1981 Stanley Cup Finals

1981 Stanley Cup Finals
New York Islanders 667254
Minnesota North Stars  3 3 54 1 1

Location:Uniondale, New York (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) (1,2,5)
Bloomington, Minnesota (Met Center) (3,4)
Coaches:New York: Al Arbour
Minnesota: Glen Sonmor
Captains:New York: Denis Potvin
Minnesota: Paul Shmyr
Dates:May 12 to May 21, 1981
MVP:Butch Goring, (New York Islanders)
Wayne Merrick (5:37, first, G5)
USA Network (via CBC's Feed)
Announcers:Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, and Gary Dornhoefer
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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 Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup. This would be the last all-American Finals until 1991, when the North Stars faced the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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 reach the Final.

The series

Dino Ciccarelli of the North Stars set a rookie record (since tied by Ville Leino in 2010), scoring twenty-one points (14 goals and seven assists) during the year's playoffs. The Islanders' much deeper lineup, however, won the day.

New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars

Date Visitors Score Home Score
Tue, May 12 Minnesota 3New York 6
Thu, May 14 Minnesota 3 New York 6
Sun, May 17 New York7 Minnesota 5
Tue, May 19 New York2 Minnesota 4
Thu, May 21 Minnesota 1 New York 5

New York wins the series 4–1.

New York Islanders — 1981 Stanley Cup champions



  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

See also


Preceded by
New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
New York Islanders
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