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Playoff Games 1980s
1980 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 1 April 8, 1980: NY Islanders 8, Kings 1 Series: 0-1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Backed by Bryan Trottier’s record-setting performance, the New York Islanders throttled the Los Angeles Kings 8-1 in the opening game of the best-of-five series.

The record came when Trottier scored two short-handed goals in the second period, just part of the three goals he scored on the night.
1980 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 2 April 9, 1980: Kings 6, NY Islanders 3 Series: 1-1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Just one day after suffering a humiliating loss, the Los Angeles Kings bounced back to defeat the New York Islanders 6-3 to tie the series at a game apiece.

The Kings scored five of their six goals on breakaways, including two short-handed goals by Mike Murphy and Andre St. Laurent.

“It was almost exactly the opposite of the first game,” Murphy told the Canadian Press in 1980. “There were lots of goals early, it was wide open and loosely played.”

After a poor performance in the first game, Kings goaltender Mario Lessard rebounded to have a solid game.

“Such a turnaround was a little surprising,” Kings coach Bob Berry told the Canadian Press. “It’s really a positive sign to come back after such a setback.”
1980 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 3 April 11, 1980: NY Islanders 4, Kings 3 Series: 1-2
LOS ANGELES - New York’s rookie defenseman Ken Morrow picked a great time to score his first career NHL goal, notching the game-winner in overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to regain a lead in the playoff series.

After the Kings took a 3-1 lead on two goals by Charlie Simmer and a goal by Mark Hardy, the Islanders battled back to tie the game on a goal by former King Butch Goring at the 6:34 mark of the third period. Goring was traded by the Kings to the Islanders in March.

Goring’s goal set the stage for Morrow’s heroics.

“I was nervous in overtime,” Morrow told the Associated Press in 1980. “My knees were shaking out there.”
1980 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 4 April 12, 1980: NY Islanders 6, Kings 0 Series: 1-3

LOS ANGELES - The New York Islanders eliminated the Los Angeles Kings from the playoffs with an emphatic 6-0 win at the Forum to take the preliminary series 3-1. After dropping the second game of the series in New York which evened the series at a game apiece, the Islanders were able to bounce back and take both of the games at the Forum in Los Angeles to win the series.

1981 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 1 April 8, 1981: NY Rangers 3, Kings 1 Series: 0-1
LOS ANGELES - New York’s Anders Hedberg scored one goal and assisted on another as the Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in the opening game of the best-of-five playoff series.

After leading the Rangers with 70 points during the regular season, Hedberg gave his team an early 1-0 lead at the 9:04 mark of the first period with a shot off a rebound.
1981 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 2 April 9, 1981: Kings 9, NY Rangers 4 Series: 1-1
LOS ANGELES - The New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings set a dubious NHL record during the Kings’ 5-4 victory that tied the best-of-five playoff series at one game apiece.

The teams combined for a record-setting 45 penalties in the first period alone, 30 of which stemmed from a 10-minute fight at the end of the period.

“I don’t think there will be any carryover on Saturday in New York,” Rangers defenseman Barry Beck told the Associated Press in 1981.

Los Angeles forward Dave Taylor shared a similar sentiment.

“The games Saturday and Sunday in New York will be clean and aggressive because both teams want to keep their players,” Taylor told the Associated Press.
1981 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 3 April 11, 1981: NY Rangers 10, Kings 3 Series: 1-2
NEW YORK - Buoyed by the strong play of Don Maloney and Ron Greschner, the New York Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 10-3 to take a 2-1 series advantage in the preliminary playoff round.

Maloney and Greschner each had a goal and three assists as the Rangers tied a team record for points in a playoff game.

Ulf Nilsson scored two goals and notched an assist for the Rangers as well.
1981 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 4 April 12, 1981: NY Rangers 6, Kings 3 Series: 1-3
NEW YORK - The New York Rangers scored three goals in the third period to break a tie game and defeat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 to win their preliminary playoff series.

