When it comes to watching sports, nothing is better than the playoffs.

While the regular season does hold it’s share of drama, the finish line is what’s most important. A big play in regular season game will make the seasonal highlight reels. Big plays in the post-season live on in perpetuity.

However, what happens when things go totally off the rails?

Well, bloopers, mismanagement, chokes, missed calls and general shenanigans will earn teams, players, coaches and officials a special place in ignominy.

We do love a great play run over and over for mass consumption. Even better, though, are those moments captured on film that show great players, officials and coaches displaying regular old human folly and ineptitude.

We have taken great pains to find some of the most disappointing moments in the biggest games and series across the “Big 4” sports in North America.

These are too hideous/bad/disappointing not to share.

1. Buffalo Bills Lose Super Bowl XXV – “Wide Right”

No one play in football gets re-cast as much as Scott Norwood’s utter failure during Super Bowl XXV in Tampa Bay between Buffalo and the New York Giants. With just seconds to spare, Norwood shanked it “wide right” on a 47-yard field goal attempt, handing the Giants a title.

It spawned the whole place kicker as pariah movement and Al Michael’s call “No good. Wide Right.” became synonymous with hoofer failure. That huge missed kick also propelled the Bills to a Super Bowl losing streak that would stretch to four in a row.

Norwood was cut that off-season, replaced by Steve Christie. He disappeared from public life for a long time, before resurfacing as a real estate agent in Buffalo in 2002. His horrible gaffe would get the Hollywood treatment too, in Jim Carrey’s over-the-top comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” where a fictional Miami Dolphins kicker named Ray Finkle misses a field goal attempt in Super Bowl XVII, causing the team to lose by a single point.

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

2. Joe Carter Lights Up Mitch Williams in the 1993 World Series- “Touch ‘Em All, Joe”

In the long history of the Philadelphia Phillies, the team has won but two World Series championships, while failing on five other occasions. The team won its first in 1980 and lost its third in 1983 before making it back to the Fall Classic in 1993 against Toronto.

The Phillies were a team of great characters, chief among them Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams.  He was coming off a career year, logging 43 saves, despite his funky lefthanded delivery to the plate. In Game 2 of the series with Toronto, he locked down a win with 1.2 innings of shutout ball, helping get Philly even at 1-1. But, in game 4 and Toronto leading the series 2-1, Williams couldn’t nail down a save in a wild 15-14 thriller, allowing three runs to hand Toronto the victory and a commanding series lead.

Curt Schilling pitched a complete game gem in game 5 to get the Phillies back to within one and send the series back to Toronto. It was another see-saw affair that saw Philadelphia grab a 6-5 lead in the seventh.

With all the chips on the line in the bottom of the ninth and his team clinging to a one-run lead, Williams came in to close it out. But, he walked Rickey Henderson, induced Devon White to fly out and then surrendered a single to Paul Molitor. Enter Joe Carter. Williams left a 2-2 pitch in Carter’s wheelhouse and he banged it over the wall in left for one of the most memorable walk-off — and World Series winning — homers ever.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

3. Powerful Dallas Mavericks Fall to “We Believe” Golden State Warriors in First Round of 2007 Playoffs

In the spring of 2007, two teams could not have been more disparate than the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. The Mavs, who went to the finals in 2006, finished 67-15 and tying them for the fifth best record ever recorded to that point. Remember, these were the Mavs of 2006-07 MVP Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse and Josh Howard.

Facing them in the first round of the ’07 playoffs were the immemorable Warriors, who finished 42-40, barely squeaking in. The Dubs, meanwhile, had a fairly impressive starting five headlined by PG Baron Davis and PF Al Harrington. On the face of it, still, a mismatch even though the Warriors swept the season series.

But, the Dubs didn’t get the memo that they were underdogs. Golden State roared out to a 3-1 series lead and beat the Mavericks by double digits in two of the victories. After Dallas clawed back to win game 5, Golden State’s Stephen Jackson highlighted a ferocious attack in game 6 with 33 points as the Warriors moved on with a 111-86 laugher.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

4. Buffalo Sabres Lose 1999 Stanley Cup On Brett Hull’s “No Goal!”

If the Buffalo Bills are known as hard luck losers, the Sabres slide into that category too. The Queen City’s two biggest clubs have known plenty of heartache in their long histories and one of the worst memories is the contentious goal that Dallas Stars superstar Brett Hull scored in game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup finals to win it.

