1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks season

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1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks
Division 3rd Norris
1986–87 record 29–37–14
Goals for 290
Goals against 310
Team information
General Manager Bob Pulford
Coach Bob Pulford
Captain Darryl Sutter

Offseason[edit]

The 1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks were coming off a year in which they won the Norris Division then somehow got swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

At the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, the Blackhawks selected forward Everett Sanipass with their first round, 14th overall pick. Sanipass played with the Verdun Junior Canadiens of the QMJHL in the 1985-86 season, scoring 28 goals and 94 points in 67 games, while amassing 320 penalty minutes, sixth highest total in the league. Other notable players selected by the team were defenseman Frantisek Kucera and center Mike Hudson.

On August 27th, the Blackhawks signed defenseman Gary Nylund to a three year contract, worth approximately $620,000. [1] Nylund, who would turn 23 years old early in the season, appeared in 79 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1985-86, scoring two goals and 18 points while accumulating 180 penalty minutes. In 10 playoff games, he had two assists. The Blackhawks then sent Ken Yaremchuk, Jerome Dupont and their fourth round draft pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft to the Maple Leafs as compensation for signing Nylund.

Due to a back injury, defenseman Behn Wilson would miss the entire 1986-87 season.

Forward Tom Lysiak, who had been with the club since 1979, announced his retirement during the off-season.

Regular season[edit]

The Hawks struggled to start off the season, posting a record of 4-12-5 in their first 21 games, as the club was fighting with the Minnesota North Stars for the fourth and final playoff position in the Norris Division. The Blackhawks would continue to slide to a record of 8-17-6 after 31 games, putting them in last place. The team broke out of their season long slump, winning nine of their next 12 games, putting their record to 17-20-6, and into a tie for first place in the Norris Division with 40 points. The Blackhawks would continue to hover just under the .500 mark, peaking at two games under with a 27-29-10 record following a four game winning streak in March, sitting in second place in the division. A late season slump brought the Hawks final record to 29-37-14, earning 72 points and third place in the division, as they qualified for the post-season for the 18th consecutive season. Their 72 points was their lowest total since the 1983-84, when the Hawks finished with 68 points.

Offensively, Chicago was led by Denis Savard, who in 70 games, scored 40 goals and 90 points. Wayne Presley, in his first full NHL season, broke out with 32 goals, which was the second highest total on the team, while earning 61 points in 80 games. Steve Larmer had 28 goals, 84 points and a team high +20 rating in 80 games. Troy Murray scored 28 goals and 71 points in 77 games. Al Secord managed to score 29 goals and 58 points in 77 games while leading the Hawks with 196 penalty minutes, and Ed Olczyk had a disappointing season by his standards, scoring 16 goals and 51 points in 79 games.

On defence, Doug Wilson led the way with 16 goals and 48 points in 69 games. Bob Murray scored six goals and 44 points in 79 games, while newcomer, Gary Nylund had seven goals and 27 points, as well as 190 penalty minutes, in 80 games.

In goal, Bob Sauve played the majority of the minutes, going 19-19-5 with a 3.59 GAA and a .894 save percentage, while earning the only shutout the club had during the season in 46 games. Murray Bannerman backed him up, and had a 9-18-8 record with a 4.14 GAA and a .873 save percentage in 39 games.

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
St. Louis Blues 80 32 33 15 281 293 79
Detroit Red Wings 80 34 36 10 260 274 78
Chicago Blackhawks 80 29 37 14 290 310 72
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 32 42 6 286 319 70
Minnesota North Stars 80 30 40 10 296 314 70

