1986–87 New York Islanders season

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1986–87 New York Islanders
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 6th Wales
1986–87 record 35-33-12
Goals for 279
Goals against 281
Team information
General Manager Bill Torrey
Coach Terry Simpson
Captain Denis Potvin
Alternate captains Brent Sutter
Bryan Trottier
Arena Nassau Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Mike Bossy, Pat LaFontaine (38)
Assists Bryan Trottier (64)
Points Bryan Trottier (87)
Penalties in minutes Brian Curran (356)
Wins Kelly Hrudey (21)
Goals against average Kelly Hrudey (3.30)

The 1986–87 New York Islanders season was the 15th season for the franchise in the National Hockey League.

Offseason[edit]

NHL draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 17 Tom Fitzgerald  United States Austin Prep (Mass.)
2 38 Dennis Vaske  United States Plymouth Armstrong H.S. (Minn.)
3 59 Bill Berg  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHL)

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Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 46 26 8 310 245 100
Washington Capitals 80 38 32 10 285 278 86
New York Islanders 80 35 33 12 279 281 82
New York Rangers 80 34 38 8 307 323 76
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 38 12 297 290 72
New Jersey Devils 80 29 45 6 293 368 64

[2]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 Record
1 L October 9, 1986 2–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 0–1–0
2 L October 11, 1986 4–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 0–2–0
3 W October 16, 1986 7–4 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 1–2–0
4 L October 18, 1986 2–3 New York Rangers (1986–87) 1–3–0
5 T October 19, 1986 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1986–87) 1–3–1
6 W October 21, 1986 6–3 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 2–3–1
7 W October 25, 1986 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 3–3–1
8 W October 28, 1986 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 4–3–1
9 L October 30, 1986 6–7 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 4–4–1
10 W November 1, 1986 7–4 Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 5–4–1
11 W November 4, 1986 7–1 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 6–4–1
12 L November 5, 1986 2–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 6–5–1
13 W November 8, 1986 2–1 OT Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 7–5–1
14 W November 9, 1986 4–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 8–5–1
15 L November 11, 1986 2–3 OT Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 8–6–1
16 W November 15, 1986 7–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 9–6–1
17 L November 16, 1986 1–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 9–7–1
18 W November 18, 1986 4–3 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) 10–7–1
19 W November 20, 1986 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 11–7–1
20 L November 22, 1986 3–6 Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 11–8–1
21 W November 25, 1986 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 12–8–1
22 W November 26, 1986 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 13–8–1
23 L November 29, 1986 5–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 13–9–1
24 T December 2, 1986 3–3 OT @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) 13–9–2
25 L December 3, 1986 1–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 13–10–2
26 W December 5, 1986 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 14–10–2
27 L December 7, 1986 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1986–87) 14–11–2
28 L December 9, 1986 2–7 Los Angeles Kings (1986–87) 14–12–2
29 W December 11, 1986 8–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 15–12–2
30 W December 13, 1986 4–2 New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 16–12–2
31 W December 16, 1986 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 17–12–2
32 L December 18, 1986 4–9 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 17–13–2
33 W December 20, 1986 5–2 New York Rangers (1986–87) 18–13–2
34 W December 23, 1986 4–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 19–13–2
35 L December 26, 1986 1–2 @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) 19–14–2
36 T December 27, 1986 3–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 19–14–3
37 L December 30, 1986 3–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 19–15–3
38 L December 31, 1986 3–4 OT @ New York Rangers (1986–87) 19–16–3
39 L January 3, 1987 4–5 Boston Bruins (1986–87) 19–17–3
40 W January 6, 1987 5–3 Minnesota North Stars (1986–87) 20–17–3
41 W January 9, 1987 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1986–87) 21–17–3
42 W January 10, 1987 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 22–17–3
43 T January 13, 1987 3–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 22–17–4
44 L January 15, 1987 2–3 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 22–18–4
45 L January 17, 1987 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 22–19–4
46 W January 18, 1987 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 23–19–4
47 L January 20, 1987 1–3 Calgary Flames (1986–87) 23–20–4
48 L January 21, 1987 5–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 23–21–4
49 W January 24, 1987 2–1 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) 24–21–4
50 T January 27, 1987 2–2 OT Winnipeg Jets (1986–87) 24–21–5
51 T January 30, 1987 3–3 OT @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) 24–21–6
52 W January 31, 1987 4–2 Hartford Whalers (1986–87) 25–21–6
53 L February 4, 1987 1–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 25–22–6
54 T February 6, 1987 3–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1986–87) 25–22–7
55 L February 7, 1987 1–4 @ Calgary Flames (1986–87) 25–23–7
56 L February 14, 1987 1–5 Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 25–24–7
57 L February 17, 1987 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 25–25–7
58 T February 18, 1987 1–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 25–25–8
59 W February 21, 1987 6–5 Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 26–25–8
60 W February 22, 1987 7–0 @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 27–25–8
61 L February 24, 1987 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 27–26–8
62 W February 26, 1987 5–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 28–26–8
63 T February 28, 1987 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 28–26–9
64 T March 3, 1987 4–4 OT Boston Bruins (1986–87) 28–26–10
65 L March 4, 1987 5–7 @ New York Rangers (1986–87) 28–27–10
66 L March 7, 1987 2–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1986–87) 28–28–10
67 W March 8, 1987 6–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1986–87) 29–28–10
68 W March 10, 1987 6–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1986–87) 30–28–10
69 L March 13, 1987 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 30–29–10
70 W March 14, 1987 7–6 OT New Jersey Devils (1986–87) 31–29–10
71 L March 16, 1987 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1986–87) 31–30–10
72 W March 19, 1987 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1986–87) 32–30–10
73 W March 21, 1987 4–3 New York Rangers (1986–87) 33–30–10
74 L March 24, 1987 1–3 Washington Capitals (1986–87) 33–31–10
75 L March 26, 1987 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1986–87) 33–32–10
76 T March 27, 1987 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1986–87) 33–32–11
77 W March 31, 1987 4–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1986–87) 34–32–11
78 L April 2, 1987 1–4 Quebec Nordiques (1986–87) 34–33–11
79 T April 4, 1987 6–6 OT Buffalo Sabres (1986–87) 34–33–12
80 W April 5, 1987 9–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1986–87) 35–33–12

