1985–86 Quebec Nordiques season

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1985–86 Quebec Nordiques
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
Conference 3rd Wales
1985–86 record 43-31-6
Home record 23–13–4
Road record 20–18–2
Goals for 330
Goals against 289
Team information
General Manager Maurice Filion
Coach Michel Bergeron
Captain Mario Marois (Oct-Nov)
Peter Stastny (Nov-Apr)
Arena Colisée Pepsi
Team leaders
Goals Michel Goulet (53)
Assists Peter Stastny (81)
Points Peter Stastny (122)
Penalties in minutes Dale Hunter (265)
Plus/minus David Shaw (+14)
Wins Clint Malarchuk (26)
Goals against average Clint Malarchuk (3.21)
<1984–85 1986–87>

Offseason[edit]

The Nordiques had a pretty quiet off-season, with the only trade during the summer was acquiring John Anderson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brad Maxwell. Anderson was second in Leafs scoring with 32 goals and 63 points in 1984-85. Quebec also made a trade late in the pre-season, as the Nordiques acquired Gilbert Delorme from the St. Louis Blues for Bruce Bell. Delorme, a stay at home defenseman, had two goals and 14 points in 74 games with the Blues.

The Nordiques signed free agent Tony Currie from the Edmonton Oilers, while they lost Blake Wesley, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Regular season[edit]

The Nordiques started the season with a seven-game winning streak, however, the club fell into a slump, and had a 3-10-1 record in their next fourteen games to fall to 10-10-1. Quebec returned to their winning ways, going unbeaten in their next eight games, and found themselves battling with the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Adams Division. The Nordiques fell into another slump, losing five of their next six games, however, the team won seven in a row to improve to 25-15-2, and had a narrow two point lead over the Canadiens for first in the division. The Nordiques and Canadiens would continue to battle for the division title for the remainder of the season, and it was the Nordiques, who finished the year 43-31-6, earning 92 points, who came out of top to win the Adams Division for the first time in team history.

Offensively, Quebec was led by Peter Stastny, who led the club with 122 points, as he scored 41 goals and added 81 assists, to finish sixth in NHL scoring. Stastny also became the Nordiques captain in November, when the club traded away former captain Mario Marois to the Winnipeg Jets. Michel Goulet had his fourth consecutive 50+ goal season, as he finished in fifth in the league with 53 goals. Goulet added 51 assists to earn 104 points, breaking the 100 point barrier for the third time in four seasons. Anton Stastny had a solid season, scoring 31 goals and 74 points, while Dale Hunter earned 28 goals and 70 points, along with a club high 265 penalty minutes.

On defense, the Nordiques were led by Robert Picard, who earned 34 points in 48 games with Quebec after being acquired in the Mario Marois trade. Twenty-one-year-old David Shaw, in his first full NHL season, had seven goals and 26 points.

In goal, Clint Malarchuk emerged as the starter, as he won 26 games, a 3.21 GAA, and four shutouts, all team highs, in his first full NHL season.

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Quebec Nordiques 80 43 31 6 330 289 92
Montreal Canadiens 80 40 33 7 330 280 87
Boston Bruins 80 37 31 12 311 288 86
Hartford Whalers 80 40 36 4 332 302 84
Buffalo Sabres 80 37 37 6 296 291 80

