Three Straight OT Wins Lead 24th-seeded ’84-’85 Capitals in Upset of 9th-seeded ’81-’82 Islanders in Six Games

(Photo via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After a loss in Game 3, the 24th-seeded ’84-’85 Capitals found themselves down two games to one in the series. However, they would win Game’s 4, 5 and 6 in overtime with two of those overtime winners coming from the same player. All this despite the fact that the 9th-seeded ’81-’82 New York Islanders narrowly out-scoring the ’84-’85 Caps 24-23 during the series.

It was basically a one man show offensively for the Isles as Mike Bossy doubled the next-highest scorer for New York. His 16 points were a team and series-high and the next-highest scorers for the Islanders were John Tonelli and Bryan Trottier with eight points apiece. Defenseman Denis Potvin was the only other Isle to average at least a point per game during the series as he finished with six points. Bossy was also far and away New York’s best goal-scorer with his 10 while the next highest was Tonelli with only four goals. Trottier ended up as the team’s top playmaker with seven assists while Bossy, of course, was second with six assists. In goal, Billy Smith did not have a good series. He posted a 2-1-3 record to go along with a 3.83 goals against average and a poor .887 save percentage.

It was a much deeper offensive attack from the Capitals. Bob Carpenter led them in scoring with 10 points while his line mate, Mike Gartner, was a close second with 9 points. The third and final member of that line, Alan Haworth was third in overall scoring during the series with seven points. Gartner led Washington in goal scoring with five goals while Carpenter was tied for second with Dave Christian at four goals. Two of Christian’s goals in this series were overtime winners, in Game 4 and Game 5. Carpenter was also tied for the team lead in assists at six with defenseman Scott Stevens. Haworth was tied for second at five assists with defenseman Larry Murphy. Goaltender Pat Riggin actually faired worse than his counterpart, Smith. He posted a 3-2-0 record with a 4.00 goals against average and a .881 save percentage. Riggin was pulled in Game 4 and Washington came back to win it in overtime, so backup Al Jensen got a win in his sole appearance in the series.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. NYI – RW – Mike Bossy – 6 GP   10 G   6 A   16 P   +1   64 S   2 GWG   4 PIM   10 Star Points
  2. WSH – C – Bob Carpenter – 6 GP   4 G   6 A   10 P   -2   31 S   2 PIM   5 Star Points
  3. WSH – RW – Mike Gartner – 6 GP   5 G   4 A   9 P   -3   50 S   0 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals 1 1 2 4
#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders 0 0 3 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘84-’85 WSH – 4   ‘81-’82 NYI – 3   (1-0   ‘84-’85 WSH)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 WSH – 7:23 – PP – WSH: M. Gartner (5) assisted by S. Stevens (2), B. Carpenter (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 WSH – 9:43 – WSH: B. Carpenter (6) unassisted

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 WSH – 2:35 – PP – NYI: C. Gillies (1) assisted by M. Bossy (1), B. Trottier (1)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 7:37 – NYI: M. Bossy (1) assisted by B. Trottier (2)
  • 3 – 2 NYI – 15:29 – SH – NYI: D. Potvin (1) assisted by C. Gillies (1), B. Sutter (1)
  • 3 – 3 tie – 17:14 – PP – WSH: M. Gartner (6) assisted by B. Carpenter (3), S. Stevens (3)
  • 4 – 3 WSH – 19:35 – PP(2) – WSH: L. Murphy (1) assisted by M. Gartner (6), G. Duchesne (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals

#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders

4

Goals

3

37

Shots

34

3/5

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

2/5

60%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

40%

L. Murphy (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Mike Gartner (WSH)
  • 2nd Star: Bob Carpenter (WSH)
  • 3rd Star: Clark Gillies (NYI)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals 2 0 0 2
#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders 1 3 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘81-’82 NYI – 5   ‘84-’85 WSH – 2   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 WSH – 0:20 – WSH: A. Haworth (3) assisted by B. Carpenter (4), S. Stevens (4)
  • 2 – 0 WSH – 4:17 – SH – WSH: M. McEwen (1) assisted by B. Carpenter (5), G. Duchesne (3)
  • 2 – 1 WSH – 5:32 – NYI: M. Bossy (2) assisted by B. Bourne (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 7:22 – NYI: M. McEwen (2) assisted by M. Bossy (2), B. Bourne (2)
  • 3 – 2 NYI – 14:57 – NYI: M. Bossy (3) assisted by D. Sutter (1)
  • 4 – 2 NYI – 16:01 – NYI: C. Gillies (2) assisted by M. Bossy (3), B. Trottier (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 2 NYI – 15:10 – NYI: D. Sutter (1) assisted by B. Bourne (3)

 

TEAM STATS:

#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals

#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders

2

Goals

5

26

Shots

31

0/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

M. Bossy (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders 0 1 3 4
#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘81-’82 NYI – 4   ‘84-’85 WSH – 2   (2-1   ‘81-’82 NYI)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 WSH – 8:14 – WSH: M. Gartner (7) assisted by R. Langway (4), A. Haworth (2)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 16:40 – NYI: J. Tonelli (1) assisted by A. Kallur (1), B. Sutter (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 NYI – 3:19 – NYI: D. Potvin (2) assisted by B. Trottier (4), M. Bossy (4)
  • 3 – 1 NYI – 11:28 – NYI: M. Bossy (4) assisted by B. Trottier (5), M. McEwen (2)
  • 3 – 2 NYI – 19:07 – WSH: G. Adams (3) assisted by B. Gustafsson (1)
  • 4 – 2 NYI – 19:14 – NYI: M. Bossy (5) assisted by K. Morrow (1), C. Gillies (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders

