Better Oilers team. 83-84 or 87-88?
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01-19-2005, 12:49 AM
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Just for kicks, here's what WhatifSports came up with as a result between the two teams in a 7 game series...
Fuhr starts for both teams. Games are played in Skyreach Centre.
The '87 Oilers open up the scoring at 5:23 of the first on a goal by Simpson, assisted by the Great One and Kurri. With 2:40 remaining, however, '83 Kurri scores unassisted to knot the game at 1-1.
The second frame is more of the same. Smith pops home a goal on a pass from Tik to pull the '87 Oilers ahead 2-1. Exactly 4 minutes later, the offensive magic of the '83 Oilers comes to life with 2 goals coming 2:07 apart. Kurri, assisted by Gretz and Lowe, and Coffey, assisted by Linseman and McClelland, give the '83 Oilers a 3-2 lead.
In eerie fashion, Anderson nets a goal for the '87 Oilers at 3:33 of the 3rd. Messier and Tik get the helpers.
At 8:10, Messier- this time for the '83 Oilers- nets one from Huddy and Lowe to regain the lead. The Fuhrs slam the floodgates closed, and neither team can manage another.
The buzzer goes off, and the '83 Oilers take it in a 4-3 squeaker.
The '87 Oilers get off to a good start in the 1st, as per the usual. Dave Hannan scores the opener at 9:09 with assists going to Courtnall and Beukeboom. It's a long time before another one comes, but with 59 seconds left in the period, Kurri nets a backbreaker for the '83 Oilers. Gretzky and Fogolin assist on the tying goal.
In the second, the '87 Oilers go back to their old ways, with Tik setting up Mess to make it 2-1. Before a change in momentum can bury the younger squad, Coffey scores from Linseman and Summanen to pull the '83 squad even.
Looking for a spark, Buchy tracks down '83 Oiler Jaroslav Pouzar and the fisticuffs ensue. With the momentum back in their court, Courtnall feeds Lowe to give the '87 Oilers the lead once more.
Again, the Fuhrs do what the Fuhrs do best: refuse to let in the next one. But one eventually cracks. Mark Messier's shot bounces out right to Anderson, and the '83 Oilers tie the score at 14:38.
With overtime looking inevitable, all eyes turn to the Great One on either side. On an oh-so-familiar play, Kurri slides the puck to Gretz with 1:51 remaining in regulation, giving the '83 squuad the go-ahead and game-winning goal. It's once again a 4-3 victory for the young team.
As if it couldn't happen any other way, the '87 Oilers pound home the first goal at 2:40 of the first on another Kurri-to-Gretz tally. However, the club barely gets to savour the lead when Dr. Randy Gregg gives the '87 team a taste of their own medicine 34 seconds later to tie it at 1.
In a salute to firewagon hockey, Simpson scores his second of the series for the '87 Oilers, and the '83 Oilers bag one 2:45 later after the Moose feeds Paul Coffey.
The next goal seemingly takes forever to come, but at 11:07 of the second, the Great One takes yet another pass from Kurri to put the '83 Oilers on top 3-2. 1:09 later, '87 Messier tallies his second assist on the night when a pass to Beukeboom beats Fuhr to tie it 3-3. The same Messier is sent to the box for a hook barely 2 minutes later. Smelling blood, '83 Oiler Glenn Anderson slams home a powerplay marker to make it 4-3.
The frantic action again subsides for the rest of the 2nd most of the 3rd, but Jari Kurri pads the '83 Oilers lead 5-3 on helpers from Gretz and Lowe.
Looking to run away with it late, '83 Gretzky notches his second goal of the night on a pass from Kurri to widen the margin by 3. Pouzar is again present on the gamesheet, but it'll be with the 2nd assist on the goal.
Not wanting to give up or give in, the '87 Oilers try to close the gap on a goal at 19:16 from Messier. Tik and Beaukeboom assist, but that will be the last time an '83 Oiler- or any Oiler for that fact- is marked down for a point in the game. The '83 Oilers walk away with a 6-4 win, giving them the 3-0 lead in the series.
Facing elimination, the '87 Oilers look to get off to a good start. However, as they'd proven in all three previous games, scoring first wasn't a guarantee of success.
3 seconds in, '83 Oiler Paul Coffey is sent to the box for high sticking. Good sign or not, Messier taps in a rebound at 1:54 of the powerplay to give the '87 Oilers the lead.
Coffey scores again- this time for the '87 team- to tie the game 1 all. Gretz and Kurri are credited with the helpers, the first time in the series that either player is involved on the same goal without scoring it.
The Fuhrs again settle into a goaltending duel, with the scoreless streak snapped at 8:47 of the second. Kurri's feed to Gretz gives the '83 Oilers the lead for the first time in the game. 5 seconds afterwards, Kurri again sets up a goal for the '83 side- this time one by Pouzar- widening the lead to 3-1.
The doors again slam shut for either team, but it'll be on yet another first goal of a period that the '87 Oilers move to within 1. Esa Tikkanen is the culprit, with helpers going to Anderson and Messier.
Before the '87 Oil can knot the contest up, an unfamiliar scorer in Don Jackson makes it 4-2. Linseman and Summanen again pick up points, this time as the first and second assists on the goal.
Desperately seeking a goal to get back into it, the trio of Simpson, Gretz and Kurri come out for the '87 team. The shift pays off, as a goal at 10:27 makes it 4-3.
5 minutes later, the deadliest trio of the '87 season comes out again. The line again hits gold, tying the contest at 4 apiece on another Kurri-to-Gretz play at 15:37.
Before the '87 team can blink, their hopes come crashing down all around them. The good doctor Gregg converts a pass from Messier to make it 5-4 '83 Oilers.
A high-sticking call to '87 Oiler Jeff Beaukeboom is a final nail in the coffin.
It's the '83-'84 Oilers in a sweep!
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