What are the most memorable games in NHL playoff history? – NBC Chicago
What are the most memorable games in NHL playoff history? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Throughout NHL playoff history, there have been high-scoring affairs on the ice.
Wednesday’s Game 1 clash between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers in the second round became tied for the fifth-highest scoring game in NHL playoff history. The Flames won 9-6, with a hat trick from Matthew Tkachuk leading the way.
What other games have seen similar score explosions? Here are the most memorable games in NHL playoff history:
1. Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers – 18
Los Angeles defeated Edmonton 10-8 in Game 1 of the Divisional Semi-Finals on April 7, 1982 to secure the top spot on this list.
2. Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – 17
Pittsburgh defeated philadelphia cream 10-7 in Game 5 of the Division Finals on April 25, 1989.
T-3. Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers – 16
History repeats itself often. This time, however, Edmonton was on the winning side. The Oilers defeated Los Angeles 13-3 in Game 2 of the Divisional Semifinals on April 8, 1987.
T-3. Calgary Flames vs Los Angeles Kings – 16
The same now applies to Los Angeles. The Kings defeated the Flames 12-4 in Game 4 of the Divisional Semifinals on April 10, 1990.
T-5. Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens – 15
The Blackhawks scratched by the Oilers 8-7 in Game 5 of the 1973 Stanley Cup Finals.
T-5. Minnesota North Stars vs. Boston Bruins – 15
The North Stars beat the Bruins 9-6 in the preliminary round of the NHL playoffs in 1981.
T-5. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers – 15
Edmonton won 10-5 over Chicago in Game 5 of the Conference Finals in 1985.
T-5. Calgary Flames vs Los Angeles Kings – 15
Los Angeles beat Calgary 9-6 in Game 6 of the 1993 Conference Finals.
T-5. Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames – 15
As mentioned above, Edmonton and Calgary’s Game 1 contest in the second round of the 2022 playoffs became the newest addition to this list. Calgary won 9-6.
Four games in NHL playoff history have totaled 14 combined goals: Blackhawks vs. Bruins (1974), Detroit Red Wings vs. Blackhawks (1985), Oilers vs. Blackhawks (1985) and Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils (1988).