Team Recap: 34th-seeded ’84-’85 Quebec Nordiques

The 34th-seeded '84-'85 Quebec Nordiques

The 34th-seeded ’84-’85 Quebec Nordiques

  • Brent Ashton (LW)
    • 5 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -4   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bruce Bell (D)
    • 5 GP   2 G   8* A   10 P   -3   22 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bo Berglund (RW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -4   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Bouchard (G)
    • 2 GP   0 GS   0-1-0   2.50 GAA   .886 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Gord Donnelly (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Luc Dufour (LW)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Paul Gillis (C)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mario Gosselin (G)
    • 5 GP   5 GS   1-3-0   4.80 GAA   .867 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Michel Goulet (LW)
    • 5 GP   4 G   5 A   9 P   +5*   44* S   0 GWG   4* PIM   4* Stars
  • Dale Hunter (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   10 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Alain Lemieux (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -4   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jimmy Mann (RW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mario Marois (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brad Maxwell (D)
    • 5 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   +1   16 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Randy Moller (D)
    • 5 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -2   22 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Wilf Paiement (RW)
    • 5 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   Even   11 S   1* GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pat Price (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   +1   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Anton Stastny (LW)
    • 5 GP   6* G   2 A   8 P   +2   30 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Marian Stastny (RW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   2 A   3 P   -3   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter Stastny (C)
    • 5 GP   5 G   7 A   12* P   +5*   31 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   4* Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 1-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 25
  • Goals/Game: 5.00 – 4th-highest in tournament
  • Goals Allowed: 30
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 6.00 – T-3rd highest in tournament
  • Shots: 220
  • Shots Allowed: 225
  • Shots/Game: 44.0
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 45.0
  • # of PP’s: 7
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 14.3%
  • TSH: 6
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 50.0% – T-2nd worst in tournament
  • Penalties in minutes: 26

The ’84-’85 Quebec Nordiques weren’t necessarily the best team the Nordiques’ history, but they made a playoff run that was arguably their best. They made their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut and had a matchup against a fellow tea from the ’84-’85 season. A team that the Nordiques went 1-1-1 against.

First Round:

Defeated by ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets, 4-1

The ’84-’85 season was the Nordiques’ fifth season under head coach Michel Bergeron. They posted a 41-30-9 record which totaled 91 points and was good for 2nd in the Adams Division, three points behind the Montreal Canadiens. Quebec was seventh in the league in offense with 323 goals (4.04/game) and they were fifth in the league in goals allowed with 275 (3.44/game). Hockey Reference ranked Quebec’s strength of schedule as the eighth-toughest in the NHL that season. HR also ranked the Nordiques as the sixth-best team in the league using their SRS ratings. That rating of 0.65 for the ’84-’85 Nordiques was the third-highest rating for the Quebec franchise. Their playoff run started with a matchup against the Buffalo Sabres and it took a tight five-game series to advance to the Division Finals. Then, Quebec matched up against the rival Canadiens and thanks to an overtime winner from Peter Stastny in Game 7, they advance to their second Conference Final trip in four years. However, their playoff run would end against a powerhouse Philadelphia Flyers team in six games.

The Stastny brothers are synonymous with the ’80s Nordiques. Peter Stastny totaled 100 points in just 75 games played to lead Quebec in overall scoring. Michel Goulet was a close second with 95 points in only 69 games played, and Goulet was the team’s leading goal-scorer with 55 goals. Anton Stastny was a distant second behind Goulet with just 38 goals. Peter also led Quebec in apples with 68 and a young Dale Hunter was second with 52. We all know Hunter had a pretty big, nasty side and his 209 penalties in minutes were a team-high. In goal, the Nordiques split the duties three ways. Rookie Mario Gosselin appeared the most with 35 games played and a record of 19-11-3 with a 3.34 goals against average and a .877 save percentage. Gosselin would be given the starting position for their playoff run. The highest Point Share for the Nordiques belonged to Goulet at 8.7 and Peter posted the second-highest share at 7.6.

Up next are the 33rd-seeded ’06-’07 Nashville Predators!

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