The 1990 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1989–90 season, and the culmination of the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins; the Oilers won, four games to one. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and the only one since they traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. This would be the last of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (the Oilers appeared in six, the Calgary Flames in two).
|1990 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* – overtime periods|
|Location(s)||Boston: Boston Garden (1, 2, 5)|
Edmonton: Northlands Coliseum (3, 4)
|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 – May 24|
|MVP||Bill Ranford (Oilers)|
|Series-winning goal||Craig Simpson (9:31, second, G5)|
SportsChannel America (United States, except Boston Area)
NESN (Boston Area games 1,2 and 5)
WSBK-TV (Boston Area, games 3 and 4)
|Announcers||Bob Cole and Harry Neale (CBC)|
Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement (SC America)
Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson (NESN and WSBK)
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 (see 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.
Though the Oilers ultimately won the series in five games, it was the Bruins who dominated play during the early part of the series. The Bruins had more chances to win the opener, and at one point had a 15-4 shot advantage in game two before the Oilers came back.
In game five at the Boston Garden on May 24, the Oilers won 4–1, the first time they had ever clinched the Cup on the road. 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, and his fifth overall. He would win his sixth Stanley Cup as the captain with the New York Rangers four years later, and scored the Cup-winning goal, making him the only player to captain two different Cup-winning teams.
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. The Oilers did not reach the Finals again until 2006, losing in seven games.
|Edmonton won series 4–1|
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|
|43||Bob Beers||D||R||1985||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||first|
|77||Ray Bourque – C||D||L||1979||Saint-Laurent, Quebec||second (1988)|
|25||Andy Brickley||LW||L||1988–89||Melrose, Massachusetts||first|
|12||Randy Burridge||LW||L||1985||Fort Erie, Ontario||second (1988)|
|42||John Byce||C||L||1985||Madison, Wisconsin||first|
|34||Lyndon Byers||RW||R||1982||Nipawin, Saskatchewan||second (1988)|
|11||Bobby Carpenter||C||L||1988–89||Beverly, Massachusetts||first|
|31||John Carter||LW||L||1985–86||Winchester, Massachusetts||first|
|27||Dave Christian||RW||R||1989–90||Warroad, Minnesota||first|
|37||Lou Crawford||LW||L||1989–90||Belleville, Ontario||first|
|16||Peter Douris||RW||R||1989–90||Toronto, Ontario||first|
|28||Garry Galley||D||L||1988–89||Greenfield Park, Quebec||first|
|18||Bobby Gould||RW||R||1989–90||Petrolia, Ontario||first|
|38||Greg Hawgood||D||L||1986||Edmonton, Alberta||second (1988)|
|23||Craig Janney – A||C||L||1986||Hartford, Connecticut||second (1988)|
|39||Greg Johnston||RW||R||1983||Barrie, Ontario||second (1988)|
|6||Gord Kluzak||D||L||1982||Climax, Saskatchewan||second (1988)|
|1||Rejean Lemelin||G||L||1987–88||Quebec City, Quebec||third (1986, 1988)|
|13||Ken Linseman||C||L||1984–85||Kingston, Ontario||fourth (1983, 1984, 1988)|
|17||Nevin Markwart||LW||L||1983||Toronto, Ontario||second (1988)|
|35||Andy Moog||G||L||1987–88||Penticton, British Columbia||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|8||Cam Neely – A||RW||R||1986–87||Comox, British Columbia||second (1988)|
|10||Billy O'Dwyer||C||L||1987–88||South Boston, Massachusetts||second (1988)|
|41||Allen Pedersen||D||L||1983||Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta||second (1988)|
|19||Dave Poulin||C||L||1989–90||Timmins, Ontario||third (1985, 1987)|
|36||Brian Propp||LW||L||1989–90||Lanigan, Saskatchewan||fourth (1980, 1985, 1987)|
|20||Bob Sweeney||C||R||1982||Concord, Massachusetts||second (1988)|
|32||Don Sweeney||D||L||1984||St. Stephen, New Brunswick||first|
|26||Glen Wesley||D||L||1987||Red Deer, Alberta||second (1988)|
|30||Jim Wiemer||D||L||1989–90||Sudbury, Ontario||first|
|#||Nat||Player||Position||Hand||Acquired||Place of birth||Finals appearance|
|9||Glenn Anderson||RW||L||1979||Vancouver, British Columbia||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|6||Jeff Beukeboom||D||R||1983||Ajax, Ontario||third (1987, 1988)|
|32||Dave Brown||RW||R||1988–89||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||third (1985, 1987)|
|16||Kelly Buchberger||RW||L||1985||Langenburg, Saskatchewan||first|
|31||Grant Fuhr||G||R||1981||Spruce Grove, Alberta||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 - did not play: injured)|
|20||Martin Gelinas||LW||L||1988–89||Shawinigan, Quebec||first|
|12||Adam Graves||LW||L||1989–90||Toronto, Ontario||first|
|21||Randy Gregg||D||L||1981–82||Edmonton, Alberta||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|22||Charlie Huddy||D||L||1980–81||Oshawa, Ontario||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|85||Petr Klima||LW||R||1989–90||Chomutov, Czechoslovakia||first|
|17||Jari Kurri – A||RW||R||1980||Helsinki, Finland||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|7||Mark Lamb||C||L||1987–88||Ponteix, Saskatchewan||first|
|4||Kevin Lowe – A||D||L||1979||Lachute, Quebec||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|14||Craig MacTavish||C||L||1985–86||London, Ontario||third (1987, 1988)|
|11||Mark Messier – C||C||L||1979||Edmonton, Alberta||sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|28||Craig Muni||D||L||1986–87||Toronto, Ontario||third (1987, 1988)|
