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Template:Short description Template:Infobox Stanley Cup Final

The 1988 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1987–88 season, and the culmination of the 1988 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins. The Oilers would win the series in a four game sweep.Template:Efn This would be the sixth of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (the Oilers appeared in six of them, the Calgary Flames in two), and the last of five consecutive Finals to end with the Cup presentation on Alberta ice (the Oilers won four such Cups, the Montreal Canadiens the other). The series is remembered for the power failure that occurred during game four at Boston Garden, which caused that contest to be suspended. The league decided to replay game four at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, at the site, date and time that was originally scheduled for game five.

Paths to the Finals[]

Edmonton defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4–1, the Calgary Flames 4–0 and the Detroit Red Wings 4–1 to reach the Finals.

Boston defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4–2, the Montreal Canadiens 4–1 and the New Jersey Devils 4–3 to reach the Finals.

Game summaries[]

The Finals pitted the Oilers' offensive juggernaut against the Bruins' more balanced team. The Oilers showed their defensive prowess, surrendering just nine goals in the four completed games. Ray Bourque was physical in defending against Gretzky, but that would not ground the "Great One" on his way to claiming his second Conn Smythe Trophy and setting playoff records with 31 assists in just 18 games, and 13 points in the Finals series.

Game one[]

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Game two[]



Game three[]


Game four (suspended)[]

Glenn Anderson set a new record for quickest goal from the start of a Finals game when he scored ten seconds into the contest. That record was tied two years later in the third game of the 1990 Finals by John Byce who, in a twist, was playing for the Bruins against the Oilers.[1] Fog interfered with the game, requiring stoppages during the second period so that all 40+ players could skate around the ice to clear it away. The Oilers scored with 3:23 left in the second period, tying the game at 3–3, then the arena suffered a power failure before the ensuing face-off. The teams were sent to their dressing room untilTemplate:Sndafter a very long delay and no change in the situationTemplate:SndNHL President John Ziegler Jr. announced that the game was suspended.[2] Despite the game being suspended and replayed, Anderson's record is official.

Game four was subsequently rescheduled and moved to Edmonton, which was originally set to be the site of a game five if necessary. The Oilers won that game, sweeping the series and winning their fourth Stanley Cup in five years. Had the Bruins extended the series to the full seven games, game five would have been played on the original date for game six in Boston, Edmonton would have hosted the rescheduled game six, and then game seven would have been played in Boston as the makeup game.[3]

Game five[]


Series summary[]

Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 18 Boston Bruins 1 Edmonton Oilers 2
May 20 Boston Bruins 2 Edmonton Oilers 4
May 22 Edmonton Oilers 6 Boston Bruins 3
May 24 Edmonton Oilers 3 Boston Bruins 3 Game suspended at 16:37 of second period due to power failure.
May 26 Boston Bruins 3 Edmonton Oilers 6

Edmonton wins best-of-seven series 4–0Template:Efn

Team rosters[]

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Boston Bruins[]

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
33 United States Blum, JohnJohn Blum D R 1983–84 Detroit, Michigan first (did not play)
77 Canada Bourque, RayRay BourqueC D L 1979 Saint-Laurent, Quebec first
12 Canada Burridge, RandyRandy Burridge LW L 1985 Fort Erie, Ontario first
34 Canada Byers, LyndonLyndon Byers RW R 1982 Nipawin, Saskatchewan first
18 Canada Crowder, KeithKeith CrowderA RW R 1979 Windsor, Ontario first
40 Canada Hawgood, GregGreg Hawgood D L 1986 Edmonton, Alberta first (did not play)
23 United States Janney, CraigCraig Janney C L 1986 Hartford, Connecticut first
39 Canada Johnston, GregGreg Johnston RW R 1983 Barrie, Ontario first (did not play)
27 Canada Joyce, BobBob Joyce LW L 1987–88 Saint John, New Brunswick first
11 Canada Kasper, SteveSteve Kasper C L 1980 Saint-Lambert, Quebec first
6 Canada Kluzak, GordGord Kluzak D L 1982 Climax, Saskatchewan first
28 United States Larson, ReedReed Larson D R 1985–86 Minneapolis, Minnesota first
37 Canada Lemay, MoeMoe Lemay LW L 1987–88 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan second (1987)
1 Canada Lemelin, RejeanRejean Lemelin G L 1987–88 Quebec City, Quebec second (1986)
13 Canada Linseman, KenKen Linseman C L 1984–85 Kingston, Ontario third (1983, 1984)
17 Canada Markwart, NevinNevin Markwart LW L 1983 Toronto, Ontario first (did not play)
19 Canada McCarthy, TomTom McCarthy LW L 1986–87 Toronto, Ontario first
16 Canada Middleton, RickRick MiddletonC C L 1976–77 Toronto, Ontario third (1977, 1978)
29 United States Miller, JayJay Miller LW L 1985–86 Wellesley, Massachusetts first
35 Canada Moog, AndyAndy Moog G L 1987–88 Penticton, British Columbia fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
8 Canada Neely, CamCam Neely RW R 1986–87 Comox, British Columbia first
10 United States O'Dwyer, BillyBilly O'Dwyer C L 1987–88 South Boston, Massachusetts first
41 Canada Pedersen, AllenAllen Pedersen D L 1983 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta first
25 Canada Plett, WilliWilli Plett RW R 1987–88 Asunción, Paraguay first
40 Canada Shoebottom, BruceBruce Shoebottom D L 1987–88 Windsor, Ontario first (did not play)
42 United States Sweeney, BobBob Sweeney C R 1982 Concord, Massachusetts first
22 Template:Country data SWE Thelven, MichaelMichael Thelven D R 1980 Stockholm, Sweden first
26 Canada Wesley, GlenGlen Wesley D L 1987 Red Deer, Alberta first

