Monday, May 24, 2010

1990 Stanley Cup Finals

Today in 1990 the last of the Stanley Cup victories and the end of the Edmonton Oilers era in the NHL. They have been back to the finals only once since 1990 and lost to Carolina in the 2006 Finals.
In 1990 the Oilers surprised the league by getting to the Finals against the Boston Bruins. Everyone just figured with the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, gone from Edmonton the days of Stanley Cup victories were over. Mark Messier had different ideas and captained the Oilers to 4-1 Finals win over the Cam Neely, Ray Bourque Boston Bruins.
The first game of the Series was in Boston went 3 Overtimes before Petr Klima scored the game winning goal at 15:13 of the 3rd OT.
Game 2 was a runaway as the Oilers won 7-2 and took a 2-0 lead back to the Northlands Coliseum. Boston managed a victory in Game 3 but would lose the next 2 and give the Oilers their 5th and to date last Stanley Cup.

Bill Ranford, the Oilers goaltender would be named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

The Oilers reached the 1990 Finals by beating the BlackHawks 4 games to 2 in the Campbell Conference Finals. The Bruins swept the Washington Capitals 4-0 for the Price of Wales Conference Championship. The only trouble in the playoffs that either team faced was in their first round series. The Oilers were taken to 7 games by the Winnipeg Jets and the Bruins needed 7 to dispose of the pesky Hartford Whalers. After that both teams rolled as Boston lost only one more game before the finals and the Oilers only 2 (to the Chicago Blackhawks) before capturing the Stanley Cup.

The Award winners for the 1989-90 season:

Art Ross Trophy (scoring) - Wayne Gretzky 142 points
Calder Trophy (rookie) - Sergei Makarov
Selke Trophy (best forward) - Rick Meagher
Hart Trophy (Regular Season MVP) - Mark Messier
Jack Adams Trophy (head coach) - Bob Murdoch -Winnipeg Jets
Norris Trophy (Defenseman) - Ray Bourque
Lady Byng Trophy (gentlemanly play) Brett Hull
Vezina Trophy (goaltender) - Patrick Roy
Jennings Trophy (team goals against average) Andy Moog/Reggie Lemelin (Boston Bruins)

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