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The Los Angeles Kings’ impossible comeback against Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers deserves a deep rewind

November 10, 2019

(pulsating music) – [Narrator] We’re in
Los Angeles, California. It’s April 10th, 1982, game three of the Smythe Divisional Semi-Finals between the Kings and the Oilers. The teams are tied at
five and we’re in overtime with a face-off in the Oiler zone. You might know what’s about to happen but none of these guys do. They’ve battled for over three periods and just 20 minutes earlier,
wouldn’t have believed they’d need overtime to decide this. For everything that got us to this moment and made tonight a once in a
lifetime game, let’s rewind. Tonight marked the 11th
time in 83 games this season that the Oilers and
Kings faced one another. That’s over an eighth of their games against the same opponent and
prior to the 81-82 season, they’d only met eight times total. This was partly due to
Edmonton joining the NHL just three years earlier but
it was also thanks to some big changes implemented
by the league for this season. Looking to promote
rivalries within divisions, they made the bulk of each
teams schedule inter-divisional games. In an effort to save
money on travel expenses, the NHL also shook up the divisions so they were more geographically defined. Instead of being grouped with
Detroit, Pittsburgh, Hartford, and Montreal, the Kings
shifted to the Smythe, with Calgary, Vancouver,
Colorado, and Edmonton. For L.A., having to face the Oilers with more regularity could’ve
come at a better time. Edmonton began their life in the NHL with 28 and 29-win seasons, before becoming a force in year three. In the 81-82 season, they finished second in the league standings, behind the two-time defending champion, Islanders. Edmonton won the Smythe by 34
points and the biggest reason for their success was this guy. Wayne Gretzky had a season that those following the sport
had never seen before. He became the fastest player
ever to score 50 goals in a season, breaking “Rocket” Richard and Mike Bossy’s record by 11 games. He went on to score a
new NHL record, 92 goals and also broke his own records
for assists and total points. Gretzky wasn’t the only one
though. The Oilers became the first team ever to score 400
goals in a season, finishing with 417, which was 71 more
than the next highest scorer in the conference. They were built on speed and had the youth to keep it up for an entire year. Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul
Coffey, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, all of these guys were still under 21 by the end of the season. And now in overtime, Edmonton’s hoping their kids can reignite
the offensive spark that they opened the game with. Back in the first period
everything had gone right for the Oilers, the game
had opened up as a race between the teams, which played perfectly into the hand of Edmonton. The Oilers scored first on a quick counter where Glenn Anderson
found Messier cross-ice and the center put it in from 40 feet out. This is what they’d done all
season, using their speed in the open ice to let
passing dictate the offense. Most defenses at the time
mainly paid attention to just the guy with the puck. You stop him and you stop the offense. The Oilers though played with an emphasis on passing and off-puck skating, a style that was more common in
Europe than North America. And while their speed and
stretch passes also led to turnovers, when the offense averaged over five goals per game, they could deal with some slip-ups. Later in the first period, Gretzky added to the lead by doing, well, what he does. That short-handed goal put
the Oilers up two-nothing at intermission and 43
seconds into the second, Edmonton netted another goal
during that same penalty kill. From there, tempers started to flare, 19 penalties were called
in the second period, which included six coincidental
minors, another area that the Oilers had been
capitalizing on all season. With players sitting from
both sides, their style of offense put them at an
advantage, since fewer bodies on the ice meant more space to go to work. This was on display
just over five minutes into the second, when
Gretzky stole the puck behind the Kings net
during a three on three. The defense turned his
way giving Siltanen room to bury a one timer that
actually went through the net causing play a continue,
until the ref signaled goal, Edmonton’s fourth. A few
minutes later, Gretzky nabbed his second of the night
and the teams headed into the third separated by five goals. Not a great start for L.A. and honestly, this is what people
expected from the series. A year after a 43 win season where they made the playoffs as the fourth seed. The Kings disappointed in 81-82. They won just 24 games and
only reached the post season thanks to the NHL’s new penchant
for divisional match-ups, which they also built the playoffs around. With a roster nearly identical
to the year before, the big change for the King’s came
in the coaching department. Bob Berry, who had coached
L.A. since ’78, left for Montreal and the club
promoted assistant coach, Parker MacDonald, to take his spot. MacDonald had a checkered coaching past. He won AHL Coach of the Year,
with L.A.’s affiliated team in New Haven, but was yet
to coach a full season in the pros. That wouldn’t change this
year, as he led the King’s to a record of 13-24-and-5. After that, the organization
changed his title to assistant GM and brought
