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1980–81 New York Islanders · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Campbell Conference Champions
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Campbell
1980–81 record 48–18–14
Goals for 355
Goals against 260
General Manager Bill Torrey
Coach Al Arbour
Captain Denis Potvin
Alternate captains None
Arena Nassau Coliseum
Team Leaders
Goals Mike Bossy (68)
Assists Bryan Trottier (72)
Points Mike Bossy (119)
Penalties in minutes Garry Howatt (174)
Wins Billy Smith (22)
Goals against average Glenn Resch (3.07)
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1979–80 1981–82

The 1980-81 New York Islanders season was the 9th season for the franchise in the National Hockey League. The Islanders finished 1st in the Patrick Division and defeated the Minnesota North Stars in the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1980 NHL Entry Draft

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 355 260 110
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 313 249 97
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 329 298 92
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 312 317 74
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 286 317 70

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1980 5–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 1–0–0
2 W October 12, 1980 2–1 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 2–0–0
3 T October 14, 1980 5–5 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 2–0–1
4 W October 16, 1980 6–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 3–0–1
5 T October 18, 1980 5–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 3–0–2
6 T October 19, 1980 3–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 3–0–3
7 L October 21, 1980 3–6 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 3–1–3
8 L October 23, 1980 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 3–2–3
9 L October 25, 1980 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 3–3–3
10 L October 26, 1980 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 3–4–3
11 W October 28, 1980 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 4–4–3
12 L November 1, 1980 3–7 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 4–5–3
13 W November 4, 1980 6–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 5–5–3
14 W November 6, 1980 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 6–5–3
15 W November 8, 1980 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 7–5–3
16 T November 11, 1980 6–6 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 7–5–4
17 W November 12, 1980 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 8–5–4
18 W November 15, 1980 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 9–5–4
19 W November 17, 1980 2–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 10–5–4
20 W November 18, 1980 7–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 11–5–4
21 W November 20, 1980 5–0 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 12–5–4
22 W November 22, 1980 6–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 13–5–4
23 T November 25, 1980 4–4 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 13–5–5
24 W November 27, 1980 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 14–5–5
25 W November 29, 1980 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 15–5–5
26 W November 30, 1980 7–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 16–5–5
27 W December 2, 1980 5–1 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 17–5–5
28 L December 4, 1980 3–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 17–6–5
29 L December 6, 1980 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 17–7–5
30 W December 7, 1980 5–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 18–7–5
31 W December 10, 1980 3–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 19–7–5
32 T December 13, 1980 4–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 19–7–6
33 W December 14, 1980 5–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 20–7–6
34 W December 16, 1980 6–2 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 21–7–6
35 W December 20, 1980 5–2 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 22–7–6
36 W December 21, 1980 9–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 23–7–6
37 T December 23, 1980 2–2 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 23–7–7
38 T December 27, 1980 5–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 23–7–8
39 W December 30, 1980 9–3 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 24–7–8
40 L January 2, 1981 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 24–8–8
41 W January 3, 1981 8–1 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 25–8–8
42 W January 6, 1981 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 26–8–8
43 L January 7, 1981 3–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 26–9–8
44 L January 10, 1981 2–3 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 26–10–8
45 W January 11, 1981 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 27–10–8
46 W January 13, 1981 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 28–10–8
47 W January 17, 1981 6–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 29–10–8
48 W January 20, 1981 5–0 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 30–10–8
49 W January 22, 1981 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 31–10–8
50 W January 24, 1981 7–4 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 32–10–8
51 L January 26, 1981 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 32–11–8
52 W January 28, 1981 6–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 33–11–8
53 L January 31, 1981 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 33–12–8
54 L February 1, 1981 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 33–13–8
55 W February 3, 1981 8–1 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 34–13–8
56 L February 4, 1981 3–9 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 34–14–8
57 T February 7, 1981 5–5 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 34–14–9
58 L February 12, 1981 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 34–15–9
59 T February 14, 1981 1–1 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 34–15–10
60 L February 17, 1981 5–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 34–16–10
61 W February 21, 1981 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 35–16–10
62 W February 23, 1981 4–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 36–16–10
63 L February 25, 1981 4–11 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 36–17–10
64 W February 27, 1981 5–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 37–17–10
65 W February 28, 1981 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 38–17–10
66 T March 3, 1981 8–8 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 38–17–11
67 W March 7, 1981 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 39–17–11
68 W March 11, 1981 6–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 40–17–11
69 W March 12, 1981 5–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 41–17–11
70 T March 14, 1981 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 41–17–12
71 T March 17, 1981 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 41–17–13
72 W March 20, 1981 5–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 42–17–13
73 W March 22, 1981 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 43–17–13
74 W March 24, 1981 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 44–17–13
75 T March 28, 1981 4–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 44–17–14
76 W March 29, 1981 5–4 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 45–17–14
77 L March 31, 1981 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 45–18–14
78 W April 2, 1981 2–1 New York Rangers (1980–81) 46–18–14
79 W April 4, 1981 4–1 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 47–18–14
80 W April 5, 1981 7–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 48–18–14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Islanders 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 0[edit | edit source]

