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1980–81 Washington Capitals · NHL
Division 5th Patrick
1980–81 record 26–36–18
Goals for 286
Goals against 317
General Manager Max McNab
Coach Gary Green
Captain Ryan Walter
Team Leaders
Goals Dennis Maruk (50)
Assists Dennis Maruk (47)
Points Dennis Maruk (97)
Penalties in minutes Alan Hangsleben (198)
Wins Mike Palmateer (18)
Goals against average Dave Parro (3.63)
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1979–80 1981–82

The 1980–81 Washington Capitals season was the 7th in the franchise's history. The Capitals finished 5th in the Patrick Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

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 10, 1980 4–1 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 1–0–0
2 L October 12, 1980 1–2 New York Islanders (1980–81) 1–1–0
3 T October 15, 1980 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 1–1–1
4 W October 18, 1980 8–2 New York Rangers (1980–81) 2–1–1
5 L October 19, 1980 4–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 2–2–1
6 W October 21, 1980 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 3–2–1
7 L October 24, 1980 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 3–3–1
8 T October 25, 1980 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 3–3–2
9 L October 29, 1980 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 3–4–2
10 T October 30, 1980 5–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 3–4–3
11 T November 1, 1980 2–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 3–4–4
12 T November 2, 1980 4–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 3–4–5
13 L November 5, 1980 3–5 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 3–5–5
14 T November 8, 1980 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 3–5–6
15 T November 9, 1980 3–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 3–5–7
16 W November 12, 1980 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 4–5–7
17 W November 15, 1980 8–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 5–5–7
18 L November 18, 1980 2–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 5–6–7
19 W November 20, 1980 4–2 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 6–6–7
20 T November 22, 1980 2–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 6–6–8
21 T November 26, 1980 7–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 6–6–9
22 W November 28, 1980 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 7–6–9
23 W November 29, 1980 7–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 8–6–9
24 T December 3, 1980 3–3 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 8–6–10
25 W December 6, 1980 8–6 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 9–6–10
26 L December 7, 1980 3–7 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 9–7–10
27 L December 9, 1980 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 9–8–10
28 L December 10, 1980 2–6 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 9–9–10
29 L December 12, 1980 2–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 9–10–10
30 L December 14, 1980 4–5 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 9–11–10
31 W December 17, 1980 5–2 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 10–11–10
32 L December 20, 1980 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 10–12–10
33 W December 21, 1980 6–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 11–12–10
34 W December 26, 1980 7–3 New York Rangers (1980–81) 12–12–10
35 L December 27, 1980 4–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 12–13–10
36 T December 30, 1980 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 12–13–11
37 W December 31, 1980 5–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 13–13–11
38 L January 3, 1981 0–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 13–14–11
39 L January 4, 1981 1–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 13–15–11
40 L January 7, 1981 3–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 13–16–11
41 L January 8, 1981 0–6 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 13–17–11
42 L January 10, 1981 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 13–18–11
43 W January 12, 1981 2–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 14–18–11
44 W January 15, 1981 3–0 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 15–18–11
45 L January 17, 1981 4–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 15–19–11
46 W January 18, 1981 3–2 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 16–19–11
47 L January 21, 1981 1–2 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 16–20–11
48 L January 24, 1981 4–7 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 16–21–11
49 W January 27, 1981 4–3 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 17–21–11
50 W January 29, 1981 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 18–21–11
51 T January 31, 1981 4–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 18–21–12
52 W February 1, 1981 7–4 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 19–21–12
53 T February 3, 1981 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 19–21–13
54 L February 5, 1981 2–5 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 19–22–13
55 T February 7, 1981 4–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 19–22–14
56 L February 12, 1981 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 19–23–14
57 L February 14, 1981 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 19–24–14
58 T February 18, 1981 5–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 19–24–15
59 L February 21, 1981 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 19–25–15
60 L February 22, 1981 7–11 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 19–26–15
61 T February 25, 1981 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 19–26–16
62 L February 26, 1981 5–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 19–27–16
63 L February 28, 1981 4–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 19–28–16
64 L March 3, 1981 3–6 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 19–29–16
65 L March 4, 1981 4–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 19–30–16
66 W March 8, 1981 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 20–30–16
67 W March 10, 1981 4–3 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 21–30–16
68 W March 11, 1981 5–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 22–30–16
69 L March 13, 1981 1–7 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 22–31–16
70 L March 14, 1981 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 22–32–16
71 L March 18, 1981 4–6 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 22–33–16
72 T March 21, 1981 3–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 22–33–17
73 T March 22, 1981 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 22–33–18
74 W March 24, 1981 5–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 23–33–18
75 W March 26, 1981 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 24–33–18
76 L March 27, 1981 3–5 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 24–34–18
77 L March 29, 1981 4–5 New York Islanders (1980–81) 24–35–18
78 W April 2, 1981 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 25–35–18
79 L April 4, 1981 1–4 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 25–36–18
80 W April 5, 1981 7–2 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 26–36–18

