1990 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the National Hockey League (NHL) championship began on April 5, 1990, following the 1989–90 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, from the top four teams of the four divisions, played best-of-seven series with re-seeding after the division finals. The Conference Champions played a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup.

This was the last time that the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs. They have since made the playoffs for 24 consecutive seasons.

Since entering the NHL as expansion teams in the 1967-68 NHL season this was the first and only time to date that both the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins missed the playoffs in the same season.

The playoffs concluded on May 24 with the Edmonton Oilers winning the Stanley Cup, defeating the Boston Bruins in the final series four games to one. Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

Playoff bracket[edit]

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

Division Semifinals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers[edit]

Boston won series 4–3

(A2) Buffalo Sabres vs. (A3) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Montreal won series 4–2

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

New York Rangers won series 4–1

(P2) New Jersey Devils vs. (P3) Washington Capitals[edit]

Washington won series 4–2

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N4) Minnesota North Stars[edit]

Chicago won series 4–3

(N2) St. Louis Blues vs. (N3) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

St. Louis won series 4–1

(S1) Calgary Flames vs. (S4) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

Los Angeles won series 4–2

(S2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–3

Division Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Boston won series 4–1

(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P3) Washington Capitals[edit]

Washington won series 4–1

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N2) St. Louis Blues[edit]

Chicago won series 4–3

(S2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–0

Conference Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference Final[edit]

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (P3) Washington Capitals[edit]

Boston won series 4–0

Clarence Campbell Conference Final[edit]

(S2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N1) Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–2

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in five games. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and their only one without Wayne Gretzky. In game one, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3–2 win. The game broke the record for longest Final game, set in 1931 between Chicago and Montreal. This game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Final history (Longest NHL overtime games) to date, edging both Brett Hull's cup-winner in 1999 and Igor Larionov's game-winner in 2002 by less than 30 seconds. In game five at the Boston Garden on May 24 the Oilers won 4–1, Craig Simpson scored the game-winning goal.

Edmonton won series 4–1

See also[edit]



  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Total Sports Canada. ISBN 1-892129-07-8. 
Preceded by
1989 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
1991 Stanley Cup playoffs