The 1982 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1981–82 season, and the culmination of the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was played between the Campbell Conference champion Vancouver Canucks in their first Finals appearance and the Wales Conference and defending Cup champion New York Islanders, in their third Finals appearance. The Islanders won the best-of-seven series, four games to none, to win their third consecutive and overall Stanley Cup championship. This was the first time that a U.S.-based team won three straight Stanley Cups.
|1982 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* overtime periods|
|Location(s)||Uniondale: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1, 2)|
Vancouver: Pacific Coliseum (3, 4)
|Coaches||New York: Al Arbour|
Vancouver: Roger Neilson
|Captains||New York: Denis Potvin|
Vancouver: Kevin McCarthy
|Dates||May 8 – May 16|
|MVP||Mike Bossy (Islanders)|
|Series-winning goal||Mike Bossy (5:00, second, G4)|
|Hall of Famers||Islanders:|
Mike Bossy (1991)
Clark Gillies (2002)
Denis Potvin (1991)
Billy Smith (1993)
Bryan Trottier (1997)
Al Arbour (1996)
Roger Neilson (2002)
USA Network (United States, except in New York area)
SportsChannel New York (New York area, games 1 & 2)
WOR (New York area, games 3 & 4)
|Announcers||(CBC) Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin Jr. (in Uniondale), Jim Robson, Howie Meeker, and Gary Dornhoefer (in Vancouver)|
(USA) Dan Kelly and Gary Green
(SCNY, WOR) Jiggs McDonald and Ed Westfall
(New York Islanders Radio) Barry Landers and Jean Potvin
(Vancouver Canucks Radio) Jim Robson (in Uniondale), Jim Hughson (in Vancouver), Tom Larscheid
This 1982 Finals took place under a revised NHL divisional alignment and playoff structure, which de facto revived the "East vs. West" format for the Finals that had been abandoned when the Western Hockey League folded in 1926. It was also the first time a team from Western Canada contested the Finals since the WHL stopped challenging for the Stanley Cup (the Victoria Cougars, who had also been the last team from British Columbia to win the Cup in 1925, played the 1926 Finals too).
With the new "East vs. West" format in effect, the NHL opted to switch a 2-3-2 format for the Finals to reduce travel compared to the traditional 2-2-1-1-1 format, although that was of no effect for these Finals since the result was a four game sweep. Also, starting this season home ice advantage would alternate between conferences as opposed to going to the team with the better record. The latter change would also be of no effect for these Finals since for even years the Wales champion received that advantage and in 1982 their representative, the Islanders, had the better record.
Paths to the FinalsEdit
Vancouver, despite having a losing record in the regular season, defeated the Calgary Flames 3–0, the Los Angeles Kings 4–1 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 to advance to the finals. This was their first Finals appearance.
The Canucks had their best chance to win a game in the first one, as a Jim Nill short-handed marker gave them a 5–4 lead with only seven minutes to play in regulation time. However, the Islanders tied it when Mike Bossy banged home a loose puck after goaltender Richard Brodeur had collided with his own defenceman, Harold Snepsts, while trying to smother it. In the dying seconds of the first overtime period, Snepsts attempted to clear the puck up the middle, but it was intercepted by Bossy, who completed his hat trick with two seconds left on the clock to win the game for the Islanders. In game two, the Canucks led 4–3 after two periods, but the Isles came back to win again.
The series then shifted to Vancouver, where the Canucks were boosted by a boisterous, towel-waving Vancouver crowd and had a great first period, but failed to score on Billy Smith, who was brilliant. The Islanders went on to win 3–0, and then completed the sweep with a 3–1 victory on May 16 to win their third straight Cup and first on the road.
New York Islanders vs. Vancouver CanucksEdit
|May 8||Vancouver Canucks||5–6||OT||New York Islanders||Nassau Coliseum||Recap|
|Thomas Gradin (7) - 1:29
Thomas Gradin (8) - pp - 17:40
|First period||11:35 - pp - Clark Gillies (7)|
15:52 - Mike Bossy (11)
19:51 - pp - Denis Potvin (4)
|Stan Smyl (8) - pp - 05:06
Ivan Boldirev (7) - 09:27
|Second period||03:15 - pp - Denis Potvin (5)|
|James Nill (4) - 13:06||Third period||15:14 - Mike Bossy (12)|
|No scoring||First overtime period||19:58 - Mike Bossy (13)|
|Richard Brodeur 30 saves / 36 shots||Goalie stats||Billy Smith 30 saves / 35 shots|
|May 11||Vancouver Canucks||4–6||New York Islanders||Nassau Coliseum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||15:55 - sh - Billy Carroll (2)|
|Thomas Gradin (9) - pp - 08:28
Ivan Boldirev (8) - pp - 13:12
Lars Lindgren (2) - 19:42
|Second period||17:06 - pp - Mike Bossy (14)|
|Gerry Minor (1) - 02:27||Third period||00:32 - pp - Bob Bourne (9)|
01:19 - Duane Sutter (5)
07:18 - pp - Bryan Trottier (6)
14:10 - Bobby Nystrom (4)
|Richard Brodeur 30 saves / 36 shots||Goalie stats||Billy Smith 26 saves / 30 shots|
|May 13||New York Islanders||3–0||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|Clark Gillies (8) - 02:56
Mike Bossy (15) - 12:30
|Second period||No scoring|
|Bobby Nystrom (5) - 18:40||Third period||No scoring|
|Billy Smith 23 saves / 23 shots||Goalie stats||Richard Brodeur 29 saves / 31 shots|
|May 16||New York Islanders||3–1||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum||Recap|
|Butch Goring (6) - 11:38||First period||18:09 - Stan Smyl (9)|
|Mike Bossy (16) - pp - 05:00
Mike Bossy (17) - pp - 08:00
|Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|Billy Smith 23 saves / 24 shots||Goalie stats||Richard Brodeur 25 saves / 28 shots|
|New York won series 4–0|
Mike Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
The series aired on CBC in Canada and on the USA Network in the United States. USA's national coverage was blacked out in the New York area due to the local rights to Islanders games in that TV market, with SportsChannel New York airing games one and two, and WOR televising games three and four.
During the first period of the fourth game, WOR's broadcast experienced technical difficulties due to videotaping and editing issues causing an estimated 4 minutes and 30 seconds delay on their broadcast with a WOR identification card with text reading "Please Stand By" on the center of the screen. After a minute of silence, music by Alan Hawkshaw began playing with an announcer saying "Please stand by, we're experiencing technical difficulties. As soon as they have been corrected, we shall return to our scheduled programs". This occurred before a commercial break.
New York IslandersEdit
Note: Stan Smyl served as the Canucks acting team captain during the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs. Kevin McCarthy was injured late in the season and did not play in the playoffs and is listed as the official team captain.
Stanley Cup engravingEdit
The following Islanders players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup
1981–82 New York Islanders
Coaching and administrative staff
Stanley Cup engraving
- Harry Boyd, Mario Saraceno (Scouts) were included on the Stanley Cup in 1980, 1981. They were still part of the 1982, 1983 New York Islanders, but names were not put on the cup those years.
- †Greg Gilbert played 1 regular season, and 4 playoff games (did not play in the finals). †Hector Marini played 30 regular season games, but was not dressed in the playoffs. Both names were included on the Stanley Cup, even though they did not officially qualify.
††- Also played Centre
- Due to injury, McCarthy didn't play in any playoff games. Stan Smyl served as acting captain.
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