The Oilers braced for the Bruins' final burst of home adrenaline in Game 5 and matched it in the opening minutes, in what might have been the most exciting period of the series. When Boston not only failed to get a lead in that period but also did not get a superior chance to score, the series was all but over.
Janney got to the net before Tikkanen could get over the boards on the first shift of the second period, but Ranford stoned what turned out to be the Bruins' last chance to grab a lead. A minute later, Anderson broke away, put the puck between Bruin defenseman Don Sweeney's legs, went around the flopping Moog and scored. Eight minutes after that, Anderson stripped forward Bob Sweeney and made a spectacular behind-the-back pass to Craig Simpson, who finished off the two-on-one break with ease.
The cream had risen to the top of the Cup after all. It usually does in the NHL. Some years, it just takes a little longer.