With the game tied at 3-3, Tom Laidlaw, Anders Hedberg and Ron Duguay each scored in the third period to lead the Rangers to victory. For Laidlaw, it was his first career playoff goal.

“Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg are playing their best hockey of the year,” New York coach Craig Patrick told the United Press International in 1981.

Despite a wide difference in the regular season standings – the Rangers finished 13th overall while the Kings were fourth – the Rangers were able to defeat the Kings in the playoffs.

“This team is better than the 1979 Rangers who went to the Stanley Cup finals,” New York’s Ron Greschner told the United Press International. “It has better players. We beat the Kings because we out skated them and forechecked them to death until they got tired.”

Los Angeles’ Billy Harris commented on the mentality of the team.

“We will have all summer to think this over,” Harris told the United Press International. “They played better than us and they were more motivated than us. I feel we should have beaten them.”
1982 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 1 April 7, 1982: Kings 10, Edmonton 8 Series: 1-0
EDMONTON - The “Triple Crown Line” of Charlie Simmer, Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor scored four goals as the Los Angeles Kings upset the Edmonton Oilers 10-8 in the first game of the playoffs.

Simmer scored the game-deciding goal with 5:04 left in the third period to complete a remarkable comeback for the Kings, who trailed 4-1 at one point in the game.
1982 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 2 April 8, 1982: Edmonton 3, Kings 2 (OT) Series: 1-1
EDMONTON - The great Wayne Gretzky scored the game-winning goal in overtime, propelling the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of the best-of-five opening playoff series.

After dropping the first game in wild fashion, Gretzky made sure the Oilers would not leave for Los Angeles down 2-0, scoring a goal 6:20 into the overtime period.

“Basically, I was just shooting it,” Gretzky told the Associated Press in 1982. “Unless you’re shooting point-blank, I think nine of 10 times you just try to aim at the net. I didn’t really have a lot of opportunities and on the chances I had I felt like I was always a half-stride behind.”

Following a goal by Pat Hughes that put the Oilers up 1-0 in the first period, the Kings took the lead in the second period on goals by rookies Bernie Nicholls and Daryl Evans.

Jari Kurri forced overtime with his goal off an assist from Charlie Huddy.
1982 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 3 April 10, 1982: Kings 6, Edmonton 5 (OT) Series: 2-1
LOS ANGELES - In what became known as the “Miracle on Manchester,” Los Angeles rookie Daryl Evans completed a miraculous comeback with an overtime goal, leading the Kings to a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers appeared to be in complete control of the game, building a 5-0 lead through the first two periods on the strength of two goals and two assists by Wayne Gretzky.

The Kings battled back, getting five goals from five different players, including a game-tying goal by Steve Bozek with just five seconds remaining in the game.

The incredible comeback was complete when Evans scored his fourth goal of the series 2:25 into overtime.
1982 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 4 April 12, 1982: Edmonton 3, Kings 2 Series: 2-2
LOS ANGELES - Pat Hughes and Glenn Anderson broke a tie game and Grant Fuhr proved to be solid in goal as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 to tie the playoff series at two games apiece.

With the game tied at 1-1, Hughes and Anderson scored goals to give the Oilers enough of a cushion to gain a crucial victory and keep their season alive following a disappointing loss in the previous game.

The Kings trimmed the lead to one on a goal by Mike Murphy at the 8:44 mark of the third period, but Fuhr proved to be impenetrable down the stretch.

“We played two tremendous periods Saturday night and we lost,” Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky told the United Press International in 1982. “Tonight we played two strong periods and we remembered what happened to us Saturday night. That wasn’t going to happen again.”
1982 Stanley Cup Prelims (Best of Five) 
Game 5 April 13, 1982: Kings 7, Edmonton 4 Series: 3-2
EDMONTON - Los Angeles’ Charlie Simmer scored two goals early in the first period to spark the Kings to a 7-4 victory which eliminated the Edmonton Oilers.

Within the first 6:20 of the game, Simmer scored twice to stun the Oilers and their fans. In the second period, the Kings scored three goals to put the game away for good.

