1986 Stanley Cup Finals

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1986 Stanley Cup Finals
1986 Stanley Cup Flag.JPG
Teams 1 2* 3 4 5 Games
Montreal Canadiens  2 3 5 1 4 4
Calgary Flames  5 2 3 0 3 1
* overtime periods
Location: Calgary, AB (Olympic Saddledome) (1,2,5)
Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Montreal: Jean Perron
Calgary: Bob Johnson
Captains: Montreal: Bob Gainey
Calgary: Lanny McDonald,
Jim Peplinski and
Doug Risebrough
Dates: May 16 – May 24
MVP: Patrick Roy
Series-winning
goal:
Bobby Smith (10:30, third)
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The 1986 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Calgary Flames in their first Final appearance and the Montreal Canadiens in their 32nd. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their twenty-third Stanley Cup, and their seventeenth in their last eighteen Finals appearances dating back to 1956.

It was the first all-Canadian finals since 1967, the last year of the original six era. This would be the fourth of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (Edmonton Oilers x 6, Flames x 2), and the third of five consecutive Finals to end with the Cup presentation on Alberta ice (Oilers x 4, Canadiens x 1). This was the only time between 1980 and 1988 that the Stanley Cup wasn't won by either the New York Islanders or the Edmonton Oilers. It was the first Montreal-Calgary Final since 1924, when the Canadiens defeated the Calgary Tigers.

Paths to the Final[edit]

Calgary defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3–0, the defending champion and in-province rival Edmonton Oilers 4–3 and the St. Louis Blues 4–3 to advance to the final.

Montreal defeated rival Boston Bruins 3–0, the Hartford Whalers 4–3, and the New York Rangers 4–1 to make it to the final.

The series[edit]

Brian Skrudland's game-winning goal in game two ended the shortest overtime in NHL playoff history, at a mere nine seconds. Montreal rookie goaltender Patrick Roy was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.


Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
Fri, May 16 Montreal 2 Calgary 5
Sun, May 18 Montreal 3 Calgary 2 OT
Tue, May 20 Calgary 3 Montreal 5
Thu, May 22 Calgary 0 Montreal 1
Sat, May 24 Montreal 4 Calgary 3

Montreal wins the series 4–1.

Quotes[edit]

From the faceoff, McPhee brings it in with Skrudland. HE SCORES!!

Don Whitman calling Brian Skrudland's overtime goal in game two.

Montreal Canadiens 1986 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


* won the Calder Cup as American Hockey League (AHL) Championship in 1985 with Sherbrooke Canadiens.

  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • 4 names were not engraved on the Stanley Cup, but included on the team picture. #37 Steve Penney was dressed for 30 games, played 18. #36 Sergio Momesso played 24 regular season games. Both players missed the rest of season injured. They were not given injury exemption and included on the cup.
  • #22 Randy Bucyk* played 17 regular season games, and 2 playoff games, and did not play in the finals. He did not qualify be on the Stanley Cup.
  • †Morgan McCammon was included on the cup with Montreal in 1979 as a Director. It is tradition that Chairman of the Board name is engraved on the Stanley Cup, but Montreal left McCammon's name off on the Cup in 1986.
  • Starting in 1985–86 season, each NHL team was required to list two alternate captains (along with the team captain) for each game. Some teams may have more than two alternates, but only two can be marked with an 'A' each game.
  • The Montreal Canadiens played 11 rookies on their squad: Mike McPhee, Stephane Richer, Brian Skrudland, Mike Lalor, Patrick Roy, Steve Rooney, John Kordic, Claude Lemieux, David Maley, Sergio Momesso and Randy Bucyk. In addition, the Canadiens in 1986 were the last team to win the Stanley Cup without making at least one trade during the regular season. The only changes in the teams lineup were through their minor league team AHL Sherbrooke Canadiens.
  • Jean Perron was the 12th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup. Perron was also the last rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup in 1986, who coached the winning team for the whole season. (See 2009 Stanley Cup Finals for the last rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont: Fenn Pub. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7. 
Preceded by
Edmonton Oilers
1985
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1986
Succeeded by
Edmonton Oilers
1987