1985–86 NHL season
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 10, 1985 – May 24, 1986|
|Number of games||80|
|Number of teams||21|
|Season champions||Edmonton Oilers|
|Season MVP||Wayne Gretzky, (Edmonton)|
|Top scorer||Wayne Gretzky, (Edmonton)|
|Playoffs MVP||Patrick Roy, (Montreal)|
|Stanley Cup champions||Montreal Canadiens|
The 1985–86 NHL season was the 69th season of the National Hockey League. This season saw the league's Board of Governors introduce the Presidents' Trophy, which would go to the team with the best overall record in the NHL regular season. The Edmonton Oilers would be the first winners of this award.
- 1 League business
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Playoffs
- 3.1 Playoff bracket
- 3.2 Division Semi-Finals
- 3.2.1 (A1) Quebec Nordiques vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers
- 3.2.2 (A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A3) Boston Bruins
- 3.2.3 (P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P4) New York Rangers
- 3.2.4 (P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) New York Islanders
- 3.2.5 (N1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs
- 3.2.6 (N2) Minnesota North Stars vs. (N3) St. Louis Blues
- 3.2.7 (S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Vancouver Canucks
- 3.2.8 (S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets
- 3.3 Division Finals
- 3.4 Conference Finals
- 3.5 Final
- 3.6 Stanley Cup leading scorers
- 4 Awards
- 5 Player statistics
- 6 Milestones
- 7 Trading deadline
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
On June 13, 1985, the NHL board of governors voted 17–4 in favour of amending a penalty rule. Previously, coincidental minor penalties would result in 4-on-4 play. The amendment allowed teams to substitute another player to keep the play 5-on-5. It was seen by many as a shot at trying to slow down the high-flying Edmonton Oilers. Wayne Gretzky was quoted as saying, "I think the NHL is making a big mistake. I think the NHL should be more concerned with butt-ending, spearing, and three-hour hockey games than getting rid of 4-on-4 situations." It wasn't until 1993, with the Oiler dynasty (five cups in seven years) a thing of the past, that the NHL reverted to the original 4-on-4 rules.
The Edmonton Oilers once again regained control of top spot in the NHL and last year's best team, the Philadelphia Flyers slipped to second. The Flyers continued their dominance of the Wales Conference despite the death of their Vezina-winning goaltender, Pelle Lindbergh, in a car accident on November 11. Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky won his seventh straight Hart Trophy and his sixth straight Art Ross Trophy. This season saw Gretzky score 52 goals, and set records of 163 assists and 215 points. This was the fourth time in five years that Gretzky reached the 200 point plateau; no other player would reach the 200 point mark, although Mario Lemieux would garner 199 points in 76 games in 1989. Edmonton's defenceman Paul Coffey broke Bobby Orr's record for most goals in a season by a defenceman by scoring 48 times.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalty Minutes
Prince of Wales Conference
Clarence Campbell Conference
Note: all dates in 1986
The playoffs of 1986 saw three first place teams eliminated in the opening round and the fourth, Edmonton, bowed out in the second.
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.
|Division Semi-finals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Final|
|P4||New York Rangers||1|
|P4||New York Rangers||3|
|P4||New York Rangers||4|
|P3||New York Islanders||0|
|N1||Chicago Black Hawks||0|
|N4||Toronto Maple Leafs||3|
|N4||Toronto Maple Leafs||3|
|N3||St. Louis Blues||4|
|N2||Minnesota North Stars||2|
|N3||St. Louis Blues||3|
|N3||St. Louis Blues||3|
The first round of the playoffs had major upsets where three of the four division winners in the regular season were eliminated. There were only two series that played the full five games and both had the visiting team being victorious in the decisive game. The remaining six series finished quickly in three game sweeps.
- Adams Division
(A1) Quebec Nordiques vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers
|April 9||Hartford||3 (OT)||Quebec||2|
Hartford won best of five series 3-0.
