Sport: Putting Four Cups on Ice

The wonderful Islanders and their wanton goalie

The confrontation last week between hockey's sublime player and supreme team went emphatically to the team, the predominant team of any sport now, the New York Islanders. Just as they have overpowered the National Hockey League for four years running, the Islanders overwhelmed the Edmonton Oilers in a four-game final, sweeping Edmonton's freewheeling speed skaters and humbling "the Great Gretzky."

After scoring 71 goals in 80 games during the season, Wayne Gretzky scored none against the Islanders, though he assisted on four of the total six goals begrudged by New York's grouchy goaltender, Billy Smith. In...

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