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Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Game Winning/Tying Goal Record
1 W October 9, 1986 3–2 New York Islanders (1986–87) Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer 1–0–0
2 L October 11, 1986 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman 1–1–0
3 L October 12, 1986 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux 1–2–0
4 T October 15, 1986 5–5 OT New York Rangers (1986–87) Poddubny, WaltWalt Poddubny 1–2–1
5 L October 18, 1986 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Iafrate, AlAl Iafrate 1–3–1
6 L October 19, 1986 5–8 Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Acton, KeithKeith Acton 1–4–1
7 L October 21, 1986 1–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky 1–5–1
8 T October 24, 1986 2–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) Sutter, RichRich Sutter 1–5–2
9 W October 26, 1986 8–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 2–5–2
10 L October 28, 1986 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Courtnall, RussRuss Courtnall 2–6–2
11 L October 29, 1986 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Ogrodnick, JohnJohn Ogrodnick 2–7–2
12 W November 1, 1986 6–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Secord, AlAl Secord 3–7–2
13 L November 2, 1986 3–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) Benning, BrianBrian Benning 3–8–2
14 W November 5, 1986 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Ludzik, SteveSteve Ludzik 4–8–2
15 L November 8, 1986 2–3 @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) Duchesne, GaetanGaetan Duchesne 4–9–2
16 T November 9, 1986 4–4 OT St. Louis Blues (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 4–9–3
17 T November 12, 1986 2–2 OT Washington Capitals (1986–87) Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy 4–9–4
18 L November 15, 1986 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) Paslawski, GregGreg Paslawski 4–10–4
19 L November 16, 1986 3–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Leeman, GaryGary Leeman 4–11–4
20 T November 19, 1986 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) Ludzik, SteveSteve Ludzik 4–11–5
21 L November 20, 1986 1–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) Kerr, TimTim Kerr 4–12–5
22 W November 23, 1986 5–3 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 5–12–5
23 L November 26, 1986 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Ciccarelli, DinoDino Ciccarelli 5–13–5
24 W November 28, 1986 6–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) Secord, AlAl Secord 6–13–5
25 L November 29, 1986 4–5 @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) DeGray, DaleDale DeGray 6–14–5
26 W December 2, 1986 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) Murray, TroyTroy Murray 7–14–5
27 L December 4, 1986 1–4 @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) Mullen, JoeJoe Mullen 7–15–5
28 L December 6, 1986 2–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) Galley, GarryGarry Galley 7–16–5
29 W December 10, 1986 6–3 Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) Presley, WayneWayne Presley 8–16–5
30 T December 13, 1986 4–4 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) LaVarre, MarkMark LaVarre 8–16–6
31 L December 14, 1986 3–7 Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) Sutter, RichRich Sutter 8–17–6
32 W December 17, 1986 5–1 Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer 9–17–6
33 W December 20, 1986 6–2 @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) Fraser, CurtCurt Fraser 10–17–6
34 W December 21, 1986 7–4 Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer 11–17–6
35 L December 23, 1986 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Oates, AdamAdam Oates 11–18–6
36 W December 26, 1986 8–6 St. Louis Blues (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 12–18–6
37 W December 28, 1986 7–5 Washington Capitals (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 13–18–6
38 W December 30, 1986 5–3 @ New York Islanders (1986–87) Fraser, CurtCurt Fraser 14–18–6
39 L December 31, 1986 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk 14–19–6
40 W January 3, 1987 3–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) Murray, BobBob Murray 15–19–6
41 L January 4, 1987 1–4 Calgary Flames (1986–87) Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli 15–20–6
42 W January 7, 1987 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Secord, AlAl Secord 16–20–6
43 W January 11, 1987 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer 17–20–6
44 L January 14, 1987 1–3 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean 17–21–6
45 L January 17, 1987 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Bellows, BrianBrian Bellows 17–22–6
46 L January 18, 1987 3–5 Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis 17–23–6
47 T January 21, 1987 5–5 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) Murray, TroyTroy Murray 17–23–7
48 L January 23, 1987 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) Carson, LindsayLindsay Carson 17–24–7
49 L January 24, 1987 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) Gainey, BobBob Gainey 17–25–7
50 L January 26, 1987 2–3 Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) Chelios, ChrisChris Chelios 17–26–7
51 W January 28, 1987 5–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Presley, WayneWayne Presley 18–26–7
52 T January 31, 1987 4–4 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) Hunter, MarkMark Hunter 18–26–8
53 W February 1, 1987 6–4 Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) Murray, TroyTroy Murray 19–26–8
54 W February 4, 1987 5–4 Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Olczyk, EdEd Olczyk 20–26–8
55 L February 7, 1987 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) Simpson, CraigCraig Simpson 20–27–8
56 L February 8, 1987 4–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) Smith, DougDoug Smith 20–28–8
57 W February 15, 1987 6–4 Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) Murray, TroyTroy Murray 21–28–8
58 L February 17, 1987 4–5 Hartford Whalers (1986–87) Tippett, DaveDave Tippett 21–29–8
59 W February 19, 1987 5–2 New York Rangers (1986–87) Presley, WayneWayne Presley 22–29–8
60 W February 21, 1987 6–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) Olczyk, EdEd Olczyk 23–29–8
61 T February 22, 1987 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Murray, TroyTroy Murray 23–29–9
62 T February 25, 1987 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) Ludwig, CraigCraig Ludwig 23–29–10
63 W February 28, 1987 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) Presley, WayneWayne Presley 24–29–10
64 W March 1, 1987 6–1 Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) Preston, RichRich Preston 25–29–10
65 W March 4, 1987 3–2 Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 26–29–10
66 W March 7, 1987 4–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) Wilson, DougDoug Wilson 27–29–10
67 L March 8, 1987 5–6 New York Islanders (1986–87) Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier 27–30–10
68 L March 11, 1987 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1986–87) Bourgeois, CharlieCharlie Bourgeois 27–31–10
69 T March 14, 1987 4–4 OT @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) Brown, KeithKeith Brown 27–31–11
70 L March 15, 1987 2–4 Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Lawton, BrianBrian Lawton 27–32–11
71 T March 17, 1987 3–3 OT @ Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Bergevin, MarcMarc Bergevin 27–32–12
72 W March 18, 1987 6–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 28–32–12
73 L March 21, 1987 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Norwood, LeeLee Norwood 28–33–12
74 L March 22, 1987 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1986–87) Poddubny, WaltWalt Poddubny 28–34–12
75 T March 25, 1987 4–4 OT St. Louis Blues (1986–87) Sutter, DarrylDarryl Sutter 28–34–13
76 L March 28, 1987 4–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny 28–35–13
77 L March 29, 1987 6–8 Boston Bruins (1986–87) Linseman, KenKen Linseman 28–36–13
78 T April 1, 1987 4–4 OT Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) Wilson, RonRon Wilson 28–36–14
79 L April 4, 1987 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Clark, WendelWendel Clark 28–37–14
80 W April 5, 1987 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) Savard, DenisDenis Savard 29–37–14

