Edmonton Oilers win Stanley Cup
In the 1990 Stanley Cup Final, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins four games to one.
For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, the only one without Wayne Gretzky.
Boston defeated the Hartford Whalers 4–3, the Montreal Canadiens 4–1, and the Washington Capitals 4–0 to advance to the Final. Edmonton defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4–3, the Los Angeles Kings 4–0 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–2.
In game one, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3–2 win; this game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Finals history (Longest NHL overtime games), edging both Brett Hull's cup-winner in 1999 and Igor Larionov's game-winner in 2002 by less than 30 seconds. In game five at the Boston Garden on May 24, the Oilers won 4–1. Craig Simpson scored the game-winning goal. Oilers goaltender Bill Ranford was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. Ray Bourque would not get to the Stanley Cup Finals again until the Colorado Avalanche championship season of 2001.
Though he would win two Stanley Cups as a captain, Mark Messier won his only Stanley Cup as captain of the Oilers. He would win his other Stanley Cup as a captain with the New York Rangers four years later.
The Edmonton Oilers completed their five-Cup, seven-year dynasty defeating Ray Bourque and the Boston Bruins in five games. For the first time, the Oilers charged into a Stanley Cup final without Wayne Gretzky. In Game One of the series, the two teams went into triple overtime before Petr Klima of the Oilers ended it at 55:13. This broke the previous NHL record for longest Stanley Cup game by just under two minutes. The Oilers took the next three games out of four and won the Stanley Cup. Bill Ranford won all 16 games in the playoffs earning the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The year is 1989. The Stanley Cup finally comes to Calgary.
For years the Flames were the 2nd best team in hockey, due to the divisional playoff format of the day, they would never get a chance to meet top dog and arch rival Edmonton in any dream Stanley Cup final. Instead the Battle of Alberta created many years of classic games, but almost always Oiler victories.
The Oilers were now lacking Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, and Gretzky's Kings ensured the elimination of the Oilers in a memorable opening round showdown.
The Flames had their own memorable first round match up, as they barely escaped the pesky underdogs named the Vancouver Canucks. Goalie Mike Vernon's glove save off Stan Smyl on a breakaway in game seven overtime remains one of the most vivid memories in Stanley Cup history.