This Date in Bruins Playoff History: Wayne Gretzky beats B's in final Oilers game

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

There's been one game played on May 26 in Boston Bruins history, and it was a historic one.

However, the real reason it's memorable has little to do with what happened on the ice and more about what occurred in the months that followed.

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The Edmonton Oilers swept the Bruins in the 1988 Stanley Cup Final with a 6-3 Game 5 victory (Game 4 wasn't completed due to a power failure at the Boston Garden) at the Northlands Coliseum. It was a fitting end to a dominant series for the Oilers, who outscored the B's 18-9 in the four games that were completed.

The win clinched Edmonton's fourth Stanley Cup title in five seasons.

Game 5 of the 1988 Cup Final also was Wayne Gretzky's last as an Oilers player -- an idea that, at the time, seemed inconceivable. Gretzky was a Canadian icon and the league's best player, but for a variety of reasons, the Oilers traded him to the Los Angeles Kings on Aug. 9 of that year. The trade was, and remains, one of the most debated and discussed transactions in league history.

So, this matchup between the Oilers and Bruins literally was the end of an era, one that produced perhaps the greatest dynasty in NHL history.

However, the Oilers weren't done winning Stanley Cup titles or beating the Bruins. These teams met again in the Stanley Cup Final two years later, where the Oilers eliminated the Bruins in five games for the franchise's fifth championship.

This Date in Bruins Playoff History: Wayne Gretzky beats B's in final Oilers game originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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