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Steve Smith's Own Goal Sinks the Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers won four Stanley Cups in five years from 1984-1988. The one year they didn't win it was 1986, when the were eliminated in the Smythe Division finals by the Calgary Flames in seven games.

The deciding game was played on Smith's 23rd birthday, but it wasn't a lucky night for the rookie defenseman. Smith went behind his own net and tried to pass the puck to a teammate, but instead it bounced off the back of goalie Grant Fuhr and into the Edmonton net, giving the Flames a 3-2 lead.

Perry Berezan was credited with the goal, which ended the Oilers' chances to win a third straight Stanley Cup.

Steve Smith went on to become a solid defensive defenseman and won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers before retiring in 2001. But he remains best remembered for this unfortunate mistake that may have cost the Oilers a chance at winning five straight Stanley Cup titles.

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