1990 Stanley Cup Finals

1990 ice hockey championship series

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in five games, capturing their fifth Stanley Cup Championship. Game five was played on May 24, 1990 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. This victory marked the first time the Oilers would win the Stanley Cup without Wayne Gretzky.

1990 Stanley Cup Finals
12345 Total
Edmonton Oilers 3***7154 4
Boston Bruins 2***2211 1
* – overtime periods
Location(s)Boston: Boston Garden (1, 2, 5)
Edmonton: Northlands Coliseum (3, 4)
CoachesEdmonton: John Muckler
Boston: Mike Milbury
CaptainsEdmonton: Mark Messier
Boston: Ray Bourque
RefereesDon Koharski (1, 4)
Andy Van Hellemond (3, 5)
Kerry Fraser (2)
DatesMay 15 – May 24
MVPBill Ranford (Oilers)
Series-winning goalCraig Simpson (9:31, second, G5)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English)
SportsChannel America (United States, except Boston Area)
NESN (Boston Area games 1,2 and 5)
WSBK-TV (Boston Area, games 3 and 4)
AnnouncersBob Cole and Harry Neale (CBC)
Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement (SportsChannel America)
Fred Cusick, Derek Sanderson, and Dave Shea (NESN)
Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson (WSBK)

The victory also became the first time the Oilers would win the Stanley Cup on the road, away from Northlands Coliseum. Game one in Boston would eventually be settled in the third overtime period when Petr Klima scored at 15:13 for the Oilers.

The final score of game one was 3 to 2 for Edmonton. The Oilers Bill Ranford was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, honoring him as the most valuable player of the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs.