Dave Gross reminisces about Five of his favourite playoff series.
- Quebec Nordiques vs. Montreal Canadiens (1984, 1985)
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders (2002)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames (2004)
- New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (1975)
- Edmonton Oilers vs. Carolina Hurricanes (2006)
My favourite was the last Battle of Alberta. Has it really been twenty years since Calgary and Edmonton met in the playoffs?
- Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames (1991)
The last Battle of Alberta in the playoffs was epic. The defending Stanley Cup champion Oilers met the Flames in the first round. Gretzky, Kurri and Coffey were gone but many of the pieces from the Oiler dynasty, including captain Mark Messier were still in place.
The Flames roster was filled with stars: Theoren Fleury, Doug Gilmour, Al MacInnis, Sergei Makarov, Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts.
The Oilers went up three games to one, but the Flames battled back. After scoring in overtime to win game six and send the series back to Calgary, Fleury performed the second most famous celebration in NHL history.
After trailing 3-0 in the first period at the Saddledome, the Oilers came back to take the lead. The Flames tied it up at 4-4 to send the game to overtime. Just before the seven-minute mark of OT, Esa Tikkanen stickhandled from his own zone to the Flames faceoff circle and fired the puck past Flames goalie Mike Vernon to win the series with his third goal of the game.