1980 Stanley Cup playoffs

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1980 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
Dates April 8–May 24, 1980
Teams 16
Final positions
Champions New York Islanders
Runner-up Philadelphia Flyers
Semifinalists
1979
1981

The 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 8, after the conclusion of the 1979–80 NHL season. The playoffs concluded on May 24 when the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5–4 to win the Final series four games to two and win the Stanley Cup. It was the Islanders' first Stanley Cup win and was the first of four consecutive Stanley Cup wins.

Changes[edit]

With the league expansion from 17 to 21 teams, the playoffs were also expanded, from a 12-team tournament to a 16-team tournament. The sixteen teams were composed of the four divisional champions plus the top 12 finishers of the remaining 17 teams. The 16 qualifying teams were then seeded based on regular season points, with divisional rankings ignored. Division leaders no longer received first round byes. The teams were seeded 1 through 16, with the top team playing the 16th team in the first round, and so on. In subsequent rounds, matchups were similarly arranged, with the top remaining seed against the lowest remaining seed, and so on. The Preliminary Round was a best-of-five set.[1] The Atlanta Flames played their final playoff games in this postseason, and moved to Calgary soon after, the playoffs returned to Atlanta in 2007.

Playoff seeds[edit]

The sixteen teams that qualified for the playoffs are ranked 1–16 based on regular season points.

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 116 points
  2. Buffalo Sabres, Adams Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 110 points
  3. Montreal Canadiens, Norris Division champions – 107 points
  4. Boston Bruins – 105 points
  5. New York Islanders – 91 points
  6. Minnesota North Stars – 88 points
  7. Chicago Black Hawks, Smythe Division champions – 87 points
  8. New York Rangers – 86 points
  9. Atlanta Flames – 83 points
  10. St. Louis Blues – 80 points
  11. Toronto Maple Leafs – 75 points
  12. Los Angeles Kings – 74 points
  13. Pittsburgh Penguins – 73 points (30 wins)
  14. Hartford Whalers – 73 points (27 wins)
  15. Vancouver Canucks – 70 points
  16. Edmonton Oilers – 69 points

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Preliminary Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
                                         
1 Philadelphia 3  
16 Edmonton 0  
  1 Philadelphia 4  
 
  8 NY Rangers 1  
2 Buffalo 3
15 Vancouver 1  
  1 Philadelphia 4  
  4 Minnesota 1  
3 Montreal 3  
14 Hartford 0  
  2 Buffalo 4
 
  7 Chicago 0  
4 Boston 3
13 Pittsburgh 2  
  1 Philadelphia 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second rounds.)
  3 NY Islanders 4
5 NY Islanders 3  
12 Los Angeles 1  
  3 Montreal 3
 
  6 Minnesota 4  
6 Minnesota 3
11 Toronto 0  
  2 Buffalo 2
  3 NY Islanders 4  
7 Chicago 3  
10 St. Louis 0  
  4 Boston 1
 
  5 NY Islanders 4  
8 NY Rangers 3
9 Atlanta 1  

Preliminary round[edit]

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (16) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Philadelphia won series 3–0


(2) Buffalo Sabres vs. (15) Vancouver Canucks[edit]

Buffalo won series 3–1


(3) Montreal Canadiens vs. (14) Hartford Whalers[edit]

Montreal won series 3–0


(4) Boston Bruins vs. (13) Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Boston won series 3–2


(5) New York Islanders vs. (12) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

New York won series 3–1


(6) Minnesota North Stars vs. (11) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Minnesota won series 3–0


(7) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (10) St. Louis Blues[edit]

With their victory in Game one, Chicago snapped a record 16-game losing streak in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Chicago won series 3–0


(8) New York Rangers vs. (9) Atlanta Flames[edit]

New York won series 3–1


Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (8) New York Rangers[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–1


(2) Buffalo Sabres vs. (7) Chicago Black Hawks[edit]

Buffalo won series 4–0


(3) Montreal Canadiens vs. (6) Minnesota North Stars[edit]

Minnesota won series 4–3


(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) New York Islanders[edit]

New York won series 4–1


Semifinals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (4) Minnesota North Stars[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–1


(2) Buffalo Sabres vs. (3) New York Islanders[edit]

New York won series 4–2


Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Ken Morrow became the first player in history to win an Olympic Gold Medal and the Stanley Cup in the same season. Game six was the last NHL game to air on American network television for nearly ten years.[2]


New York won series 4–2


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCarthy, p. 249
  2. ^ Podnieks, Andrew; Szemberg, Szymon (2008). IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time. Bolton, Ontario, Canada: Fenn Publishing. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4. 
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Total Sports Canada. ISBN 1-892129-07-8. 
Preceded by
1979 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1981 Stanley Cup playoffs