[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 10, 1985 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 1–0–0
2 W October 12, 1985 4–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 2–0–0
3 W October 13, 1985 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 3–0–0
4 W October 15, 1985 4–1 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 4–0–0
5 W October 17, 1985 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 5–0–0
6 W October 19, 1985 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 6–0–0
7 W October 21, 1985 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 7–0–0
8 L October 24, 1985 5–6 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 7–1–0
9 T October 26, 1985 4–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 7–1–1
10 W October 29, 1985 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 8–1–1
11 L October 30, 1985 4–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 8–2–1
12 L November 2, 1985 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 8–3–1
13 W November 5, 1985 7–5 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 9–3–1
14 L November 9, 1985 3–4 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 9–4–1
15 L November 13, 1985 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 9–5–1
16 L November 14, 1985 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 9–6–1
17 W November 16, 1985 3–1 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 10–6–1
18 L November 19, 1985 4–5 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 10–7–1
19 L November 22, 1985 5–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 10–8–1
20 L November 23, 1985 0–3 @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 10–9–1
21 L November 26, 1985 1–3 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 10–10–1
22 W November 28, 1985 3–0 @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 11–10–1
23 W November 30, 1985 2–0 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 12–10–1
24 W December 4, 1985 5–4 Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 13–10–1
25 W December 6, 1985 7–3 New York Islanders (1985–86) 14–10–1
26 W December 7, 1985 4–1 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 15–10–1
27 W December 10, 1985 7–3 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 16–10–1
28 T December 12, 1985 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 16–10–2
29 W December 14, 1985 9–3 New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 17–10–2
30 L December 15, 1985 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 17–11–2
31 L December 18, 1985 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 17–12–2
32 W December 19, 1985 5–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 18–12–2
33 L December 22, 1985 5–7 Washington Capitals (1985–86) 18–13–2
34 L December 26, 1985 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 18–14–2
35 L December 28, 1985 4–5 Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 18–15–2
36 W December 31, 1985 5–1 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 19–15–2
37 W January 2, 1986 3–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 20–15–2
38 W January 4, 1986 7–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 21–15–2
39 W January 5, 1986 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 22–15–2
40 W January 7, 1986 7–4 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 23–15–2
41 W January 10, 1986 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 24–15–2
42 W January 11, 1986 5–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 25–15–2
43 L January 14, 1986 4–5 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 25–16–2
44 L January 17, 1986 6–11 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 25–17–2
45 L January 18, 1986 2–5 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 25–18–2
46 W January 20, 1986 3–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 26–18–2
47 W January 23, 1986 4–0 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 27–18–2
48 W January 25, 1986 4–3 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 28–18–2
49 T January 27, 1986 6–6 OT New York Rangers (1985–86) 28–18–3
50 L January 29, 1986 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 28–19–3
51 T February 1, 1986 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 28–19–4
52 L February 2, 1986 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 28–20–4
53 W February 5, 1986 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 29–20–4
54 W February 8, 1986 8–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 30–20–4
55 W February 9, 1986 4–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 31–20–4
56 W February 12, 1986 5–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 32–20–4
57 L February 14, 1986 2–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 32–21–4
58 W February 16, 1986 6–3 @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 33–21–4
59 L February 18, 1986 4–5 Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 33–22–4
60 L February 20, 1986 3–4 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 33–23–4
61 L February 21, 1986 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 33–24–4
62 L February 23, 1986 2–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 33–25–4
63 L February 25, 1986 4–7 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 33–26–4
64 W February 28, 1986 6–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 34–26–4
65 L March 1, 1986 4–8 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 34–27–4
66 L March 4, 1986 3–6 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 34–28–4
67 W March 6, 1986 5–4 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 35–28–4
68 W March 8, 1986 6–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 36–28–4
69 T March 11, 1986 1–1 OT Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 36–28–5
70 W March 14, 1986 6–2 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 37–28–5
71 W March 15, 1986 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 38–28–5
72 W March 17, 1986 8–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 39–28–5
73 W March 19, 1986 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 40–28–5
74 L March 22, 1986 4–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 40–29–5
75 W March 24, 1986 1–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 41–29–5
76 L March 26, 1986 6–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 41–30–5
77 W March 29, 1986 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 42–30–5
78 W April 1, 1986 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 43–30–5
79 L April 2, 1986 5–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 43–31–5
80 T April 5, 1986 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1985–86) 43–31–6

Playoffs[edit]

The Nordiques opened the 1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a best of five Adams Division quarter-final series against the Hartford Whalers. Despite finishing the season with a 40-36-4 record, earning 84 points, the Whalers finished in fourth place in the Adams Division. The series opened with two games at Le Colisee, however, the Whalers stunned the Nordiques with a 3-2 overtime victory to win the first game. Hartford then took a 2-0 series lead, as they easily defeated the favoured Nordiques 4-1 in the second game. The series moved to the Hartford Civic Center for the third game. The Whalers continued to dominate in the third game, destroying Quebec 9-4, to sweep the first place Nordiques out of the post-season.

Hartford Whalers 3, Quebec Nordiques 0[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 9 Hartford Whalers 3–2 Quebec Nordiques 0-1
2 April 10 Hartford Whalers 4–1 Quebec Nordiques 0-2
3 April 12 Quebec Nordiques 4–9 Hartford Whalers 0-3

