PHILADELPHIA — When you are the Stanley Cup champion, you should be able to hold your heads high. Now, the Edmonton Oilers can do that again.
The Oilers used a relentless game of forechecking and goals by Wayne Gretzky--his 50th National Hockey League playoff score--Willy Lindstrom and Dave Hunter to subdue the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, Thursday night. Edmonton ended a nine-game winless streak against the Flyers and tied the best-of-seven championship series at 1-1.
And the Oilers restored their pride.
"Tuesday night, we stunk the joint out and we knew it," defenseman Paul Coffey said. "It was a lazy effort. We know as defending Stanley Cup champions when we come up with an effort like that, it's a joke.
"They embarrassed us that night . . . outhit, outskated and outworked us. We had to show why we are the champions."