Kevin McLelland scored what was probably the most important goal of his career today in 1984.
It was when the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders squared up in the 1984 Stanley Cup finals for game one. The two teams had traded chances all night, but nobody was able to find the back of the net.
And McLelland was the only person to do so that night. His goal came assisted by Pat Hughes and Dave Hunter and was scored at the 1:55 mark of the third period.
In net, Grant Fuhr shut the door for the Oilers stopping all 34 shots to earn himself the shutout.
The Islanders bounced back in game two after Fuhr’s great performance, as they piled up three first period goals en route to a 6-1 win — but once again, Edmonton roared back.
Games three and four saw the Oilers snag 7-2 victories, but it was with a cost. A collision between Fuhr and Islanders’ Pat LaFontaine forced the Oilers goalie out for the rest of the series.
But Andy Moog stepped in and shut the door in games four and in game five, Edmonton won 5-2 securing the Stanley Cup championship.
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