For most of the first period in the fifth game of their surprising playoff series with the Edmonton Oilers, it seemed the Chicago Black Hawks were ready to make it three in a row.
The Black Hawks jumped in front, 3-2, and were tied, 4-4, early in the second period at Edmonton Tuesday night before the Oilers went into high gear and skated to a 10-5 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and defenseman Keith Coffey led the assault that gave the Oilers a 28-10 margin in the three games played on their home ice in the series.
Gretzky, who has been hearing all week about Denis Savard, scored the go-ahead goal at 8:15 of the second period, then scored again on a power play. Before Chicago scored again with less than two minutes remaining, the Oilers scored six goals in a row.
Kurri had a hat trick, Coffey had a goal and five assists and Gretzky, in addition to his two goals, had two assists.
The Oilers have 36 goals in the five games which breaks their own record for most goals in a series. In 1983 they scored 35 in a playoff against Calgary.
Kurri’s hat trick was his third during postseason play this season, tying the record held by teammate Mark Messier and New York Islander star Mike Bossy.
Mike Krushelnyski gave the Oilers the lead 1:11 after the opening faceoff, but Troy Murray, Darryl Sutter and Steve Larmer scored to more than match Kurri’s first goal and 12th of the playoffs, and give Chicago the 3-2 lead.
Philadelphia 2, Quebec 1--In contrast to the wild, high-scoring games between the Oilers and Black Hawks, these two teams are playing bitterly contested defensive battles.
In this game at Quebec the Flyers took a 3-2 lead in the series when Murray Cravens score on a 2-on-1 break with 4:59 remaining to break a 1-1 tie.
The Nordiques had just finished killing off a three-minute power play when Brian Propp and Cravens broke in on goalie Mario Gosselin. Propp slipped the puck across to Cravens, who blasted a shot that went off Gosselin’s glove into the net.
The Nordiques thought they had tied the score at 2-2 with 2:10 left when the puck hit Michel Goulet’s skate and went into the net. However, it was disallowed because referee Kerry Fraser ruled that Goulet kicked it into the net.
The Flyers, outshot, 18-12, behind, 1-0, and largely outplayed for two periods, came out charging in the last period. The players said it was to escape the wrath of Coach Mike Keenan.
“Mike gave us a very, very stiff talk after the second period,” Craven said. “Some of what he said is unprintable. He told us he didn’t think we wanted to win. We had to show him.”
J.F. Sauve scored the only goal in the first two periods on a power play at 7:03 of the second period.
In the first minute of the last period the Flyers, foiled on five previous power-play opportunities, scored with a man advantage. Gosselin did a poor job of clearing the puck, and Joe Paterson tipped in a shot by Mark Howe.
The Nordiques, the most penalized team in the playoffs with 474 minutes, permitted the Flyers only two shots on goal in their first five power-play opportunities.
On Thursday night, the series goes back to Philadelphia, where the Flyers have lost only once in the last 22 games.