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Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 1987 Stanley Cup Final

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 1987 Stanley Cup Final
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After a heartbreaking second-round loss to the Calgary Flames a year earlier, the Edmonton Oilers found themselves back in the Stanley Cup Final in 1987. Edmonton was making its fourth Final appearance in five years, seeking its third championship in four seasons. A familiar foe was there to greet them in the Philadelphia Flyers, as the teams battled for the Cup in a rematch of the '85 Final, which the Oilers won in five games.

This time around, the Flyers boasted a Vezina-winning goaltender who they hoped could shut down Edmonton's vaunted offense: Ron Hextall. The 23-year-old netminder would have his hands full with three of the top four scorers in the League: Wayne Gretzky (183 points to lead the League), Jari Kurri (108 points), and Mark Messier (107 points). The stage was set for an epic series between the teams which finished with the two best records in the League for the third year in a row.

Gretzky and company fueled the Oilers to a 2-0 series lead, maintaining home-ice advantage before heading to Philly for Game 3. The change in venue seemed to have no effect on Edmonton’s high-powered attack, as the Oilers stormed out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period. But sensing the urgency, the Flyers scored five unanswered goals and posted their first win of the series, 5-3. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the momentum did not carry over to Game 4, as Gretzky tallied three assists in a 4-1 win for Edmonton.
   
Returning to Canada with a 3-1 series lead, another Oilers championship seemed imminent, as plans for a parade appeared in the day’s newspapers. With the Oilers leading 3-1 lead midway through Game 5, it appeared the parade would go on as planned. However, the Flyers stormed back to win, 4-3, and forced Game 6, where they faced another two-goal deficit. Astonishingly, they once again rallied for a one-goal victory as J.J. Daigneault’s blue-line blast broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Philadelphia Spectrum crowd into a frenzy.

In the decisive final game, Hextall made 40 saves and the Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 advantage, but goals by Messier, Kurri, and Glenn Anderson ensured there would be a parade in Edmonton after all. Despite just coming up short, Hextall’s efforts were recognized with the Conn Smythe Trophy, capping off a terrific rookie campaign. It was just the fourth time ever that the postseason MVP came from the losing team, and the second year in a row that a rookie goalie won the Conn Smythe (Patrick Roy won it in 1986).

As great as Hextall was, the glory ultimately belonged to Edmonton. The 3-1 Game 7 win turned the Oilers into a dynasty, clinching their third Cup in four years in one of the greatest Cup Finals in NHL history.

DATE recap GAME
Mon, Jul 18 1982 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Jul 19 1983 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
Wed, Jul 20 1984 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
Thu, Jul 21 1985 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Fri, Jul 22 1986 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
Mon, Jul 25 1987 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Tue, Jul 26 1988 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
Wed, Jul 27 1989 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thu, Jul 28 1990 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Jul 29 1992 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Chicago Blackhawks vs.Pittsburgh Penguins
Mon, Aug 1 1993 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings
Tue, Aug 2 1994 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks
Wed, Aug 3 1995 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils
Thu, Aug 4 1996 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers
Fri, Aug 5 1997 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Mon, Aug 8 1998 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals
Tue, Aug 9 1999 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Buffalo Sabres vs. Dallas Stars
Wed, Aug 10 2000 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Dallas Stars vs. New Jersey Devils
Thu, Aug 11 2001 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils
Fri, Aug 12 2002 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Mon, Aug 15 2003 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Mighty Ducks of Anaheim vs. New Jersey Devils
Tue, Aug 16 2004 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Wed, Aug 17 2006 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Thu, Aug 18 2007 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators
Fri, Aug 19 2008 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Mon, Aug 22 2009 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tue, Aug 23 2010 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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