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The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Edmonton Oilers, who won the best of seven series 4–1 against the Boston Bruins. The championship was the Oilers fifth Stanley Cup in the past 7 years.

This also marked the first time that all three New York City metro area teams made the playoffs in the same season.

This was the first playoffs that logo of the Stanley Cup Playoffs would appear at the center ice corners.

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 46 25 9 289 232 101
Buffalo Sabres 80 45 27 8 286 248 98
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 28 11 288 234 93
Hartford Whalers 80 38 33 9 275 268 85
Quebec Nordiques 80 12 61 7 240 407 31

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.

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 80 36 31 13 279 267 85
New Jersey Devils 80 37 34 9 295 288 83
Washington Capitals 80 36 38 6 284 275 78
New York Islanders 80 31 38 11 281 288 73
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 32 40 8 318 359 72
Philadelphia Flyers 80 30 39 11 290 297 71

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.


Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Calgary Flames 80 42 23 15 348 265 99
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 28 14 315 283 90
Winnipeg Jets 80 37 32 11 298 290 85
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 39 7 338 337 75
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 41 14 245 306 64

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.

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Blackhawks 80 41 33 6 315 294 88
St. Louis Blues 80 37 34 9 295 279 83
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 38 38 4 337 358 80
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 40 4 284 291 76
Detroit Red Wings 80 28 38 14 288 323 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.


Scoring LeadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings 73 40 102 142 42
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers 79 45 84 129 79
Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 79 62 65 127 79
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 59 45 78 123 78
Brett Hull St. Louis Blues 80 72 41 113 24
Bernie Nicholls Los Angeles Kings / New York Rangers 79 39 73 112 86
Pierre Turgeon Buffalo Sabres 80 40 66 106 29
Pat LaFontaine New York Islanders 74 54 51 105 38
Paul Coffey Pittsburgh Penguins 80 29 74 103 95
Joe Sakic Quebec Nordiques 80 39 63 102 27
Adam Oates St. Louis Blues 80 23 79 102 30

Leading GoaltendersEdit

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; Sv% = Save percentage

Player Team GP Min W L T SO GAA Sv%
Kirk McLean Vancouver Canucks 63 3739 21 30 10 0 3.47 88.0
Jon Casey Minnesota North Stars 61 3407 31 22 4 3 3.22 89.6
Daren Puppa Buffalo Sabres 56 3241 31 16 6 1 2.89 90.3
Bill Ranford Edmonton Oilers 56 3107 24 16 9 1 3.19 88.7
Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 54 3173 31 16 5 3 2.53 91.2
Sean Burke New Jersey Devils 52 2914 22 22 6 0 3.60 88.0
Kelly Hrudey Los Angeles Kings 52 2860 22 21 6 2 4.07 87.3
Ken Wregget Philadelphia Flyers 51 2961 22 24 3 0 3.42 89.2
Greg Millen Quebec Nordiques 49 2900 19 25 5 1 3.89 87.2
Don Beaupre Washington Capitals 48 2793 23 18 5 2 3.22 89.0

Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

Note: All dates in 1990

Playoff BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Finals
                                     
A1  Boston Bruins 4  
A4  Hartford Whalers 3  
  A1  Boston Bruins 4  
  P3  Washington Capitals 1  
A2  Buffalo Sabres 2
P3  Washington Capitals 4  
  A1  Boston Bruins 4  
  A3  Montreal Canadiens 0  
P1  New York Rangers 4  
P4  New York Islanders 1  
  P1  New York Rangers 1
  A3  Montreal Canadiens 4  
P2  New Jersey Devils 2
A3  Montreal Canadiens 4  
  A1  Boston Bruins 1
  S2  Edmonton Oilers 4
N1  Chicago Blackhawks 4  
S4  Los Angeles Kings 3  
  N1  Chicago Blackhawks 4
  N2  St. Louis Blues 3  
N2  St. Louis Blues 4
S3  Winnipeg Jets 1  
  N1  Chicago Blackhawks 2
  S2  Edmonton Oilers 4  
S1  Calgary Flames 2  
N4  Minnesota North Stars 4  
  S2  Edmonton Oilers 4
  N4  Minnesota North Stars 0  
S2  Edmonton Oilers 4
N3  Toronto Maple Leafs 3  

