It’s not your typical Stanley Cup playoffs, but hockey fans will take it.

The NHL returned to action on Saturday afternoon as the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes opened their best-of-five series in Toronto, and it’s the first time NHL teams are taking part in a best-of-five series since 1986.

Here’s how the world looked back then.

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While playoff hockey was going on in the NHL, Top Gun was crushing it in theatres as it was the highest grossing movie in 1986, totalling $176,871,728.00. However, they got a run for their money later in the year as Crocodile Dundee finished at $174,803,506.00, for the second-highest grossing movie of the year.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1986 and it was quite the lineup. The 1986 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee list includes Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown and Chuck Berry.

Meanwhile, the No.1 single of the year was "That’s What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends, which included Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

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NBC owned the rankings in 1986 with four of the top five, including the top three, rated TV programs belonging to the network. The top rated TV program in 1986 was The Cosby Show with a 34.9 rating, followed by Family Ties at 32.7 and Cheers at 27.2. At No. 5 on the list was The Golden Girls at 24.5.

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Mike Tyson made history on November 22, 1986. The 20-year-old knocked out 33-year-old Trevor Berbick in 5 minutes and 35 seconds to become the youngest titleholder ever.


New houses were on the market for anywhere from $89,000 - $110,000, while new cars were selling for an average of $9,281.