1981–82 Edmonton Oilers season

1981–82 Edmonton Oilers Season

1981–82 Edmonton Oilers season

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The 1981–82 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 3rd season in the NHL, as they finished with a franchise record 48 wins and 111 points, and won the Smythe Division for the first time in team history. The Oilers would set an NHL record win 417 goals, the first time in NHL history that a team finished with over 400 goals.

Wayne Gretzky would continue rewriting the record books, scoring an NHL record 92 goals, which included 50 goals in 39 games, also an NHL record. Gretzky's 212 points was also a record, and it was the first time in NHL history that a player had over 200 points, as he would win his 3rd Hart Trophy and his 2nd Art Ross Trophy.

Mark Messier would break the 50 goal plateau for the first time in his career, while Glenn Anderson would get 105 points. Paul Coffey would lead the defense with 89 points.

In goal, Grant Fuhr would become the starting goalie, and would break the Oilers franchise record for wins in a season with 28. He would also lead the club with a 3.31 GAA and a .898 save percentage.

Going into the playoffs, the Oilers would face the Los Angeles Kings, and after splitting the first 2 games, the Oilers held a 5–0 lead on the Kings heading into the 3rd period of game 3. Los Angeles would come back to tie the game 5–5, before completing the comeback with an overtime goal, taking a 2–1 series lead. Edmonton would come back to tie the series in game 4, but the Kings would eliminate Edmonton in game 5, shocking the hockey world, and ending the...
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