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Understanding opponents and defeating them quicker were lessons learned in the dynasty years

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Although the 1984-85 Oilers were voted the greatest team in NHL history, the players from that memorable group think the subsequent Oilers squads got better as the years went by.

"We learned from our mistakes, as the proverb goes," said Oilers great Glenn Anderson. "You never lose the lesson. That was part of how to win. We knew what it took. We were winning the Presidents' Trophy back in those days and then all of a sudden, we weren't the best team in the NHL. We weren't winning the Presidents' Trophy but we were losing fewer games to other teams because we learned how to play defensively. If you can make a run to the Stanley Cup the quickest way possible and we learned that without injuries, being lucky, getting the right bounces, getting the right calls, making the big saves, scoring the right goals at the right time. The fewer games we could play, the better we felt. The fewer the games that the Oilers teams that won played, that's who I think were the better teams."

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Grant Fuhr took it a step further by saying the team's intelligence increased with more experience.

"We got better as we got older," Fuhr said. "We got smarter, more than anything. We learned what different series would take, the commitment it took and you played less, more than anything. You learned making quick work of teams instead of dragging series out. You didn't have to win 9-5, you could win 2-1.

"As the teams got older, got better and more experienced, we learned to win quicker."

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