Despite having the second-worst defensive record in the NHL, the Kings defeated the favored Oilers and held star Wayne Gretzky to one goal in the final game.

Los Angeles goaltender Mario Lessard made 39 saves on the night.
1982 Smythe Division Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 15, 1982: Vancouver 3, Kings 2 Series: 0-1
VANCOUVER - After a long and draining series against the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings did not have the energy necessary, falling 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks in the opening game of the Smythe Division quarterfinal.

Vancouver’s Gary Lupul scored the game-deciding goal five minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 tie. After Vancouver’s Ron Delorme knocked Los Angeles’ Larry Murphy off the puck with a solid check, Delorme fed Lupul for the game-winner.

“This will be a long, tough series along the boards for our wingers because L.A. has a big, tough defense,” suspended Vancouver coach Harry Neale told the Associated Press in 1982. “The quickest way we can stop their pinching defense is to get some two-on-one breaks and we got five tonight.”

Vancouver’s Ivan Hlinka scored the other two goals for the Canucks, while Steve Bozek and Larry Murphy scored for the Kings.

With the win, the Canucks remained unbeaten in their last 13 games.
1982 Smythe Division Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 16, 1982: Kings 3, Vancouver 2 (OT) Series: 1-1
VANCOUVER - Kings rookie center Steve Bozek deflected defenseman Rick Chartraw's shot past Vancouver goaltender Richard Brodeur at 4:33 of sudden-death overtime to lift Los Angeles to 3-2 victory in Vancouver to tie the series at 1-1.

“Bozek has been just tremendous in the playoffs,” said head coach Don Perry of the Kings told the AP. “He's one of our fastest players and he has a certain touch around the net that every team needs.”

Dave Taylor and Marcel Dionne also scored for the Kings. The Canucks, who had their unbeaten streak snapped at 13 games, got goals from Darcy Rota and Stan Smyl. Los Angeles carried the play for the second half of the game. They fired a total of 35 shots at Brodeur, while the Canucks had 23 shots on Mario Lessard of the Kings.

“It was a little loose early in overtime and both teams had chances to end it early,” Perry said. “I'm just glad we took advantage of our break.”
1982 Smythe Division Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 18, 1982: Vancouver 4, Kings 3 (OT) Series: 1-2
LOS ANGELES - Vancouver defenseman Colin Campbell scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to propel the Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks now lead the Kings 2-1 in the Smythe Division quarterfinal.

The two goals were Campbell’s first goals of the season. The first one gave the Canucks the early 1-0 lead in the first period.

Power-play goals by John Paul Kelly and Dave Taylor gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in the second period, yet with 45 seconds left in the period Vancouver’s Thomas Gradin tied the game with slapshot from the left circle.

In the third period, Marcel Dionne gave the Kings a 3-2 lead, yet Vancouver’s Stan Smyl sent the game into a second consecutive overtime period.

Campbell’s game-winner came early in the overtime period, just 1:23 into the sudden death period.

“It was a surprise to me to get two goals,” Campbell told the Canadian Press in 1982. “It’s kind of a joke for me, but it’s nice to get this recognition once in my career.”
1982 Smythe Division Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 19, 1982: Vancouver 5, Kings 4 Series: 1-3
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles goaltender Mario Lessard allowed five goals on 16 shots as the Kings fell to the Vancouver Canucks 5-4.

With the win, the Canucks are one win away from a place in the Smythe Division finals, but Vancouver Roger Neilson cautions against having a sense of overconfidence.

“We can’t think it’s over,” Neilson told the Canadian Press in 1982. “It still could be a long series.”

Doug Keans replaced Lessard in goal and did not surrender a goal.

Vancouver’s Ivan Boldirev scored two goals for the Canucks, including the game-winner, as well as notching an assist.

Doug Smith, Mike Murphy, Dave Taylor and Marcel Dionne scored for the Kings, who lost 19 consecutive road games during the regular season.

