In the early 1980's, the Edmonton Oilers appeared to be a team on the brink of building a dynasty. In the 1982 playoffs, the Division champion Oilers faced the fourth-seeded Kings in the opening round, and few thought Los Angeles stood a chance.
After trading wins in the first two games of the series, the Oilers stormed out of the gates for Game 3 at the Forum in Los Angeles and built a 5-0 lead by the end of the second intermission.
The third period, on the other hand, was a completely different story. Edmonton, believing they'd locked up an important win, eased up, and the young Kings made them pay for it. Goals by Jay Wells, Doug Smith and Charlie Simmer before the midway point of the period brought the Kings back to within two, but time was running out.
With less than five minutes to go, Edmonton's Gary Unger and L.A.'s Dave Lewis got into a scrum behind the play, and Unger high-sticked Lewis in the face, drawing a major penalty.
Though Lewis received a minor penalty on the play as well, the Kings would get a three minute power play to end the game. Pat Hardy beat Edmonton netminder Grant Fuhr with a little over three minutes to play to cut the lead to one.
Still down a goal with less than a minute to play, the Kings tried frantically to get the equalizer. With less than 10 seconds to play, Steve Bozek scored on a rebound to force overtime, sending the crowd at the Forum into a frenzy.
At this point, the game's outcome seemed inevitable and less than three minutes into overtime, the Kings completed the comeback. Darryl Evans' slap shot beat Fuhr over the glove, and a delirious celebration ensued, shifting the momentum to the Kings' side for good.
Two games later, the Kings eliminated the heavily favored Oilers, putting an exclamation point on one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.