1981–82 New York Islanders season

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1981–82 New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions
Wales Conference Champions
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Wales
1981–82 record 54–16–10
Home record 385
Road record 250
Team information
General Manager Bill Torrey
Coach Al Arbour
Captain Denis Potvin
Alternate captains None
Arena Nassau Coliseum
Minor league affiliations Indianapolis Checkers (CHL)
Team leaders
Goals Mike Bossy (64)
Assists Mike Bossy (83)
Points Mike Bossy (147)
Penalties in minutes Brent Sutter (114)
<1980–81 1982–83>

The 1981-82 New York Islanders season was the tenth in the franchise's history. It involved winning the Stanley Cup.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 54 16 10 385 250 118
New York Rangers 80 39 27 14 316 306 92
Philadelphia Flyers 80 38 31 11 325 313 87
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 31 36 13 310 337 75
Washington Capitals 80 26 41 13 319 338 65

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1981 4–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 1–0–0
2 T October 10, 1981 2–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 1–0–1
3 W October 14, 1981 4–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 2–0–1
4 W October 15, 1981 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 3–0–1
5 W October 17, 1981 5–4 New York Rangers (1981–82) 4–0–1
6 L October 20, 1981 6–9 Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 4–1–1
7 W October 23, 1981 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1981–82) 5–1–1
8 W October 24, 1981 6–4 Washington Capitals (1981–82) 6–1–1
9 W October 27, 1981 4–3 Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 7–1–1
10 T October 29, 1981 6–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 7–1–2
11 W October 31, 1981 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1981–82) 8–1–2
12 T November 3, 1981 2–2 Calgary Flames (1981–82) 8–1–3
13 L November 7, 1981 2–6 Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 8–2–3
14 W November 10, 1981 5–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1981–82) 9–2–3
15 W November 11, 1981 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 10–2–3
16 T November 14, 1981 5–5 Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 10–2–4
17 L November 15, 1981 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 10–3–4
18 L November 17, 1981 2–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 10–4–4
19 W November 21, 1981 4–3 New York Rangers (1981–82) 11–4–4
20 W November 22, 1981 7–2 @ New York Rangers (1981–82) 12–4–4
21 W November 24, 1981 3–1 Boston Bruins (1981–82) 13–4–4
22 W November 26, 1981 9–2 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 14–4–4
23 L November 28, 1981 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 14–5–4
24 L November 29, 1981 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 14–6–4
25 W December 5, 1981 8–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 15–6–4
26 L December 6, 1981 2–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1981–82) 15–7–4
27 L December 9, 1981 3–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 15–8–4
28 T December 12, 1981 3–3 @ Calgary Flames (1981–82) 15–8–5
29 L December 13, 1981 3–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 15–9–5
30 W December 15, 1981 10–7 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 16–9–5
31 W December 17, 1981 4–1 Washington Capitals (1981–82) 17–9–5
32 W December 19, 1981 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 18–9–5
33 W December 20, 1981 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 19–9–5
34 W December 22, 1981 5–2 Winnipeg Jets (1981–82) 20–9–5
35 W December 26, 1981 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 21–9–5
36 L December 29, 1981 4–5 Montreal Canadiens (1981–82) 21–10–5
37 L December 30, 1981 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1981–82) 21–11–5
38 W January 2, 1982 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 22–11–5
39 W January 4, 1982 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 23–11–5
40 W January 7, 1982 5–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 24–11–5
41 W January 9, 1982 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 25–11–5
42 L January 14, 1982 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 25–12–5
43 T January 17, 1982 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1981–82) 25–12–6
44 L January 20, 1982 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1981–82) 25–13–6
45 W January 21, 1982 6–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 26–13–6
46 W January 23, 1982 6–1 New York Rangers (1981–82) 27–13–6
47 W January 26, 1982 9–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 28–13–6
48 W January 27, 1982 6–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 29–13–6
49 W January 30, 1982 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 30–13–6
50 W February 2, 1982 7–6 Washington Capitals (1981–82) 31–13–6
51 W February 4, 1982 5–2 @ Washington Capitals (1981–82) 32–13–6
52 W February 6, 1982 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 33–13–6
53 W February 7, 1982 7–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 34–13–6
54 W February 11, 1982 8–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 35–13–6
55 W February 13, 1982 8–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 36–13–6
56 W February 14, 1982 9–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 37–13–6
57 W February 16, 1982 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 38–13–6
58 W February 18, 1982 7–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 39–13–6
59 W February 20, 1982 3–2 Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 40–13–6
60 L February 21, 1982 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 40–14–6
61 W February 23, 1982 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 41–14–6
62 W February 25, 1982 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 42–14–6
63 T February 27, 1982 5–5 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 42–14–7
64 W March 1, 1982 9–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 43–14–7
65 W March 2, 1982 6–3 Calgary Flames (1981–82) 44–14–7
66 W March 4, 1982 10–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 45–14–7
67 W March 6, 1982 6–4 New York Rangers (1981–82) 46–14–7
68 W March 9, 1982 6–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 47–14–7
69 T March 10, 1982 4–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 47–14–8
70 L March 13, 1982 0–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 47–15–8
71 W March 17, 1982 5–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 48–15–8
72 T March 20, 1982 3–3 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 48–15–9
73 W March 21, 1982 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1981–82) 49–15–9
74 W March 23, 1982 8–1 Washington Capitals (1981–82) 50–15–9
75 W March 25, 1982 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1981–82) 51–15–9
76 W March 27, 1982 5–4 Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 52–15–9
77 W March 29, 1982 7–3 @ New York Rangers (1981–82) 53–15–9
78 T April 1, 1982 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 53–15–10
79 W April 3, 1982 6–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 54–15–10
80 L April 4, 1982 2–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 54–16–10