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Capitals did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Maruk, DennisDennis Maruk C 80 50 47 97 87 -7 16 2 5
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 80 48 46 94 100 -5 13 0 3
Walter, RyanRyan Walter C/LW 80 24 44 68 150 -9 4 0 1
Kelly, BobBob Kelly LW 80 26 36 62 157 -13 8 0 4
Pronovost, JeanJean Pronovost RW 80 22 36 58 61 -9 6 1 4
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson RW 72 21 34 55 26 11 4 2 1
Ververgaert, DennisDennis Ververgaert RW 79 14 27 41 40 -5 2 0 2
Green, RickRick Green D 65 8 23 31 91 -15 2 0 1
Veitch, DarrenDarren Veitch D 59 4 21 25 46 -12 1 0 1
Hangsleben, AlAl Hangsleben D 76 5 19 24 198 -7 0 0 0
Tookey, TimTim Tookey C 29 10 13 23 18 -6 6 0 1
Jarvis, WesWes Jarvis C 55 9 14 23 30 -9 0 1 0
Mulvey, PaulPaul Mulvey LW 55 7 14 21 166 -9 1 0 0
Charron, GuyGuy Charron C 47 5 13 18 2 -4 2 1 0
Currie, GlenGlen Currie C 40 5 13 18 16 -5 2 1 0
Ribble, PatPat Ribble D 67 3 15 18 103 -13 3 0 1
Edberg, RolfRolf Edberg C 45 8 8 16 6 1 0 0 0
Walker, HowardHoward Walker D 64 2 11 13 100 9 2 0 0
Bouchard, PierrePierre Bouchard D 50 3 7 10 28 -18 0 0 0
Smith, RickRick Smith D 40 5 4 9 36 7 2 0 2
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 49 0 8 8 17 0 0 0 0
McTaggart, JimJim McTaggart D 52 1 6 7 185 -5 0 0 0
Labre, YvonYvon Labre D 25 2 4 6 100 -2 0 0 0
Lofthouse, MarkMark Lofthouse RW/C 3 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0
Rausse, ErrolErrol Rausse LW 5 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
Theberge, GregGreg Theberge D 1 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Henderson, ArchieArchie Henderson RW 7 1 0 1 28 -1 0 0 0
Lowdermilk, DwayneDwayne Lowdermilk D 2 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Parro, DaveDave Parro G 18 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Cassolato, TonyTony Cassolato RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Johnston, JayJay Johnston D 2 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0
Robertson, TorrieTorrie Robertson LW 3 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
MacKinnon, PaulPaul MacKinnon D 14 0 0 0 22 5 0 0 0
Boutin, RollieRollie Boutin G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inness, GaryGary Inness G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson G 20 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 2679 49 18 19 9 172 3.85 2
Parro, DaveDave Parro 811 18 4 7 2 49 3.63 1
Stephenson, WayneWayne Stephenson 1010 20 4 7 5 66 3.92 1
Boutin, RollieRollie Boutin 120 2 0 2 0 11 5.50 0
Inness, GaryGary Inness 180 3 0 1 2 9 3.00 0
Team: 4800 80 26 36 18 307 3.84 4

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Note: 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

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Capitals did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1980-81 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.

External Links[edit | edit source]

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