The Edmonton Oilers have long been known as free skaters and big scorers.
Thursday night, in Chicago Stadium, they proved they could play a solid checking game, too. But the defending Stanley Cup champions didn't leave out what they do best, either. Four goals by Jari Kurri fueled the 8-2 victory that eliminated the Chicago Black Hawks from the playoffs, four games to two.
"Everybody talks about our offense, but we played a good strong, disciplined defensive game," said the Oilers' Wayne Gretzky, who had four assists in the game to break Rick Middleton's record for points in a series with 18. "That helps get our offense going, and we didn't have that in the third and fourth games."
"(Chicago) didn't know what to do," Oilers Coach Glen Sather said. "Teams are used to trying to check us, but we were checking them, sending in two guys. And by the time they figured it out, we were up two or three goals."
Chicago Coach Bob Pulford had a warning for the Philadelphia Flyers. "We beat the best team in hockey twice, and our players have no reason to be ashamed of anything," Pulford said. "They (Edmonton) played the best game of the series tonight. If they continue to play like that, I don't think they will lose another game all year."