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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Oilers flood record books in Stanley Cup win
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

May 30, 1985

Wayne Gretzky completes a remarkable playoff with a goal and three assists, leading the Edmonton Oilers to an 8-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 for their second consecutive Stanley Cup. "We've got the reputation of being an arrogant, flash-in-the-pan type of team," Gretzky says. "So we didn't want to win one Cup and not win another."

Playing without injured goalie Pelle Lindbergh, the Flyers are unable to stop the Oilers' talented array of scorers. Edmonton jumps ahead 4-1 in the first 18 minutes against backup goalie Bob Froese and its eight goals is the biggest final-game outburst in Cup history.

The Oilers set an astounding 24 records during the playoffs. Jari Kurri scores 19 goals to tie former Flyer Reggie Leach. The team wins its 16th consecutive playoff game at Northlands Coliseum. Paul Coffey sets marks for most goals (12), assists (25) and points (37) by a defenseman.

In a close race, Coffey finishes second to Gretzky in the Conn Smythe vote for playoff MVP. Scoring 17 goals and 30 assists for a record 47 points in just 18 games, the Great One gains the one honor that had eluded him.

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