1984–85 Washington Capitals · NHL
Division 2nd Patrick
1984–85 record 46–25–9
Goals for 322
Goals against 240
General Manager David Poile
Coach Bryan Murray
Captain Rod Langway
Team Leaders
Goals Bobby Carpenter (53)
Assists Mike Gartner (52)
Points Mike Gartner (102)
Penalties in minutes Scott Stevens (221)
Wins Pat Riggin (28)
Goals against average Al Jensen (2.54)
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1983–84 1985–86

The 1984–85 Washington Capitals season was the 11th in the franchise's history. The Capitals finished 2nd in the Patrick Division and lost in the Division Semi-finals to the New York Islanders 3 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Coming off their most successful season in their NHL history (48 wins, 101 points, 2nd place in the Patrick Division), the Capitals were expected to take over leadership of the division from the Islanders, whose fading dynasty was given a blow after the Oilers topped them in the 1984 Finals.

Instead, despite a solid start to the season, the Caps were struggling in the early going to keep up with the surprising Philadelphia Flyers. With a surge around the holidays, Washington ended up snagging first place and with the help of easy games throughout January, extended their division lead to double-digit points by the start of February.

However, the Flyers came breathing down the Caps' necks from there. On February 9, Washington led Philly by 11 points, but a last-second loss to the Flyers at the Capital Centre triggered another battle for the division title.

Although the Capitals didn't falter over the remaining games of the season, they were unable to hold off their scorching neighbors to the north -- dropping a key pair of games in a home-and-home set on March 7 at the Spectrum (9-6) and March 8 at home (4-2) -- which drew the clubs into a tie for first. Key losses at home to Boston and on the road at Hartford sealed their fate as the Flyers wrapped up the Patrick on March 28 with the Capitals a distant 10 points off the pace.

Despite winning 46 games and posting another 101 point campaign, the Capitals wound up 12 points behind Philly, and won only once in seven games against them (1-5-1).

That didn't take away from the career performances of Mike Gartner and Bobby Carpenter, who became the first Capitals teammates to post concurrent 50 goal seasons. Both Gartner (50) and Carpenter (53) posted career-highs in goal scoring and led a potent offense which tallied 322 times.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 53 20 7 348 241 113
Washington Capitals 80 46 25 9 322 240 101
New York Islanders 80 40 34 6 345 312 86
New York Rangers 80 26 44 10 295 345 62
New Jersey Devils 80 22 48 10 264 346 54
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 24 51 5 276 385 53

