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79-80NYI
1979–80 New York Islanders · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 2nd Patrick
Conference 2nd Clarence Campbell
1979–80 record 39–28–13
Goals for 281
Goals against 247
General Manager Bill Torrey
Coach Al Arbour
Captain Denis Potvin
Alternate captains None
Arena Nassau Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Mike Bossy (51)
Assists Bryan Trottier (62)
Points Bryan Trottier (104)
Penalties in minutes Garry Howatt (219)
Wins Glenn Resch (23)
Goals against average Billy Smith (2.95)

The 1979-80 New York Islanders season was the eighth in the franchise's history. It involved winning the Stanley Cup. During the season, the Islanders dropped below the 100-point mark for the first time in five years, earning only 91 points.

Before the playoffs, Torrey made the difficult decision to trade longtime and popular veterans Billy Harris and defenseman Dave Lewis to the Los Angeles Kings for second line center Butch Goring. Goring's is often called the "final piece of the puzzle": a strong two-way player, his presence on the second line ensured that opponents would no longer be able to focus their defensive efforts on the Isles' first line of Bossy, Trottier and Clark Gillies. Contributions from new teammates, such as wingers Duane Sutter and Anders Kallur and stay-at-home defensemen Gord Lane and Ken Morrow (the latter fresh off a gold medal win at the 1980 Olympics), also figured prominently in the Islanders' playoff success.

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

See also: 1979 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 17. Duane Sutter (RW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 12 20 327 254 116
New York Islanders 80 39 28 13 281 247 91
New York Rangers 80 38 32 10 308 284 86
Atlanta Flames 80 35 32 13 282 269 83
Washington Capitals 80 27 40 13 261 293 67

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 11, 19792–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 0–1–0
2LOctober 13, 19792–5 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 0–2–0
3WOctober 16, 19795–1 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 1–2–0
4LOctober 18, 19792–3 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 1–3–0
5WOctober 20, 19796–1 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 2–3–0
6TOctober 23, 19793–3 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 2–3–1
7WOctober 26, 19792–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 3–3–1
8WOctober 27, 19796–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 4–3–1
9TOctober 31, 19792–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 4–3–2
10LNovember 2, 19795–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 4–4–2
11TNovember 4, 19794–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 4–4–3
12WNovember 6, 19794–1 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 5–4–3
13LNovember 9, 19792–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 5–5–3
14LNovember 10, 19792–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 5–6–3
15WNovember 13, 197910–5 New York Rangers (1979–80) 6–6–3
16LNovember 17, 19794–5 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 6–7–3
17LNovember 20, 19793–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 6–8–3
18LNovember 21, 19791–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 6–9–3
19TNovember 24, 19794–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 6–9–4
20LNovember 28, 19794–7 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 6–10–4
21LNovember 30, 19793–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 6–11–4
22WDecember 2, 19794–0 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 7–11–4
23LDecember 4, 19791–5 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 7–12–4
24WDecember 6, 19794–3 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 8–12–4
25WDecember 7, 19796–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 9–12–4
26LDecember 9, 19794–5 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 9–13–4
27WDecember 11, 19794–1 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 10–13–4
28TDecember 12, 19793–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 10–13–5
29TDecember 15, 19793–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 10–13–6
30WDecember 18, 19793–2 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 11–13–6
31WDecember 22, 19792–1 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 12–13–6
32LDecember 23, 19790–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 12–14–6
33WDecember 27, 19797–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 13–14–6
34LDecember 30, 19792–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 13–15–6
35WJanuary 2, 19803–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 14–15–6
36LJanuary 3, 19803–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 14–16–6
37WJanuary 5, 19803–1 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 15–16–6
38WJanuary 8, 19803–0 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 16–16–6
39LJanuary 9, 19802–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 16–17–6
40WJanuary 12, 19805–2 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 17–17–6
41WJanuary 15, 19805–2 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 18–17–6
42WJanuary 17, 19809–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 19–17–6
43WJanuary 19, 19803–1 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 20–17–6
44WJanuary 22, 19802–1 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 21–17–6
45WJanuary 23, 19805–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 22–17–6
46WJanuary 26, 19803–2 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 23–17–6
47LJanuary 27, 19801–7 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 23–18–6
48TJanuary 29, 19802–2 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 23–18–7
49LJanuary 31, 19802–4 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 23–19–7
50WFebruary 2, 19803–2 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 24–19–7
51LFebruary 3, 19803–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 24–20–7
52WFebruary 7, 19804–1 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 25–20–7
53WFebruary 9, 19805–0 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 26–20–7
54TFebruary 12, 19800–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 26–20–8
55WFebruary 14, 19805–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 27–20–8
56LFebruary 16, 19802–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 27–21–8
57LFebruary 17, 19802–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 27–22–8
58LFebruary 19, 19804–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 27–23–8
59LFebruary 21, 19802–5 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 27–24–8
60WFebruary 23, 19803–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 28–24–8
61LFebruary 24, 19802–8 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 28–25–8
62WFebruary 27, 19805–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 29–25–8
63LMarch 1, 19803–4 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 29–26–8
64TMarch 2, 19800–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 29–26–9
65WMarch 4, 19806–4 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 30–26–9
66WMarch 6, 19805–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 31–26–9
67LMarch 8, 19803–5 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 31–27–9
68LMarch 9, 19801–3 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 31–28–9
69WMarch 11, 19804–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 32–28–9
70WMarch 15, 19806–2 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 33–28–9
71WMarch 16, 19806–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 34–28–9
72WMarch 18, 19806–3 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 35–28–9
73TMarch 22, 19804–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 35–28–10
74TMarch 23, 19801–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 35–28–11
75WMarch 25, 19805–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 36–28–11
76TMarch 28, 19802–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 36–28–12
77WMarch 30, 19809–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 37–28–12
78TApril 1, 19801–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 37–28–13
79WApril 4, 19807–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 38–28–13
80WApril 5, 19802–1 New York Rangers (1979–80) 39–28–13

