|1990 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* – overtime periods|
|Location(s)||Boston: Boston Garden (1, 2, 5)|
Edmonton: Northlands Coliseum (3, 4)
|Coaches||Edmonton: John Muckler|
Boston: Mike Milbury
|Captains||Edmonton: Mark Messier|
Boston: Ray Bourque
|Referees||Don Koharski (1, 4)|
Andy Van Hellemond (3, 5)
Kerry Fraser (2)
|Dates||May 15 – May 24|
|MVP||Bill Ranford (Oilers)|
|Series-winning goal||Craig Simpson (9:31, second, G5)|
|Hall of Famers||Oilers:|
Glenn Anderson (2008)
Grant Fuhr (2003)
Jari Kurri (2001)
Kevin Lowe (2020)
Mark Messier (2007)
Ray Bourque (2004)
Cam Neely (2005)
(National): SportsChannel America
(Boston area): NESN (1–2, 5), WSBK (3–4)
|Announcers||(CBC) Bob Cole and Harry Neale|
(SRC) Richard Garneau and Gilles Tremblay
(SportsChannel America) Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement
(NESN) Fred Cusick, Derek Sanderson, and Dave Shea
(WSBK) Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson
The 1990 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1989–90 season, and the culmination of the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins; the Oilers won, four games to one. The series was a rematch of the 1988 Finals, albeit with the notable absence of Wayne Gretzky who was traded from Edmonton to the Los Angeles Kings during the 1988 off-season. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and the team's only championship after trading Gretzky. This was the last of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta and nine by a team from Western Canada (the Oilers appeared in six, the Calgary Flames in two, the Vancouver Canucks in one).
Paths to the Finals
In game one, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3–2 win; this game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Finals history (see Longest NHL overtime games), edging both Brett Hull's Cup-winner in 1999 and Igor Larionov's game-winner in 2002 by less than 30 seconds.
Though the Oilers ultimately won the series in five games, it was the Bruins who dominated play during the early part of the series. The Bruins had more chances to win the opener, and at one point had a 15-4 shot advantage in game two before the Oilers came back.
In game five at the Boston Garden on May 24, the Oilers won 4–1, the first time they had ever clinched the Cup on the road. Edmonton won all three Finals games played at Boston Garden - in each their previous Finals wins, the Oilers only won one game away from Northlands Coliseum. Craig Simpson scored the game-winning goal. Oilers goaltender Bill Ranford, originally the backup who took over from Grant Fuhr for the remainder of the regular season and the entire playoffs, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Mark Messier won his first Stanley Cup as a team captain, and his fifth overall. He won his sixth Stanley Cup as the captain with the New York Rangers four years later, and scored the Cup-winning goal, making him the only player to captain two different Cup-winning teams.
Ray Bourque did not reach the Stanley Cup Final again until the Colorado Avalanche won in 2001. As for the Bruins, they would not return to the Stanley Cup Finals until their championship season of 2011. The Oilers did not reach the Finals again until 2006, losing in seven games.
Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
|May 15||Edmonton Oilers||3–2||3OT||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Adam Graves (4) - 09:46||First period||No scoring|
|Glenn Anderson (7) - 13:00||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||03:43 - Ray Bourque (3)|
18:31 - Ray Bourque (4)
|Petr Klima (5) - 15:13||Third overtime period||No scoring|
|Bill Ranford 50 saves / 52 shots||Goalie stats||Andy Moog 28 saves / 31 shots|
|May 18||Edmonton Oilers||7–2||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Adam Graves (5) - 08:38
Jari Kurri (8) - pp - 10:53
|First period||19:07 - Ray Bourque (5)|
|Jari Kurri (9) - 04:21
Craig Simpson (13) - 15:28
Esa Tikkanen (11) - 17:10
Joe Murphy (5) - 19:12
|Second period||02:56 - pp - Greg Hawgood (1)|
|Jari Kurri (10) - pp - 07:27||Third period||No scoring|
|Bill Ranford 25 saves / 27 shots||Goalie stats||Rejean Lemelin 14 saves / 18 shots, Andy Moog 1 saves / 4 shots|
|May 20||Boston Bruins||2–1||Edmonton Oilers||Northlands Coliseum||Recap|
|John Byce (2) - 00:10
Greg Johnston (1) - 15:04
|First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||05:54 - pp - Esa Tikkanen (12)|
|Andy Moog 28 saves / 29 shots||Goalie stats||Bill Ranford 20 saves / 22 shots|
|May 22||Boston Bruins||1–5||Edmonton Oilers||Northlands Coliseum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||02:13 - pp - Glenn Anderson (8)|
16:27 - Glenn Anderson (9)
|No scoring||Second period||01:00 - Craig Simpson (14)|
19:15 - Esa Tikkanen (13)
|John Carter (6) - 15:02||Third period||18:36 - Craig Simpson (15)|
|Andy Moog 28 saves / 33 shots||Goalie stats||Bill Ranford 24 saves / 25 shots|
|May 24||Edmonton Oilers||4–1||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|Glenn Anderson (10) - 01:17
Craig Simpson (16) - 09:31
|Second period||No scoring|
|Steve Smith (5) - 06:09
Joe Murphy (6) - 14:53
|Third period||16:30 - Lyndon Byers (1)|
|Bill Ranford 29 saves / 30 shots||Goalie stats||Andy Moog 18 saves / 22 shots|
|Edmonton won series 4–1|
Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.