(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A3) Boston Bruins
Montreal won best of five series 3-0.
- Patrick Division
(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P4) New York Rangers
|April 9||New York||6||Philadelphia||2|
|April 10||New York||1||Philadelphia||2|
|April 12||Philadelphia||2||New York||5|
|April 13||Philadelphia||7||New York||1|
|April 15||New York||5||Philadelphia||2|
New York Rangers won best of five series 3-2.
(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) New York Islanders
|April 9||New York||1||Washington||3|
|April 10||New York||2||Washington||5|
|April 12||Washington||3||New York||1|
Washington won best of five series 3-0.
- Norris Division
(N1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto won best of five series 3-0.
(N2) Minnesota North Stars vs. (N3) St. Louis Blues
|April 9||St. Louis||2||Minnesota||1|
|April 10||New York||2||Minnesota||6|
|April 12||Minnesota||3||St. Louis||4|
|April 13||Minnesota||7||St. Louis||4|
|April 15||St. Louis||6||Minnesota||3|
St. Louis won best of five series 3-2.
- Smythe Division
(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Vancouver Canucks
Edmonton won best of five series 3-0.
(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets
Calgary won best of five series 3-0.
The second round of the playoffs had a lot of drama because three of the four series played the full seven games while the other series took six games to decide a winner. The final game in each of the series was decided by one goal.
- Adams Division
(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers
|April 23||Montreal||1||Hartford||2 (OT)|
|April 29||Hartford||1||Montreal||2 (OT)|
Montreal won best of seven series 4–3.
- Patrick Division
(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P4) New York Rangers
|April 17||New York||4 (OT)||Washington||3|
|April 19||New York||1||Washington||8|
|April 21||Washington||6||New York||3|
|April 23||Washington||5||New York||6 (OT)|
|April 25||New York||4||Washington||2|
|April 27||Washington||1||New York||2|
New York won best of seven series 4–2.
- Smythe Division
(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S2) Calgary Flames
|April 20||Calgary||5||Edmonton||6 (OT)|
Calgary won best of seven series 4–3.
- Norris Division
(N3) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs
|April 18||Toronto||1||St. Louis||6|
|April 20||Toronto||3||St. Louis||0|
|April 22||St. Louis||2||Toronto||5|
|April 24||St. Louis||7||Toronto||4|
|April 26||Toronto||3||St. Louis||4 (OT)|
|April 28||St. Louis||3||Toronto||5|
|April 30||Toronto||1||St. Louis||2|
St. Louis won best of seven series 4–3.
- Wales Conference Final
(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (P4) New York Rangers
This was the first time these two original six teams played each other in the playoffs since the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals.
|May 1||New York||1||Montreal||2|
|May 3||New York||2||Montreal||6|
|May 5||Montreal||4||New York||3|
|May 7||Montreal||0||New York||2|
|May 9||New York||1||Montreal||3|
Montreal wins best of seven series 4–1.
- Campbell Conference Final
(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (N3) St. Louis Blues
This marked the first time these two teams met in the playoffs. The series is remembered for the amazing third period comeback by the Blues in game six, known as The Monday Night Miracle.
|May 2||St. Louis||3||Calgary||2|
|May 4||St. Louis||2||Calgary||8|
|May 6||Calgary||5||St. Louis||3|
|May 8||Calgary||2||St. Louis||5|
|May 10||St. Louis||2||Calgary||4|
|May 12||Calgary||5||St. Louis||6 (OT)|
|May 14||St. Louis||1||Calgary||2|
Calgary wins best of seven series 4–3.
