The heavily favored Oilers raced out to a seemingly insurmountable 5-0 lead after the second period, largely due to two goals and two assists by Wayne Gretzky.
Kings rookie Daryl Evans described the cockiness the Oilers were displaying on the bench: “I remember seeing their faces on the bench, you know (Edmonton coach) Glenn Sather and all those guys, just those cocky little smirks. You just wanted to go over there and do something.”
Third period goals by Jay Wells and Doug Smith cut the lead to 5-2 and gave the Kings and their fans some hope. Charlie Simmer scored with about eight minutes left.
Kings TV announcer Bob Miller said, “When he (Simmer) scored to make it 5-3, you could feel in the building the feeling that maybe there’s a chance.” Hardy’s goal with four minutes left set up rookie Steve Bozek’s heroic, game-tying goal with five seconds left.
An unsung hero on this goal was current Kings TV color man, Jim Fox, who was in his second year as a Kings winger. Fox was the player added as the extra attacker after goalie Mario Lessard was pulled.
Fox stripped Gretzky of the puck at the faceoff dot to the left of Oilers netminder Grant Fuhr. Fox stepped in front of Gretzky and fed the puck to defenseman Mark Hardy at the point, who rifled a slap shot toward Fuhr, who made the save but gave up a rebound.
Bozek buried the rebound to tie the game with only five ticks remaining.
In 2:55 of overtime, the Kings got an end-zone faceoff. The Kings won the faceoff, and Evans stepped into a slap shot, beating Fuhr through a screen and capping off “The Miracle on Manchester.” It was Evans' fourth goal of the series in only three games.
Hardy said about the shot: “It was like a rocket. It was one of the hardest shots I think I’ve ever seen, and Grant Fuhr didn’t have a chance on it.”
The Kings would go on to win the series in five games but fell to the Vancouver Canucks in five games in a best-of-seven series in the Smythe quarters.
The unbelievable win was and still is the biggest single-game comeback in Stanley Cup playoff history.