The 1980–81 Edmonton Oilers season
was the Oilers' 2nd season
in the NHL
, and they finished with 74 points, a 5 point improvement from their 1st season.Wayne Gretzky
would run away with the Art Ross Trophy
, awarded to the leading scorer, as he finished with 164 points, 29 points ahead of runner-up Marcel Dionne
of the Los Angeles Kings
. Gretzky would also win his 2nd straight Hart Trophy
, awarded to the MVP of the NHL. His 164 points were an NHL record, previously held by Phil Esposito
of the Boston Bruins
in the 1970–71 NHL season
when he scored 152 points. Youngsters Jari Kurri
and Mark Messier
would have very good offensive seasons, finishing 2nd and 3rd on the Oilers scoring list.Eddie Mio
would get the majority of action in the Oilers goal, playing in a team high 43 games and having 16 wins, which set a franchise record.
In the playoffs, the Oilers would face the heavily favoured Montreal Canadiens
in the opening round, and they would shock the hockey world by sweeping Montreal in 3 games. In the quarter-finals, the Oilers would play the defending Stanley Cup Champion New York Islanders
, and would take them to 6 games before being eliminated.
In Game One of the series versus Montreal, Wayne Gretzky
had five assists. This was a single game playoff record.