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Gretzky, Oilers win fourth Cup in five years
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

May 26, 1988

The Edmonton Oilers -- displaying a new and disciplined defense to complement their well-known offensive exploits-- overwhelm the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. A blackout at Boston Garden midway through Game 4 forced the series back to Edmonton, where the Oilers win 6-3 to complete the unique "five-game sweep."

It is the fourth championship in five years for the Oilers, sparking more debate on the NHL's greatest dynasties, though Edmonton coach Glen Sather downplays it. "I don't like the word," he says. "It seems like bragging. When I think of dynasty, I think of the Ming dynasty."

The squad is again led by Wayne Gretzky, who scores a goal and two assists tonight on his way to winning his second Conn Smythe Trophy, tying Philadelphia goalie Bernie Parent and Boston defenseman Bobby Orr for the most playoff MVP awards. Gretzky finishes with 31 assists in the playoffs and scores 13 points in the finals, both records.

During the on-ice celebration, Gretzky impulsively gathers his teammates at center ice for the now-traditional group photo with the Cup.

The moment would prove to be Gretzky's last as an Oiler. The Great One will be traded to the Los Angeles Kings in August, bringing a premature end to the Oilers' dynasty.

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