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1987 Stanley Cup playoffs

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1987 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 8–May 31, 1987
Defending championsMontreal Canadiens
Final positions
ChampionsEdmonton Oilers
Runner-upPhiladelphia Flyers
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Wayne Gretzky (Oilers)
(34 points)
MVPRon Hextall (Flyers)

The 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 8, after the conclusion of the 1986–87 NHL season. It concluded on May 31, with the Edmonton Oilers defeating the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. In an attempt to reduce the number of first round upsets, the NHL expanded the best-of-five series in the first round to a best-of-seven series.

The 1987 playoffs marked the second consecutive year that all four former WHA teams made the playoffs in the same year. It would not happen again until 1999 by which time 3 of those teams had moved, the Quebec Nordiques to Denver, the Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, and the Hartford Whalers to Raleigh, North Carolina. For the second time ever, the first time being 1978, all of the Original Six teams made the playoffs in the same season.

At the time the Philadelphia Flyers set an NHL playoff record by playing in 26 games during the playoffs. This record has since been equaled by four other teams (2004 Calgary Flames, 2014 Los Angeles Kings, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning and 2019 St. Louis Blues).

1987 Stanley Cup playoffs Intro articles: 6

Playoff seeds

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division

  1. Hartford Whalers, Adams Division champions – 93 points
  2. Montreal Canadiens – 92 points
  3. Boston Bruins – 85 points
  4. Quebec Nordiques – 72 points

Patrick Division

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 100 points
  2. Washington Capitals – 86 points
  3. New York Islanders – 82 points
  4. New York Rangers – 76 points

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division

  1. St. Louis Blues, Norris Division champions – 79 points
  2. Detroit Red Wings – 78 points
  3. Chicago Blackhawks – 72 points
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs – 70 points

Smythe Division

  1. Edmonton Oilers, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 106 points
  2. Calgary Flames – 95 points
  3. Winnipeg Jets – 88 points
  4. Los Angeles Kings – 70 points

1987 Stanley Cup playoffs Playoff seeds articles: 17

Playoff bracket

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
A1 Hartford 2  
A4 Quebec 4  
  A4 Quebec 3  
  A2 Montreal 4  
A2 Montreal 4
A3 Boston 0  
  A2 Montreal 2  
Prince of Wales Conference
  P1 Philadelphia 4  
P1 Philadelphia 4  
P4 NY Rangers 2  
  P1 Philadelphia 4
  P3 NY Islanders 3  
P2 Washington 3
P3 NY Islanders 4  
  P1 Philadelphia 3
  S1 Edmonton 4
N1 St. Louis 2  
N4 Toronto 4  
  N4 Toronto 3
  N2 Detroit 4  
N2 Detroit 4
N3 Chicago 0  
  N2 Detroit 1
Clarence Campbell Conference
  S1 Edmonton 4  
S1 Edmonton 4  
S4 Los Angeles 1  
  S1 Edmonton 4
  S3 Winnipeg 0  
S2 Calgary 2
S3 Winnipeg 4  

Division Semifinals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A1) Hartford Whalers vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques

This was the last series that the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise won in Quebec City, the franchise did not win another playoff series until 1996 when they were the Colorado Avalanche.

Quebec won series 4–2

(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A3) Boston Bruins

Montreal won series 4–0

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P4) New York Rangers

Philadelphia won series 4–2

(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) New York Islanders

Game seven of this series went four overtimes, and is known as the Easter Epic. It was the only one this year to go beyond one OT period.

New York won series 4–3

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N1) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto won series 4–2

(N2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N3) Chicago Blackhawks

Detroit won series 4–0

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S4) Los Angeles Kings

Edmonton won series 4–1

(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets

This was the last series that the Jets/Coyotes franchise won in Winnipeg; the franchise did not win another playoff series until the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinal while based in Arizona. This was also the last time a Winnipeg-based NHL team won a playoff series until 2018.

Winnipeg won series 4–2

1987 Stanley Cup playoffs Playoff bracket articles: 202

Division Finals

Prince of Wales Conference

(A2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Quebec Nordiques

Montreal won series 4–3

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (P3) New York Islanders

Philadelphia won series 4–3

Clarence Campbell Conference

(N2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N4) Toronto Maple Leafs

Detroit won series 4–3

(S1) Edmonton Oilers vs. (S3) Winnipeg Jets

Edmonton won series 4–0

1987 Stanley Cup playoffs Division Finals articles: 30

Conference Finals

Prince of Wales Conference Final

(P1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (A2) Montreal Canadiens