1980 Stanley Cup Finals
|1980 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* overtime periods|
|Location(s)||Uniondale: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) (3, 4, 6)|
Philadelphia: Spectrum (1, 2, 5)
|Coaches||New York: Al Arbour|
Philadelphia: Pat Quinn
|Captains||New York: Denis Potvin|
Philadelphia: Mel Bridgman
|Referees||Andy Van Hellemond (1, 4)|
Wally Harris (2, 5)
Bob Myers (3, 6)
|Dates||May 13 – May 24|
|MVP||Bryan Trottier (Islanders)|
|Series-winning goal||Bob Nystrom (7:11, OT,G6)|
|Networks||CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), Hughes (United States, games 1–5), CBS (United States, game six)|
|Announcers||Dan Kelly (games 1–5), Bob Cole (games 1–2), Jim Robson (games 3–6), Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin Jr. (CBC-Hughes)|
Dan Kelly (1st, 3rd, and overtime), Tim Ryan (2nd Period), and Lou Nanne (CBS, game 6)
The 1980 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1979–80 season, and the culmination of the 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the New York Islanders in their first-ever Finals appearance and the Philadelphia Flyers, in their fourth Finals appearance, and first since 1976. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series, four games to two, to win their first Stanley Cup championship and the third for a post-1967 expansion team after Philadelphia's Cup wins in 1974 and 1975.
Paths to the Finals
In game one, Denis Potvin scored the first power-play overtime goal in Stanley Cup Final history. In game six, Bob Nystrom scored the Cup winner in overtime, his fourth career overtime goal, at the time putting him alone behind Maurice Richard's six on the all-time overtime goal-scoring list. Ken Morrow joined the team after winning the Olympic gold medal and added the Stanley Cup to cap a remarkable season.
In the United States, the first five games were syndicated by the Hughes Television Network. Hughes used CBC's Hockey Night in Canada feeds for the American coverage. game six was televised in the United States by the CBS network, as a special edition of its CBS Sports Spectacular anthology series. This would be the last NHL game to air on U.S. network television until 1990, when the All-Star Game was televised on NBC. As of 2015, it is also the last Stanley Cup Finals game to be played in the afternoon (earlier than 5:00 local time).
The deciding game six was marred by one of the most infamous blown official calls in NHL playoff history. With the game tied 1-1, the Islanders Butch Goring picked up a drop pass from New York left wing Clark Gillies which had clearly gone back over the Flyers' defensive zone blue line into center ice. Linesman Leon Stickle waved the play as safe and Goring threaded a pass to right wing Duane Sutter who beat Philadelphia goalie Pete Peeters for a 2-1 New York lead. The Flyers argued vehemently to no avail. The Flyers defense and Peeters appeared to relax as if play had been blown dead once the puck went over the blue line. Flyers captain Mel Bridgman stated the play changed the momentum of the game at a critical time even though the Flyers scored shortly afterwards to tie the score 2-2. Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call. Ultimately, it was the Flyers lack of discipline and the resulting Islander Power Play goals that were the difference in the series. 
The series-winning overtime goal in game six was scored by Bobby Nystrom and assisted by fellow third liners John Tonelli and Lorne Henning. Nystrom's redirection of Tonelli's cross-ice pass from just above the Flyers left side face-off circle, floated up and over goalie Pete Peeters' blocker before the Philadelphia keeper could slide over to stop the puck. Henning's "thread the needle" pass was a key component, of the goal.
|May 13||New York Islanders||4–3||OT||Philadelphia Flyers||Spectrum||Recap|
|Mike Bossy (7) – pp – 12:02||First period||10:31 – Mel Bridgman (2)|
|Denis Potvin (2) – 02:20||Second period||17:08 – pp – Bobby Clarke (5)|
|Stefan Persson (3) – pp – 16:18||Third period||13:10 – Rick MacLeish (7)|
|Denis Potvin (3) – pp – 04:07||First overtime period||No scoring|
|Billy Smith 30 saves / 33 shots||Goalie stats||Pete Peeters 32 saves / 36 shots|
|May 15||New York Islanders||3–8||Philadelphia Flyers||Spectrum||Recap|
|Butch Goring (5) – 03:23||First period||07:22 – pp – Paul Holmgren (7)|
08:37 – Bob Kelly (1)
17:23 – Bobby Clarke (6)
|Bryan Trottier (9) – pp – 03:28||Second period||01:06 – Bill Barber (12)|
04:13 – pp – Paul Holmgren (8)
15:47 – pp – Brian Propp (3)
|Butch Goring (6) – pp – 15:00||Third period||01:40 – Tom Gorence (3)|
04:19 – Paul Holmgren (9)
|Billy Smith 20 saves / 26 shots
Chico Resch 3 saves / 5 shots
|Goalie stats||Pete Peeters 20 saves / 23 shots|
|May 17||Philadelphia Flyers||2–6||New York Islanders||Nassau Coliseum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||02:38 – sh – Lorne Henning (3)|
07:43 – pp – Denis Potvin (4)
13:04 – pp – Bryan Trottier (10)
14:29 – pp – Mike Bossy (8)
