18 Goals Scored in 1982 Playoff Game Between Oilers and Kings

Published on May 4th, 2022 5:22 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The highest scoring game in NHL playoff history took place in 1982. If you were guessing as to which team was involved in the highest scoring NHL playoff game of all time, you'd probably guess the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers.

And you'd be right.

The highest scoring NHL playoff game of all time saw the lamp get lit a total of 18 times.


Game 1 of the 1982 playoff series between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings saw the Kings win by a score of 10-8.

At the end of the first period, the Kings were leading by a score of 4-3.

By the end of the second period, the Kings were leading 8-6.

The Oilers mounted a comeback in the third period, as they managed to tie the game 8-8.

Late goals by Charlie Simmer and Bernie Nicholls gave the Kings the 10-8 victory.


Both of the goaltenders in the game were obviously shelled.

The Kings' goaltender, Mario Lessard, gave up 8 goals on 33 shots, while Grant Fuhr of the Oilers gave up 9 goals on 34 shots.

Wayne Gretzky notched 4 points for the Oilers, while Daryl Evans and Dave Taylor both put up 4 points for the Kings.

The Kings would go on to win the series in 5 games.


There was a 17 goal game in 1989 (Penguins vs New Jersey Devils) and a couple of 16 goal games, though the Oilers vs Kings contest from 1982 still holds the record.

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