Stanley Cup engraving
The following Oilers players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers
Coaching and administrative staff
- Peter Pocklington (Owner), Glen Sather (President/General Manager)
- John Muckler (Head Coach), Ted Green (Co-Coach)
- Bruce MacGregor (Asst. General Manager), Ron Low (Asst. Coach)
- Barry Fraser (Director of Player Personnel/Chief Scout), Bill Tuele (Director of Public Relations)
- Werner Baum (Controller), Dr. Gordon Cameron (Chief of Medical Staff), Dr. David Reid (Team Physician)
- Ken Lowe (Athletic Tainer-Therapist), Barrie Stafford (Trainer), Stuart Poirier (Massage Therapist)
- Lyle Kulchisky (Ass't Trainer), John Blackwell (Director of Hockey Operations, AHL)
- Garnet Bailey (Scout), Ed Chadwick (Scout), Lorne Davis (Scout)
- Harry Howell (Scout), Albert Reeves (Scout), Matti Vaisanen (Scout)
Stanley Cup engravings
- Garnet "Ace" Bailey won seven Stanley Cups. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup five times. He was engraved as Garnet Bailey in 1972, G. Bailey in 1970, 1985, 1987, and Ace Bailey in 1990. His name was left off the Stanley Cup, but he was awarded Stanley Cup rings in 1984, 1988.
- #29 Vladimir Ruzicka (C/LW) joined Edmonton from Europe in January. Ruzicka played 25 games, but did not dress in the playoffs.
- #19 Anatoli Semenov (RW) joined Edmonton from Europe in May. Semenov played two games in the Conference Final.
Neither player qualified for engravement on the Cup, but both players received Stanley Cup rings. Ruzicka was also included on the team winning picture.
- Grant Fuhr only played 21 games during the regular season due to injuries. Although he would miss the rest of the regular season and the entire playoffs, he qualified to be on the Cup by dressing for over 40 regular season games.
Members of all five Edmonton Oilers championships
- Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier (seven Players), Peter Pocklington, Glen Sather, John Mucker, Ted Green, Barry Fraser, Barry Stafford, Lyle Kulchisky (seven non-players)
- Nine non-players were part of all five championships, but not all engraved each year: Garnet 'Ace' Bailey, Ed Chadwick, Lorne Davis, Matti Vaisanen, Gordon Cameron, Bill Tuele, John Backwell, Werner Baum, and Bob Freedman
Members of all five Edmonton Oilers championships and New York Rangers championship (1994)
- Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe and Mark Messier.
In Canada, the series was televised on the CBC.
In the United States, the series aired nationally on SportsChannel America. However, SportsChannel America's national coverage was blacked out in the Boston area due to the local rights to Bruins games in that TV market. NESN televised games one, two, and five in the Boston area while WSBK had games three and four.
- 1989–90 NHL season
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- 1989–90 Boston Bruins season
- 1989–90 Edmonton Oilers season
- Inline citations
- Wee, K.P. (October 2015). The End of the Montreal Jinx: Boston's Short-Lived Glory in the Historic Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry, 1988-1994. pp. 90–93. ISBN 978-1517362911.
- Cole 2004, p. 120
- Morrison, Scott (2010). Hockey Night in Canada: Best of the Best Ranking the Greatest Players of All Time. Toronto: Key Porter Books. p. 34.
- Cole 2004, p. 128
- Ulman, Howard (May 28, 2011). "Bruins reach Stanley Cup finals, top Lightning 1-0". Associated Press.