|No scoring||Second period||15:41 – pp – Clark Gillies (5)|
17:25 – pp – Denis Potvin (5)
|Bobby Clarke (7) – 09:48
Mike Busniuk (1) – 11:32
|Third period||No scoring|
|Phil Myre 34 saves / 40 shots||Goalie stats||Billy Smith 30 saves / 32 shots|
|May 19||Philadelphia Flyers||2–5||New York Islanders||Nassau Coliseum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||07:23 - pp - Mike Bossy (9)|
13:06 - Butch Goring (7)
|John Paddock (1) - 01:35||Second period||No scoring|
|Ken Linseman (4) - 11:53||Third period||06:06 - Bryan Trottier (11)|
12:35 - Bobby Nystrom (7)
14:08 - Clark Gillies (6)
|Pete Peeters 22 saves / 27 shots||Goalie stats||Billy Smith 34 saves / 36 shots|
|May 22||New York Islanders||3–6||Philadelphia Flyers||Spectrum||Recap|
|Stefan Persson (4) - pp - 10:58||First period||No scoring|
|Bryan Trottier (12) - 16:16||Second period||01:45 - Bobby Clarke (8)|
05:55 - Rick MacLeish (8)
17:04 - Mike Busniuk (2)
|Stefan Persson (5) - pp - 14:57||Third period||09:43 - Rick MacLeish (9)|
12:33 - pp - Brian Propp (4)
17:26 - Paul Holmgren (10)
|Billy Smith 25 saves / 31 shots||Goalie stats||Pete Peeters 35 saves / 38 shots|
|May 24||Philadelphia Flyers||4–5||OT||New York Islanders||Nassau Coliseum||Recap|
|Reggie Leach (9) - pp - 07:21
Brian Propp (5) - 18:58
|First period||11:56 - pp - Denis Potvin (6)|
14:08 - Duane Sutter (3)
|No scoring||Second period||07:34 - pp - Mike Bossy (10)|
19:46 - Bobby Nystrom (8)
|Bob Dailey (4) - 01:47
John Paddock (2) - 06:02
|Third period||No scoring|
|No scoring||First overtime period||7:11 - Bobby Nystrom (9)|
|Billy Smith 21 saves / 25 shots||Goalie stats||Pete Peeters 28 saves / 33 shots|
|New York won series 4–2|
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup engraving
The following Islanders players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup
1980 New York Islanders
Coaching and administrative staff
- John Pickett (Chairman/Owner)
- Bill Torrey (President/General Manager)
- Al Arbour (Head Coach), Bill MacMillan (Asst. Coach)
- Jim Devellano (Chief Scout), Gerry Ehman (Western Scout)
- Harry Boyd (Scout), Maurice Sabageno (Scout)
- Ron Waske (Trainer), Jim Pickard (Asst. Trainer)
- Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations)^
Stanley Cup engraving
- †Alex McKendry played two regular season and six playoff games, but did not play in the finals.
- †Jean Potvin played 32 regular season games, spending the whole season with the Islanders. He did not play in the playoffs. Both names were engraved on the Stanley Cup, even though they did not officially qualify.
- Ken Morrow became the first player to win the Olympic Gold (with Team United States), and Stanley Cup (with New York Islanders) in the same year.
^-Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations) was included on the team, but his name was left off the Stanley Cup.
- Al Arbour became the fourth person to win the Stanley Cup with four teams. Arbour won the Stanley Cup as a player with Detroit 1954, Chicago 1961, and Toronto 1962. 1964. The other three people to win cup with four teams are Jack Marshall, Harry (Happy) Holmes, and Tommy Gorman.
- Bryan Trottier was first Metis player to win the Stanley Cup
- Bob Nystrom, Anders Kallur and Stefan Persson were the first three Swedish born-trained players to win the Stanley Cup. They were also first two European-trained players to win the Stanley Cup.
Bob Cole, Dan Kelly and Jim Robson shared play-by-play duties for CBC's coverage. Cole did play-by-play for the first half of Games 1 and 2. Meanwhile, Kelly did play-by-play for the rest of Games 1–4 (Kelly also called the overtime period of Game 1). Finally, Robson did play-by-play for first half of Games 3–4 and Game 6 entirely. In essence, this meant that Cole or Robson did play-by-play for the first period and the first half of the second period. Therefore, at the closest stoppage of play near the 10-minute mark of the second period, Cole or Robson handed off the call to Kelly for the rest of the game. However, in Game 5, Dan Kelly called play-by-play for the 1st half of the game, and Jim Robson called the rest of Game 5.
In the United States, the first five games were syndicated by the Hughes Television Network. Hughes used CBC's Hockey Night in Canada feeds for the American coverage. Game 6 was televised in the United States by the CBS network, as a special edition of its CBS Sports Spectacular anthology series. Dan Kelly did the play-by-play for CBS for the first and third periods as well as overtime. Tim Ryan did play-by-play for the second period while Lou Nanne served as the color commentator throughout. This would be the last NHL game to air on U.S. network television until 1990, when the All-Star Game was televised on NBC. As of 2018, it is also the last Stanley Cup Final game to be played in the afternoon (earlier than 5:00 local time).
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- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
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