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
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 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. 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. 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.
Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
|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
Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.
|#||Nat||Player||Position||Hand||Acquired||Place of birth||Finals appearance|
|33||John Blum||D||R||1983–84||Detroit, Michigan||first (did not play)|
|77||Ray Bourque – C||D||L||1979||Saint-Laurent, Quebec||first|
|12||Randy Burridge||LW||L||1985||Fort Erie, Ontario||first|
|34||Lyndon Byers||RW||R||1982||Nipawin, Saskatchewan||first|
|18||Keith Crowder – A||RW||R||1979||Windsor, Ontario||first|
|40||Greg Hawgood||D||L||1986||Edmonton, Alberta||first (did not play)|
|23||Craig Janney||C||L||1986||Hartford, Connecticut||first|
|39||Greg Johnston||RW||R||1983||Barrie, Ontario||first (did not play)|
|27||Bob Joyce||LW||L||1987–88||Saint John, New Brunswick||first|
|11||Steve Kasper||C||L||1980||Saint-Lambert, Quebec||first|
|6||Gord Kluzak||D||L||1982||Climax, Saskatchewan||first|
|28||Reed Larson||D||R||1985–86||Minneapolis, Minnesota||first|
|37||Moe Lemay||LW||L||1987–88||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||second (1987)|
|1||Rejean Lemelin||G||L||1987–88||Quebec City, Quebec||second (1986)|
|13||Ken Linseman||C||L||1984–85||Kingston, Ontario||third (1983, 1984)|
|17||Nevin Markwart||LW||L||1983||Toronto, Ontario||first (did not play)|
|19||Tom McCarthy||LW||L||1986–87||Toronto, Ontario||first|
|16||Rick Middleton – C||C||L||1976–77||Toronto, Ontario||third (1977, 1978)|
|29||Jay Miller||LW||L||1985–86||Wellesley, Massachusetts||first|
|35||Andy Moog||G||L||1987–88||Penticton, British Columbia||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|8||Cam Neely||RW||R||1986–87||Comox, British Columbia||first|
|10||Billy O'Dwyer||C||L||1987–88||South Boston, Massachusetts||first|
|41||Allen Pedersen||D||L||1983||Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta||first|
|25||Willi Plett||RW||R||1987–88||Asunción, Paraguay||first|
|40||Bruce Shoebottom||D||L||1987–88||Windsor, Ontario||first (did not play)|
|42||Bob Sweeney||C||R||1982||Concord, Massachusetts||first|
|22||Template:Country data SWE||Michael Thelven||D||R||1980||Stockholm, Sweden||first|
|26||Glen Wesley||D||L||1987||Red Deer, Alberta||first|
|#||Nat||Player||Position||Hand||Acquired||Place of birth||Finals appearance|
|12||Keith Acton||C||L||1987–88||Stouffville, Ontario||first|
|9||Glenn Anderson||RW||L||1979||Vancouver, British Columbia||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|6||Jeff Beukeboom||D||R||1983||Ajax, Ontario||second (1987, did not play)|
|15||Geoff Courtnall||LW||L||1987–88||Victoria, British Columbia||first|
|31||Grant Fuhr||G||R||1981||Spruce Grove, Alberta||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|21||Randy Gregg||D||L||1981–82||Edmonton, Alberta||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|99||Wayne Gretzky – C||C||L||1979–80||Brantford, Ontario||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|12||Dave Hannan||C||L||1987–88||Onaping Falls, Ontario||first|
|22||Charlie Huddy||D||L||1980–81||Oshawa, Ontario||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|26||Mike Krushelnyski||C||L||1984–85||Montreal, Quebec||third (1985, 1987)|
|17||Template:Country data FIN||Jari Kurri||RW||R||1980||Helsinki, Finland||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|19||Normand Lacombe||RW||R||1987–88||Montreal, Quebec||first|
|4||Kevin Lowe – A||D||L||1979||Lachute, Quebec||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|14||Craig MacTavish||C||L||1985–86||London, Ontario||second (1987)|
|24||Kevin McClelland||RW||R||1983–84||Oshawa, Ontario||fourth (1984, 1985, 1987)|
|33||Marty McSorley||D||R||1985–86||Hamilton, Ontario||second (1987)|
|11||Mark Messier – A||LW||L||1979||Edmonton, Alberta||fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)|
|28||Craig Muni||D||L||1986–87||Toronto, Ontario||second (1987)|
|30||Bill Ranford||G||L||1987–88||Brandon, Manitoba||first|
|18||Craig Simpson||LW||R||1987–88||London, Ontario||first|
|5||Steve Smith||D||L||1981||Glasgow, Scotland||second (1987)|
|10||Template:Country data FIN||Esa 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.
- 1987–88 NHL season
- List of Stanley Cup champions
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- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont: Fenn Pub.. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
- Weekes, Don (2003). The Best and Worst of Hockey's Firsts: The Unofficial Guide. Canada: Greystone Books. pp. 240. ISBN 9781550548600. https://archive.org/details/bestworstofhocke0000week/page/240.
- Crowe, Jerry (May 25, 1988). "Oilers, Bruins Play Game 4 in a Fog, End in the Dark". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1988-05-25/sports/sp-3235_1_bruins-play-game.
Stanley Cup Champions