Playoffs[edit]

Detroit Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 0[edit]

The Blackhawks opened the 1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings finished the 1986-87 season with a record of 34-36-10, earning 78 points and second place in the Norris Division, which was six more points than the third place Blackhawks.

The series opened at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, as Bob Sauve got the nod in goal. The Red Wings opened the scoring early in the first period on a goal by Petr Klima, and they would extend their lead to 2-0 after a goal by Darren Veitch before the first intermission. After a scoreless second period, Bob Murray got the Blackhawks to within one after scoring midway through the third period. The Red Wings Shawn Burr then scored just a little over two minutes later, as Detroit held on for a 3-1 victory.

In the second game, the Red Wings again scored early, as Gerard Gallant scored only 37 seconds into the game, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead. Joey Kocur extended the Detroit lead to 2-0 midway through the period. In the second period, Steve Yzerman made it 3-0 for the Red Wings before Marc Bergevin replied for the Blackhawks, cutting the Wings lead to 3-1. Detroit restored their three goal lead on a Shawn Burr goal, making it 4-1 for the Red Wings after two periods. In the third period, Adam Oates capped off the scoring for Detroit, as they cruised their way to a 5-1 victory and a 2-0 series lead. The Red Wings defence held the Blackhawks to only 15 shots in the game.

The series moved to Chicago Stadium for the third game of the series. In the first period, the Red Wings again opened the scoring, as Steve Yzerman beat goaltender Bob Sauve, giving Detroit a 1-0 lead 5:28 into the game. A minute later, the Red Wings Mel Bridgman made it 2-0. Bridgman added another goal in the final minute of the period, as the Wings took a 3-0 lead. The Blackhawks scored the only goal of the second period, as Denis Savard scored 2:23 into the period, cutting the Wings lead to 3-1 heading into the third. Only 21 seconds into the third period, the Hawks Curt Fraser scored, as the Hawks were within a goal, down 3-2. Late in the period, Ed Olczyk scored the tying goal, as the Hawks sent the game into overtime. In the extra period, the Wings Shawn Burr scored his third goal in three games, as Detroit defeated Chicago 4-3, and took a 3-0 series lead.

The Blackhawks stayed with Bob Sauve in goal for the fourth game, and for the fourth time in the series, the Wings scored first, as Brent Ashton scored midway through the first period for a 1-0 Red Wings lead. In the second period, Mel Bridgman scored only 35 seconds into the period, as Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the game. Wayne Presley got the Blackhawks on the board with a goal at 9:26 of the period, however, the Red Wings Dave Barr scored 41 seconds later, restoring Detroit's two goal lead. In the third period, the Hawks fired 18 shots at Red Wings goaltender Greg Stefan, however, they could not score, and the game finished with the Wings winning 3-1, and sweeping the series 4 games to 0. Stefan was the star of the game for the Red Wings, making 46 saves.

