No. 1 – April 22, 1984 – Edmonton 7, Calgary 4
For drama, emotion and significance, Game 7 of the 1984 Smythe Division final checks off all the boxes. After choking in the ‘Miracle on Manchester’ in 1982 and being swept in the 1983 Stanley Cup final, the Oilers were still just a brash team of young stars who hadn’t proven they could win it all.
In the second round of the ’84 playoffs, they were once again pushed to the brink in a classic Battle of Alberta. Edmonton took a 3-1 series lead, but Calgary won Games 5 and 6 and had the momentum heading into Game 7 at Northlands Coliseum. There was genuine concern in Edmonton the Oilers would be upset yet again. All the pressure was on them.
The performance lived up to the stage. The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, but the Flames roared back to tie it by the intermission.
When Jari Kurri gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead in the second, Calgary tied it again. In desperation, Oilers coach Glen Sather yanked Andy Moog and put in Grant Fuhr. Minutes later, Calgary made it 4-3. It was panic time. The Oilers had pulled their goalie, given up four of the last five goals and were losing Game 7 at home with 26 minutes left. Then came the show of force that would launch a dynasty. Glenn Anderson at 13:50. Ken Linseman at 14:48. Kurri at 18:00. Pat Hughes 33 seconds into the third period. Four goals in 6:43. Game over.
This was the night the Oilers showed their championship mettle, getting up off the canvas against a hated rival to score a convincing Game 7 knockout.
They went 8-1 over the next two rounds on their way to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
No. 2 – May 15, 1990 – Edmonton 3, Boston 2 (3OT)
Petr Klima scores at 15:13 of triple overtime to win the longest game in Stanley Cup final history. It is the Oilers’ only Cup without Wayne Gretzky.
No. 3 – April 16, 1991 – Edmonton 5, Calgary 4 (OT)
After falling behind 3-0 in Game 7 of the first round, the Oilers complete the comeback in overtime when Esa Tikkanen caps his hat trick.
GREATEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF ALL-TIME
Dec. 30, 1981 – Edmonton 7, Philadelphia 5
Scoring 50 goals in 39 games is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. So is scoring five goals in one game. Gretzky showed his flair for the dramatic by doing both in the same game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 20-year-old superstar scored on a rebound for his first goal, a slapshot under the crossbar for his second, a breakaway for his third, undressed a defenseman for his fourth and added an empty-netter with three seconds on the clock for his fifth of the night and 50th of the season to establish an NHL record that surely will never be broken.