Edmonton Oilers[]

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
12 Canada Acton, KeithKeith Acton C L 1987–88 Stouffville, Ontario first
9 Canada Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson RW L 1979 Vancouver, British Columbia fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
6 Canada Beukeboom, JeffJeff Beukeboom D R 1983 Ajax, Ontario second (1987, did not play)
15 Canada Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW L 1987–88 Victoria, British Columbia first
31 Canada Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G R 1981 Spruce Grove, Alberta fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
21 Canada Gregg, RandyRandy Gregg D L 1981–82 Edmonton, Alberta fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
99 Canada Gretzky, WayneWayne GretzkyC C L 1979–80 Brantford, Ontario fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
12 Canada Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C L 1987–88 Onaping Falls, Ontario first
22 Canada Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D L 1980–81 Oshawa, Ontario fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
26 Canada Krushelnyski, MikeMike Krushelnyski C L 1984–85 Montreal, Quebec third (1985, 1987)
17 Template:Country data FIN Kurri, JariJari Kurri RW R 1980 Helsinki, Finland fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
19 Canada Lacombe, NormandNormand Lacombe RW R 1987–88 Montreal, Quebec first
4 Canada Lowe, KevinKevin LoweA D L 1979 Lachute, Quebec fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
14 Canada MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish C L 1985–86 London, Ontario second (1987)
24 Canada McClelland, KevinKevin McClelland RW R 1983–84 Oshawa, Ontario fourth (1984, 1985, 1987)
33 Canada McSorley, MartyMarty McSorley D R 1985–86 Hamilton, Ontario second (1987)
11 Canada Messier, MarkMark MessierA LW L 1979 Edmonton, Alberta fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
28 Canada Muni, CraigCraig Muni D L 1986–87 Toronto, Ontario second (1987)
30 Canada Ranford, BillBill Ranford G L 1987–88 Brandon, Manitoba first
18 Canada Simpson, CraigCraig Simpson LW R 1987–88 London, Ontario first
5 Canada Smith, SteveSteve Smith D L 1981 Glasgow, Scotland second (1987)
10 Template:Country data FIN Tikkanen, EsaEsa Tikkanen LW L 1983 Helsinki, Finland third (1985, 1987)

Stanley Cup engraving[]

The 1988 Stanley Cup was presented to Oilers captain Wayne Gretzky by NHL President John Ziegler following the Oilers 6–3 win over the Bruins in game four.

The following Oilers players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1988 Edmonton Oilers Template:Stanley Cup champion


In the United States, this was the final year under ESPN's national three-year deal. Under the U.S. TV contracts that would take effect beginning next season, SportsChannel America would take over as the NHL's American television partner.

ESPN's coverage of the 1988 Cup Finals was blacked out locally in the Boston area due to WSBK and NESN's local rights to Bruins games.

In Canada, this was the second and final year that the English-language rights to the Cup Finals was split between the Global-Canwest consortium and the CBC. Global aired games one and two. The CBC aired game three, then both the original and replayed game fours. CBC had the rights to game 5 of Stanley Cup Finals, and Canwest/Global also had the rights to games 6 & 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins (both CBC and Canwest/Global had the rights of Game 7, using separate production facilities and separate on-air talent), which were not necessary.

See also[]

  • 1987–88 NHL season
  • List of Stanley Cup champions

Further reading[]




Preceded by
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Calgary Flames