in Don Perry as his successor. Another coach from the
New Haven Nighthawks. In Perry’s first month on the job, he’d receive a six game suspension for ordering Paul Mulvey
to leave the bench to join a brawl. Despite the turmoil
surrounding the team, the Kings would slightly
improve their winning percentage under Perry, but
if their regular season series with the Oilers was any
indication, their time in the playoffs would be short. That season, L.A. won one of
eight games against Edmonton and forced two ties while
being outscored 51 to 27. This included back to
back losses to the Oilers at the end of the season, which added to a five game skid going
into the post season for the Kings, all while
Edmonton was unbeaten in their last nine. But streaks can come to an end
and the Kings quickly proved they weren’t going to bend over to Gretzky and company through the first two games. After being down four-one
just nine minutes into the series, the Kings rallied back in an offensive back and
forth that broke the record for most goals in an NHL playoff game. L.A. pulled off the upset in Edmonton, after winning just five games
on the road, all season. Their unexpected points
leader, rookie Daryl Evans, scored twice in the second
and added a pair of assists. Playing in just his
14th professional game, Those second period goals
matched his season total and he carried the momentum into game two where he netted his third of the playoffs. The Kings took the Oilers to overtime and despite Gretzky giving
Edmonton a three-two win, L.A. had already done more
than was expected of them. They headed to the forum
for games three and four, where no one would have
guessed they’d have a chance to take the series in
front of their home crowd. But that would require winning tonight and winning tonight would
require a miraculous effort by L.A. Back to the start of the third
and the Kings still faced that five nothing hole. A hard check by Dave
Lumley in the corner got everyone fired up and
following a minor scrum, each team was down to four skaters. This time though, L.A. would be the team to capitalize on the extra ice. With Jay Wells sending in
the Kings first of the night. Less than four minutes
later, L.A. found themselves with their ninth power-play of the game. And they finally ended one early, thanks to Doug Smith putting in a rebound just under the crossbar. With their lead trimmed to
three, the Oilers offense tried to heat back up, but when
their chances weren’t snuffed out by the Kings, the
goalpost made the stops. Gretzky would take a stick
to the face, skaters paired up and it looked like
momentum was done swinging in L.A.’s favor, as the
Kings gifted the Oilers a five on three advantage. But the Oilers offense was
stymied just long enough and with under five and 1/2
remaining, the Kings made their final push. It started with a steal in
the Oilers end, which led to Charlie Simmer sneaking
one in from behind the net. Less than a minute later,
the Kings broke out off a Gretzky turnover and
Steve Bozek hit a wrister for L.A.’s second four on
four goal for the game. With under a minute to play, now down one, an Oilers penalty plus
an empty net gave the Kings a two-man advantage. The final 15 seconds had
both teams scrambling in the Oilers end before
the puck reached Hardy at the point. – [Sports Announcer] In
front, to the blue line, to Hardy, he shoots, save, rebound, score! (crowd roaring) I see it and I still don’t believe it. – [Narrator] With five
seconds left, Bozek put in the rebound and after one
last face-off, the teams headed to overtime. In extra time though, it once again looked like the Kings magic
had run out, 20 seconds in and Lessard’s attempt
to corral a shot, sent him sprawling. The puck found Messier, who got a chance at an untended net, but he sailed it wide. After some back and forth
play, the Kings were able to establish possession
and Doug Smith threw in a shot that Fuhr
grabbed and hung on to. Which brings us to this face-off and despite all the scoring
that’s happened tonight, one of the Kings on the ice is
still looking to make his mark. In the 1980 NHL entry draft,
the Kings took Daryl Evans in the second to last
round at 178 overall. Evans spent most of 81-82
with the Kings AHL affiliate in New Haven, before getting called up for the final month of the regular season and his first games in the majors. He made just over a dozen appearances, but went mostly unnoticed
before this series began. Just a few months removed
from newspapers misspelling his name, Evans was
looking to give them reason to get it right, but so
far tonight, he was yet to show up in the score summary. And as the forum waits for the face-off, no one knows what’ll come next in this already miraculous comeback. The Kings have battled
back just to get here, while the Oilers had to scramble to regain their composure and now hope to put an end to this improbable night. All the names you’d expect
have been involved and have given brilliant performances, while an unheralded rookie
waits in the wings, looking to cement his spot in the pros. Unknown to them, it would all come down to this final drop of the puck. Welcome to a moment in history. – [Sports Announcer] On the
draw, shot by Evans, it’s good! Oh!
(crowd roaring)


  • Reply SB Nation November 14, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Serious thanks to _Shawarmaman_, Benjamin Kassel, and countless others for suggesting this episode. Let us know what you think would make for a good Rewinder down below. Love you.