No. R Date Score Opponent Game Winning Goal Record
1 L April 8, 1987 1-3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Veitch, DarrenDarren Veitch 0-1
2 L April 9, 1987 1-5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Kocur, JoeJoe Kocur 0-2
3 L April 11, 1987 3–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Burr, ShawnShawn Burr 0-3
4 L April 12, 1987 1-3 Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) Bridgman, MelMel Bridgman 0-4

Player stats[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Savard, DenisDenis Savard C 70 40 50 90 108 15 7 0 7
Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer RW 80 28 56 84 22 20 10 0 4
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 77 28 43 71 59 14 4 2 3
Presley, WayneWayne Presley RW 80 32 29 61 114 -18 7 0 4
Secord, AlAl Secord LW 77 29 29 58 196 -20 5 0 3
Olczyk, EdEd Olczyk C 79 16 35 51 119 -4 2 1 2
Fraser, CurtCurt Fraser LW 75 25 25 50 182 5 3 0 2
Wilson, DougDoug Wilson D 69 16 32 48 36 15 7 1 1
Murray, BobBob Murray D 79 6 38 44 80 -9 4 0 1
Watson, BillBill Watson RW 51 13 19 32 6 19 0 0 0
Nylund, GaryGary Nylund D 80 7 20 27 190 -9 2 0 0
Brown, KeithKeith Brown D 73 4 23 27 86 5 2 0 0
LaVarre, MarkMark LaVarre RW 58 8 15 23 33 11 0 0 0
Donnelly, DaveDave Donnelly C 71 6 12 18 81 -7 0 0 0
Preston, RichRich Preston RW 73 8 9 17 19 -8 0 0 1
Ludzik, SteveSteve Ludzik C 52 5 12 17 34 -3 0 0 1
Sutter, DarrylDarryl Sutter LW 44 8 6 14 16 -3 1 0 0
Bergevin, MarcMarc Bergevin D 66 4 10 14 66 4 0 0 0
O'Callahan, JackJack O'Callahan D 48 1 13 14 59 10 1 0 0
Stapleton, MikeMike Stapleton C 39 3 6 9 6 -9 0 0 0
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 63 1 8 9 146 -2 0 0 0
Sanipass, EverettEverett Sanipass LW 7 1 3 4 2 3 0 0 0
Sauve, BobBob Sauve G 46 0 4 4 6 0 0 0 0
Paterson, RickRick Paterson C 22 1 2 3 6 1 0 1 0
Bannerman, MurrayMurray Bannerman G 39 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Camazzola, JamesJames Camazzola LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cassidy, BruceBruce Cassidy D 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Sceviour, DarinDarin Sceviour RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Skorodenski, WarrenWarren Skorodenski G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Sauve, BobBob Sauve 2660 46 19 19 5 159 3.59 1 1497 1338 .894
Bannerman, MurrayMurray Bannerman 2059 39 9 18 8 142 4.14 0 1122 980 .873
Skorodenski, WarrenWarren Skorodenski 155 3 1 0 1 7 2.71 0 90 83 .922
Team: 4874 80 29 37 14 308 3.79 1 2709 2401 .886

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Fraser, CurtCurt Fraser LW 2 1 1 2 10 -1 0 0 0
Olczyk, EdEd Olczyk C 4 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 0
Nylund, GaryGary Nylund D 4 0 2 2 11 -1 0 0 0
Preston, RichRich Preston RW 4 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
Bergevin, MarcMarc Bergevin D 3 1 0 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Murray, BobBob Murray D 4 1 0 1 4 -2 0 0 0
Presley, WayneWayne Presley RW 4 1 0 1 9 -2 0 0 0
Savard, DenisDenis Savard C 4 1 0 1 12 -3 0 0 0
Brown, KeithKeith Brown D 4 0 1 1 6 -1 0 0 0
Watson, BillBill Watson RW 4 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Donnelly, DaveDave Donnelly C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer RW 4 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Ludzik, SteveSteve Ludzik C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 3 0 0 0 10 -2 0 0 0
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 4 0 0 0 5 -3 0 0 0
O'Callahan, JackJack O'Callahan D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Sauve, BobBob Sauve G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Secord, AlAl Secord LW 4 0 0 0 21 -2 0 0 0
Stapleton, MikeMike Stapleton C 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Sutter, DarrylDarryl Sutter LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vincelette, DanDan Vincelette LW 3 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Wilson, DougDoug Wilson D 4 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Sauve, BobBob Sauve 245 4 0 4 15 3.67 0 136 121 .890
Team: 245 4 0 4 15 3.67 0 136 121 .890

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://prosportstransactions.com/hockey/Search/SearchResults.php?Player=&Team=Blackhawks&BeginDate=1986-05-01&EndDate=1987-09-01&PlayerMovementChkBx=yes&submit=Search
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 

2. 1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks Yearbook (official team publication)

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