Yup it was game 6 and it might have been a boarding call on Anderson actually. As I recall Anderson tied that game up with very little time left too. Game 7 was not really close aside from the score. The great one would not be denied. It was still maybe Wendel's very best game as a Leaf though
The majority speaks. It was game 6. Pardon my earlier confusion.
Here is what happened, partly from memory, and mostly from "Classic Series" on the NHL Network.
The series was tied 2-2 going back to Toronto.
The Leafs won game 5 in overtime on a goal by Glenn Anderson after he whacked it out of the air on his backhand into the net.
After that goal, the leafs were up 3-2 in the series and optimism was pretty high. After all, they hadn't been to a cup in nearly 30 years, plus they had 2 chances to defeat the Kings, one at home.
If they won one more game, they would play the Habs in the Cup finals.
In game 6, the Leafs jumped out to a 2-1 lead midway through the second.
The Kings stormed back on a fluke goal and a Marty Mcsorely pinch to go up 4-2.
In the third, Wendel Clark beat Kelly Hrudey on a long wrister for his second of the game.
He then completed the hat trick with 40 seconds to go and Potvin on the bench to tie the game.
With a little over 20 seconds left in regulation, Gretzky high sticked Doug Gilmour off a face off, drawing a large amount of blood. Referee Kerry Fraser saw the blood, but did not see the high stick. No penalty was called.
To make matters worse, at the end of regulation Glenn Anderson was called for boarding.
You have to understand that despite being a man-short going to OT, Leafs fans were going crazy. Imagine needing just one goal to go the Cup finals and play the Habs. That's the situation they were in.
Well it was not to be. Off a deflected centering pass from Luke Robitaille about a minute and a half in, Gretzky, who should have been in the penalty box, roofed it to win the game.
In game 7, the Kings took a quick 2-0 lead. A goal and an assist by Gretzky.
The leafs stormed back off two late first period goals to tie the game.
The Leafs then took the lead on a goal by Clark or Gilmour, not sure.
Before the second period was up however, Gretzky took a drop pass and wired a slap shot by Potvin for his second goal.
As the third period wound down, things were tight. With 4 minutes to go, McSorely's shot took a weird deflection and carammed right. Tomas Sandstrom was there, and Potvin, expecting a shot, was way out of position. Sandstrom had the whole net to shoot at and made no mistake.
Then about a minute later, Gretzky took the puck outside on Todd Gill going around the net. Dave Ellett, doing his job in front of the net looking for other forwards driving hard, was not watching the puck. Gretzky's center hit Ellett and bounced into the left corner of the net. 5-3 Kings.
Ellett scored with a little over a minute to go, giving Leafs fans some hope.
But to no avail. One of the most heartbreaking losses for Leafs fans of all time.