1990 Stanley Cup Finals

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1990 Stanley Cup Finals
1990 NHL Playoffs.jpg
Teams 1*** 2 3 4 5 Games
Edmonton Oilers  3 7 1 5 4 4
Boston Bruins  2 2 2 1 1 1
* - overtime periods
Location: Boston, MA (Boston Garden) (1,2,5)
Edmonton, AB (Northlands Coliseum) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Edmonton: John Muckler
Boston: Mike Milbury
Captains: Edmonton: Mark Messier
Boston: Ray Bourque
Referees: Don Koharski (1,4)
Andy Van Hellemond (3,5)
Kerry Fraser (2)
Dates: May 15 to May 24
MVP: Bill Ranford
Series-winning
goal:
Craig Simpson (9:31, second)
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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, and the only one without Wayne Gretzky (in fact in the 2nd round, the Oilers defeated the Gretzky's Kings). This would be the last of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (Oilers x 6, Calgary Flames x 2).

Road to the Final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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.

The series[edit]

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, originally the backup who took over from Grant Fuhr for the remainder of the regular season and the entire playoffs, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP.

Mark Messier won his first Stanley Cup as a team captain.[1] He would win his sixth Stanley Cup as the captain with the New York Rangers four years later, scoring the Cup winning goal, making him the only player to captain two different Cup-winning teams.[2][3]

Ray Bourque would not reach the Stanley Cup Finals again until the Colorado Avalanche won in 2001. As for the Bruins, they wouldn't return to the Stanley Cup Finals until their championship season of 2011.[4]

Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
Tue, May 15 Edmonton 3 Boston 2 3OT
Fri, May 18 Edmonton 7 Boston 2
Sun, May 20 Boston 2 Edmonton 1
Tue, May 22 Boston 1 Edmonton 5
Thu, May 24 Edmonton 4 Boston 1
Edmonton wins series 4–1 and Stanley Cup

Edmonton Oilers - 1990 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff


Stanley Cup engravings[edit]

  • Garnet "Ace" Bailey won seven Stanley Cup rings. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup five times. He was engraved as Garnet Bailey in 1972, G. Bailey in 1970, 1985, 1987, and Ace Bailey in 1990. His name was left off the Stanley Cup, but he was awarded Stanley Cup rings in 1984, 1988.
  • #29 Vladimir Ruzicka joined Edmonton from Europe in January. Ruzicka played 25 games, but did not dress in the playoffs.
  • #19 Anatoli Semenov joined Edmonton from Europe in May. Semenov played two games in the Conference Final.

Neither player qualified for engravement on the cup, but both players received Stanley Cup rings. Ruzicka was also included on the team winning picture.

  • Grant Fuhr only played 21 games during the regular season due to injuries. Although he would miss the rest of the regular season and the entire playoffs, he qualified to be on the Cup.

Members of all five Edmonton Oilers championships[edit]

  • Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier (7 Players), Peter Pocklington, Glen Sather, John Mucker, Ted Green, Barry Fraser, Barry Stafford, Lyle Kulchisky (7 non-players)
  • Nine non-players were part of all five championships, but not engraved each year - Garnet 'Ace' Bailey, Ed Chadwick, Lorne Davis, Matti Vaisanen, Gordon Cameron, Bill Tuele, John Backwell, Werner Baum, and Bob Freedman

Members of all five Edmonton Oilers championships and New York Rangers championship (1994)[edit]

  • Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Inline citations
  1. ^ Cole, p. 120
  2. ^ Morrison, Scott (2010). Hockey Night in Canada: Best of the Best Ranking the Greatest Players of All Time. Toronto: Key Porter Books. p. 34. 
  3. ^ Cole, p. 128
  4. ^ Ulman, Howard (May 28, 2011). "Bruins reach Stanley Cup finals, top Lightning 1-0". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
Bibliography
  • Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company. pp. 120, 128. ISBN 1-55278-408-8. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7. 
Preceded by
Calgary Flames
1989
Edmonton Oilers
Stanley Cup Champions

1990
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Penguins
1991