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Jets Fans Make for a Memorable Game

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In 1990 the Edmonton Oilers were on there way to their fifth Stanley Cup win in seven years. But in the 2nd game of the playoffs on April 6th they faced off against against some crazy Jets fan. I guess the 7 to 5 victory for the Jets in game one boosted their confidence because the Jets fans entered the Coliseum with painted faces and Jets flags draped over there shoulders like they were Superman while chanting: "We're number one! We're number one!".

The Jets scored two goals in 1st period, the Oilers did not get on to the scoreboard until the 3rd period. At the end of regulation the game was tied 2 to 2. In overtime Mark Lamb scored the winner.

The Molson Cup 3 Stars were:

#1 - Mark Lamb

#2 - Brent Ashton

#3 - Bill Ranford

After the game was over those Jets fans were still chanting but there cries had changed to: "We had more fun! We had more fun!" The Oilers would go on to win the series in 7 games and eventually the Stanley Cup.

What was one of your most memorable games?


  1. JeffthePug's Avatar
    Great story - thanks. Here's mine:

    It was 1982, and the reigning two-time Stanley Cup Champion NY Islanders were up against the Pittsburg Penguins. The Islanders were stacked - Bossy, Trottier, Potvin, Gillies, Smith, etc. - and no one thought they would have any trouble against a Penguins team that finished about 40 points behind in the standings.

    The first two games were blowouts and the best-of-five looked like it would end in a sweep as most had predicted. But before game three, which was to be at the Igloo, the owner of the Pens was so embarassed by his team's performance in the first two games that he publicly offered refunds to anyone who wanted one before game 3. As it turned out, the game was a nail-biter that went to overtime and the Pens scored the winner on an almost impossible angle that resulted from a rare Billy Smith misplay.

    A slight annoyance, but as a supremely confident 13-year-old, I was certain the Pens only prolonged their agony for one more day. But the Pens played hard and aggressive and beat the Islanders again in game 4. Now, it's important to note here that during the two games that the Pens won, they're goalie, Michel Dion, was terrific.

    Game five was on Long Island and I was glued to my radio, not wanting to miss even a second. After taking a 1-0 lead, the Pens tied it and then scored two more goals in the middle period to make it 3-1 going into the third period. Back and forth they skated, and with about six minutes to go, time was running out on what looked like a growing dynasty. Michel Dion was again standing on his head, and making the Islanders shake their heads in disbelief and horror.

    With about six minutes to go, the Islanders got one back on a goal by Mike McEwan from close in and then the Islanders' coach used a ploy to give the Islanders some rest by temporarily switching goalies, which was legal back then. About a minute later, a dump in to the left of Pens goalie Dion hopped over the stick of Randy Carlyle and onto the stick of John Tonelli of the Islanders, who swept it in to make it 3-3. The crowd was going nuts and my heart, which had been in my throat until then, started to beat again, somehwre near where it was supposed to be.

    Overtime featured good chances by both teams, but about seven minutes in John Tonelli again scored to end the series, which had given the Islanders and their fans - especially this fan - an very shocking and unexpected scare.

    Had the Pens won game 5, I think it's fair to say that the series would have gone down in history as one of the biggest all-time upsets.
  2. JeffthePug's Avatar
    Almost forgot: John Tonelli, who was a very good regular season player, but as clutch as they came (think Claude Lemieux) in the playoffs, has many cards that can be picked up for pennies. Even his rookie card is a very inexpensive item.
  3. sludgy's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing... funny how on my way home today on the radio they were talking about when John Tonelli was traded to the Calgary Flames then I get home and see you have replied to my blog post and also mention him.
  4. JeffthePug's Avatar
    Islanders fans HATED that trade. I remember we got Steve Konroyd, a very average d-man, and a small forward who was useless. It also drove a wedge between him and the team that I understand is still not quite healed. After the Isles crapped out that season, I was hoping he would help bring the Flames a Cup.
    Apart from being among the most clutch players in NHL history, an Islanders broadcaster said that Tonelli was one of the most decent and genuine guys he had ever met.

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