1987 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 8, after the conclusion of the 1986–87 NHL season. It concluded on May 31, with the Edmonton Oilers defeating the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. In an attempt to reduce the number of first round upsets, the NHL expanded the best-of-five series in the first round to a best-of-seven series.

The 1987 playoffs marked the second consecutive year that all four former WHA teams made the playoffs in the same year. It would not happen again until 1999 by which time 3 of those teams had moved, the Quebec Nordiques to Denver, the Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, and the Hartford Whalers to Raleigh, North Carolina.

At the time the Philadelphia Flyers set an NHL playoff record by playing in 26 games during the playoffs. This record has since been equaled by two other teams (2004 Calgary Flames and 2014 Los Angeles Kings).

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
A1  Hartford 2  
A4  Quebec 4  
  A4  Quebec 3  
  A2  Montreal 4  
A2  Montreal 4
A3  Boston 0  
  A2  Montreal 2  
Prince of Wales Conference
  P1  Philadelphia 4  
P1  Philadelphia 4  
P4  NY Rangers 2  
  P1  Philadelphia 4
  P3  NY Islanders 3  
P2  Washington 3
P3  NY Islanders 4  
  P1  Philadelphia 3
  S1  Edmonton 4
N1  St. Louis 2  
N4  Toronto 4  
  N4  Toronto 3
  N2  Detroit 4  
N2  Detroit 4
N3  Chicago 0  
  N2  Detroit 1
Clarence Campbell Conference
  S1  Edmonton 4  
S1  Edmonton 4  
S4  Los Angeles 1  
  S1  Edmonton 4
  S3  Winnipeg 0  
S2  Calgary 2
S3  Winnipeg 4  


Division Semifinals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A1) Hartford Whalers vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques[edit]

This was the last series that the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise won in Quebec City, the franchise did not win another playoff series until 1996 when they were the Colorado Avalanche.


Quebec won series 4–2


(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A3) Boston Bruins[edit]

Montreal won series 4–0


(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P4) New York Rangers[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–2


(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) New York Islanders[edit]

Game seven of this series went four overtimes, and is known as the Easter Epic.


New York won series 4–3


Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N1) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Toronto won series 4–2


(N2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N3) Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

Detroit won series 4–0


(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–1


(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets[edit]

This was the last series that the Jets/Coyotes franchise won in Winnipeg, the franchise did not win another playoff series until the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinal.


Winnipeg won series 4–2


Division Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques[edit]

Montreal won series 4–3


(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P3) New York Islanders[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–3


Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Detroit won series 4–3


(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–0


Conference Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference Final[edit]

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (A2) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–2


Clarence Campbell Conference Final[edit]

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N2) Detroit Red Wings[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–1


Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The Oilers and Flyers would meet again in the finals for the second time in three years. This time, Edmonton was the regular season champion with 50 wins and 106 points, and Philadelphia was second with 46 wins and 100 points.

Unlike the 1985 final, this series would go the distance. Edmonton took the first two games at home, then split in Philadelphia. However, the Flyers won the next two games, one in Edmonton and one back in Philadelphia by one goal, to force a deciding seventh game. Edmonton won game seven to earn its third Stanley Cup in four seasons.


Edmonton won series 4–3


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Total Sports Canada. ISBN 1-892129-07-8. 
Preceded by
1986 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1988 Stanley Cup playoffs