#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals

4

Goals

2

46

Shots

28

PP

SH

PP%

PK%

M. Bossy (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Mike Bossy (NYI)
  • 2nd Star: Pat Riggin (WSH)
  • 3rd Star: John Tonelli (NYI)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders 2 3 0 0 5
#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals 2 2 1 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘84-’85 WSH – 6   ‘81-’82 NYI – 5   (OT)   (2-2)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 WSH – 3:21 – WSH: B. Carpenter (7) unassisted
  • 1 – 1 tie – 7:56 – NYI: M. Bossy (6) assisted by D. Potvin (1), M. McEwen (2)
  • 2 – 1 WSH – 16:27 – WSH: R. Langway (2) assisted by M. Gartner (7), A. Haworth (3)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 16:54 – NYI: M. Bossy (7) assisted by B. Trottier (6)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 2 NYI – 1:51 – NYI: J. Tonelli (2) assisted by S. Persson (1), A. Kallur (2)
  • 4 – 2 NYI – 2:45 – NYI: M. Bossy (8) assisted by D. Potvin (2)
  • 5 – 2 NYI – 4:09 – NYI: A. Kallur (1) assisted by J. Tonelli (1), B. Sutter (3)
    • WSH replaces starting goalie P. Riggin w/backup A. Jensen
  • 5 – 3 NYI – 6:01 – WSH: B. Carpenter (8) assisted by D. Veitch (3), M. Gartner (8)
  • 5 – 4 NYI – 10:34 – WSH: B. Carpenter (9) assisted by L. Murphy (6), M. Gartner (9)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 5 tie – 13:53 – WSH: D. Christian (2) assisted by G. Sampson (3), A. Haworth (4)

 

Overtime:

  • 6 – 5 WSH – 13:06 – WSH: D. Christian (3) assisted by D. Veitch (4), G. Sampson (4)

 

TEAM STATS:

#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders

#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals

5

Goals

6

42

Shots

48

PP

0/4

4/4

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

GWG

D. Christian (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Bob Carpenter (WSH)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Bossy (NYI)
  • 3rd Star: Mike Gartner (WSH)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals 0 2 1 1 4
#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders 1 0 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘84-’85 WSH – 4   ‘81-’82 NYI – 3   (OT)   (3-2   ‘84-’85 WSH)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NYI – 10:50 – NYI: C. Gillies (3) assisted by M. McEwen (3), M. Bossy (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 4:05 – WSH: G. Duchesne (2) assisted by L. Murphy (7)
  • 2 – 1 WSH – 17:15 – WSH: G. Duchesne (3) assisted by B. Carpenter (6), L. Murphy (8)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 2:54 – NYI: M. Bossy (9) assisted by J. Tonelli (2), D. Potvin (3)
  • 3 – 2 WSH – 5:35 – WSH: M. Gartner (8) assisted by A. Haworth (5), S. Stevens (5)
  • 3 – 3 tie – 19:37 – NYI: J. Tonelli (3) assisted by A. Kallur (3), S. Persson (2)

 

Overtime:

  • 6:33 – J. Tonelli (NYI) is given 10-minute misconduct after arguing w/ref over penalty call
  • 4 – 3 WSH – 7:18 – PP – WSH: D. Christian (4) assisted by R. Langway (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals

#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders

4

Goals

3

26

Shots

40

1/2

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

1/2

50%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

50%

D. Christian (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Gaetan Duchesne (WSH)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Bossy (NYI)
  • 3rd Star: John Tonelli (NYI)

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders 0 2 2 0 4
#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals 0 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘84-’85 WSH – 5   ‘81-’82 NYI – 4   (OT)   (4-2   ‘84-’85 WSH)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 NYI – 0:14 – NYI: J. Tonelli (4) unassisted
  • 1 – 1 tie – 2:23 – WSH: G. Adams (4) assisted by B. Gustafsson (2), S. Stevens (6)
  • 2 – 1 WSH – 4:27 – WSH: G. Sampson (1) assisted by L. Murphy (9), S. Stevens (7)
  • 3 – 1 WSH – 6:19 – PP – WSH: D. Christian (5) assisted by R. Langway (6), A. Haworth (6)
  • 3 – 2 WSH – 16:31 – NYI: A. Kallur (2) assisted by D. Potvin (4), J. Tonelli (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 2 WSH – 6:24 – WSH: M. Gartner (9) assisted by L. Murphy (10), B. Carpenter (7)
  • 4 – 3 WSH – 11:02 – NYI: B. Trottier (1) assisted by M. McEwen (4), M. Bossy (6)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 17:14 – NYI: M. Bossy (10) assisted by B. Trottier (7), J. Tonelli (4)

 

Overtime:

  • 5 – 4 WSH – 11:21 – WSH: A. Haworth (4) assisted by D. Christian (1), G. Sampson (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#9 ‘81-’82 Islanders

#24 ‘84-’85 Capitals

4

Goals

5

37

Shots

38

0/1

PP

1/5

4/5

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

20%

80%

PK%

100%

GWG

Haworth (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dave Christian (WSH)
  • 2nd Star: John Tonelli (NYI)
  • 3rd Star: Gary Sampson (WSH)

The ’84-’85 Capitals are the third different franchise to represent Washington in the Ultimate NHL Playoff. After a disappointment in the inaugural UNP where they were ousted in the First Round, the Caps franchise rebounded last year with a surprising run to the Quarterfinal. In the upcoming Third Round, they will either face the 8th-seeded ’92-’93 Pittsburgh Penguins or the 25th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks. For the second straight UNP, the ’81-’82 Islanders are representing their franchise and for the second straight UNP, they’ve been eliminated by the Capitals’ representative. The farthest the Islanders franchise has gone in the UNP remains the Third Round, which they accomplished in the inaugural tournament.

Up next in the Second Round, the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers face the 27th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers!

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