Edmonton Oilers goalie Dave Dryden and defenseman Claire Alexander stretch out in front of the goal in an effort to stop a shot by Gordie Howe. Howe's shot, a deflected pass, skidded wide of the net during the first period action at the Springfield Civic Center on October 10,1978. After this final season in the WHA, the Whalers were invited to join the National Hockey League along with the Oilers, the Winnipeg Jets, and the Quebec Nordiques.
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