Raising the Cup presents: Game 4 1983 Stanley Cup Final
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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.
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After having swept the Canucks in 1982 for a dynastic third Stanley Cup championship, the Islanders entered the 1983 Stanley Cup Final against the high-flying Edmonton Oilers, a team filled with youth, talent and led by young superstar Wayne Gretzky.
Edmonton scored 424 regular-season goals and lost only one game in its previous three opening round series combined against Winnipeg, Calgary and Chicago. However, the Oilers suddenly found themselves down 0-3 in their first-ever Final thanks large in part to the heroics of Islanders goaltender Billy Smith. Thanks to Smith's impenetrable performances in Games 1 through 3, where the Isles outscored the Oilers a combined 13-4, New York could embrace Game 4 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with a sweep in mind.
The experienced Islanders delivered, as goals from Bryan Trottier, John Tonelli and Mike Bossy built a 3-0 lead. Edmonton made a closer game of it with second period responses from Jari Kurri and Mark Messier, but Smith closed the door the rest of the way en route to a Conn Smythe Trophy-winning performance. The 4-2 victory gave the Islanders a fourth consecutive championship, the last such North American pro sports team to accomplish such a feat.