“I don’t believe it’s over,” Kings coach Don Perry told the Canadian Press. “We’ve been doing the things we had to all along.”
1982 Smythe Division Quarterfinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 21, 1982: Vancouver 5, Kings 2 Series: 1-4
VANCOUVER - After enduring five seasons of losing in the opening round of the playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks finally notched a series victory with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

With the win, the Canucks have won 16 of their last 17 games.

Darcy Rota scored two goals for the Canucks in the second period, the first of which pushed the lead to 3-1.

After Larry Murphy cut the Canucks’ lead to 3-2, Rota scored his second goal just 26 seconds later to push the lead back to two goals.

Richard Brodeur was solid in goal for Vancouver, making 30 saves.

“We had a shaky start but we managed to come back,” Brodeur told the United Press International in 1982.
1985 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Five) 
Game 1 April 10, 1985: Edmonton 3, Kings 2 (OT) Series: 0-1
EDMONTON - Edmonton defenseman Lee Fogolin played the role of unlikely hero, scoring a goal in overtime to give the Oilers a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the first game of the Smythe Division semifinals.

Fogolin scored his third career playoff goal 3:01 into the overtime period.

“I didn’t look at all,” Fogolin told the Canadian Press in 1985 of his goal.

The first period proved to be a very even one as both the Kings and Oilers had one goal and 15 shots. Jari Kurri scored the first goal of the game at 14:19 off a pass from Wayne Gretzky, while the Kings’ Craig Redmond tied the game less than two minutes later.

Paul Coffey put the Oilers back ahead with a goal in the second period, before Bernie Nicholls tied the game for the Kings.

“We worked like heck to stay with them,” Kings coach Pat Quinn told the Canadian Press. “We defended well tonight but it didn’t look like we wanted it at times. We were tentative…yet we played a good, confident game.”
1985 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Five) 
Game 2 April 11, 1985: Edmonton 4, Kings 2 Series: 0-2
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers received two crucial goals in the third period to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 and take a two-game lead in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Edmonton’s Mark Napier and Mike Krushelnyski scored 42 seconds apart in the third period to break a tie game and give the Oilers a 3-1 lead.

While Doug Smith scored a goal at the 10:09 mark of the third period to cut the Oilers’ lead to 3-2, Edmonton goaltender Grant Fuhr was able to shut the Kings out for the rest of the game.

The Oilers took the early lead just 70 seconds into the game, yet Dave Taylor tied it at the 3:53 mark of the second period.
1985 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Five) 
Game 3 April 13, 1985: Edmonton 4, Kings 3 (OT) Series: 0-3
LOS ANGELES - For the second time in the series, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings in overtime, this one a 4-3 victory.

Glenn Anderson scored 46 seconds into the overtime period to give the Oilers a series win in the Smythe Division semifinals.

After Marcel Dionne gave the Kings an early 1-0 with a power play goal, the Oilers took a 3-1 lead on two goals by Mark Messier and one by Mark Napier.

However, the Kings fought back to tie the game on third period goals by Garry Galley and Dave Taylor.
1987 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 8, 1987: Kings 5, Edmonton 2 Series: 1-0
EDMONTON - Thanks to three unanswered goals in the third period, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 in the opening game of the Smythe Division semifinals.

In addition to the three consecutive goals in the third period, the Kings also scored two power-play goals within 28 seconds in the first period.

“The bottom line is that special teams in today’s hockey seem to be the whole thing,” Kings’ Dave Williams told the Canadian Press in 1987. “Our special teams were on top of their game. The two goals in the first kept us with them.”

Dave Taylor scored the first power-play goal for the Kings at the 15:28 mark of the first period, and Jay Wells added the other 28 seconds later.

“They took advantage and we didn’t,” Edmonton’s Glen Sather told the Canadian Press. “The power play has a lot to do with hard work.”
1987 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 9, 1987: Edmonton 13, Kings 3 Series: 1-1
EDMONTON - With multiple record-setting performances, the Edmonton Oilers enacted a dose of revenge, routing the Los Angeles Kings 13-3 to even up the Smythe Division semifinals.

