Top 5 Stanley Cup Final Games

Tuesday, 04.06.2013 / 5:12 PM
Ryan Frankson  -

Top 5 Oilers Stanley Cup Final Games

Ryan Frankson |

The Oilers have reached hockey's grandest stage, the Stanley Cup Final, on seven occasions, playing a total of 37 games (37.5 if you count 1988's infamous power outage game in Boston). Five of the seven appearances resulted in Stanley Cup championships, and it's certainly not easy to narrow down the best games, but we've given it a shot in this week's countdown.

5. Game 5, 2006

The Carolina Hurricanes won three of the first four games of the 2006 Cup Final and had a chance to wrap up the series in Game 5 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, but the Oilers proved they had plenty of life left in them. The teams took a 3-3 tie into overtime, paving the way for Fernando Pisani to make NHL history. The winger continued his outstanding post-season run by scoring the first shorthanded overtime goal in Cup Final history and sending the series back to Edmonton for Game 6.

4. Game 4, 1985

Midway through the opening period of Game 4 of the 1985 Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Oilers appeared to be on their way to a defeat that would have evened the series 2-2. Trailing 3-1, Edmonton mounted a momentous comeback with four unanswered goals (two from Wayne Gretzky) to win 5-3. They wrapped up their second straight championship two nights later with an 8-3 drubbing, and Gretzky captured his first Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

3. Game 3, 1984

The Oilers captured their first of five Stanley Cup titles in 1984 with a 4-1 series win over the New York Islanders, but after a dominant 6-1 Game 2 win, momentum was firmly in the Isles favour. They built a 2-1 lead in Game 3 before Mark Messier made a fierce move to cut between the defencemen and beat Isles goalie Billy Smith with a blistering top-shelf wrist shot to tie the game. Edmonton outscored New York 17-4 from that point on to close out the series and capture the championship. Messier was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

2. Game 7, 1987

An impressive testament of the Oilers dominance during their Stanley Cup seasons is that only one of their championship-winning series lasted more than five games. Edmonton won one Cup Final series 4-0 and three more 4-1, but the 1987 championship against Philadelphia certainly went the distance. The Flyers even held a 1-0 lead early in Game 7, but three unanswered goals, scored by Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson, gave the Oilers the memorable come-from-behind Cup-clinching victory.

1. Game 1, 1990

The most epic of all Oilers Stanley Cup Final games came, oddly enough, in the opener of the 1990 championship series when Petr Klima scored in triple overtime to pave the way for a five-game win over the Boston Bruins. Klima beat former Oilers goalie Andy Moog through the five-hole 15:13 into the third sudden-death period to break a 2-2 tie, bringing a legendary conclusion to what still stands as the longest Stanley Cup Final game in NHL history.

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