|30||Bill Ranford||G||L||1987–88||Brandon, Manitoba||second (1988)|
|33||Eldon Reddick||G||L||1989–90||Halifax, Nova Scotia||first|
|26||Reijo Ruotsalainen||D||R||1989–90||Oulu, Finland||second (1987)|
|25||Geoff Smith||D||L||1987||Edmonton, Alberta||first|
|5||Steve Smith||D||L||1981||Glasgow, Scotland||third (1987, 1988)|
|10||Esa Tikkanen||LW||L||1983||Helsinki, Finland||fourth (1985, 1987, 1988)|
In Canada, the series was televised on the CBC.
In the United States, the series aired nationally on SportsChannel America. However, SportsChannel America's national coverage was blacked out in the Boston area due to the local rights to Bruins games in that TV market. NESN televised games one, two, and five in the Boston area while WSBK had games three and four.
Neither player qualified for engravement on the Cup, but both players received Stanley Cup rings. Ruzicka was also included on the team winning picture.
| Edmonton Oilers
Stanley Cup Champions
The 1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 23rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1971–72 season and only the third time in franchise history.1990 in Canada
Events from the year 1990 in Canada.1990 in the United States
Events from the year 1990 in the United States.1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season
The 1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season was the team's 24th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season.1991 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1991 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1990–91 season, and the culmination of the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Minnesota North Stars. It was the Penguins' first Final series appearance and their first Stanley Cup victory. This is the first and only (through 2018) Stanley Cup Final to feature two teams from the expansion group of 1967. It was Minnesota's second Final series appearance, and their last before the franchise's relocation to Dallas two years later. It was also the first time since 1983 that an American franchise would win the Stanley Cup. This was the first all-American finals since 1981, which also featured the North Stars in their first appearance.
This was also the first final since 1982 not to feature either the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers, and the first since 1981 not contested by a team from Western Canada.
The Finals and the NHL season ended on May 25, marking the last time to date that the Stanley Cup playoffs have not extended into the month of June.1999 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1999 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1998–99 season, and the culmination of the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Eastern Conference champion Buffalo Sabres and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars. It was the 106th year of the Stanley Cup being contested. The Sabres were led by captain Michael Peca, coach Lindy Ruff and goalie Dominik Hasek. The Stars were led by captain Derian Hatcher, coach Ken Hitchcock and goalie Ed Belfour. It was the Sabres' second Stanley Cup Final appearance, the first being a loss to Philadelphia in 1975. It was the third appearance for the Stars' franchise, and their first since moving to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993. Minnesota (known at the time as the North Stars) lost in the Final to the New York Islanders in 1981 and to Pittsburgh in 1991. The Stars defeated the Sabres four games to two to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the eighth post-1967 expansion team to earn a championship, and the first Southern team to win the Cup. This was the first time since 1994 that the Stanley Cup Finals did not end in a sweep.
This series is also remembered because of the controversial finish to game six, in which Stars forward Brett Hull scored the Cup-winning goal with his skate in the crease, which was against the rules at the time. The league allowed the goal to stand as it was ruled that Hull was turned into the crease while maintaining continuous possession. 1999 was the only year between 1995 and 2003 that neither the New Jersey Devils, the Colorado Avalanche nor the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup.Boston Garden
Boston Garden was an arena in Boston, Massachusetts. Designed by boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who also built the third iteration of New York's Madison Square Garden, it opened on November 17, 1928 as "Boston Madison Square Garden" (later shortened to just "Boston Garden") and outlived its original namesake by 30 years. It was above North Station, a train station which was originally a hub for the Boston and Maine Railroad and is now a hub for MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak trains.
The Garden hosted home games for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as rock concerts, amateur sports, boxing and professional wrestling matches, circuses, and ice shows. It was also used as an exposition hall for political rallies such as the speech by John F. Kennedy in November 1960. Boston Garden was demolished in 1998, three years after the completion of its new successor arena, TD Garden.List of American Stanley Cup Finals television announcers
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National Hockey League lore is a collection of information regarding the National Hockey League that fans and personalities retain and share as memorable or otherwise notable during its history.