Division Semi-finalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Hartford WhalersEdit

Boston won series 4–3


(A2) Buffalo Sabres vs. (P3) Washington CapitalsEdit

Washington won series 4–2


(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P4) New York IslandersEdit

New York Rangers won series 4–1


(P2) New Jersey Devils vs. (A3) Montreal CanadiensEdit

Montreal won series 4–2


Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (S4) Los Angeles KingsEdit

Chicago won series 4–3


(N2) St. Louis Blues vs. (S3) Winnipeg JetsEdit

St. Louis won series 4–1


(S1) Calgary Flames vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

Minnesota won series 4–2


(S2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N3) Toronto Maple LeafsEdit

Edmonton won series 4–3


Division FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (P3) Washington CapitalsEdit

Boston won series 4–1


(P1) New York Rangers vs. (A3) Montreal CanadiensEdit

Montreal won series 4–1


Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N2) St. Louis BluesEdit

Chicago won series 4–3


(S2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

Edmonton won series 4–0


Conference FinalsEdit

See also: NHL Conference Finals

Prince of Wales Conference FinalEdit

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Montreal CanadiensEdit

Boston won series 4–0


Clarence Campbell Conference FinalEdit

(S2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (N1) Chicago BlackhawksEdit

Edmonton won series 4–2


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in five games. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and their only one without Wayne Gretzky. In game one, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3–2 win. The game broke the record for longest Final game, set in 1931 between Chicago and Montreal. This game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Final history (Longest NHL overtime games) to date, edging both Brett Hull's cup-winner in 1999 and Igor Larionov's game-winner in 2002 by less than 30 seconds. In game five at the Boston Garden on May 24 the Oilers won 4–1, Craig Simpson scored the game-winning goal.


Edmonton won series 4–1


Cup Playoff Scoring LeadersEdit

NHL AwardsEdit

Presidents' Trophy: Boston Bruins
Prince of Wales Trophy: Boston Bruins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Edmonton Oilers
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Gord Kluzak, Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Sergei Makarov, Calgary Flames
Conn Smythe Trophy: Bill Ranford, Edmonton Oilers
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Rick Meagher, St. Louis Blues
Hart Memorial Trophy: Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Bob Murdoch, Winnipeg Jets
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Kevin Lowe, Edmonton Oilers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
Lester B. Pearson Award: Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Paul Cavallini, St. Louis Blues
Vezina Trophy: Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
William M. Jennings Trophy: Reggie Lemelin/Andy Moog, Boston Bruins
Lester Patrick Trophy: Len Ceglarski

All-Star TeamsEdit

Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues

First Team   Position   Second Team
Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens G Darren Puppa, Buffalo Sabres
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Paul Coffey, Pittsburgh Penguins
Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames D Doug Wilson, Chicago Blackhawks
Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers C Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues RW Cam Neely, Boston Bruins
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings LW Brian Bellows, Minnesota North Stars

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1989-90 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last GamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1989-90 (listed with their last team):

Hat TricksEdit

VideoEdit

Highlights of the goals in the Bruins 4-2 over the Winnipeg Jets on January 4, 1990.

Highlights of Game 4 of the Bruins-Whalers Adams Division Semi-finals on April 11, 1990 in which Boston overcomes a 5-2 deficit to win 6-5.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

1989-90 NHL season by team
Patrick New JerseyNY IslandersNY RangersPhiladelphiaPittsburghWashington
Adams BostonBuffaloHartfordMontrealQuébec
Norris ChicagoDetroitMinnesotaSt. LouisToronto
Smythe CalgaryEdmontonLos AngelesWinnipegVancouver
See also 1989 NHL Entry DraftAll-Star Game1990 Stanley Cup Finals


NHL Seasons

1986-87 | 1987-88 | 1988-89 | 1989-90 | 1990-91 | 1991-92 | 1992-93 | 1993-94 | 1994-95

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