1984-85 Conference Final Clash Between Edmonton and Chicago Featured 69 Goals

Published on May 30th, 2022 1:32 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel



The record scoring NHL playoff series of all time was... What is the record for the most number of goals (both teams combined) in a single NHL playoff series?

If you guessed that the record most likely belonged to a series that involved Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers, you'd be right.

In the 1984-85 Conference Final (Clarence Campbell Conference) series between the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks, the two teams combined to score a total of 69 goals.

This is easily the record for most ever goals in a single NHL playoff series, well ahead of the 62 goals that were scored when the Blackhawks played the North Stars in the same year.

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The Oilers defeated the Blackhawks 4-2 in that series.

The Oilers, led by Wayne Gretzky, would outscore the Blackhawks by a total of 44-25 over the course of the six-game series.

This means that the Oilers averaged 7.33 goals PER game over the course of the series - a number that is mind-boggling for a six-game, Conference Final.

The Oilers would score 10 or more goals TWICE in the series - here is how the six games played out:

Game 1

Edmonton Oilers Win 11-2

Game 2

Edmonton Oilers Win 7-3

Game 3

Chicago Blackhawks Win 5-2

Game 4

Chicago Blackhawks Win 8-6

Game 5

Edmonton Oilers Win 10-5

Game 6

Edmonton Oilers Win 8-2

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A few more notes from this series:

1) Jari Kurri scored three hat-tricks in the series, which is a record that still stands today

2) Edmonton set the record for most goals in a semi-final series and most goals in a 6-game series

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Will this record ever be broken?

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