  • Reply Reydriel November 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Defence was virtually non-existent in those years, damn. No wonder Gretzky could score so much lol

  • Reply Sam Freder November 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Marc Andre Fleury’s save on Lidstrom in the 2009 SCF game 7

  • Reply ElNamo November 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    '93 Finals, the McSorley stick

  • Reply Reese Loveland November 15, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    You could do one on the caps vs nyr on 25 nov, 2005. The 15 round shootout in the first year the shootout was a thing, won by a big defenseman putting it between his legs.

  • Reply Jason McAdams November 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    The natural hockey one would be Crosby’s Golden Goal, but it’d be WAY cooler if you did John Carlson’s OT Goal in the 2010 World Jrs Gold Medal game. Non-hockey people probably have no idea what it is, but it’s a pretty huge recent moment in international hockey.

  • Reply Rafael Esmerio November 15, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Malice at the Palace

  • Reply Funk Boy2 November 15, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Can you please do the Sabre’s “May-Day!” Game call? I think it would be a nice next Rewinder for hockey. Whenever you all make hockey Videos, they are absolutely fantastic. I hope to see more in the future. Some other suggestions I’d have for hockey:

    – Alec Martinez wins the cup for the kings
    – Kuznetsov’s OT Winner against the pens in round two of last years playoffs.
    – Yzermans bar-down game winner over the Blues

    Beef History:
    Chicago-St Louis

  • Reply Bret Steadman November 15, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Not a fan of hockey personally, but I smiled when I saw a rewinder about hockey was finally uploaded for all you hockey fans

  • Reply Danny November 15, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Chivas vs Toronto champions league final

  • Reply The Monster November 15, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Steve Yzerman goal in 96' against St. Louis aka "Gretzky had it, lost it"

  • Reply Tom Dorsa November 16, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Rewinder: Brenden Morrow's quadruple overtime goal in 2008

  • Reply NBA MegaMaster November 16, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Miracle at the Meadowlands 1 or 2

  • Reply Kenny November 16, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Marc-Andre Fleury last second(literally) save in game 7 of 2009 Stanley Cup Final

  • Reply Studa Baker November 16, 2018 at 5:35 am

    You should do game 2 of the 1974 NHL Finals. It was a game that changed hockey history forever.

  • Reply Cam Hoag November 16, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Make a cricket rewinder just for the hell of it

  • Reply Michael Lazecki November 16, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Hockey suggestion, May,17 1995 Gino Odjick against the St. Louis Blues. The craziest game I ever attended.

  • Reply Patrick Trask Jr November 16, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Do the Landon Donovan World Cup match game winner

  • Reply Andrea Savoy November 16, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    malcolm butlers interception please

  • Reply Kevin Sousa November 16, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    2013 Bruins comeback vs maple leafs

  • Reply Will Bergman November 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Jim Boeheim ejection against Duke needs a rewind. Like so we can get this

  • Reply Blake Szudzik November 17, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Do the Keith Primeau 5OT game!

  • Reply Jason Williams November 17, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Goalie technique in that era was staggeringly awful. Sure, blame the upsized equipment as well – but the real reason for scoring going down is that goalies learned how to position themselves.

  • Reply jdore8 November 17, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Do a Rewinder on Hulk Hogan joining the Outsiders & forming the NWO.

  • Reply InFamas Noodler Tamburrino November 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Do the malcum butler interception

  • Reply sidney crosby November 17, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I really want to see a weird rules vid about nhl

  • Reply Dan Weir November 17, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Love these vids. Love the channel. Keep it up. Cheers

  • Reply Toni Chappell November 17, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Wow Hakan Loob went even lower in the draft than Darryl Evans a great pick for Calgary…and Patrick Sundstrom also for the Canucks.

  • Reply Chris McMillen November 17, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Hey do a beef history about don cherry and the russian red wings of the 90s.

  • Reply Michael Cooke November 18, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Do Didier Drogba's game-winning PK for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final. So many different angles with that game.

  • Reply Neal Leslie November 18, 2018 at 5:51 am

    You should do Duke vs unc 2012 with the Austin Rivers shot

  • Reply chaosgreyblood November 19, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I know I'm biased, but I have two more requests featuring the Kings.

    The Stunner at Staples against the Red Wings, and coming back 0-3 in the series against the Sharks in 2014.

