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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 (a feat which would be repeated only twice).

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

As of the 2008-09 season, it was the last season that the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 80 46 25 9 101 289 232 1458
Buffalo Sabres 80 45 27 8 98 286 248 1449
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 28 11 93 288 234 1590
Hartford Whalers 80 38 33 9 85 275 268 2102
Quebec Nordiques 80 12 61 7 31 240 407 2104
Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
New York Rangers 80 36 31 13 85 279 267 2021
New Jersey Devils 80 37 34 9 83 295 288 1659
Washington Capitals 8036 38 6 78 284 275 2204
New York Islanders 8031 38 11 73 281 288 1777
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 32 40 8 72 318 359 2132
Philadelphia Flyers 8030 39 11 71 290 297 2067

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Chicago Blackhawks80 41 33 6 88 316 294 2426
St. Louis Blues 80 37 34 9 83 295 279 1809
Toronto Maple Leafs80 38 38 4 80 337 358 2419
Minnesota North Stars80 36 40 4 76 284 291 2041
Detroit Red Wings80 28 38 14 70 288 323 2140
Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Calgary Flames 80 42 23 15 99 348 265 1751
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 28 14 90 315 283 2046
Winnipeg Jets 80 37 32 11 85 298 290 1639
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 39 7 75 338 337 1844
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 41 14 64 245 306 1644

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

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

Hhof stanley cup

The Stanley Cup

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


Division semi-finalsEdit

Wales ConferenceEdit

Boston vs. Hartford
Date Away Home
April 5 Hartford 4 3 Boston
April 7 Hartford 1 3 Boston
April 9 Boston 3 5 Hartford
April 11 Boston 6 5 Hartford
April 13 Hartford 2 3 Boston
April 15 Boston 2 3 Hartford OT
April 17 Hartford 1 3 Boston
Boston wins series 4–3
Buffalo vs. Montreal
Date Away Home
April 5 Montreal 1 4 Buffalo
April 7 Montreal 3 0 Buffalo
April 9 Buffalo 1 2 Montreal OT
April 11 Buffalo 4 2 Montreal
April 13 Montreal 4 2 Buffalo
April 15 Buffalo 2 5 Montreal
Montreal wins series 4–2
NY Rangers vs. NY Islanders
Date Away Home
April 5 NY Islanders 1 2 NY Rangers
April 7 NY Islanders 2 5 NY Rangers
April 9 NY Rangers 3 4 NY Islanders 2OT
April 11 NY Rangers 6 1 NY Islanders
April 13 NY Islanders 5 6 NY Rangers
NY Rangers wins series 4–1
New Jersey vs. Washington
Date Away Home
April 5 Washington 5 4 New Jersey OT
April 7 Washington 5 6 New Jersey
April 9 New Jersey 2 1 Washington
April 11 New Jersey 1 3 Washington
April 13 Washington 4 3 New Jersey
April 15 New Jersey 2 3 Washington
Washington wins series 4–2

Campbell ConferenceEdit

Chicago vs. Minnesota
Date Away Home
April 4 Minnesota 2 1 Chicago
April 6 Minnesota 3 5 Chicago
April 8 Chicago 2 1 Minnesota
April 10 Chicago 0 4 Minnesota
April 12 Minnesota 1 5 Chicago
April 14 Chicago 3 5 Minnesota
April 16 Minnesota 2 5 Chicago
Chicago wins series 4–3
St. Louis vs. Toronto
Date Away Home
April 4 Toronto 2 4 St. Louis
April 6 Toronto 2 4 St. Louis
April 8 St. Louis 6 5 Toronto OT
April 10 St. Louis 2 4 Toronto
April 12 Toronto 3 4 St. Louis
St. Louis wins series 4–1
Calgary vs. Los Angeles
Date Away Home
April 4 Los Angeles 5 3 Calgary
April 6 Los Angeles 5 8 Calgary
April 8 Calgary 1 2 Los Angeles OT
April 10 Calgary 4 12 Los Angeles
April 12 Los Angeles 1 5 Calgary
April 14 Calgary 3 4 Los Angeles 2OT
Los Angeles wins series 4–2
Edmonton vs. Winnipeg
Date Away Home
April 4 Winnipeg 7 5 Edmonton
April 6 Winnipeg 2 3 Edmonton OT
April 8 Edmonton 1 2 Winnipeg
April 10 Edmonton 3 4 Winnipeg 2OT
April 12 Winnipeg 3 4 Edmonton
April 14 Edmonton 4 3 Winnipeg
April 16 Winnipeg 1 4 Edmonton
Edmonton wins series 4–3

Division finalsEdit

Wales Conference
Boston vs. Montreal
Date Away Home
April 19 Montreal 0 1 Boston
April 21 Montreal 4 5 Boston OT
April 23 Boston 6 3 Montreal
April 25 Boston 1 4 Montreal
April 27 Montreal 1 3 Boston
Boston win series 4–1
NY Rangers vs. Washington
Date Away Home
April 19 Washington 3 7 NY Rangers
April 21 Washington 6 3 NY Rangers
April 23 NY Rangers 1 7 Washington
April 25 NY Rangers 3 4 Washington OT
April 27 Washington 2 1 NY Rangers OT
Washington wins series 4–1
Campbell Conference
Chicago vs. St. Louis
Date Away Home
April 18 St. Louis 4 3 Chicago
April 20 St. Louis 3 5 Chicago
April 22 Chicago 4 5 St. Louis
April 24 Chicago 3 2 St. Louis
April 26 St. Louis 2 3 Chicago
April 28 Chicago 2 4 St. Louis
April 30 St. Louis 2 8 Chicago
Chicago wins series 4–3
Edmonton vs. Los Angeles
Date Away Home
April 18 Los Angeles 0 7 Edmonton
April 20 Los Angeles 1 6 Edmonton
April 22 Edmonton 5 4 Los Angeles
April 24 Edmonton 6 5 Los Angeles OT
Edmonton wins series 4–0

Conference finalsEdit

Wales Conference
Boston vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 3 Washington 3 5 Boston
May 5 Washington 0 3 Boston
May 7 Boston 4 1 Washington
May 9 Boston 3 2 Washington
Boston wins series 4–0
and Prince of Wales Trophy
Campbell Conference
Edmonton vs. Chicago
Date Away Home
May 2 Chicago 2 5 Edmonton
May 4 Chicago 4 3 Edmonton
May 6 Edmonton 1 5 Chicago
May 8 Edmonton 4 2 Chicago
May 10 Chicago 3 4 Edmonton
May 12 Edmonton 8 4 Chicago
Edmonton wins series 4–2 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

FinalsEdit

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, four games to one. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and their only one without Wayne Gretzky. In game 1, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3-2 win; this game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Finals history (Longest NHL overtime games), 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. Oilers goaltender Bill Ranford was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP.

Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 15 Edmonton 3 Boston 2 3OT
May 18 Edmonton 7 Boston 2
May 20 Boston 2 Edmonton 1
May 22 Boston 1 Edmonton 5
May 24 Edmonton 4 Boston 1
Edmonton wins series 4–1
and Stanley Cup
Bill Ranford (Edmonton)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Stanley 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

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

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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