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The 1981 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Minnesota North Stars making their first Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their second-ever Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup.

Paths to the Final

For more details on this topic, see 1981 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Minnesota defeated the Boston Bruins 3–0, the Buffalo Sabres 4–1 and the Calgary Flames 4–2 to advance to the final. New York defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0, the Edmonton Oilers 4–2, and the New York Rangers 4–0 to make it to the final.

The series

Dino Ciccarelli of the Stars scored a rookie record 14 goals, 7 assists for 21 points during the year's playoffs.

New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars

Date Visitors Score Home Score
Tue, May 12 Minnesota 3 New York 6
Thu, May 14 Minnesota 3 New York 6
Sun, May 17 New York 7 Minnesota 5
Tue, May 19 New York 2 Minnesota 4
Thu, May 21 Minnesota 1 New York 5

New York wins the series 4–1.

New York Islanders 1981 Stanley Cup champions




Stanley Cup Engraving

  • ^-Steve Corais was included on the team, but name was left off the Stanley Cup.
  • † Lorne Henning played nine regular season and one playoff game. He was the last playing-coach to win the Stanley Cup.
  • †† Jean Potvin 18 games regular season games, and did not dress in the playoffs. He spent the rest of year as a broadcaster. Potvin's name was put on the cup in 1981, even though he did not officially qualify.
  • A new ring was created in 1993 for the winners from 1979 to 1991. New York Islanders was misspelled. NEW YORK ILANDERS missing the first "S". Name was spelt correctly on the Replica Cup also created in 1993.

See also


  • (2000) Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261. 
Preceded by
New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
New York Islanders
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