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Kevin Lowe recalls night Oilers gained confidence to become dynasty

Former Edmonton defenseman says Game 3 of 1984 Stanley Cup Final against Islanders his favorite playoff memory

by Tim Campbell @NHLTim / Staff Writer

Defenseman Kevin Lowe played in 214 Stanley Cup Playoff games during his 19 seasons in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, but he had no trouble choosing the one he remembers most fondly.

"My favorite is Game 3 of the 1984 Final, when we came back," Lowe said, citing the key game -- played on May 15 -- in the Oilers' first Stanley Cup-winning season when they dethroned the four-time champion New York Islanders. 

The Islanders had swept the Oilers in the Final a year earlier to win their fourth consecutive championship. The 1984 Final began at Nassau Coliseum, where Edmonton had never fared well.


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But this time, said Lowe, "We split on the Island. We won 1-0 [in Game 1] before they smoked us [6-1] in Game 2.

"Then we came back to Edmonton and in that game, that was the pivotal game, the turning game, the game that gave us the confidence we could actually win the series."

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead 1:32 into the game when forward Clark Gillies scored. But Lowe tied it 1-1 at 13:49 with his third goal of the playoffs. 

"I happened to score in that game, and I didn't score a lot of goals," Lowe said. "I busted down the left side and deked [goaltender] Billy Smith out and scored. 

"Mess [center Mark Messier] had his famous goal in that game as well."

Video: Memories: Messier scores a key goal against the Isles

After Gillies scored at 2:54 of the second period to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead, Messier turned the game and series around with a spectacular goal at 8:38. 

He gathered the puck near his own blue line and took off, got past defenseman Gord Dineen and beat Smith to start a run of six consecutive Oilers goals in a 7-2 win.

The Oilers won the next two games to win their first of five Stanley Cup championships in a span of seven seasons. Lowe played on all five and won a sixth Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.

Video: 1984 Cup Final, Gm3: Messier ignites offense

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