Team Recap: 8th-seeded ’81-’82 New York Islanders

The 8th-seeded '81-'82 New York Islanders

The 8th-seeded ’81-’82 New York Islanders

  • Mike Bossy (RW)
    • 7 GP   11* G   8 A   19* P   +2   76* S   1* GWG   0 PIM   12* Stars
  • Bob Bourne (C)
    • 7 GP   4 G   1 A   5 P   Even   11 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Greg Gilbert (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Clark Gillies (LW)
    • 7 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -3   15 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Butch Goring (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tomas Jonsson (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Anders Kallur (RW)
    • 7 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -2   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gord Lane (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   +4*   3 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   2 Stars
  • Dave Langevin (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Hector Marini (RW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mike McEwen (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   -4   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ken Morrow (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Nystrom (RW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Stefan Persson (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   -1   13 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Denis Potvin (D)
    • 7 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   Even   17 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Billy Smith (G)
    • 7 GP   7 GS   3-3-1   3.43 GAA   .905 SV%   0 SO   4 Stars
  • Duane Sutter (RW)
    • 7 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   7 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brent Sutter (C)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   5 S   0 GWG   12* PIM   0 Stars
  • John Tonelli (LW)
    • 7 GP   3 G   9* A   12 P   +2   29 S   1* GWG   6 PIM   3 Stars
  • Bryan Trottier (C)
    • 7 GP   5 G   7 A   11 P   +2   40 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   4 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 3-3-1
  • Goals Scored: 27
  • Goals/Game: 3.86
  • Goals Allowed: 24
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.43
  • Shots: 243
  • Shots Allowed: 252
  • Shots/Game: 34.7
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 36.0
  • # of PP’s: 15
  • PPG’s: 6
  • PP%: 40.0% – 2nd-best in tournament
  • TSH: 17
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 88.2% – 5th-best in tournament, excluding teams that did not allow a PPG
  • Penalties in minutes: 46

The ’81-’82 New York Islanders were the third of four straight Stanley Cup winners in the middle of the franchises dynasty, but also set a NHL record, at the time, by winning 15 consecutive games. They were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut, but it wasn’t a good debut whatsoever. The ’81-’82 Islanders became the fifth team in UNP history to blow a 3-0 series lead and lose in seven games.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Blew 3-0 series lead and lost in seven games to 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals

 

Under the legendary Al Arbour, the ’81-’82 Islanders posted a record of 54-16-10, which was good for 118 points and 1st in the Patrick Division. Those 118 points were most among all teams in that season. New York finished 2nd in the league in both scoring and defense, averaging 4.81 goals per game while allowing only 3.13 goals per game. Hockey Reference listed the Isles’ strength of schedule 15th in the league, out of 21 teams, while their SRS ranked the Isles as the 2nd-best team in the league that year. That SRS of 1.63 is also the second-best rating for a season in New York’s history. The Islanders began their Cup run by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games, but needed an overtime winner in the series-deciding fifth game to do it. Then, in the Division Finals, they eliminated their ultimate rivals, the New York Rangers in six games. The Islanders didn’t lose a game the rest of the way, as they swept the Quebec Nordiques in the Conference Final before sweeping the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Islanders were led offensively by a pair of 25-year-olds in Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier. They were first and second on the team in scoring with 147 and 129 points, respectively. They were also first and second like that in goals and assists for New York. Bossy scored 64 goals and tallied 83 assists while Trottier scored 50 goals and tallied 79 assists. However, Trottier would just beat out Bossy for the team scoring lead during the playoffs. Along with those two, John Tonelli and defenseman Denis Potvin were the two other players to average more than a point per game for New York. 19-year-old Brent Sutter led the team in penalties in minutes with 114 in just 43 games played, which is a little more than two per game. Bob Nystrom was second with 103 PIM in 74 games. Goaltender Billy Smith was the team’s starter in net appearing in 46 games posting a 32-9-4 record along with a 2.97 goals against average, which went down to 2.52 during the playoffs. Not surprisingly Bossy and Trottier also finished first and second on the team in Point Share with ratings of 13.3 and 11.2, respectively.

Up next are the 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers!

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