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny C 76 41 81 122 60 2 15 0 8
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 75 53 51 104 64 6 28 0 3
Stastny, AntonAnton Stastny LW 74 31 43 74 19 8 8 0 4
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 80 28 42 70 265 6 7 0 4
Ashton, BrentBrent Ashton LW 77 26 32 58 64 7 5 2 5
Sauve, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Sauve C 75 16 40 56 20 -13 13 0 1
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 65 21 28 49 26 -1 8 3 5
Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis C 80 19 24 43 203 -2 0 2 2
Cote, AlainAlain Cote LW 78 13 21 34 29 -3 0 3 2
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 48 7 27 34 36 -2 1 1 0
Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw D 73 7 19 26 78 14 2 0 2
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 73 11 12 23 49 3 1 0 1
Moller, RandyRandy Moller D 69 5 18 23 141 9 0 0 1
Kumpel, MarkMark Kumpel RW 47 10 12 22 17 10 0 0 3
Delorme, GilbertGilbert Delorme D 64 2 18 20 51 -1 1 0 0
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 44 7 12 19 145 0 2 0 0
Patrick, SteveSteve Patrick RW 27 4 13 17 17 1 1 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 54 3 13 16 82 0 0 0 0
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 20 1 12 13 42 -10 1 0 1
Babych, WayneWayne Babych RW 15 6 5 11 18 0 1 0 0
Rochefort, NormandNormand Rochefort D 26 5 4 9 30 9 2 0 0
Andersson, PeterPeter Andersson D 12 1 8 9 4 8 1 0 0
Malone, GregGreg Malone C 27 3 5 8 18 -3 0 0 0
Siltanen, RistoRisto Siltanen D 13 2 5 7 6 -1 2 0 0
Poudrier, DanielDaniel Poudrier D 13 1 5 6 10 2 0 0 1
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 8 3 2 5 6 5 0 0 0
Donnelly, GordGord Donnelly D 36 2 2 4 85 0 0 0 0
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 31 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 35 0 3 3 148 -2 0 0 0
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk G 46 0 2 2 21 0 0 0 0
Gaulin, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Gaulin RW 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Stienburg, TrevorTrevor Stienburg RW 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Finn, StevenSteven Finn D 17 0 1 1 28 0 0 0 0
Julien, ClaudeClaude Julien D 13 0 1 1 25 2 0 0 0
Latta, DavidDavid Latta LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lemieux, AlainAlain Lemieux C 7 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 11 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk 2657 46 26 12 4 142 3.21 4 1358 1216 .895
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 1726 31 14 14 1 111 3.86 2 796 685 .861
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 468 11 3 5 1 33 4.23 0 242 209 .864
Team: 4851 80 43 31 6 286 3.54 6 2396 2110 .881
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ashton, BrentBrent Ashton LW 3 2 1 3 9 -1 0 1 0
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 3 1 2 3 10 -2 1 0 0
Lemieux, AlainAlain Lemieux C 1 1 2 3 0 -1 1 0 0
Stastny, AntonAnton Stastny LW 3 1 1 2 0 -5 0 0 0
Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis C 3 0 2 2 14 0 0 0 0
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 3 0 2 2 2 -4 0 0 0
Cote, AlainAlain Cote LW 3 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Kumpel, MarkMark Kumpel RW 2 1 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Andersson, PeterPeter Andersson D 2 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 3 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Siltanen, RistoRisto Siltanen D 3 0 1 1 2 -3 0 0 0
Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny C 3 0 1 1 2 -5 0 0 0
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Delorme, GilbertGilbert Delorme D 2 0 0 0 5 -2 0 0 0
Donnelly, GordGord Donnelly D 1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 3 0 0 0 15 -1 0 0 0
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malone, GregGreg Malone C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 2 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0
Moller, RandyRandy Moller D 3 0 0 0 26 -1 0 0 0
Patrick, SteveSteve Patrick RW 3 0 0 0 6 -1 0 0 0
Sauve, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Sauve C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stienburg, TrevorTrevor Stienburg RW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 40 1 0 1 5 7.50 0 22 17 .773
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk 143 3 0 2 11 4.62 0 81 70 .864
Team: 183 3 0 3 16 5.25 0 103 87 .845

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Nordiques were involved in the following transactions during the 1985-86 season.

Trades[edit]

August 21, 1985 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Maxwell
To Quebec Nordiques
John Anderson
October 2, 1985 To St. Louis Blues
Bruce Bell
To Quebec Nordiques
Gilbert Delorme
October 14, 1985 To Winnipeg Jets
Dan Bouchard
To Quebec Nordiques
7th round pick in 1986 - Mark Vermette
Cash
October 20, 1985 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Future Considerations
To Quebec Nordiques
Wayne Babych
November 15, 1985 To Minnesota North Stars
Ed Lee
To Quebec Nordiques
6th round pick in 1986 - Scott White
November 27, 1985 To Winnipeg Jets
Mario Marois
To Quebec Nordiques
Robert Picard
January 16, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Tom Thornbury
To Quebec Nordiques
Tony Stiles
January 17, 1986 To Hartford Whalers
Wayne Babych
To Quebec Nordiques
Greg Malone
February 6, 1986 To New York Rangers
Wilf Paiement
To Quebec Nordiques
Steve Patrick
March 8, 1986 To Hartford Whalers
John Anderson
To Quebec Nordiques
Risto Siltanen
March 10, 1986 To Washington Capitals
Peter Andersson
To Quebec Nordiques
3rd round pick in 1986 - Shawn Simpson
June 21, 1986 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd round pick in 1987 - Jeff Harding
To Quebec Nordiques
2nd round pick in 1986 - Stephane Guerard

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Tony Currie Edmonton Oilers
Player New Team
Blake Wesley Toronto Maple Leafs

Roster[edit]

1985-86 Quebec Nordiques
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picks[edit]

Quebec's draft picks from the 1985 NHL Entry Draft which was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 15 David Latta  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2 36 Jason Lafreniere  Canada Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
3 57 Max Middendorf  United States Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
4 65 Peter Massey  United States New Hampton School (USHS)
4 78 David Espe  United States White Bear Lake High School (USHS)
5 99 Bruce Major  Canada Richmond Sockeyes (BCJHL)
6 120 Andy Akervik  United States Eau Claire Memorial High School (USHS)
7 141 Mike Oliverio  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
8 162 Mario Brunetta  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
9 183 Brit Peer  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
10 204 Tom Sasso  United States Babson College (NCAA)
11 225 Gary Murphy  United States Arlington Catholic High School (USHS)
12 246 Jean Bois  Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1985-86 Quebec Nordiques Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 

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