There are some moments in sports that simply can’t be forgotten. The Miracle on Manchester is one of those moments.
The Kings entered their first round series with the Edmonton Oilers in 1982 as heavy underdogs, having finished 48 points behind Gretzky’s team. However, they came out and stole Game 1 10-8, before losing Game 2 of the best-of-five 3-2.
Game 3 saw the series shift to the “Fabulous Forum” where the home team dug themselves into a 5-0 hole through two periods. But when play resumed in the third, the game took a drastic turn.
Goals by Jay Wells and Doug Smith cut the lead to three six minutes into the period. Charlie Simmer and Mark Hardy scored less than two minutes apart and with four minutes to go in the game, the Oilers led by just one.
With the net empty and less than 10 second remaining, a rebound from a Hardy slap shot was tapped home by Steve Bozek to tie the game. And, minutes into overtime the comeback was completed when Daryl Evans scored his now infamous goal off a faceoff.
The Kings went on to win the series in five, thanks in large part to one of the greatest single game comebacks in NHL history.