1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs
1986 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 9-May 24, 1986
Defending championsEdmonton Oilers
Final positions
ChampionsMontreal Canadiens
Runner-upCalgary Flames
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Doug Gilmour (Blues)
Bernie Federko (Blues)
(21 points)
MVPPatrick Roy (Canadiens)

The 1986 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 9, after the conclusion of the 1985-86 NHL season. The playoffs concluded on May 24 with the champion Montreal Canadiens defeating the Calgary Flames 4-1 to win the series four games to one and win the Stanley Cup.

This was the last time to date that all active Canadian teams have qualified in the same season. It is also the second time that all seven active teams at the time qualified, the first occurring three years earlier. The playoffs of 1986 saw three first place teams eliminated in the opening round and the fourth, Edmonton, bowed out in the second. This would be the last time that all six Sutter brothers would participate in the playoffs in the same year.

In the first round, six of the eight series ended in a three game sweep. The only two first-round series that didn't were the Rangers over the Flyers, and the Blues over the North Stars, both going the full five games.

The Montreal Canadiens decided to go with a rookie goaltender by the name of Patrick Roy. This decision proved to be a good one just like when the Canadiens rode rookie goalie Ken Dryden to a Stanley Cup championship in 1971. In the Final, the Canadiens beat the Calgary Flames, who were also riding a rookie netminder, Mike Vernon. Patrick Roy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP and had a sparkling 1.92 goals against average along with 15 wins. St. Louis forwards Doug Gilmour and Bernie Federko led the playoffs in scoring with 21 points despite missing the finals; this feat was not repeated until 1999.

The 1986 playoffs marked the first time that all four former WHA teams made the playoffs in the same year. This would happen again the following year and in 1999, by which time 3 of those teams had moved, the Quebec Nordiques to Denver, the Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, and the Hartford Whalers to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Playoff seeds

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division

  1. Quebec Nordiques, Adams Division champions - 92 points
  2. Montreal Canadiens - 87 points
  3. Boston Bruins - 86 points
  4. Hartford Whalers - 84 points

Patrick Division

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions - 110 points
  2. Washington Capitals - 107 points
  3. New York Islanders - 90 points
  4. New York Rangers - 78 points

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division

  1. Chicago Black Hawks, Norris Division champions - 86 points
  2. Minnesota North Stars - 85 points
  3. St. Louis Blues - 83 points
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs - 57 points

Smythe Division

  1. Edmonton Oilers, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners - 119 points
  2. Calgary Flames - 89 points
  3. Winnipeg Jets - 59 points (26 wins)
  4. Vancouver Canucks - 59 points (23 wins)

Playoff bracket

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

Division Semifinals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A1) Quebec Nordiques vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers

This was Hartford's lone playoff series victory in their NHL history prior to moving to Carolina.

Hartford won series 3-0

(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A3) Boston Bruins

Montreal won series 3-0

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

New York won series 3-2

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

Washington won series 3-0

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto won series 3-0

(N2) Minnesota North Stars vs. (N3) St. Louis Blues

St. Louis won series 3-2

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Vancouver Canucks

Edmonton won series 3-0

(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets

Calgary won series 3-0

Division Finals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers

The upstart Whalers pushed the eventual Stanley Cup Champions to the limit before falling. Claude Lemieux scored the series-winning overtime goal for Montreal.

Montreal won series 4-3

(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P4) New York Rangers

New York won series 4-2

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N3) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs

St. Louis won series 4-3

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

The deciding goal of game seven between the Oilers and Flames was scored five minutes into the third period when Edmonton's Steve Smith attempted a cross-ice pass from the side of his own net and the puck struck goaltender Grant Fuhr's leg and went into the Edmonton goal. This goal is significant because it eliminated the Oilers from the playoffs and prevented them from possibly winning a third straight Stanley Cup. To date this is the Flames' only playoff series victory over the Oilers.

Calgary won series 4-3

Conference Finals

Prince of Wales Conference Final

(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (P4) New York Rangers

This series is best remembered for the third game, in which the Rangers badly outshot the Habs, but were stymied by Patrick Roy. Another Montreal rookie, Claude Lemieux, scored in overtime--his second overtime goal of the playoffs.

Montreal won series 4-1

Clarence Campbell Conference Final

(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (N3) St. Louis Blues

In Game 6, the Flames led 4-1 after two periods and 5-2 early in the third, but the Blues came back to tie it and then won on an overtime goal by Doug Wickenheiser. In Game 7, the Flames were up 2-0 before the Blues scored in the third to cut the lead in half. There wouldn't be another comeback, though, as Mike Vernon and the Flames withstood a late assault to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final.

Calgary won series 4-3

Stanley Cup Finals

This was the first playoff series between these two teams. This was the Canadiens thirty-second appearance in the Finals, while the Flames were making their first appearance in the Finals. Montreal had most recently won the Stanley Cup in 1979. The Flames became the first team to represent Calgary in the Finals since the 1923-24 Calgary Tigers who were defeated by the same Montreal Canadiens.

In game two Montreal's Brian Skrudland set an NHL and Stanley Cup Finals record for the quickest overtime goal in history, scoring just nine seconds into overtime to win the game for Montreal.

Montreal won series 4-1

Player statistics


These are the top ten skaters based on points.[1]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Doug Gilmour St. Louis Blues 19 9 12 21 +3 25
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 19 7 14 21 +2 17
Joe Mullen Calgary Flames 21 12 7 19 -3 4
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 10 8 11 19 -1 2
Mats Naslund Montreal Canadiens 20 8 11 19 -1 4
Al MacInnis Calgary Flames 21 4 15 19 +10 30
Lanny McDonald Calgary Flames 22 11 7 18 +5 30
Paul Reinhart Calgary Flames 21 5 13 18 -2 4
Greg Paslawski St. Louis Blues 17 10 7 17 +4 13
Pierre Larouche New York Rangers 16 8 9 17 -5 0


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.[2]

Mike Liut Hartford Whalers 8 5 2 226 14 1.91 .938 1 439:29
Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 20 15 5 504 39 1.93 .923 1 1214:56
Pete Peeters Washington Capitals 9 5 4 253 24 2.66 .905 0 541:15
Mike Vernon Calgary Flames 21 12 9 581 60 2.94 .897 0 1226:02
Greg Millen St. Louis Blues 10 6 3 327 29 2.98 .911 0 583:11

See also


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