1982 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship 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.

Playoff format

The 1982 playoffs used a new format. Four teams from each division would qualify for the playoffs, and played a best-of-five semifinal round followed by a best-of-seven series to determine the division playoff champions. The Adams and Patrick winners would meet in the Wales Conference Final, while the Norris and Smythe winners played in the Campbell Conference Final. The two Conference Champions played for the Stanley Cup. With the exception of extending the first round to a best-of-seven in 1987, this format remained in place through the 1993 playoffs.


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 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.

Stanley Cup Final

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.

Playoff bracket

Division Semi-finals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Final
A1 Montreal 2
A4 Quebec 3
A4 Quebec 4
A2 Boston 3
A2 Boston 3
A3 Buffalo 1
A4 Quebec 0
P1 NY Islanders 4
P1 NY Islanders 3
P4 Pittsburgh 2
P1 NY Islanders 4
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
N3 St. Louis 2
N2 Winnipeg 1
N3 St. Louis 3
N4 Chicago 1
S2 Vancouver 4
S1 Edmonton 2
S4 Los Angeles 3
S4 Los Angeles 1
S2 Vancouver 4
S2 Vancouver 3
S3 Calgary 0

Schedule and results

Division Semi-Finals

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division
(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques
Quebec won series 3 - 2

(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Buffalo Sabres
Boston won series 3 - 1

Patrick Division
(P1) New York Islanders vs. (P4) Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders won series 3 - 2

(P2) New York Rangers vs. (P3) Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers won series 3 - 1

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division
(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

Smythe Division
(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

Adams Division Final
(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques
Quebec won series 4 - 3

Patrick Division Final
(P1) New York Islanders vs. (P2) New York Rangers
New York Islanders won series 4 - 2

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division Final
(N3) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Chicago Black Hawks
Chicago won series 4 - 2

Smythe Division Final
(S2) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S4) Los Angeles Kings
Vancouver won series 4 - 1

Conference Finals

Prince of Wales Conference Final

New York Islanders vs. Quebec Nordiques

New York Islanders won series 4 - 0

Clarence Campbell Conference Final

Chicago Black Hawks vs. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver won series 4 - 1

Stanley Cup Finals

New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks

New York Islanders won series 4 - 0

See also


  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Total Sports Canada. ISBN 1-892129-07-8. 
Preceded by
1981 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1983 Stanley Cup playoffs

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