Team Recap: 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals

The 25th-seeded '83-'84 Washington Capitals

The 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals

  • Greg Adams (LW)
    • 21 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   +5   18 S   0 GWG   16 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter Andersson (D)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Timo Blomqvist (D)
    • 21 GP   0 G   7 A   7 P   +3   23 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Carpenter (C)
    • 21 GP   6 G   23* A   29 P   +4   139* S   1 GWG   4 PIM   7 Stars
  • Dave Christian (RW)
    • 21 GP   7 G   13 A   20 P   -3   98 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   5 Stars
  • Gaetan Duchesne (LW)
    • 21 GP   7 G   9 A   16 P   +12*   44 S   3 GWG   0 PIM   7 Stars
  • Mike Gartner (RW)
    • 21 GP   16* G   15 A   31* P   -3   135 S   3 GWG   12 PIM   18* Stars
  • Bobby Gould (RW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bengt-Ake Gustafsson (RW)
    • 21 GP   10 G   10 A   20 P   +12*   58 S   4* GWG   0 PIM   13 Stars
  • Alan Haworth (C)
    • 21 GP   11 G   8 A   19 P   +4   51 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Doug Jarvis (C)
    • 21 GP   5 G   5 A   10 P   +4   50 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Al Jensen (G)
    • 21 GP   21 GS   13-6-2   3.00 GAA   .897 SV%   0 SO   11 Stars
  • Rod Langway (D)
    • 21 GP   6 G   5 A   11 P   +3   81 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Bob Mason (G)
    • 3 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   1.00 GAA   .945 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Gary McAdam (LW)
    • 21 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   +4   26 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Larry Murphy (D)
    • 21 GP   3 G   11 A   14 P   +10   39 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Gary Sampson (LW)
    • 16 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Shand (D)
    • 21 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   +2   26 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scott Stevens (D)
    • 21 GP   4 G   17 A   21 P   +10   86 S   0 GWG   87* PIM   2 Stars
  • Chris Valentine (C)
    • 18 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Darren Veitch (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   6 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 13-6-2
  • Goals Scored: 78
  • Goals/Game: 3.71
  • Goals Allowed: 67
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.19
  • Shots: 886
  • Shots Allowed: 753
  • Shots/Game: 42.2
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 35.9
  • # of PP’s: 34
  • PPG’s: 8
  • PP%: 23.5%
  • TSH: 42 – T-4th for most in tournament
  • PPGA: 12 – T-2nd for most in tournament
  • PK%: 71.4%
  • Penalties in minutes: 143 – 3rd-most in tournament

In their first ever Ultimate NHL Playoff appearance, the 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals won the first ever series for their franchise, after last year’s representative, the ’08-’09 Capitals, were swept out. Then, they proceeded to make a run all the way to the Quarterfinals!

First Round:

Swept 40th-seeded ’79-’80 Colorado Rockies, 4-0

Second Round:

Came back from 3-0 down to upset 8th-seeded ’81-’82 New York Islanders in seven games, 4-3

Third Round:

Defeated 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers, 4-1

Quarterfinal:

Lost to top-seeded ’78-’79 Montreal Canadiens, 4-1

The ’83-’84 Capitals were led by second-year head coach Bryan Murray and finished with a record of 48-27-5, which was good for 101 points and 2nd in the Patrick Division. Unlike today’s version of the Caps, the ’83-’84 Capitals were a defense-first squad. They ranked 12th out of 21 teams in scoring with 3.85 goals/game while their 2.83 goals against/game was the best in the league. Washington’s strength of schedule, according to Hockey Reference, was ranked only 15th in the league. Hockey Reference’s SRS rating gave the ’83-’84 Caps a 0.93 rating, which was 5th best in the league that year, and tied for the highest in franchise history. The playoffs began for Washington against rival Philadelphia and the Caps were able to dispatch of the Flyers in three games (best of five). Then, they unfortunately, had the task of playing the New York Islanders in the Divison Finals and were promptly eliminated in five games.

The young Caps were a balanced offense with 13 players scoring more than 10 goals and seven scoring more than 20. Three players finished over a point-per-game and the oldest of them was 25-years-old. Their overall scoring leader was 24-year-old Mike Gartner with 85 points. Fellow 24-year-old Dave Christian was second behind Gartner with 81 points. Gartner was also the team’s leading goal-scorer with 40 while Bengt-Ake Gustafsson was second with 32. Christian was the Caps’ top playmaker with 52 assists. Gartner was second with 45 apples. Washington’s blue line featured a 19-year-old Scott Stevens and even at 19 he was a menace. He led them with 201 penalties in minutes, however, Greg Adams posted 133 PIMs in only 57 games played. Goaltending was virtually split for the Caps as Al Jensen appeared 43 times while Pat Riggin appeared 42 times. Jensen posted more wins (25), but Riggin had a better goals against average (2.66) and save percentage (.890%). Jensen posted a 2.91 goals against average and a .882 save percentage. On a team with such a solid blue line, it was no surprise that the top three Point Shares for Washington all belonged to defensemen. Stevens was at the top with a 9.2 share while 22-year-old Larry Murphy was second with an 8.2 share.

Up next are the 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers!

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