The 13 goals scored by the Oilers surpassed the previous record of 11, set by the Montreal Canadiens in 1944.

Additionally, Wayne Gretzky broke Montreal’s Jean Beliveau’s record of 176 points in the playoffs with seven points in the game to give him 183.

“We did a lot of things much better tonight,” Edmonton’s Jari Kurri told the Associated Press in 1987.

Los Angeles coach Mike Murphy had a helpless feeling about the game.

“I’m not sure if everybody on our team had played their best game tonight we could’ve beat the Oilers,” Murphy told the United Press International. “They played as good a game tonight as I’ve seen them play.”
1987 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 11, 1987: Edmonton 6, Kings 5 Series: 1-2
LOS ANGELES - The Edmonton Oilers received two goals apiece from Mark Messier and Jari Kurri en route to a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to take a 2-1 series lead in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Messier’s first goal broke a 2-2 tie in the second period, while his second gave the Oilers a 5-3 lead in the third period.

Kurri scored his first goal in the second period, and his second gave the Oilers a 6-3 lead in the third period.

For the Kings, Dave Taylor scored two goals while Bernie Nicholls notched four assists.
1987 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 12, 1987: Edmonton 6, Kings 3 Series: 1-3
LOS ANGELES - Wayne Gretzky proved to be especially frustrating for the Los Angeles Kings as he notched three assists in the third period and scored an empty-net goal in the Oilers’ 6-3 win.

The victory pushed the Kings to edge of elimination in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Gretzky finished the game with four assists total – giving him 13 in the series – and two goals.
1987 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 14, 1987: Edmonton 5, Kings 4 Series: 1-4
EDMONTON - Despite a specially designed gameplan to take Wayne Gretzky out of the game, the Los Angeles Kings still fell to the Edmonton Oilers by the score of 5-4.

“When you play at a high pace, as we did, the intensity starts to wear down and when it does the players with more talent will surface,” Kings coach Mike Murphy told the Associated Press 1987.

Entering the third period knotted at 3-3, the Oilers won the third period as they have throughout the series. Esa Tikkanen and Glenn Anderson each scored in the final period to make up for the lack of production from Gretzky.

“We’re a good skating club and we try to put a lot of pressure on the defense,” Edmonton’s Mark Messier told the Associated Press.
1988 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 6, 1988: Calgary 9, Kings 2 Series: 0-1
CALGARY - The Calgary Flames received production from a variety of different players on the way to a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the opening game of the Smythe Division semifinals.

Joel Otto and Hakan Loob each had two goals, veteran Lanny McDonald scored the game’s first goal, and Gary Suter notched three assists.

“It gave us a big boost and the boys seemed to take it from there,” McDonald told the Canadian Press in 1988 on his goal at the 6:00 mark of the first period. “Whether it’s oldtimers, youngtimers, newtimers or middle of the pack, the guys were working hard for each other.”

The Flames out-shot the Kings by a hefty 50 to 17 margin, and got out to an early 4-0 lead that effectively put the game away.

“We were very patient tonight, very disciplined and we just seemed to wait for our opportunities,” Calgary’s Al MacInnis told the Canadian Press. “When we got them, we capitalized.”

The Kings got goals from Jimmy Carson and Dave Taylor.
1988 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 7, 1988: Calgary 6, Kings 4 Series: 0-2
CALGARY - John Tonelli halted a comeback by Los Angeles with a third period goal as the Calgary Flames defeated the Kings 6-4 to take a two-game lead in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Tonelli’s power-play goal in the third period gave the Flames a 5-3 lead that proved to be the game-winner.

After trailing 4-1, the Kings closed to within 4-3 in the second period, yet could not complete the comeback as Los Angeles was held to just two shots in the final period.
1988 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 9, 1988: Kings 5, Calgary 2 Series: 1-2

LOS ANGELES - In a crucial game, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Calgary Flames by the score of 5-2 to pull within a game in the Smythe Division semifinals. After dropping the first two games of the series at the Saddledome in Calgary, the Kings were able move within one game of evening up the series with a win at the Forum.