The NHL was formed on November 26, 1917 after several team owners in the National Hockey Association had a falling out with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone due to certain business practices. Being unable to kick him out of the league due to NHA rules forbidding such practice, they formed the NHL instead, leaving Livingstone and his Blueshirts in a one-team league. At the time, the Stanley Cup was contended by league champions across several leagues; the NHL, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and the Western Canada Hockey League were among them. Once the PCHA and WCHL merged and ultimately folded in 1926, the NHL adopted the Stanley Cup as the de facto league championship. Over the next decade, a handful of teams would fold, leaving six teams, colloquially termed the Original Six: Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL would remain a six-team league until their first major expansion in 1967, which doubled the size of the league. From there, more teams would slowly trickle into the league, especially after the merger with the World Hockey Association in 1979. With a couple of more minor expansions in the 1990s, the NHL operates with 31 teams today.
During its history, the NHL has had many notable games, players, teams, goals, dynasties, and various other events which have become memorable and/or notable to fans. These have effectively established a culture of lore shared among them.Northlands Coliseum
Northlands Coliseum, or simply the Coliseum, is an indoor arena located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, situated on the north side of Northlands. It was used for sports events and concerts, and was home to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The arena opened in 1974, and was later known as Edmonton Coliseum, Skyreach Centre, and Rexall Place, before returning to the Northlands Coliseum name in summer 2016.
The arena hosted the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup hockey tournaments, the 1978 Commonwealth Games, seven Stanley Cup finals (Oilers loss in 1983; Oilers victories in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990; and Oilers loss in 2006), many other hockey events, along with other sporting events and major concerts.
The final NHL game played at the arena was on April 6, 2016. The building closed on New Year's Day 2018, after ownership of the facility was transferred from Northlands to the City of Edmonton. Northlands had planned to re-develop the arena into a multi-level ice facility, but these plans were scrapped after it was found that renovating the facility would be more costly than building a new one altogether.Overtime (ice hockey)
Overtime is a method of determining a winner in an ice hockey game when the score is tied after regulation. The main methods of determining a winner in a tied game are the overtime period (commonly referred to as overtime), the shootout, or a combination of both. If league rules dictate a finite time in which overtime may be played, with no penalty shoot-out to follow, the game's winning team may or may not be necessarily determined.
|May 15||Edmonton Oilers||3–2||3OT||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Adam Graves (4) - 09:46||First period||No scoring|
|Glenn Anderson (7) - 13:00||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||03:43 - Ray Bourque (3)|
18:31 - Ray Bourque (4)
|Petr Klima (5) - 15:13||Third overtime period||No scoring|
|Bill Ranford 50 saves / 52 shots||Goalie stats||Andy Moog 28 saves / 31 shots|
|May 18||Edmonton Oilers||7–2||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Adam Graves (5) - 08:38
Jari Kurri (8) - pp - 10:53
|First period||19:07 - Ray Bourque (5)|
|Jari Kurri (9) - 04:21
Craig Simpson (13) - 15:28
Esa Tikkanen (11) - 17:10
Joe Murphy (5) - 19:12
|Second period||02:56 - pp - Greg Hawgood (1)|
|Jari Kurri (10) - pp - 07:27||Third period||No scoring|
|Bill Ranford 25 saves / 27 shots||Goalie stats||Rejean Lemelin 14 saves / 18 shots, Andy Moog 1 saves / 4 shots|
|May 20||Boston Bruins||2–1||Edmonton Oilers||Northlands Coliseum||Recap|
|John Byce (2) - 00:10
Greg Johnston (1) - 15:04
|First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||05:54 - pp - Esa Tikkanen (12)|
|Andy Moog 28 saves / 29 shots||Goalie stats||Bill Ranford 20 saves / 22 shots|
|May 22||Boston Bruins||1–5||Edmonton Oilers||Northlands Coliseum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||02:13 - pp - Glenn Anderson (8)|
16:27 - Glenn Anderson (9)
|No scoring||Second period||01:00 - Craig Simpson (14)|
19:15 - Esa Tikkanen (13)
|John Carter (6) - 15:02||Third period||18:36 - Craig Simpson (15)|
|Andy Moog 28 saves / 33 shots||Goalie stats||Bill Ranford 24 saves / 25 shots|
|May 24||Edmonton Oilers||4–1||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|Glenn Anderson (10) - 01:17
Craig Simpson (16) - 09:31
|Second period||No scoring|
|Steve Smith (5) - 06:09
Joe Murphy (6) - 14:53
|Third period||16:30 - Lyndon Byers (1)|
|Bill Ranford 29 saves / 30 shots||Goalie stats||Andy Moog 18 saves / 22 shots|