  • Reply Cam November 19, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Goalies were awful before the butterfly style. Change my mind

  • Reply Amico Duke November 20, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Recommendations: 2013 colts comeback vs chiefs or even better Eli to Tyree 2007, SuperBowl 42 (David vs Goliath) or Eli to Mannigham 2011, SuperBowl 46 (5 consecutive losses that year)

  • Reply Ben Connelly November 20, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Game 162 2011

  • Reply Thomas Cremens November 21, 2018 at 5:16 am

    70,283rd view 586th comment

  • Reply Connor Lamm November 21, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Miracle on ice???

  • Reply Colin Hartey November 21, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    The flyers 3-0 comeback against the bruins

  • Reply The coolaid man November 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Should do the first ever outdoor hockey game.

    Also gotta do Ovechkin's first cup!

  • Reply Maekar I Targaryen November 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Wasn't it Quebec and not Colorado in the realignment?

  • Reply bigbabyzubas November 22, 2018 at 5:34 am

    10:20 you had me at Wings VS Aves.

  • Reply NHLfreak87 November 23, 2018 at 4:45 am

    I'd love to see a video about the Philadelphia Flyers' unbelievable comeback against the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  • Reply Internet Inhabitant November 23, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Man I love this channel

  • Reply Retro31 November 24, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Patrick Kane's OT & Cup Winning Goal Against Philly Deserves a Deep Rewind

  • Reply markjanderson86 November 26, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Devils-Stars 2000 stanley cup finals in double and triple ot.

  • Reply Caleb Latreille November 26, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    please please pretty please a Rewinder on Messier's Rangers run

  • Reply Kalamachamalama November 28, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Please do fluerys cup clinching save in 09

  • Reply michael hall November 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    ooooh you know what would be good? a sir donald bradman vid.

  • Reply MidNiteR32 December 5, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Do a rewind of the 2014 LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks. That playoff run by the Kings was incredible.

  • Reply Kamea Konrad December 6, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Jonny Wilkinson's 2003 rugby world cup winning drop goal

  • Reply mwngw December 8, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Great review of a great game. Of course, the best Kings squad was 74-75, with NO big names…the season before Dionne arrived. Superb coaching by Bob Pulford and a disciplined team made it the Kings best year in points for the franchise. After Gretzky left the Kings I lost interest. No old school players left, all the greats had gone. Well, I have great memories of the Kings glory years.

  • Reply Jadon Derr December 14, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    99 Stanley cup finals. Was it a goal or not

  • Reply N M December 19, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup

  • Reply Chantz Keller December 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Penguins vs Red Wings 2008,2009 Stanley Cup Finals

  • Reply Pierre Grondin LeBlanc December 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    You guys should make an episode on the 2002 upset Montreal Canadiens playoff victory against the conference champion and archrival Boston Bruins. Saku Koivu had just come back from his battle with cancer and scored the game winner in game 3, pure Hollywood magic!

  • Reply Umberto De Simone December 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    the music is fantastic for those historic moments!

  • Reply Hockey talks December 24, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Canucks vs bruins 2011 series deserves a rewind.

  • Reply William Sniegowski December 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    2 hockey ones I want to see surround the 2013 season, and while they’re fairly recent by Rewinder standards, had 2 of the most exciting games of all time.

    – Boston’s 3-goal 3rd period comeback against the Leafs in game 7
    – Chicago’s 2 goals in 17 seconds in game 6 of the Stanley cup final

  • Reply theenglishman December 28, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    1972 Summit Series, Paul Henderson. Please and thank you 😀

  • Reply Scorched Earth December 30, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    LAK need to find that magic this season!

  • Reply Isaiah Duplessis January 5, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Gotta do one on when the cubs win the world series

  • Reply Louis Sabbagh-Holt January 7, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Pls do the 2004 cricket ashes at Trent bridge

  • Reply katzistan January 8, 2019 at 5:50 am

    This was really good. One of the things you notice if you watch the tape from this game is just how awful goaltending was in the early 80s compared to today. Granted it was the 80s Oilers but Mario Lessard looks like some guy they just picked out of the stands and asked 'hey you wanna play goalie?'

  • Reply John Walker January 9, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Can you do a rewind on another moment in Kings history the 2012 Stanley Cup Chapionship game six?

