|1981 Stanley Cup Finals|
|Location(s)||Uniondale: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1, 2, 5)|
Bloomington: Met Center (3, 4)
|Coaches||New York: Al Arbour|
Minnesota: Glen Sonmor
|Captains||New York: Denis Potvin|
Minnesota: Paul Shmyr
|Dates||May 12 – May 21|
|MVP||Butch Goring (Islanders)|
|Series-winning goal||Wayne Merrick (5:37, first, G5)|
|Networks||CBC, Simulcast in the United States by USA Network|
SportsChannel New York (Games 1,2,5; New York Area), WOR-TV (Games 3 and 4; New York Area)
|Announcers||Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, and Gary Dornhoefer (CBC/USA) |
Jiggs McDonald and Ed Westfall (SCNY)
Tim Ryan and Ed Westfall (WOR)
The 1981 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1980–81 season, and the culmination of the 1981 Stanley Cup playoffs. It 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 championship. This would be the last all-American Finals until 1991, when the North Stars faced the Pittsburgh Penguins. Butch Goring won the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player in the playoffs.
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.
|May 12||Minnesota||3||New York||6|
|May 14||Minnesota||3||New York||6|
|May 17||New York||7||Minnesota||5|
|May 19||New York||2||Minnesota||4|
|May 21||Minnesota||1||New York||5|
New York wins the series 4–1.
The series aired on CBC in Canada. In the United States, this was the first of five seasons that the Cup Finals aired on the USA Network. For the 1981 Finals only, USA simulcast the CBC feed instead of producing their own coverage.
New York Islanders
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Stanley Cup Champions
New York Islanders