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 T October 11, 1984 2–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 0–0–1
2 L October 13, 1984 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 0–1–1
3 W October 14, 1984 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 1–1–1
4 W October 16, 1984 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 2–1–1
5 L October 20, 1984 5–6 New York Rangers (1984–85) 2–2–1
6 T October 24, 1984 3–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 2–2–2
7 L October 25, 1984 3–5 @ Calgary Flames (1984–85) 2–3–2
8 W October 28, 1984 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 3–3–2
9 W October 31, 1984 4–3 OT Calgary Flames (1984–85) 4–3–2
10 W November 3, 1984 6–4 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 5–3–2
11 L November 7, 1984 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 5–4–2
12 L November 9, 1984 5–8 Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 5–5–2
13 T November 10, 1984 2–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 5–5–3
14 T November 13, 1984 3–3 OT Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 5–5–4
15 L November 16, 1984 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 5–6–4
16 W November 17, 1984 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 6–6–4
17 L November 20, 1984 3–5 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 6–7–4
18 T November 21, 1984 3–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 6–7–5
19 L November 23, 1984 1–5 New York Islanders (1984–85) 6–8–5
20 W November 25, 1984 5–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 7–8–5
21 W November 27, 1984 9–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1984–85) 8–8–5
22 W November 28, 1984 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 9–8–5
23 W December 1, 1984 5–4 OT @ Boston Bruins (1984–85) 10–8–5
24 W December 2, 1984 9–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 11–8–5
25 W December 4, 1984 4–1 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 12–8–5
26 L December 7, 1984 5–7 Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 12–9–5
27 W December 9, 1984 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 13–9–5
28 T December 11, 1984 3–3 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 13–9–6
29 W December 12, 1984 3–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 14–9–6
30 W December 15, 1984 4–2 New York Rangers (1984–85) 15–9–6
31 W December 16, 1984 6–3 @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 16–9–6
32 W December 18, 1984 4–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1984–85) 17–9–6
33 T December 20, 1984 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 17–9–7
34 W December 22, 1984 7–5 St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 18–9–7
35 L December 23, 1984 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 18–10–7
36 W December 26, 1984 6–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 19–10–7
37 W December 27, 1984 5–4 OT @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 20–10–7
38 W December 29, 1984 3–2 Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 21–10–7
39 W January 1, 1985 5–1 Boston Bruins (1984–85) 22–10–7
40 L January 4, 1985 3–5 Quebec Nordiques (1984–85) 22–11–7
41 W January 8, 1985 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 23–11–7
42 W January 9, 1985 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1984–85) 24–11–7
43 L January 12, 1985 3–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 24–12–7
44 W January 14, 1985 6–3 Minnesota North Stars (1984–85) 25–12–7
45 W January 16, 1985 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 26–12–7
46 W January 17, 1985 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 27–12–7
47 W January 19, 1985 7–1 New York Rangers (1984–85) 28–12–7
48 W January 23, 1985 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1984–85) 29–12–7
49 W January 26, 1985 5–1 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 30–12–7
50 W January 27, 1985 5–2 New York Islanders (1984–85) 31–12–7
51 L January 29, 1985 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1984–85) 31–13–7
52 T February 1, 1985 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 31–13–8
53 W February 3, 1985 6–2 Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 32–13–8
54 W February 5, 1985 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 33–13–8
55 W February 8, 1985 6–1 Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 34–13–8
56 L February 9, 1985 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 34–14–8
57 L February 13, 1985 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1984–85) 34–15–8
58 W February 14, 1985 4–3 @ Calgary Flames (1984–85) 35–15–8
59 L February 16, 1985 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1984–85) 35–16–8
60 W February 21, 1985 6–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 36–16–8
61 T February 23, 1985 3–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1984–85) 36–16–9
62 W February 26, 1985 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1984–85) 37–16–9
63 W February 28, 1985 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1984–85) 38–16–9
64 L March 2, 1985 0–4 Buffalo Sabres (1984–85) 38–17–9
65 W March 5, 1985 4–1 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 39–17–9
66 L March 7, 1985 6–9 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 39–18–9
67 L March 8, 1985 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1984–85) 39–19–9
68 L March 10, 1985 2–3 Boston Bruins (1984–85) 39–20–9
69 W March 14, 1985 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1984–85) 40–20–9
70 L March 16, 1985 4–6 @ New York Islanders (1984–85) 40–21–9
71 W March 19, 1985 4–1 New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 41–21–9
72 L March 21, 1985 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 41–22–9
73 W March 22, 1985 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1984–85) 42–22–9
74 W March 24, 1985 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 43–22–9
75 L March 27, 1985 1–3 Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 43–23–9
76 L March 28, 1985 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1984–85) 43–24–9
77 W March 30, 1985 4–3 New York Islanders (1984–85) 44–24–9
78 L April 4, 1985 0–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1984–85) 44–25–9
79 W April 6, 1985 7–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 45–25–9
80 W April 7, 1985 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1984–85) 46–25–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Islanders 3, Washington Capitals 2[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 80 50 52 102 71 17 17 0 11
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 80 53 42 95 87 20 12 0 7
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 80 26 43 69 14 20 5 0 2
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 80 21 44 65 221 19 16 0 5
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 79 13 42 55 51 21 3 0 0
Laughlin, CraigCraig Laughlin RW 78 16 34 50 38 12 5 0 3
Haworth, AlanAlan Haworth C 76 23 26 49 48 19 4 0 2
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson RW 51 14 29 43 8 13 6 1 3
Duchesne, GaetanGaetan Duchesne LW 67 15 23 38 32 16 0 1 1
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 56 11 27 38 42 22 4 0 3
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 80 9 28 37 32 19 1 1 1
Gould, BobbyBobby Gould RW 78 14 19 33 69 10 0 1 3
Erickson, BryanBryan Erickson RW 57 15 13 28 23 11 1 0 1
Langway, RodRod Langway D 79 4 22 26 54 35 0 0 1
Sampson, GaryGary Sampson LW 46 10 15 25 13 20 0 1 0
Veitch, DarrenDarren Veitch D 75 3 18 21 37 31 2 0 0
Adams, GregGreg Adams LW 51 6 12 18 72 8 0 0 1
Franceschetti, LouLou Franceschetti RW 22 4 7 11 45 1 0 0 1
Andersson, PeterPeter Andersson D 57 0 10 10 21 5 0 0 0
Evason, DeanDean Evason C 15 3 4 7 2 9 0 0 1
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 12 2 4 6 6 -1 2 0 0
Currie, GlenGlen Currie C 44 1 5 6 19 2 0 0 0
Blomqvist, TimoTimo Blomqvist D 53 1 4 5 51 11 0 0 0
McGeough, JimJim McGeough C 11 3 0 3 12 0 0 0 0
Hidi, AndreAndre Hidi LW 6 2 1 3 9 2 1 0 0
Shand, DaveDave Shand D 13 1 1 2 34 1 0 0 0
Taylor, MarkMark Taylor C 9 1 1 2 2 -1 0 0 0
Hatcher, KevinKevin Hatcher D 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Leinonen, MikkoMikko Leinonen C 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
Mason, BobBob Mason G 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Riggin, PatPat Riggin G 57 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Jensen, AlAl Jensen G 14 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Riggin, PatPat Riggin 3388 57 28 20 7 168 2.98 2
Jensen, AlAl Jensen 803 14 10 3 1 34 2.54 1
Mason, BobBob Mason 661 12 8 2 1 31 2.81 1
Team: 4852 80 46 25 9 233 2.88 4

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 5 4 3 7 9 1 0 1
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 5 2 3 5 0 2 0 0
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 5 1 4 5 8 0 0 0
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson RW 5 1 3 4 0 1 0 0
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Franceschetti, LouLou Franceschetti RW 5 1 1 2 15 0 0 0
Haworth, AlanAlan Haworth C 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Jarvis, DougDoug Jarvis C 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Duchesne, GaetanGaetan Duchesne LW 5 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Gould, BobbyBobby Gould RW 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Langway, RodRod Langway D 5 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
McEwen, MikeMike McEwen D 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 5 0 1 1 20 0 0 0
Veitch, DarrenDarren Veitch D 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Leinonen, MikkoMikko Leinonen C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hatcher, KevinKevin Hatcher D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andersson, PeterPeter Andersson D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blomqvist, TimoTimo Blomqvist D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sampson, GaryGary Sampson LW 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Laughlin, CraigCraig Laughlin RW 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Adams, GregGreg Adams LW 5 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
Riggin, PatPat Riggin G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jensen, AlAl Jensen G 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Jensen, AlAl Jensen 201 3 1 2 8 2.39 0
Riggin, PatPat Riggin 122 2 1 1 5 2.46 0
Team: 323 5 2 3 13 2.41 0

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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]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1984-85 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.

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