Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Most Points, One Playoff Series

In honour of Vancouver's Ryan Kesler tallying 11 points during their six game victory over Nashville, we look at the players with highest scoring single playoff series in NHL history.

1. Rick Middleton, Boston 19 Points. 1983 division finals vs. Buffalo

Game 1 2a
Game 2 1g, 2a
Game 3 2a
Game 4 2g, 4a
Game 5 2g, 2a
Game 6 0
Game 7 2a

Total goals by Boston in series, 33. Middleton was in on 57.6% of team scoring.


2. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 18 Points. 1985 conference final vs. Chicago

Game 1 1g, 3a
Game 2 3a
Game 3 0
Game 4 1g, 2a
Game 5 2g, 2a
Game 6 4a


Total goals by Edmonton in series, 44. Gretzky was in on 40.9% of team scoring.

3. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh 17 Points. 1992 division semi-finals vs. Washington

Game 1 DNP
Game 2 2a
Game 3 3g, 3a
Game 4 1g
Game 5 1a
Game 6 2g, 3a
Game 7 1g, 1a

Total goals by Pittsburgh in series, 25 (24 in the 6 games Lemieux played). Lemieux was in on 70.8% of team scoring.

4. Doug Gilmour, Toronto, 16 Points. 1994 conference semi-final vs. San Jose

Game 1 1A
Game 2 1g, 2a
Game 3 2a
Game 4 1g, 4a
Game 5 2a
Game 6 2a
Game 7 1g

Total goals by Toronto in series, 26. Gilmour was in on 61.5% of team scoring.

4. Barry Pederson, Boston, 16 Points. 1983 division finals vs. Buffalo

Game 1 1g
Game 2 3a
Game 3 1g
Game 4 2g, 3a
Game 5 2g, 2a
Game 6 0
Game 7 1g, 1a

Total goals by Boston in series, 33. Pederson was in on 48.5% of team scoring.


Although Kesler's 11 points last series falls far short of the above performances, his squad managed to score a mere 14 total goals in the series. Kesler had a hand in an amazing 78.6% of Canuck scoring last round. This has to be one of the more impressive single round efforts of all time.

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