That spring, a young and hungry Sabres team rolled through the first three rounds of the playoffs, losing just three games total while disposing of Ottawa, Boston and then hated Toronto. The Stars, a more veteran laded squad featuring future Hall of Famers Hull, Mike Modano and Joe Nieuwendyk, had a bit tougher time of it, needing seven games to get past the equally powerful Colorado Avalanche to get to the final.

Much like the low-scoring season, the series see-sawed back and forth, with the teams scoring just 19 goals in the first five games. Dallas took a 3-2 lead in the series in game 5 by winning 2-0, sending the series to Buffalo. The two goalies, all-stars Ed Belfour of Dallas and Dominik Hasek of Buffalo, put on a clinic, allowing just one goal apiece to send the game to overtime.

Finally, just a few minutes into the third overtime, Brett Hull, skate firmly in the crease in contravention of a since redacted rule, punched the puck past Hasek to win the Stanley Cup. It’s still talked about today over chicken wings in Buffalo.

(CP PHOTO/stf-Kevin Frayer)

5. Dallas Cowboys Jackie Smith Scapegoated For Dropped TD Pass In Super Bowl XIII

In the 1970s, the two best teams in football were the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers won four championships and went to the playoffs in all but two seasons. Their offensive engine was powered by QB Terry Bradshaw, WR Lynn Swann and RB Franco Harris. The “Steel Curtain” defence was headlined by Jack Lambert and “Mean” Joe Greene.

The Cowboys, “America’s Team” had the likes of Roger Staubach at QB, RB Tony Dorsett, WR Tony Hill and TE Billy Joe Dupree. The 1978 season saw the two-time Super Bowl champion Steelers and defending champion Cowboys finish atop their conferences and roll through the playoffs to set up a second meeting in the big game (Pittsburgh beat Dallas in Super Bowl X).

Bradshaw and Staubach staged an aerial battle, with Bradshaw tossing three TD passes in the first half to Staubach’s two, leaving Pittsburgh ahead 21-14 at the half. In the third quarter, Staubach marched the Cowboys downfield. On a critical third down play in the red zone, he lofted a pass to future Hall of Fame tight end Jackie Smith, which should have been six. But, Smith dropped it and the ‘Boys had to settle for a field goal. While it wasn’t the only pivotal play in a game the Steelers would win 35-31, Smith’s gaffe was forever etched in infamy.

Source: NFL.com

6. Baltimore Orioles Blow 3-1 World Series Lead To Lose To The Pittsburgh Pirates

There was no better team during the 1979 major league baseball season than the Baltimore Orioles. Having won two titles after moving to Baltimore in 1954 (they were the St. Louis Browns before that), the O’s were a good, even great, club in the 1970s.

In ’79 the team won over 100 games (102) for the first time since 1971, when they lost the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Manager Earl Weaver had a star-laden line-up with 1B Eddie Murray, Cy Young P Mike Flanagan and future Hall of Fame P Jim Palmer. The O’s got by the California Angels in four games to win the AL pennant, while on the other side, the “We Are Family” Pirates swept Cincinnati to set up a re-match of the ’71 series.

The O’s got timely hitting and some great pitching from Flanagan, Palmer and Scott McGregor to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, including two victories in Pittsburgh. However, the Pirates rallied to win game 5 at home and then game six in Baltimore. In Game 7 at home, Baltimore took an early 1-0 lead that stood up until the sixth inning. In that frame, Hall of Famer Willie Stargell launched a two-run shot off a cruising McGregor. It would give the Bucs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish and the 4-1 victory sent O’s fans home sad.

(AP Photo)

7. Miami Heat’s Super Friends Can’t Solve Dallas Mavericks In 2011 NBA Finals

Sure, the Heat have won three titles in their relatively brief history, but in 2010, the arrival of LeBron James after his overwrought “Decision” was supposed to push this team into the hoops stratosphere. James, as well as Toronto Raptors defector Chris Bosh, were hailed in Miami as franchise saviors, and with Dwyane Wade formed the “Super Friends.”

The team let the good times roll, finishing the season with the second best record in the East at 58-24. Then LeBron and the boys rolled through the first three rounds of the playoffs, losing only one game in each series to get the Heat back to the finals for the first time since winning it all in 2006. Facing them in the final were the Dallas Mavericks, who had known their own misery after a huge season in 2006-07 (see above) and were hungry for a first ever title.