1988 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 10, 1988: Calgary 7, Kings 3 Series: 1-3

LOS ANGELES - Hakan Loob sparked an early run as the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 7-3 to move within a game of winning the Smythe Division semifinal series.

Loob scored just 1:19 into the game that started a 3-0 by the Flames. After the Kings tied the game, Loob scored his second goal of the game and Tim Hunter scored as well to give the Flames the lead for good.

Loob added his third goal of the game in the third period.

1988 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 12, 1988: Calgary 6, Kings 4 Series: 1-4

CALGARY - Hakan Loob scored two goals as the Calgary Flames eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in the Smythe Division semifinals with a 6-4 victory.

Al MacInnis, Paul Reinhart, Tim Hunter and Ric Nattress scored for the Flames, while Jay Wells, Bernie Nicholls, Paul Fenton and Jim Carson scored for the Kings.

Calgary goaltender Mike Vernon made 26 saves while Los Angeles goaltender Glen Healy made 23 saves.

1989 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 5, 1989: Edmonton 4, Kings 3 Series: 0-1

LOS ANGELES - With two goals in the span of 67 seconds, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in the opening game of the Smythe Division semifinals.

Trailing 3-2 in the third period, Esa Tikkanen tied the game with a goal, while Craig Simpson scored the game-winner just 67 seconds later.

“I think it sends a message that we won’t be taken for granted in the playoffs,” Simpson told the Associated Press in 1989.

The Kings took a 3-2 lead on a power-play goal by Mike Krushelnyski, who was acquired with Wayne Gretzky from the Oilers, at the 2:55 mark of the third period.

1989 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 6, 1989: Kings 5, Edmonton 2 Series: 1-1

LOS ANGELES - With a goal in each period, Chris Kontos powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers to even the Smythe Division semifinals series at a game apiece.

Wayne Gretzky and Bernie Nicholls also added goals for the Kings, while Kelly Hrudey returned for the Kings to make 20 saves.

Kontos’ first goal of the game gave the Kings the early 1-0 lead in the first period on the power play. His second goal gave the Kings the lead again at 2-1, before his third goal pushed the Kings’ lead to 3-1 in the third period.

The Kings out-shot the Oilers 44-22.

1989 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 8, 1989: Edmonton 4, Kings 0 Series: 1-2

EDMONTON - Edmonton goaltender Grant Fuhr gave the Oilers a series lead in the Smythe Division semifinals, shutting out the Kings in a 4-0 victory.

Fuhr stopped all 25 shots on the way towards posting his second career shutout in the playoffs.

Jari Kurri scored his first two goals of the playoffs within 71 seconds of each other in the second period.

1989 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 9, 1989: Edmonton 4, Kings 3 Series: 1-3

EDMONTON - Edmonton defenseman Steve Smith scored a goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to pull within one game of eliminating the Kings from the playoffs.

Los Angeles goaltender Kelly Hrudey made a save on a shot from Mark Messier yet Smith was there to backhand the rebounded shot in for the game-winner.

1989 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 5 April 11, 1989: Kings 4, Edmonton 2 Series: 2-3

LOS ANGELES - Thanks to the early scoring of Chris Kontos and the solid goaltending of Kelly Hrudey, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 to pull within a game in the Smythe Division semifinals.

Kontos got the Kings off to a fast start, scoring the game’s first goal six minutes into the contest.

“That first goal was the key for us,” Los Angeles’ Bernie Nicholls told the Associated Press in 1989. “We have to get the lead.”

Nicholls gave the Kings a 2-0 in the second period, before Edmonton’s Glenn Anderson cut the deficit to one goal for the Oilers. Yet Luc Robitaille put the Kings back up by two goals at the end of the second period.

1989 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 6 April 13, 1989: Kings 4, Edmonton 1 Series: 3-3

EDMONTON - Chris Kontos, the surprising playoff hero for Los Angeles, staved off elimination with a goal in the Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Kontos’ goal, coming on an assist from Wayne Gretzky, was his playoff-leading seventh goal. The Kings’ victory snapped the Oilers’ 14-game home winning streak in the playoffs.

