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The 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the National Hockey League (NHL) championship began on April 3, 1991, following the 1990–91 regular season. The 16 teams that qualified, from the top four teams of the four divisions, played best-of-seven series with re-seeding after the division finals. The Conference Champions played a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup.

1991 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 3–May 25, 1991
Teams16
Defending championsEdmonton Oilers
Final positions
ChampionsPittsburgh Penguins
Runner-upMinnesota North Stars
Semifinalists
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Mario Lemieux (Penguins)
(44 points)
MVPMario Lemieux (Penguins)
1990
1992

This was the first of the 25 consecutive years in which the Detroit Red Wings qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs until their streak finally ended in 2017. Their streak is tied for the third longest in NHL history, and was the longest active playoff appearance streak in the four major American professional sports.

The finals concluded on May 25 with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning the Stanley Cup, defeating the Minnesota North Stars in the final series four games to two. Pittsburgh forward Mario Lemieux was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

This was the first NHL playoffs without any series sweeps since the 1972–73 season. In addition, this season set the record for most playoff games played with 92, which stood until 2014.[1]

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Playoff seedsEdit

In the 1990–91 season, teams qualified based on their division standing at the end of the regular season. Playoffs then proceeded among the top four teams in each division, providing a division winner. The two division winners of each conference then played off to provide a conference winner. The two conference winners then played off in the final to produce a Stanley Cup champion.

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams DivisionEdit

  1. Boston Bruins, Adams Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 100 points
  2. Montreal Canadiens – 89 points
  3. Buffalo Sabres – 81 points
  4. Hartford Whalers – 73 points

Patrick DivisionEdit

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins, Patrick Division champions – 88 points
  2. New York Rangers – 85 points
  3. Washington Capitals – 81 points
  4. New Jersey Devils – 79 points

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris DivisionEdit

  1. Chicago Blackhawks, Norris Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 106 points
  2. St. Louis Blues – 105 points
  3. Detroit Red Wings – 76 points
  4. Minnesota North Stars – 68 points

Smythe DivisionEdit

  1. Los Angeles Kings, Smythe Division champions – 102 points
  2. Calgary Flames – 100 points
  3. Edmonton Oilers – 80 points
  4. Vancouver Canucks – 65 points

Playoff bracketEdit

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


Division SemifinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Hartford WhalersEdit

Boston won series 4–2


(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A3) Buffalo SabresEdit

Montreal won series 4–2


(P1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P4) New Jersey DevilsEdit

Pittsburgh won series 4–3


(P2) New York Rangers vs. (P3) Washington CapitalsEdit

Washington won series 4–2


Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

Minnesota won series 4–2


(N2) St. Louis Blues vs. (N3) Detroit Red WingsEdit

St. Louis won series 4–3


(S1) Los Angeles Kings vs. (S4) Vancouver CanucksEdit

Los Angeles won series 4–2


(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Edmonton OilersEdit

Edmonton won series 4–3


Division FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A2) Montreal CanadiensEdit

Boston won series 4–3


(P1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P3) Washington CapitalsEdit

Pittsburgh won series 4–1


Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N2) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

Minnesota won series 4–2


(S1) Los Angeles Kings vs. (S3) Edmonton OilersEdit

Edmonton won series 4–2


Conference FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales Conference FinalEdit

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (P1) Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

Pittsburgh won series 4–2


Clarence Campbell Conference FinalEdit

(S3) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

Minnesota's series victory was the first time since realignment in 1981 that the Clarence Campbell Conference was not represented by a Canadian or Smythe Division team in the Stanley Cup Finals.


Minnesota won series 4–1


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit


Pittsburgh won series 4–2


Playoff statisticsEdit

SkatersEdit

These are the top ten skaters based on points.[2]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 23 16 28 44 +14 16
Mark Recchi Pittsburgh Penguins 24 10 24 34 +6 33
Kevin Stevens Pittsburgh Penguins 24 17 16 33 +14 53
Brian Bellows Minnesota North Stars 23 10 19 29 -6 30
Dave Gagner Minnesota North Stars 23 12 15 27 -4 28
Ray Bourque Boston Bruins 19 7 18 25 -4 12
Brian Propp Minnesota North Stars 23 8 15 23 -4 28
Larry Murphy Pittsburgh Penguins 23 5 18 23 +17 44
Neal Broten Minnesota North Stars 23 9 13 22 +2 6
Craig Janney Boston Bruins 18 4 18 22 -4 11

GoaltendersEdit

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.[3]

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Tom Barrasso Pittsburgh Penguins 20 12 7 629 51 2.60 .919 1 1175:23
Kelly Hrudey Los Angeles Kings 12 6 6 382 37 2.78 .903 0 798:13
Don Beaupre Washington Capitals 11 5 5 294 29 2.79 .901 1 624:19
Chris Terreri New Jersey Devils 7 3 4 216 21 2.94 .903 0 428:06
Mike Vernon Calgary Flames 7 3 4 204 21 2.95 .897 0 427:28

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mike Zeisberger – The Toronto Sun (June 14, 2014). "NHL playoff highlights during this lengthy post-season". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ NHL.com - Skater Stats
  3. ^ NHL.com - Goalie Stats