Most pundits pre-ordained the powerful Heat as champions, only someone forgot to tell Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs to just roll over. Miami did grab a 2-1 series lead with a narrow 88-86 victory in game 3. However, from there on in, it was all Mavericks, as they soundly whipped the Heat in games 4, 5 and 6 to win the title. The schadenfreude after that one was palpable.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

8. Washington Capitals Fail To Capitalize On Outstanding 2009-10 Regular Season

The Presidents Trophy, as they say in hockey, is often the Kiss of Death. During the 2009-10 season, perennial also-rans the Washington Capitals had one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. The Caps finished first overall with a 54-15-13 record for 121 points (the third most points ever), winning the Presidents Trophy.

As usual, sniper Alex Ovechkin led the team in scoring with 50 goals and 59 assists. He was capably joined in the scoring glee by sidekick Nicklas Backstrom (101 points), as well as Alexander Semin (40 goals), D Mike Green (76 points) and several lunch bucket types who got the team to where they were. Many thought, surely, that this was finally, inexorably, the Capitals year.

In the first round of the playoffs, they were faced by the Montreal Canadiens, who finished well back with 88 points and weren’t expected to be a threat. Well, for the first four games of their opening round series, they weren’t, with Washington storming back after a game 1 OT loss to win games 2, 3 and 4.

With game 5 at home, the Capitals could have finished the Habs off but were stymied by Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak and lost 2-1. Halak stood on his head again in game 6, stopping 53 of 54 shots in a 4-1 Habs victory. In Washington for game 7, Halak again was the difference, allowing just one goal on 42 shots as Montreal stunned the Caps 2-1 to take the series. Ouch.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

9. Pete Carroll’s Ill-Fated Play Call Cost Seattle Seahawks Victory In Super Bowl XLIX

Talk about pulling defeat from the jaws of victory. The Seattle Seahawks should have joined the pantheon of dynastic NFL teams by repeating at Super Bowl XLIX, but by virtue of one myopic play call they went down to pathetic defeat.

The Seahawks, who beat the Denver Broncos for their first title at Super Bowl XLVIII, rumbled through the 2014 season, finishing 12-4. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the gang won another NFC championship, setting the stage for a classic with 12-4 New England in the big game.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first half, with Seattle scoring with two ticks left to tie it 14-14. In the third quarter, they scored 10 points to take a commanding 24-14 lead into the fourth. But, Tom Brady being Tom Brady, he rallied the Patriots back, hitting Danny Amendola for a TD strike halfway in, then marching his team downfield to score again with just over two minutes to play.

Undaunted, Wilson then staged a march of his own, getting his team from their own 20 to the New England one yard line with just 26 seconds left. Enter Carroll. With but 36 inches separating the Seahawks from glory, he called in a pass play, instead of handing the ball off to Lynch on second down. The pass, intended for Ricardo Lockette, was intercepted by Malcolm Butler and the rest is history.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

10. Cleveland Indians Blow It In 1997 World Series Game 7

It’s going on nearly 60 years and counting since the Cleveland Indians last won a World Series. They last won it in 1948 and their 69-year drought is the longest in baseball. In 1997 the Tribe made it into the post-season with a rather pedestrian 86-75 record, good enough for top spot in the AL Central.

In the ALDS, they took down the wild card Yankees, who had a superior mark of 96-66, in a thrilling five game series. This preceded a 4-2 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, sending Cleveland back to the World Series for the second time in three seasons (they lost in 1995).

Opposing them would be the upstart Florida Marlins, who claimed the NL wild card spot and then beat the top team in baseball in the NLCS, the Atlanta Braves. These two very veteran squads would stage a wild and woolly World Series, complete with lopsided victories and runs aplenty. The Indian won in Florida in game 6, setting the stag for game 7 in Miami.

Veteran shortstop Tony Fernandez hit a two-run single in the third to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead, which held until the seventh, when Florida put one up on a Bobby Bonilla homer. With closer Jose Mesa on the hill to try and preserve the victory in the bottom of the 9th, the Marlins put men on the corners with one out, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly to tie it. In the 11th, the wheels fell off, as Florida bunched got runners on with a single, error and intentional walk, winning it on a Edgar Renteria single that scored Craig Counsell. End of story.

