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Ranford, Bill
Edmonton Oilers

The "glory years" of the Edmonton Oilers had seemingly come to an end when Wayne Gretzky was dispatched to Los Angeles in the most dramatic trade in sports history. Andy Moog had moved along, and BILL RANFORD joined the Oilers in 1987-88, forming a new goaltending tandem with Grant Fuhr. The Oilers finished second in the Smythe Division to their provincial rivals, the Calgary Flames, earning 90 points through the regular season. RANFORD played in 56 games for Edmonton in 1989-90, usurping FUHR as the Oilers' number one netminder. He won 24 of those games, tied nine and had a goals-against average of 3.19 during the regular season. But RANFORD and the Oilers were on a mission in postseason play. In 22 games, RANFORD won 16 games, including a shutout, while losing just six. His 2.53 goals-against average in the playoffs contributed greatly to the Oilers success. In the first round, Edmonton beat Winnipeg, followed by a series victory over Gretzky and the Kings. Defeating the Black Hawks, Edmonton earned a spot in the Stanley Cup final against the Boston Bruins. In five games, Edmonton sealed the Bruins' fate, and celebrated their Stanley Cup victory. For players like Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe, it was their fifth Stanley Cup win. For CONN SMYTHE TROPHY winner BILL RANFORD, it was his second.

Ranford, Bill