Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.
Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).
For the first time since the 1980–81 season, the Edmonton Oilers did not win their division, break the 100-point mark or lead the NHL in goals. But, for the fifth time in six years, they were playing in the Stanley Cup Final. Already a dynasty with three Cups in their last four seasons, the Oilers squared off against the Boston Bruins, making their first appearance in the Final since consecutive trips in 1977 and 1978.
The defending champion Oilers cruised into the Final, losing just two games in the first three rounds, and they would continue their winning ways against the B's. Edmonton doubled up the Bruins in each of the first three games -- 2-1, 4-2 and 6-3 -- with the first two games taking place North of the Border and the last of the three on Boston ice.
Boston Garden was to be the site of Game 4 as well, and for nearly two periods, it was. With 3:23 remaining in the second, moments after the Oilers tied the score at 3-3, the lights went out in the historic arena. The sweltering heat of a late-May day in New England had already caused clouds of fog on the ice before potentially contributing to the power failure. After much deliberation from Edmonton, Boston and League officials, it was decided the game would not be finished that night.
In other words, the series proceeded directly to Game 5 in Edmonton (despite no result in Game 4) and Game 4 would have only been replayed if the Bruins won the next three games to tie the series. Had that happened, the teams would have replayed Game 4 in Boston to crown a champion -- following what technically would have been called Game 7.
With the series back in Edmonton two days later, the Oilers quickly put any confusion to rest by yet again doubling up the Bruins, 6-3, to sweep the B's -- in five games. Amidst fog, blackouts and bylaws, the Oilers emerged with their fourth Cup in five seasons, matching the Islanders' four championships won in the beginning of the decade.
Wayne Gretzky, who scored the winner in the clinching game, set a record that still stands today with 31 assists in the 1988 postseason, as "The Great One" claimed the second of his two Conn Smythe Trophies. It would prove to be the final Stanley Cup of Gretzky's career, as the Edmonton captain was famously traded to the Los Angeles Kings that August, forever changing the landscape of hockey.
|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|