(Roadell Hickman/The Cleveland Plain Dealer via AP, File)

11. Dynastic Lakers Team Fails To Topple Detroit in 2004 NBA Finals

Around the turn of the millenium, we witnessed the epoch of one of pro sports most powerful teams, the Los Angeles Lakers. They won three straight championships from 2000 to 2002 and in 2004, made it back to the finals again after finishing 56-26 atop the Pacific Division.

This was a team that boasted no fewer than four future Hall of Famers in Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, Karl Malone and of course a young Kobe Bryant. They weren’t expected just to win, but to dominate along the way.

So, they did the expected and took down Houston, then San Antonio and finally top dog Minnesota to get to the championship. On the other side, a scrappy Detroit Pistons team, who no one gave much of a chance, beat the NBA’s best team, Indiana, in the East to make it in.

Only, the Pistons actually showed up to play. After splitting the first two games in L.A. the Pistons ran the table, beating the powerhouse Lakers in humiliating fashion. In fact, they limited their opponents to just 68 points in a 88-68 win in game 3. That loss caused turmoil in L.A. to bubble over, with O’Neal getting traded and coach Phil Jackson quitting.

(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

12. San Jose Sharks Fritter Away 3-0 Lead In First Round of 2014 NHL Playoffs

Just like their cousins in the East, the Washington Capitals, the perenially good regular season San Jose Sharks just can’t seem to get it done. In the last 19 seasons, they have failed to qualify for the playoffs just twice, and have often eclipsed 100 or more points in regular season play.

In 2013-14, the Sharks were again a powerhouse, with 10 scorers in double digit goals and a team with a stellar 51-22-9 record. Just like the boys in Washington, 2014 was looked on as San Jose’s year to shake the championship monkey off its back.

In the first round, they had to face off with state rival the Los Angeles Kings, who finished 11 points behind them. In the first three games, all San Jose wins, the Sharks scored 17 goals, with no one scoring more than one goal in any given win and 11 different players recording goals.

But, the first crack appeared in game 4, when the Kings found their legs and whipped San Jose 6-3. They followed it up with a 3-0 whitewash in San Jose in game 5 and then tightened the screws at home in game 6 by beating the suddenly average Sharks 3-3. L.A. capped the improbable 0-3 comeback by thoroughly smoking the Sharks 5-1 in game 7. They went on to win the Cup, too.

(AP Photo)

13. Patriots Go 16-0, Then Lose Super Bowl XLII On “The Helmet Catch”

In the history of the NFL, few teams have won each and every regular season game. The New England Patriots, under the guidance of guru Bill Belichick and the arm of all-world QB Tom Brady, became the first team since the schedule expanded to 16 games to go 16-0 during the 2007 season.

As expected, the Pats cruised through the division playoffs, beating Jacksonville, then the AFC championship with a tidy 21-12 triumph over San Diego. In the NFC, the wild card New York Giants (10-6) had to play the extra game and eventually beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game.

The Patriots, at 18-0, were heavy, heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl in Phoenix. Initially it was a low scoring slog, with the Giants getting a lone field goal and the Pats an early second quarter TD. The Giants went up 10-7 early in the fourth, and then the fireworks happened.

New England marched down the field late in the last quarter, with Randy Moss hauling in a TD pass with just under three minutes to go. However, Giants QB Eli Manning had some magic up his sleeve. Faced with third and five and on his own 44 yard line, he hit David Tyree with a 32-yard pass that the receiver had to pin to his helmet just to keep control for the improbable first down. Manning completed the miraculous comeback with a 13-yard TD strike to Plaxico Burress.

(AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

14. New York Yankees Crumble In 2004 ALCS, Blowing 3-0 Lead To Boston

When the New York Yankees won game 3 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against Boston by a count of 19-8, everyone in Beantown was saying “it’s ovah!” Only, it wasn’t.

The Bronx Bombers tore their way through the AL that year, finishing with 101 wins and a date with Minnesota in the ALDS. Boston, meanwhile, had the second best record and had to tangle with Anaheim in the other ALDS. They both won easily, setting up yet another classic Yanks-Bosox playoff series.

The Yankees and their murderer’s row (Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui) were seen to be the team to keep the Sox still hunting for a long awaited championship. And in the first three games they helped thump the heck out of Boston pitching, scoring 32 runs to take a 3-0 lead.

