This Day In Sports History (May 29th) — Larry Bird
This Day In Sports History (May 30th) — Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers entered the 1985 Stanley Cup Finals as defending champions, and they finished the season with an impressive 109 points, which was the most among all Clarance Campbell Conference teams. After beating the Los Angeles Kings, the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the post-season, the Edmonton Oilers faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers in the finals. The Flyers had recorded an NHL-best 113 points during the regular season, but they were no match for Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers.
After losing the opening game of the series, 4-1, Edmonton would bounce back with wins in each of the next four games, including an 8-3 victory in Game 5 to seal their second Stanley Cup title. Gretzky would lead all playoff scorers with 47 points while earning the Conn Smythe Award as the post-season MVP. As for the Oilers, they would go on to win another three Stanley Cups over the next five years (1987, 1988, 1990).
Here is a look at the highlights from the Oilers’ Game 5 victory, which earned them their second Stanley Cup.
Steven Gerrard, Soccer – Born on May 30, 1980 (age 32) in Whiston, England
Manny Ramirez, MLB – Born on May 30, 1972 (age 40) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
P.J. Carlesimo, NBA – Born on May 30, 1949 (age 63) in Scranton, Pennsylvania