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Raising the Cup presents: Game 5 1990 Stanley Cup Final

Thursday, 07.28.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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Raising the Cup presents: Game 5 1990 Stanley Cup Final
Every weekday, NHL Network will roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all again, all summer long.
NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

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.).


Dynasties are few and far between in the NHL and one of the more historic ones is that of the Edmonton Oilers, which featured  some of the best players the League has ever seen. Winners of five Stanley Cups in a seven-year span, the Oilers ruled the NHL between 1984 and 1990.

Meanwhile, back east, the "Original Six" Boston Bruins hadn't been to the Stanley Cup Final since 1987-88, where they were swept by - you guessed it - the Oilers. Interestingly, though, they skated into the 1990 Final having owned the best record in the NHL and were ready for revenge.

Ultimately, the Oilers proved to be too much for the B's, as they captured their fifth Stanley Cup after a five-game series.

Of the various storylines for this series, the most notable involved Wayne Gretzky. Synonymous, arguably, with the Oilers franchise and dynasty, the 1990 Final represented the only time in which "The Great One" did not lace up his skates with the club. On August 8, 1988, the Oilers were involved in one of the most famous trades in professional sports, when they shipped Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Without "The Great One" in the lineup, the new Oilers with the same high expectations were led by their new captain, Mark Messier.

It's impossible to predict how the series would've gone had the triple overtime Game 1 went in favor of the B's, but it did not. Petr Klima's overtime winner - the longest game in Cup Final history - sunk the Bruins and propelled the Oilers on a cruise the rest of the way, particularly 7-2, 5-1 and 4-1 victories in Games 2, 4 and 5, respectively.

When all was said and done, Oilers' goalie Bill Ranford earned the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP, while then-Bruin Ray Bourque would not get back to the Final until his final campaign in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Oilers haven't won since 1990, while the Bruins hadn't until this past season, when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks for the franchise's sixth Stanley Cup.

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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