  • Reply MrSHIV923 January 15, 2019 at 4:04 am

    How do you choke so hard

  • Reply Maxwell Hulett January 17, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Petrice Bergeron's game winner against Toronto in Game 7

  • Reply Stephan Muecke January 23, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I was there as a 7 year old I can remember the whole upper level chanting "Gretzky's a puss!". The fans blew the roof off the Fabulous Forum that night. I wanted to see a Lakers playoff game, and my brother wanted the Kings game. A few days before my Dad flipped a coin and obviously I lost.

  • Reply McJohnson February 14, 2019 at 7:42 am

    So when are y'all doing another hockey video? lol

  • Reply brianaba12321 February 17, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Crosby’s Golden Goal

  • Reply oldfrend February 18, 2019 at 8:03 am

    '96 world cup of hockey. the canadians are heavy favorites behind gretzky and lemieux, but the americans win the whole damn thing cuz, looking back, they had the better team.

  • Reply dustyb58 February 23, 2019 at 3:41 am

    4:20 "comppsite"

  • Reply BK MONEYSTACKS February 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Wow. Messier choked on a big one

  • Reply Toronto team Fan February 26, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Summit series Canada vs the Soviet Union

  • Reply TheNumberQuelve March 21, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Rule of Thumb: If you want to avoid a ridiculous choke in the playoffs of your favorite sport, do NOT name your team The Oilers.

  • Reply BoneCrusherG1D March 25, 2019 at 3:41 am

    The kings had one of the ugliest uniforms I’ve ever seen. Is that mustard yellow?

  • Reply Jamct97 March 28, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Can we get a rewindr about the Matteau goal in game 7 of the 94 nhl eastern conference finals?

  • Reply Griffin Hays April 3, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Do David Justice's homer in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series

  • Reply Classic American April 8, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Lightning flames game 6

  • Reply SportsGamingFever April 8, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Bobby Orr's flying goal

  • Reply Jay Lew April 10, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Can you imagine how much fun that would of been to watch #99 breaking records. I mean especially since that's when the 2 line rule was still in effect so big crazy open ice plays didn't happen like they do today. He was his own explosive play sequence

  • Reply Anthony Helms April 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Please do a video on x-clown, Steve Smith’s double overtime TD catch in the 03-04 nfl playoffs against the Rams

  • Reply Connor Akers April 24, 2019 at 5:27 am

    You Have To Do a Rewinder On the Sharks Vs Golden Knights Game 7 that Just Happened.

  • Reply Pascal Motard May 10, 2019 at 4:07 am

    who took the picture at 2:11 and apart from Gretzky, who are the other two players??

  • Reply Doug Smith Performance May 19, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Thank-you SB Nation. This is really good. I'm the guy who scored the second goal and won that faceoff and I definitely knew what was going to happen. Daryl Evans and I practiced that faceoff every day and that day it worked. Read The Trauma Code at and get the more cool details of what went down after the game and on the flight back to Edmonton

  • Reply Nic Ciampaglione June 2, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Nick bonino game six OT goal Penguins v. Capitals 2016

  • Reply D Nguyen June 9, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Holy Toledo!!!

  • Reply Pat Hurd June 14, 2019 at 4:38 am

    It’s kinda early but maybe one on the Vegas golden knights and the caps

  • Reply Blueref 79 June 19, 2019 at 4:14 am

    I was at that game, sitting in the nosebleed section. My seat was behind Evans on a direct line running thru him and Grant Fuhr. I saw the shot all the way in. It was glorious. Only about half the crowd was still there since a lot of people left before the third period started.

  • Reply Ted Thomas July 6, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Whoa…that was awesome!

  • Reply kobe bryant July 15, 2019 at 5:20 am

    You mean Inglewood California!!!!!!

  • Reply Ayo_ Ocho July 17, 2019 at 12:49 am

    La enjoy that because Oiler became a dynasty

  • Reply Tim Perschy July 28, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Patrick Stefan's empty net blunder please it'd be great

  • Reply Devin Cartwright July 28, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Do Alec Martinez’s OT winning vs the Rangers!

  • Reply No Name Is A Name July 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    In 10 years do a rewind about the Vegas and San Jose Game 7 from the 2019 playoffs

  • Reply Eric Naistus Round Dance Songs July 31, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Oilers suck

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  • Reply Drew V August 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    More hockey vids

  • Reply Michael Lyga August 13, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Little did we know Gretsky would be an LA King 7 years later

  • Reply kevin litton August 15, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Something tells me the oilers didn't worry about that game for too much longer.

  • Reply Jeffrey Hermsmeyer September 26, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Dan Boyle scores on his own net in OT, Western Quarters 2010 between Sharks and Avalanche game 3.

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