Petr Klima, who scored three goals in overtime in Game 1 of the 1990 NHL Finals against Boston, ending the longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history, has died at age 58. The Oilers confirmed Klima’s death on their Twitter account. Because death does not give. Klima scored 28 goals in 95 NHL playoff games in his career, most memorable in the ’90 Cup final. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Oilers alumnus Petr Klima and offer our condolences to his family and all of his loved ones,” the Oilers tweeted.
The Oilers took a 2-0 lead in Game 1 after Bruins star guard Ray Bourke scored twice in the third quarter. Kerima, who was benched by Oilers coach John Mookler for most of the game, scored on his second overtime turn, 13 of 15 in the third overtime, and slid the puck past the goalie. the Bruins, Andy Moog, in the second. Edmonton earned the victory in overtime, which was also delayed 26 minutes by a power outage at Boston Garden, to clinch its fifth and most recent Stanley Cup title with a victory over Boston in the five-game series.
Klima’s death is 11 days away from the 23rd anniversary of his legendary goal. In 786 games over 13 NHL seasons, the right-hander tallied 313 regular-season goals and 260 assists.
He has played for the Detroit Red Wings, Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, and Pittsburgh Penguins. “The NHL mourns the passing of Czech legend Petr Klima,” the league said in a statement. “Klima helped the Oilers win the 1990 Stanley Cup and scored a memorable three-game winning goal in overtime in Game 1 of the finals. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many of his fans.”
Exactly 32 years ago, on May 4, 1991, Klima scored a hat-trick for the Oilers in a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Polaris at 5:13 into the game. Klima emigrated from communist Czechoslovakia in 1985, four years before the Iron Curtain fell.
A nimble and agile striker, Klima scored 10 goals in 28 appearances for his country. He participated in the 1984 Canada Cup with Czechoslovakia. Klima’s two sons, Kevin and Kelly, play in the Czech top flight. Archive of The Associated Press.
This Canadian Press story was first published on May 4, 2023. In his career, Klima has scored 313 goals and 260 assists. At international level, Klima represented the Czech Republic on several occasions, including the Canada Cup in 1984, where he scored two goals and assisted in one of five matches.