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 80 23 64 87 50 3 13 0 1
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 63 38 37 75 33 -7 8 1 5
LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine C 80 38 32 70 70 -10 19 1 6
Sutter, BrentBrent Sutter C 69 27 36 63 73 23 6 3 8
Makela, MikkoMikko Makela RW 80 24 33 57 24 3 11 0 3
Flatley, PatPat Flatley RW 63 16 35 51 81 17 6 0 4
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 58 12 30 42 70 -6 8 0 1
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 80 14 17 31 169 1 1 0 1
Jonsson, TomasTomas Jonsson D 47 6 25 31 36 -8 1 1 0
Kromm, RichardRichard Kromm LW 70 12 17 29 20 2 0 0 0
Leiter, KenKen Leiter D 74 9 20 29 30 2 4 0 0
Boyd, RandyRandy Boyd D 30 7 17 24 37 0 3 1 0
Lauer, BradBrad Lauer LW 61 7 14 21 65 0 1 0 1
Konroyd, SteveSteve Konroyd D 72 5 16 21 70 -4 3 0 0
Bassen, BobBob Bassen C 77 7 10 17 89 -17 0 0 1
Kerr, AlanAlan Kerr RW 72 7 10 17 175 -10 0 1 1
Dineen, GordGord Dineen D 71 4 10 14 110 -8 0 0 0
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 51 6 7 13 26 -12 0 0 0
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 64 3 8 11 32 7 0 0 0
Haanpaa, AriAri Haanpaa LW 41 6 4 10 17 8 0 0 3
Curran, BrianBrian Curran D 68 0 10 10 356 3 0 0 0
Henry, DaleDale Henry LW 19 3 3 6 46 2 0 0 0
Diduck, GeraldGerald Diduck D 30 2 3 5 67 -3 0 0 0
Coulter, NealNeal Coulter RW 9 2 1 3 7 -2 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 40 0 2 2 37 0 0 0 0
Wood, RandyRandy Wood LW/C 6 1 0 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Hamway, MarkMark Hamway RW 2 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey G 46 0 1 1 37 0 0 0 0
King, DerekDerek King LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey 2634 46 21 15 7 145 3.30 0 1219 1074 .881
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 2252 40 14 18 5 132 3.52 1 1007 875 .869
Team: 4886 80 35 33 12 277 3.40 1 2226 1949 .876
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 14 8 5 13 12 -6 3 0 2
LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine C 14 5 7 12 10 -6 1 0 2
Makela, MikkoMikko Makela RW 11 2 4 6 8 -4 1 0 1
Flatley, PatPat Flatley RW 11 3 2 5 6 -2 0 0 0
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 6 2 3 5 0 -2 2 0 0
Jonsson, TomasTomas Jonsson D 10 1 4 5 6 2 1 0 0
Kerr, AlanAlan Kerr RW 14 1 4 5 25 -1 0 0 0
Konroyd, SteveSteve Konroyd D 14 1 4 5 10 4 0 0 0
Leiter, KenKen Leiter D 11 0 5 5 6 -2 0 0 0
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 10 2 2 4 6 3 0 0 1
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 10 2 2 4 21 -7 1 0 0
Kromm, RichardRichard Kromm LW 14 1 3 4 4 0 0 0 0
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 13 1 3 4 2 -6 0 0 0
Wood, RandyRandy Wood LW/C 13 1 3 4 14 0 0 0 1
Dineen, GordGord Dineen D 7 0 4 4 4 4 0 0 0
Bassen, BobBob Bassen C 14 1 2 3 21 2 0 0 0
Lauer, BradBrad Lauer LW 6 2 0 2 4 1 0 0 0
Sutter, BrentBrent Sutter C 5 1 0 1 4 -4 1 0 0
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 14 1 0 1 26 -3 0 0 0
Boyd, RandyRandy Boyd D 4 0 1 1 6 -2 0 0 0
Dalgarno, BradBrad Dalgarno RW 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Diduck, GeraldGerald Diduck D 14 0 1 1 35 -7 0 0 0
Curran, BrianBrian Curran D 8 0 0 0 51 -4 0 0 0
Haanpaa, AriAri Haanpaa LW 6 0 0 0 10 -1 0 0 0
Henry, DaleDale Henry LW 8 0 0 0 2 -5 0 0 0
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey G 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hrudey, KellyKelly Hrudey 842 14 7 7 38 2.71 0 464 426 .918
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 67 2 0 0 1 0.90 0 22 21 .955
Team: 909 14 7 7 39 2.57 0 486 447 .920

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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;

Playoffs[edit]

Round 1: New York Islanders (3) vs. Washington Capitals (2)[edit]

The Easter Epic[4] is the nickname given to a National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoff game between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals, played April 18–19, 1987, at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. It is so named because the game started on Saturday evening but did not finish until the early hours of Easter Sunday.


New York won series 4–3


Round 2: New York Islanders (3) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (1)[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–3


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1986e.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1986-87 New York Islanders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  4. ^ Kara Yorio (2007-04-17). "Two overtimes in the playoffs would be plenty". The Sporting News. Retrieved 7 January 2009. Anyone around for the 1987 Easter Epic between the Islanders and Capitals (an extra 68:47 of hockey that holiday) has a story to tell.