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The 1985 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 10, after the conclusion of the 1984–85 NHL season. The playoffs concluded on May 30 with the champion Edmonton Oilers defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 8–3 to win the Final series four games to one and win the Stanley Cup.

1985 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 10–May 30, 1985
Defending championsEdmonton Oilers
Final positions
ChampionsEdmonton Oilers
Runner-upPhiladelphia Flyers
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Wayne Gretzky (Oilers)
(47 points)
MVPWayne Gretzky (Oilers)

Playoff seedsEdit

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams DivisionEdit

  1. Montreal Canadiens, Adams Division champions – 94 points
  2. Quebec Nordiques – 91 points
  3. Buffalo Sabres – 90 points
  4. Boston Bruins – 82 points

Patrick DivisionEdit

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 113 points
  2. Washington Capitals – 101 points
  3. New York Islanders – 86 points
  4. New York Rangers – 62 points

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris DivisionEdit

  1. St. Louis Blues, Norris Division champions – 86 points
  2. Chicago Black Hawks – 83 points
  3. Detroit Red Wings – 66 points
  4. Minnesota North Stars – 62 points

Smythe DivisionEdit

  1. Edmonton Oilers, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 109 points
  2. Winnipeg Jets – 96 points
  3. Calgary Flames – 94 points
  4. Los Angeles Kings – 82 points

Playoff bracketEdit

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

Division SemifinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Boston BruinsEdit

In the series finale, the Canadiens got the only goal when Mats Naslund scored with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation. Steve Penney stopped all 20 shots to register the shutout.[1]

Montreal won series 3–2

(A2) Quebec Nordiques vs. (A3) Buffalo SabresEdit

In the final game, Buffalo led 5-3 with just nine minutes remaining, but allowed the Nordiques to score two goals in a span of 64 seconds to tie it at 12:06. The Nordiques' Brent Ashton then got the winner with only 69 seconds left.[2]

Quebec won series 3–2

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P4) New York RangersEdit

Philadelphia won series 3–0

(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) New York IslandersEdit

New York won series 3–2

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

Minnesota won series 3–0

(N2) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N3) Detroit Red WingsEdit

Chicago won series 3-0

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Los Angeles KingsEdit

Edmonton won series 3–0

(S2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (S3) Calgary FlamesEdit

Winnipeg won series 3–1

Division FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A2) Quebec NordiquesEdit

The Quebec Nordiques and Montreal Canadiens battled in a seven-game series. Bitter rivals from the province of Quebec, the Nords shocked the Habs in 1982, only to see a fourth-place Montreal club upset Quebec two years later. In the deciding seventh game at the Montreal Forum, Peter Stastny scored the game and series winning goal, giving Quebec an improbable 3–2 overtime win and berth in the Wales Conference Finals. Quebec would not get to the conference finals again until 1996, their first year as Colorado Avalanche. They would win the Stanley Cup.

Quebec won series 4–3

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P3) New York IslandersEdit

The Philadelphia Flyers ended the New York Islanders' string of five straight seasons in the Stanley Cup Final by dispatching the club four games to one. Flyers goaltender Pelle Lindbergh registered a pair of shutouts, one in the first game and the other in the clinching fifth game, by a 1–0 score.

Philadelphia won series 4–1

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N2) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

The Chicago Black Hawks simply outscored the Minnesota North Stars in an offensive-minded six-game series that featured 61 total goals.

Chicago won series 4–2

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S2) Winnipeg JetsEdit

Defending Cup champion Edmonton was too much for the Winnipeg Jets, sweeping them in four straight games and doubling their goal total.

Edmonton won series 4–0

Conference FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales Conference FinalEdit

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (A2) Quebec NordiquesEdit

Although the Flyers held the best record in the NHL with 53 wins and 113 points, the Adams Division held a better record against the Patrick Division, so the Wales finals began in Quebec City. Philadelphia and Quebec split the first four games of the series, then the Flyers edged the Nordiques, 2–1 in game five. Game six in Philadelphia was a tour-de-force for the Flyers, outshooting Quebec 36–15, and winning 3–0. Flyers captain Dave Poulin's shorthanded goal early in the second period was the deciding factor in the contest. The team returned to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1980. The win came at a high cost for the Flyers as both 54-goal forward Tim Kerr and defenceman Brad McCrimmon would be lost for the remainder of the playoffs with injuries.

Philadelphia won series 4–2

Clarence Campbell Conference FinalEdit

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N2) Chicago Black HawksEdit

The Oilers defeated the Black Hawks in a six-game series which broke all sorts of records for total offense. Edmonton won the first two games at home by 11–2 and 7–3 scores, only to see Chicago strike back at home with 5–2 and 8–6 victories. However, Edmonton rebounded to blast the Hawks in the final two games, 10–5 and 8–2 to earn their third trip to the Cup Finals in as many years. Edmonton set all-time playoff marks with most goals in one series, most goals in a six-game series, and both clubs set records with most total goals in a semifinal series and most total goals in one six-game series. Oilers' Jari Kurri scored three hat tricks in the series, setting a still-standing NHL record.

Edmonton won series 4–2

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Edmonton would lose the first game to the Flyers but would then take the next four to win their second straight Stanley Cup. Wayne Gretzky was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player.

Edmonton won series 4–1

Player statisticsEdit


These are the top ten skaters based on points.[3]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 18 17 30 47 +27 4
Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 18 12 25 37 +23 44
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 18 19 12 31 +23 6
Denis Savard Chicago Black Hawks 15 9 20 29 +4 20
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers 18 10 16 26 +11 38
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers 18 12 13 25 +14 12
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 18 4 19 23 +2 24
Steve Larmer Chicago Black Hawks 15 9 13 22 +1 14
Michel Goulet Quebec Nordiques 17 11 10 21 0 17
Charlie Huddy Edmonton Oilers 18 3 17 20 +21 17


This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage, with at least 420 minutes played. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[4]

Pelle Lindbergh Philadelphia Flyers 18 12 6 487 42 2.50 .914 3 1006:43
Mario Gosselin Quebec Nordiques 17 9 8 471 54 3.07 .885 0 1056:07
Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers 18 15 3 520 55 3.10 .894 0 1063:15
Steve Penney Montreal Canadiens 12 6 6 300 40 3.28 .867 1 732:08
Murray Bannerman Chicago Black Hawks 15 9 6 544 72 4.79 .868 0 902:34

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ K.P. Wee (October 2015). The End of the Montreal Jinx: Boston's Short-Lived Glory in the Historic Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry, 1988-1994. p. 18. ISBN 978-1517362911.
  2. ^ K.P. Wee (October 2015). The End of the Montreal Jinx: Boston's Short-Lived Glory in the Historic Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry, 1988-1994. p. 186. ISBN 978-1517362911.
  3. ^ - Skater Stats
  4. ^ - Goalie Stats
Preceded by
1984 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1986 Stanley Cup playoffs