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 80 64 83 147 22 69 17 0 10
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 80 50 79 129 88 70 18 2 10
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 80 35 58 93 57 48 5 0 5
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 79 38 39 77 75 39 8 0 5
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 60 24 37 61 83 38 11 1 4
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 76 27 26 53 77 27 5 2 2
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 77 18 35 53 100 23 4 0 0
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 73 10 39 49 50 30 1 0 1
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 74 22 25 47 103 13 0 0 4
Sutter, BrentBrent Sutter C 43 21 22 43 114 28 3 0 1
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 70 6 37 43 99 35 3 0 2
Kallur, AndersAnders Kallur RW 58 18 22 40 18 5 2 3 3
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 68 12 27 39 20 4 1 0 3
Jonsson, TomasTomas Jonsson D 70 9 25 34 51 26 0 0 1
Goring, ButchButch Goring C 67 15 17 32 10 -3 1 5 1
Carroll, BillyBilly Carroll C 72 9 20 29 32 12 0 3 1
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 73 1 20 21 82 34 0 0 0
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 75 1 18 19 56 53 0 0 0
Marini, HectorHector Marini RW 30 4 9 13 53 3 1 0 1
Lane, GordGord Lane D 51 0 13 13 98 26 0 0 0
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 46 0 1 1 24 0 0 0 0
Boutilier, PaulPaul Boutilier D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hawryliw, NeilNeil Hawryliw RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson G 36 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 2685 46 32 9 4 133 2.97 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson 2115 36 22 7 6 114 3.23 0
Team: 4800 80 54 16 10 247 3.09 0
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 19 6 23 29 40 2 0 2
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 19 17 10 27 0 6 0 3
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 19 5 16 21 30 3 0 0
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 19 9 7 16 36 3 1 0
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 19 6 10 16 18 1 0 1
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 13 1 14 15 9 1 0 0
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 19 8 6 14 34 4 0 3
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 19 6 6 12 6 0 0 1
Goring, ButchButch Goring C 19 6 5 11 12 1 0 2
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 15 5 5 10 32 0 0 0
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 19 5 5 10 57 0 0 2
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 15 3 7 10 18 2 0 0
Sutter, BrentBrent Sutter C 19 2 6 8 36 0 0 0
Kallur, AndersAnders Kallur RW 19 1 6 7 8 0 1 0
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 19 2 4 6 16 0 0 1
Carroll, BillyBilly Carroll C 19 2 2 4 8 0 2 0
Lane, GordGord Lane D 19 0 4 4 61 0 0 0
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 19 0 4 4 8 0 0 0
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 4 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Jonsson, TomasTomas Jonsson D 10 0 2 2 21 0 0 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 18 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 1120 18 15 3 47 2.52 1
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson 64 3 0 1 5 4.69 0
Team: 1184 19 15 4 52 2.64 1

[2]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

Record Winning Streak[edit]

From January 21 to February 20 the Islanders set a National Hockey League record by winning 15 consecutive games. Since regular season overtime did not yet exist, all of these games had to be (and were) won in regulation time. The record was surpassed in 1993 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 17 consecutive games, two of which were in overtime.