PlayoffsEdit

In the semi-finals, the Isles faced the Buffalo Sabres, who had finished second overall in the NHL standings. The Isles won the first two games in Buffalo, including a 3–2 victory in Game 2 on Bob Nystrom's goal in double overtime. They went on to win the series in six games and reach the finals for the first time in franchise history, where they would face the NHL's regular season champions, the Philadelphia Flyers, who had gone undefeated for 35 straight games (25–0–10) during the regular season. In Game 1 in Philadelphia, the Isles won 4–3 on Denis Potvin's power-play goal in overtime. Leading the series 3–2, they went home to Long Island for Game 6. In that game, Bob Nystrom continued his overtime heroics, scoring at 7:11 of the extra frame, on assists by John Tonelli and Lorne Henning, to bring Long Island its first Stanley Cup. It was the Isles' sixth overtime victory of the playoffs. Bryan Trottier won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. Torrey's strategy of building through the draft turned out very well; nearly all of the major contributors on the 1980 champions were home-grown Islanders or had spent most of their NHL careers in the Islanders organization.

Stanley CupEdit

New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 13 New York4 Philadelphia 3 OT
May 15 New York3 Philadelphia 8
May 17 Philadelphia 2New York 6
May 19 Philadelphia 2 New York 5 OT
May 22 New York3 Philadelphia 6
May 24 Philadelphia 4 New York 5 OT

New York wins the series 4–2.

1980 New York Islanders Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Gord Lane, Jean Potvin, Bob Lorimer, Denis Potvin, Stefan Persson, Ken Morrow, Dave Langevin, Duane Sutter, Garry Howatt, Clark Gillies, Lorne Henning, Wayne Merrick, Bob Bourne, Steve Tambellini, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bob Nystrom, John Tonelli, Anders Kallur, Butch Goring, Alex McKendry, Glenn Resch, Billy Smith, Al Arbour(coach), Bill Torrey(general manager), Ron Waske, Jim Pickard(trainers)

Player statsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 78 42 62 104 68311506
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 75 51 41 92 12281608
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 73 19 35 54 4929705
Kallur, AndersAnders Kallur RW 76 22 30 52 1612542
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 77 14 30 44 498302
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 31 8 33 41 4413400
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 73 15 25 40 525301
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 67 21 18 39 944204
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 73 4 35 39 7613200
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 70 13 22 35 1612204
Harris, BillyBilly Harris RW 67 15 15 30 370212
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 56 15 9 24 555001
Lewis, DaveDave Lewis D 62 5 16 21 5410000
Howatt, GarryGarry Howatt LW 77 8 11 19 219-3001
Lorimer, BobBob Lorimer D 74 3 16 19 5332001
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 76 3 13 16 10911010
Lane, GordGord Lane D 55 2 14 16 15210001
Potvin, JeanJean Potvin D 32 2 13 15 26-12200
Tambellini, SteveSteve Tambellini C 45 5 8 13 4-1000
Goring, ButchButch Goring C 12 6 5 11 27010
Henning, LorneLorne Henning C 39 3 6 9 6-10000
Kaszycki, MikeMike Kaszycki C 16 1 4 5 153000
Vautour, YvonYvon Vautour RW 17 3 1 4 24-6001
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 18 0 3 3 44000
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch G 45 0 3 3 40000
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 38 1 0 1 390000
Brodeur, RichardRichard Brodeur G 2 0 0 0 00000
Hordy, MikeMike Hordy D 9 0 0 0 70000
Johnston, RandyRandy Johnston D 4 0 0 0 4-2000
MacGuigan, GarthGarth MacGuigan C 2 0 0 0 21000
McKendry, AlexAlex McKendry W 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 2606 45 23 14 6 132 3.04 3
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 2114 38 15 14 7 104 2.95 2
Brodeur, RichardRichard Brodeur 80 2 1 0 0 6 4.50 0
Team: 4800 80 39 28 13 242 3.02 5
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 21 12 17 29 16422
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 16 10 13 23 8601
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 21 10 10 20 10521
Goring, ButchButch Goring C 21 7 12 19 2100
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 21 6 13 19 24401
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 20 9 9 18 50003
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 21 7 9 16 18000
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 21 6 10 16 63102
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 21 5 10 15 16400
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 21 3 7 10 74000
Henning, LorneLorne Henning C 21 3 4 7 2031
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 21 2 4 6 2001
Howatt, GarryGarry Howatt LW 21 3 1 4 84001
McKendry, AlexAlex McKendry W 6 2 2 4 0000
Lane, GordGord Lane D 21 1 3 4 85000
Lorimer, BobBob Lorimer D 21 1 3 4 41001
Morrow, KenKen Morrow D 20 1 2 3 12001
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 21 0 3 3 32000
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch G 4 0 0 0 0000
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 20 0 0 0 11000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 1198 20 15 4 56 2.80 1
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 120 4 0 2 9 4.50 0
Team: 1318 21 15 6 65 2.96 1

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Note: Pos = Position; 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 recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1979-80 New York Islanders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-13.

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Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
1979
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

1980
Succeeded by
New York Islanders
1981


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