New York Islanders 5-2 to win the Stanley Cup Finals four games to one, the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

Playoff seeds

The 1984 playoffs largely maintained the format used for the previous two seasons. 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.

Leaving behind the coin flip system introduced for the 1982 playoffs, the NHL changed the method by which home-ice advantage would be determined for the conference and Stanley Cup finals. The higher total of points accumulated by teams within a division from contests against teams of the other division in the conference, secured home-ice advantage for the corresponding division champion. Similarly, the higher total of points accumulated by teams within a conference from contests against teams of the other conference, secured home-ice advantage for the corresponding conference champion.[1]

This formula resulted in home-ice advantage for the Adams and Smythe division champions in the conference finals and resulted in home-ice advantage for the Wales Conference champions in the Stanley Cup finals.[2]

The sequence of Stanley Cup final games was changed for this season. The series opened with two games in the city with home-ice advantage and then shifted to the rival team's rink for the next three games, including the fifth (if necessary). The series then returned to the initial city for the final two games (if necessary).[3]

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division

  1. Boston Bruins, Adams Division champions - 104 points (49 wins)
  2. Buffalo Sabres - 103 points
  3. Quebec Nordiques - 94 points
  4. Montreal Canadiens - 75 points

Patrick Division

  1. New York Islanders, Patrick Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions - 104 points (50 wins)
  2. Washington Capitals - 101 points
  3. Philadelphia Flyers - 98 points
  4. New York Rangers - 93 points

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division

  1. Minnesota North Stars, Norris Division champions - 88 points
  2. St. Louis Blues - 71 points
  3. Detroit Red Wings - 69 points
  4. Chicago Black Hawks - 68 points

Smythe Division

  1. Edmonton Oilers, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions - 119 points
  2. Calgary Flames - 82 points
  3. Vancouver Canucks - 73 points (32 wins)
  4. Winnipeg Jets - 73 points (31 wins)

Playoff bracket

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

Division Semifinals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Montreal Canadiens

Montreal won series 3-0

(A2) Buffalo Sabres vs. (A3) Quebec Nordiques

Quebec won series 3-0

(P1) New York Islanders vs. (P4) New York Rangers

New York Islanders won series 3-2

(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) Philadelphia Flyers

Washington won series 3-0

Clarence Campbell Conference

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

Minnesota won series 3-2

(N2) St. Louis Blues vs. (N3) Detroit Red Wings

St. Louis 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

(A3) Quebec Nordiques vs. (A4) Montreal Canadiens

Game six of this series is referred to as the Good Friday Massacre.

Montreal won series 4-2

(P1) New York Islanders vs. (P2) Washington Capitals

New York won series 4-1

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N1) Minnesota North Stars vs. (N2) St. Louis Blues

Minnesota won series 4-3

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

Lanny McDonald scored the overtime winner for Calgary in Game 6.

Edmonton won series 4-3

Conference Finals

Prince of Wales Conference Final

(P1) New York Islanders vs. (A4) Montreal Canadiens

New York won series 4-2

Clarence Campbell Conference Final

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs (N1) Minnesota North Stars

Edmonton won series 4-0

Stanley Cup Finals

It was a rematch of the 1983 final as the Islanders attempted to match the 1950s Montreal Canadiens and win the Stanley Cup five consecutive times, against the Edmonton Oilers attempting to win the franchise's first championship. The Islanders lost the first game at home 1-0, but bounced back to defeat the Oilers 6-1 in the second game. Edmonton took over the series from that point, winning the next three games, all played in Edmonton.

Edmonton won series 4-1

Player statistics


These are the top ten skaters based on points.[4]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 19 13 22 35 +18 12
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 19 14 14 28 +9 13
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers 19 8 18 26 +9 19
Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 19 8 14 22 +18 21
Clark Gillies New York Islanders 21 12 7 19 +2 19
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 21 8 10 18 +5 4
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers 19 6 11 17 +6 33
Paul Reinhart Calgary Flames 11 6 11 17 +9 2
Patrick Flatley New York Islanders 21 9 6 15 +7 14
Ken Linseman Edmonton Oilers 19 10 4 14 +7 65


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.[5]

Steve Penney Montreal Canadiens 15 9 6 355 32 2.21 .910 3 870:31
Mike Liut St. Louis Blues 11 6 5 361 29 2.44 .920 1 712:32
Billy Smith New York Islanders 21 12 8 567 54 2.73 .905 0 1188:11
Dan Bouchard Quebec Nordiques 9 5 4 224 25 2.77 .888 0 542:27
Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers 16 11 4 495 44 2.99 .911 1 883:44

See also


  1. ^ "Drumming interest aim of NHL scheme". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. United Press International. 23 September 1983. p. C3. Retrieved 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "NHL Playoffs". The Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan. Associated Press. 15 March 1984. p. B2. Retrieved 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Playoff format changes made". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. United Press International. 23 September 1983. p. 40. Retrieved 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ NHL.com - Skater Stats
  5. ^ NHL.com - Goalie Stats

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