1983 Stanley Cup playoffs

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1983 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 5–May 17, 1983
Final positions
ChampionsNew York Islanders
Runner-upEdmonton Oilers

The 1983 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 5, after the conclusion of the 1982–83 NHL season. The playoffs concluded on May 17 with the champion New York Islanders defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4–0 to win the Final series four games to none and win the Stanley Cup for the fourth consecutive season.

The 1983 Playoffs marked the first time that seven NHL teams based in Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Quebec, Winnipeg, and Calgary) all qualified for the playoffs in the same season. Since the 1967–68 expansion, all the Canadian teams have qualified for the playoffs on five other occasions – 1969 (Montreal and Toronto), 1975, 1976 and 1979 (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), and 1986 (the same seven as in 1983), the last time to date (as of 2018) that all active Canadian teams qualified. This is also the most recent time that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs in the same season.

In the Wales Conference, the Patrick Division champion Philadelphia Flyers were upset by the New York Rangers in the first round. The defending champion Islanders had qualified second in the Patrick Division, and defeated the Washington Capitals in the first round, and defeated the Rangers to qualify for the Conference Final. In the Adams Division, the first-place Boston Bruins defeated the Quebec Nordiques and the Buffalo Sabres (who swept the Canadiens in their opening round series) to advance to the Conference Final. In the Conference Final, the Islanders defeated Boston in six games to qualify for their fourth consecutive Cup Finals appearance.

In the Campbell Conference, the Smythe Division first seed Edmonton Oilers swept the Winnipeg Jets in the opening round, and defeated the Calgary Flames (who defeated the Vancouver Canucks three games to one in the opening round) in the Smythe Final. The Norris Champion Chicago Black Hawks defeated the St. Louis Blues three games to one and the Minnesota North Stars (who defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one in the opening round) in the Norris Final four games to one. Edmonton defeated the Norris Division champion Chicago Black Hawks in a four-game sweep in the Conference Final to advance to the Cup Final.

Playoff seeds[edit]

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

Adams Division[edit]

  1. Boston Bruins, Adams Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 110 points
  2. Montreal Canadiens – 98 points
  3. Buffalo Sabres – 89 points
  4. Quebec Nordiques – 80 points

Patrick Division[edit]

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions – 106 points
  2. New York Islanders – 96 points
  3. Washington Capitals – 94 points
  4. New York Rangers – 80 points

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

Norris Division[edit]

  1. Chicago Black Hawks, Norris Division champions – 104 points
  2. Minnesota North Stars – 96 points
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs – 68 points
  4. St. Louis Blues – 65 points

Smythe Division[edit]

  1. Edmonton Oilers, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 106 points
  2. Calgary Flames – 78 points
  3. Vancouver Canucks – 75 points
  4. Winnipeg Jets – 74 points

Playoff bracket[edit]

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

Division Semifinals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques[edit]

Boston won series 3–1

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

Buffalo won series 3–0

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

New York won series 3–0

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

New York won series 3–1

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N4) St. Louis Blues[edit]

Chicago won series 3–1

(N2) Minnesota North Stars vs. (N3) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Minnesota won series 3–1

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Winnipeg Jets[edit]

Edmonton won series 3–0

(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Vancouver Canucks[edit]

Calgary won series 3–1

Division Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Brad Park scored the game-winner in game seven on a slapshot off a rebound of his own shot just seconds earlier.

Boston won series 4–3

(P2) New York Islanders vs. (P4) New York Rangers[edit]

New York Islanders won series 4–2

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N2) Minnesota North Stars[edit]

Chicago won series 4–1

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S2) Calgary Flames[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–1

Conference Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference Final[edit]

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (P2) New York Islanders[edit]

New York won series 4–2

Clarence Campbell Conference Final[edit]

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N1) Chicago Black Hawks[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–0

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The rising Edmonton Oilers qualified for their first final but more than met their match in the veteran Islanders. The Islanders won the series in a four-game sweep.

New York won series 4–0

See also[edit]


  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Total Sports Canada. ISBN 1-892129-07-8.
Preceded by
1982 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1984 Stanley Cup playoffs