Playoffs[edit]

Patrick Division Semi-Finals[edit]

Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

The Islanders won the first two games of the best-of-5 series, outscoring Pittsburgh 15-3. The Penguins then came back to even the series with two victories of their own. In Game 5, the Islanders came from behind to win in overtime. The tying and winning goals were both scored by John Tonelli.

  • April 7 Islanders 8, Penguins 1
  • April 8 Islanders 7, Penguins 2
  • April 10 Penguins 2, Islanders 1(OT)
  • April 11 Penguins 5, Islanders 2
  • April 13 Islanders 4, Penguins 3(OT)

Islanders win series, 3 games to 2

Patrick Division Finals[edit]

Islanders vs. New York Rangers[edit]

After losing the opener, the Islanders came back to win the next three games and, eventually, the series in six. The key goals were Bryan Trottier's overtime winner of Game 3 and Dave Langevin's in the third period of Game 6 that proved to be the series clincher.

  • April 15 Rangers 5, Islanders 4
  • April 16 Islanders 7, Rangers 2
  • April 18 Islanders 4, Rangers 3(OT)
  • April 19 Islanders 5, Rangers 3
  • April 21 Rangers 4, Islanders 2
  • April 23 Islanders 5, Rangers 3

Islanders win series, 4 games to 2

Wales Conference Finals[edit]

Islanders vs. Quebec Nordiques[edit]

The Islanders defeated the Nords decisively in the first two games played at the Nassau Coliseum. In Quebec, they won Game 3 in overtime on a goal scored by Wayne Merrick and finished the sweep three days later to advance to the Finals.

  • April 27 Islanders 4, Nordiques 1
  • April 29 Islanders 5, Nordiques 2
  • May 1 Islanders 5, Nordiques 4(OT)
  • May 4 Islanders 4, Nordiques 2

Islanders win series, 4 games to 0

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks[edit]

The Canucks had their best chance to win a game in the first one, as a Jim Nill short-handed marker gave them a 5–4 lead with only seven minutes to play in regulation time. However, the Islanders tied it when Mike Bossy banged home a loose puck after goaltender Richard Brodeur had collided with his own defenceman, Harold Snepsts, while trying to smother it. In the dying seconds of the first overtime period, Snepsts attempted to clear the puck up the middle, but it was intercepted by Bossy, who completed his hat trick with two seconds left on the clock to win the game for the Islanders. In game two, the Canucks led 4–3 after two periods, but the Isles came back to win again.

The series then shifted to Vancouver, where the Canucks were boosted by a boisterous, towel-waving Vancouver crowd and had a great first period, but failed to score on Billy Smith, who was brilliant. The Islanders went on to win 3–0, and then completed the sweep with a 3–1 victory on May 16 to win their third straight Cup.

Mike Bossy scored 7 goals in the four games and won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 8 Vancouver 5 New York 6 OT
May 11 Vancouver 4 New York 6
May 13 New York 3 Vancouver 0
May 16 New York 3 Vancouver 1

Islanders win series, 4 games to 0

1982 New York Islanders Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Gord Lane, Jean Potvin, Denis Potvin, Stefan Persson, Tomas Jonsson, Mike McEwen, Ken Morrow, Dave Langevin, Brent Sutter, Duane Sutter, Clark Gillies, Hector Marini, Wayne Merrick, Bob Bourne, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bob Nystrom, John Tonelli, Anders Kallur, Butch Goring, Billy Carroll, Roland Melanson, Billy Smith, Al Arbour(coach), Bill Torrey(general manager), Ron Waske, Jim Pickard(trainers)

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1981-82 New York Islanders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 221, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
Preceded by
New York Islanders
1981
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

1982
Succeeded by
New York Islanders
1983