Former Edmonton minor-leaguer, Jim Wiemer, also scored for the Kings.

1989 Smythe Division Semifinals (Best of Seven) 
Game 7 April 15, 1989: Kings 6, Edmonton 3 Series: 4-3

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings completed an improbable series comeback, eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers with a 6-3 victory.

“This is as high as I’ve ever felt,” Los Angeles’ Dave Taylor told the Canadian Press in 1989. “I think we all envied the Lakers…they were up on a pedestal, and rightfully so after winning back-to-back championships…we all wished we could do that, win the Stanley Cup.”

1989 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 1 April 18, 1989: Calgary 4, Kings 3 (OT) Series: 0-1

CALGARY - With an overtime goal, Doug Gilmour powered the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the opening game of the Smythe Division finals.

Gilmour’s goal came at the 7:47 mark of the overtime period and helped preserve home-ice advantage for the Flames.

“We worked hard for first place and knew what happened last series [Vancouver] when lost the first game at home,” Calgary’s Gary Roberts told the United Press International in 1989.

Roberts scored a goal to force overtime at the 18:24 mark of the third period.

“We were just over a minute and a half away from winning the first one here,” Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky told the United Press International.

The Kings gained a 3-2 lead in the third period on a goal by Jim Wiemer at the 15:23 mark of the third period, yet were unable to close it out.

Los Angeles goaltender Kelly Hrudey made 43 saves.

1989 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 2 April 20, 1989: Calgary 8, Kings 3 Series: 0-2

CALGARY - The losing ways in Calgary in the playoffs continued for the Los Angeles Kings as they fell 8-3 to the Calgary Flames in the second game of the  Smythe Division finals.

The Kings have yet to win a game at the Saddledome in the playoffs, and this one wasn’t pretty.

The Flames took a 5-1 lead in the second period on goals by Colin Patterson, Doug Gilmour, Al MacInnis and Rob Ramage.

Bernie Nicholls scored twice for the Kings.

1989 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 3 April 22, 1989: Calgary 5, Kings 2 Series: 0-3

LOS ANGELES - Doug Gilmour continued his strong play in the Smythe Division finals, scoring two goals as the Calgary Flames moved to within one game of eliminating the Los Angeles Kings with a 5-2 victory.

Gilmour scored two goals with 2:43 in the third period to halt a Los Angeles rally. After Gilmour scored his first goal near the start of the third period to make it 3-1 Flames, Los Angeles’ Steve Kasper scored for the Kings just 55 seconds later to make it a 3-2 game.

However, Gilmour would give the Flames a two-goal lead again just a short time later.

Gilmour now has five goals in the series as he scored the game-winner in overtime in Game 1 and had two goals in Game 2.

1989 Smythe Division Finals (Best of Seven) 
Game 4 April 24, 1989: Calgary 5, Kings 3 Series: 0-4

LOS ANGELES - The Calgary Flames completed the sweep of the Los Angeles Kings in the Smythe Division finals with a 5-3 victory.

The Flames received two goals from Joe Mullen and Gary Roberts each, while goaltender Mike Vernon put on another tremendous performance.

The series victory gave the Flames their second Smythe Division title in four seasons.

“We finally realized how well we have to play,” Calgary’s Theoren Fleury told the Associated Press in 1989. “We faced the highest scoring team in the league and shut them down.”

In a bittersweet moment, Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky became the all-time leading playoff scorer in the NHL with his 86th goal, passing Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders. The monumental goal came with 8:40 left in the first period and tied the game at 2-2.

“It doesn’t mean a whole lot,” Gretzky told the Associated Press in 1989. “It would have meant a lot if we’d have kept going. I would trade all my goals in for a Stanley Cup any year.”

Los Angeles’ Bernie Nicholls was shocked at how the series went.

“We were confident we could beat Calgary,” Nicholls told the Associated Press. “For us to come out like this was shocking.”