Flyers / Oilers '87 Finals Game 7 Highlight Video (7 of 7)





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Published on Aug 31, 2008

Perhaps one of the most climatic conclusions in Stanley Cup Finals History. Game 7 of the 1987 Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers lived up to every expectation. The Flyers seemingly dead multiple times in this series somehow managed to scratch and claw their way to the final and deciding game against what was clearly a superior opponent.

Two unusual occurrences marked the opening of the game: The Flyers were awarded a two-man advantage one minute into the contest, and scored the first goal of the game for the first time in the Finals. This was only the second first period they would score all series. Craven banked a shot off Fuhr's skate only 1:41 into the game for a 1--0 Philadelphia lead. The Flyers failed to score on the back half of the 5-on-3, and the Oilers came back six minutes later when Messier finished off a 3-on-1 with a backhander to tie the game. Kurri delivered a huge blow to Flyers victory hopes with an impossible-angle goal 14:59 into the second period which gave the Oilers a one-goal cushion. Edmonton poured it on late and showed what a great defensive team they could be by outshooting the Flyers 13--6 in the middle 20 minutes and 12--2 in the third, finally getting an insurance goal on Anderson's 30-footer up the middle with 2:24 to play. Philadelphia's Hextall, who had 40 saves in game seven, was selected as the playoffs MVP despite Edmonton's victory. Ron Hextall recently admitted during an interview on the night of his induction into the Flyers Hall of Fame that to this day he has not watched this game. It is a shame because he was outstanding in it and was the ONLY reason the Flyers were still in it. Clearly the MVP goaltender should have NOTHING to regret or be ashamed of. If there were EVER a time where the losing team should be considered champions, this is it.

Please be sure to watch the rest of 1987 Finals highlight videos I have posted of you have not already . Please vote and comment on them all. It is my hope that one day this series will be released on DVD in its entirety. Maybe your comments and votes will help.


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