Greater dynasty: Gretzky's Oilers vs Trottier's Islanders
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03-16-2013, 12:00 PM
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Well, the Flames were 2nd in the Western conference that year. Take out the games head-to-head with the Oilers in the regular season and it's a 106 point team vs a 86 point team (Calgary beat Edmonton 9-3 in their last regular season meeting before the playoffs, btw), which is still a harder opponent to face in the Division Final than, say, that 5th seeded Rangers team led by the legendary Robbie Ftorek and rocking a tandem of Steve Weeks and Eddie Mio (or, furthermore, the completely gassed 7th seed Nordiques that the Islanders faced in the very next round).
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happened, is trying to understand
Care to explain what happened and why?
Fans of "Team Arrogance" tend to usually put their own spin on the 1986 debacle. "If it wasn't for Steve Smith" is usually the rallying cry, but what they never mention is that Calgary simply outworked and outplayed the Oilers in that series. Winning 3 out of 4 games at Northlands and leading the series 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and winning 4-3 gives a better idea of how that series went. The Oilers failure to win more then two straight cups hurts them when they are brought in a conversation with the Islanders. 4 cups in 5 years is not quite like 4 straight straight.
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