The Edmonton Oilers, with the help of four goals by Jarri Kurri and four assists by Wayne Gretzky, defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 8-2, tonight in front of 17,922 fans at Chicago Stadium to win their Stanley Cup semifinal series, 4-2.
The Oilers will face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals, which will begin Tuesday in Philadelphia.
After the Hawks won Game 4 to tie the series, Gretzky said the Oilers had to get ahead tonight and make the Hawks chase them. That is exactly what Edmonton did.
The Oilers led, 2-0, after the first period, then blew open the game with four second-period goals. Kurri and Glenn Anderson scored in the third period.
The Black Hawks spoiled the shutout bid of goalie Grant Fuhr with third-period goals by Al Secord and Ken Yaremchuck.
The Black Hawks started the game without one of their top defensemen. Keith Brown missed Games 2, 3 and 4 with a hip pointer. He came back for Game 5 Tuesday in Edmonton but aggravated the injury.
The Chicago crowd, which Secord has called "our seventh man," was silenced at 5:12. Kurri beat goalie Murray Bannerman with a slap shot from the top of the left circle. The goal, Kurri's 15th of the playoffs, came on a three-on-two break, with an assist going to Gretzky.
With 6:34 left in the period, Mark Messier scored his ninth goal of the playoffs to make it 2-0, Oilers. He took a drop pass from Anderson, carried the puck down the right wing, skated uncontested in front of the net and beat Bannerman. Defenseman Paul Coffey, who had five assists Tuesday night, received credit for the second assist on the goal.
The Black Hawks' best scoring chance came with less than 10 seconds to go in the period. Defenseman Doug Wilson passed to Tom Lysiak in the slot. Lysiak carried the puck in on Fuhr, who stopped the Hawks' center while flat on his back. Fuhr's other big save came at 6:12, with Lysiak again the victim.
Anderson, said, "The biggest thing we had to do was shut the Hawks down without even one goal in the first period because we knew in our hearts that if they did score quickly it would get the fans aroused and we would probably end up with a shootout like most of the previous games."
The second period was the Hawks' undoing.
At 5:50, Edmonton's Mike Krushelnyski and Chicago's Curt Fraser mixed it up briefly. Referee Bryan Lewis gave Krushelnyski a two-minute roughing penalty and Fraser was sent off for four minutes for the same infraction.
The Oilers had a power play upon Krushelnyski's release from the penalty box. With 1:18 left in Fraser's penalty, Messier took advantage of the situation to score his second goal of the game and 10th of the playoffs.
Anderson had taken a pass from Kevin Lowe and carried the puck behind the Hawks' goal. Just as Bannerman was turning his head to watch Anderson, the Oilers' left wing backhanded a pass to Messier in the right circle for the goal.
At 13:28, Kurri beat Bannerman on the glove side for a 4-0 lead.
Kurri's third goal, at 18:05, was his 11th of the series, bettering a record held by three players. It also was his third hat trick of the series, improving on a record held by four players. For Gretzky, his third assist broke Rick Middleton's record of 12 assists for a series.