New York Islanders 4, Edmonton Oilers 2[edit | edit source]

New York Islanders 4, New York Rangers 0[edit | edit source]

New York Islanders 4, Minnesota North Stars 1[edit | edit source]

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 12 Minnesota North Stars 3 New York 6
May 14 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 17 New York 7 Minnesota 5
May 19 New York 2 Minnesota 4
May 21 Minnesota 1 New York 5 OT

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 79 68 51 119 32 37 28 2 10
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 73 31 72 103 74 49 9 2 5
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 80 33 45 78 99 26 9 0 3
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 78 35 41 76 62 34 9 7 5
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 74 20 56 76 104 38 9 0 4
Kallur, AndersAnders Kallur RW 78 36 28 64 32 25 7 6 4
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 80 9 52 61 82 24 6 0 2
Goring, ButchButch Goring C 78 23 37 60 0 4 4 1 1
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 70 20 32 52 57 8 2 0 3
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 79 14 30 44 145 6 3 0 0
Tambellini, SteveSteve Tambellini C 61 19 17 36 17 -12 2 0 4
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 71 16 15 31 30 12 1 0 2
Howatt, GarryGarry Howatt LW 70 4 15 19 174 12 0 0 0
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 23 7 11 18 26 -8 1 0 1
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 75 1 16 17 122 40 0 0 0
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 80 2 11 13 20 19 0 0 0
Lorimer, BobBob Lorimer D 73 1 12 13 77 45 0 0 0
Lane, GordGord Lane D 60 3 9 12 124 -6 0 1 1
Marini, HectorHector Marini RW 14 4 7 11 39 9 1 0 0
Carroll, BillyBilly Carroll C 18 4 4 8 6 3 0 0 1
Potvin, JeanJean Potvin D 18 2 3 5 25 -4 2 0 1
Sutter, BrentBrent Sutter C 3 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 1
Henning, LorneLorne Henning C 9 1 2 3 24 4 0 0 0
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 13 0 3 3 10 3 0 0 0
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch G 32 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson G 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 41 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 2363 41 22 10 8 129 3.28 2
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 1817 32 18 7 5 93 3.07 3
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson 620 11 8 1 1 32 3.10 0
Team: 4800 80 48 18 14 254 3.17 5
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 18 17 18 35 4 9 0 3
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 18 11 18 29 34 4 2 1
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 18 8 17 25 16 6 1 2
Goring, ButchButch Goring C 18 10 10 20 6 4 2 2
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 18 6 12 18 8 0 0 1
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 18 6 9 15 28 3 0 0
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 17 6 8 14 6 4 0 0
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 16 5 8 13 16 0 0 2
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 18 6 6 12 20 0 0 1
Carroll, BillyBilly Carroll C 18 3 9 12 4 0 1 1
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 14 4 6 10 19 1 1 1
Marini, HectorHector Marini RW 9 3 6 9 14 0 0 0
Kallur, AndersAnders Kallur RW 12 4 3 7 10 0 2 0
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 18 3 4 7 8 0 0 1
Lane, GordGord Lane D 12 1 5 6 32 0 0 0
Lorimer, BobBob Lorimer D 18 1 4 5 27 0 0 0
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 7 0 5 5 6 0 0 0
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 12 3 1 4 10 0 0 0
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 18 0 3 3 25 0 0 0
Howatt, GarryGarry Howatt LW 8 0 2 2 15 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 17 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Henning, LorneLorne Henning C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 994 17 14 3 42 2.54 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson 92 3 1 0 6 3.91 0
Team: 1086 18 15 3 48 2.65 0

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

1981 New York Islanders Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Gord Lane, Jean Potvin, Bob Lorimer, Denis Potvin, Stefan Persson, Mike McEwen, Ken Morrow, Dave Langevin, Duane Sutter, Garry Howatt, Clark Gillies, Lorne Henning, Hector Marini, Wayne Merrick, Bob Bourne, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bob Nystrom, John Tonelli, Anders Kallur, Butch Goring, Billy Carroll, Roland Melanson, Billy Smith, Al Arbour (coach), Bill Torrey (general manager), Ron Waske, Jim Pickard (trainers)

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1980-81 New York Islanders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-13.
Preceded by
New York Islanders
1980
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

1981
Succeeded by
New York Islanders
1982
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