The 1988 Stanley Cup Finals was between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins. The Oilers would win the series 4–0 in five games. Game four was abandoned due to technical problems at the Boston Garden with the score tied 3–3 and replayed.
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.
The Finals pitted the Oilers' offensive juggernaut against the Bruins' more balanced team. The Oilers showed their defensive prowess, surrendering just 9 goals in the four completed games. Ray Bourque was physical in defending against Gretzky, but that wouldn't 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.
Fog interfered with the game and a power outage caused its cancellation.
Glenn Anderson set a new record for quickest goal from the start of a Finals playoff Series game when he scored 10 seconds into the contest. Despite the game being suspended and replayed, the record was, and is, official. That record was tied two years later in the third game of the 1990 Final by John Byce playing for, in a twist, the Bruins, against the Oilers.
Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
|Wed, May 18||Boston Bruins||1||Edmonton Oilers||2|
|Fri, May 20||Boston Bruins||2||Edmonton Oilers||4|
|Sun, May 22||Edmonton Oilers||6||Boston Bruins||3|
|Tue, May 24||Edmonton Oilers||3||Boston Bruins||3||Game suspended at 16:33 of second due to power failure.|
|Thu, May 26||Boston Bruins||3||Edmonton Oilers||6|
Edmonton wins best-of-seven series 4–0
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Gretzky wanted each member of the Oilers to be included on the team picture. However, when the cup was engraved all 4 scouts were left off Garnet Bailey, Ed Chadwick, Lorne Davis, Matti Vaisanen (on the cup in 1985, 1987, 1990). Edmonton Oilers also left 3 players off the Stanley Cup Daryl Reaugh, Steve Dykstra, Jim Weimer. Bill Tuele (Public Relations Director) had his name added to the cup for the first time. He has rings with the Oilers in 1984, 1985, 1987, but his name was not put on the Stanley Cup those seasons.
Stanley Cup Champions
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