(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (A2) Montreal Canadiens
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4–1
Stanley Cup leading scorers
|Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton Oilers||80||52||163||215|
|Mario Lemieux||Pittsburgh Penguins||79||48||93||141|
|Paul Coffey||Edmonton Oilers||79||48||90||138|
|Jari Kurri||Edmonton Oilers||78||68||63||131|
|Mike Bossy||New York Islanders||80||61||62||123|
|Peter Stastny||Quebec Nordiques||76||41||81||122|
|Denis Savard||Chicago Black Hawks||80||47||69||116|
|Mats Naslund||Montreal Canadiens||80||43||67||110|
|Dale Hawerchuk||Winnipeg Jets||80||46||59||105|
|Neal Broten||Minnesota North Stars||80||29||76||105|
|Bob Froese||Philadelphia Flyers||51||2728||116||5||2.55|
|Al Jensen||Washington Capitals||44||2437||129||2||3.18|
|Clint Malarchuk||Quebec Nordiques||46||2657||142||4||3.21|
|Kelly Hrudey||New York Islanders||45||2563||137||1||3.21|
|John Vanbiesbrouck||New York Rangers||61||3326||184||3||3.32|
|Patrick Roy||Montreal Canadiens||47||2651||148||1||3.35|
|Pat Riggin||Washington Capitals / Boston Bruins||46||2641||150||1||3.41|
|Rick Wamsley||St. Louis Blues||42||2517||144||1||3.43|
|Pete Peeters||Boston Bruins / Washington Capitals||42||2506||144||1||3.45|
|Don Beaupre||Minnesota North Stars||52||3073||182||1||3.55|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1985–86 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Bill Ranford, Boston Bruins
- Daren Puppa, Buffalo Sabres
- Brian Bradley, Calgary Flames
- Gary Suter, Calgary Flames
- Brett Hull*, Calgary Flames
- Adam Oates, Detroit Red Wings
- Petr Klima, Detroit Red Wings
- Bob Probert, Detroit Red Wings
- Shayne Corson, Montreal Canadiens
- Kirk McLean, New Jersey Devils
- Scott Mellanby, Philadelphia Flyers
- Craig Simpson, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Jeff Brown, Quebec Nordiques
- Cliff Ronning*, St. Louis Blues
- Wendel Clark, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Dave Lowry, Vancouver Canucks
- Jim Sandlak, Vancouver Canucks
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1985–86 (listed with their last team):
- Tom Lysiak, Chicago Black Hawks
- Mike Rogers, Edmonton Oilers
- Mario Tremblay, Montreal Canadiens
- Bob Nystrom, New York Islanders
- Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers
- Denis Herron, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Don Edwards, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Marian Stastny, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Jiri Bubla, Vancouver Canucks
- Dan Bouchard, Winnipeg Jets
- Trading deadline: March 11, 1986.
- March 8, 1986: John Anderson traded from Quebec to Hartford for Risto Siltanen.
- March 10, 1986: Peter Andersson traded from Washington to Quebec for Quebec's third round choice in 1986 Entry Draft.
- March 10, 1986: Reed Larson traded from Detroit to Boston for Mike O'Connell.
- March 10, 1986: Darren Veitch traded from Washington to Detroit for John Barrett and Greg Smith.
- March 11, 1986: Bob Crawford traded from Hartford to NY Rangers for Mike McEwen.
- March 11, 1986: Ron Duguay traded from Detroit to Pittsburgh for Doug Shedden.
- March 11, 1986: Dwight Foster traded from Detroit to Boston for Dave Donnelly.
- March 11, 1986: Nick Fotiu traded from NY Rangers to Calgary for future considerations.
- March 11, 1986: Glenn Resch traded from New Jersey to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's third round choice in 1986 Entry Draft.
- March 11, 1986: Phil Russell traded from New Jersey to Buffalo for Buffalo's 12th round choice in 1986 Entry Draft.
- March 11, 1986: John Tonelli traded from NY Islanders to Calgary for Steve Konroyd and Richard Kromm.
- March 11, 1986: Rik Wilson traded from Calgary to Chicago for Tom McMurchy.
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- 1985 NHL Entry Draft
- 38th National Hockey League All-Star Game
- National Hockey League All-Star Game
- NHL All-Rookie Team
- 1985 in sports
- 1986 in sports
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