However, Boston came to life at Fenway in game 4, with David Ortiz hitting a game-winning homer in the 12th. The Yankees led 4-2 in game 5, only to have Ortiz single in the winning run in the bottom of the 14th for a 5-4 victory. New York could have polished off Boston at home in game 6 but lost again. Even now tied 3-3, the Yanks still felt like they could win it. However, Johnny Damon had a game for the ages, driving in six runs as the championship bound Bosox stormed back from that 3-0 hole, winning game 7 by a 10-3 score. Magic.

(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

15. Cleveland Cavaliers Come Up Small During 2009 NBA Post-Season

Even though LeBron James and the Cavaliers made it to the 2007 finals, the 2009 team was considered far stronger and a better threat to win it all. That Cavs team finished with the best ever franchise record of 66-16, easily topping the NBA.

James rounded into perfect form that year, winning his first MVP award and topping the team in scoring with 28.4 points per game. The team then breezed through the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs, getting sportswriters in a lather with two straight 4-0 series wins over Detroit and then Atlanta.

In the Eastern Conference finals, the Orlando Magic weren’t seen as much of a threat to the Cavs pre-ordained championship hopes. They had one true star, Dwight Howard, and not much else that would make an opponent cringe.

In that series, though, it seemed like the Cavs were bent on letting BronBron do it all himself. He scored a game high 49 in a 107-106 game 1 loss. Then he poured in 35 in game 2 to help win it 96-95. That trend would continue (James finished the series with 38.5 PPG), but the Magic won three of the last four to send the Cavs packing. That defeat precipitated James overblown exodus in 2010.

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

16. Toronto Maple Leafs Fall To Los Angeles Kings In 1993 Playoffs After Non-Call On Gretzky

Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda. That was the mantra after the Toronto Maple Leafs failed to get by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 Western Conference finals.

That veteran Leafs club, bolstered by the addition the year previous of Doug Gilmour and boasting plenty of experienced warriors, had a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup. “Killer” had a career high 127 points that season as the Leafs finished third in the old Norris Division with 99 points.

They needed seven to get by Detroit in the first round and then another seven to outlast St. Louis in round 2. Waiting for them, then, in the Western Conference finals were Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings. He was still a great player at 32 and the Kings had boat loads of scoring (Luc Robitaille, Jari Kurri, Tomas Sandstrom).

The two teams battled it out ferociously, with Toronto storming back to take a 3-2 series lead with a 3-2 OT win in game 5. Then in game 6, the inexplicable happened. Late in overtime and the score tied 4-4, Gretzky clipped Doug Gilmour with a high stick. Referee Kerry Fraser totally missed the call and didn’t assess a penalty.

Gretz went on to score the OT winner while Gilmour was getting stitched up. L.A. won game 7 on three goals from the Great One. Toronto fans still can’t forgive Fraser for that boner.

(CP PHOTO/Phill Snel)

17. St. Louis Rams Defeated By New England Patriots On Last Second Field Goal In Super Bowl XXXVI

Back when the Rams were “The Greatest Show On Turf” with feel good story Kurt Warner calling the plays, they were a dynasty waiting to happen. The Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and then during the 2001 season finished with the best record in football at 14-2.

Warner had all kinds of weapons that year, including RB Marshall Faulk and receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. The Rams handily beat the Packers in the divisional playoffs, then slipped by Philadelphia en route to their second appearance in the Super Bowl in three seasons.

Over in the AFC, a young Tom Brady was just cutting his teeth as the Patriots starter, leading the team to their first appearance in the big game since the 1996 season. They weren’t particularly an offensive powerhouse yet, but they could play defence. And it would serve them well.

In the Super Bowl against St. Louis, the Pats D made life hell for Warner, while the offence scored just enough to get the team to a 17-17 draw with no time left on the clock. That’s when disaster struck for the Rams, as Adam Vinatieri booted a 48-yard field goal to win it. Since then, New England has been a dynasty, while the Rams went into the toilet.

(AP Photo/Doug Mills)

18. Red Sox Drop Game 6 Of 1986 World Series On Bill Buckner’s Infamous Error

The city of Boston has since forgiven longtime major leaguer Bill Buckner for his egregious and pivotal error in the 1986 World Series, what with the three championships since 2004.

In a familiar refrain, those who followed the 1986 Boston Red Sox believed this was the team to end the Curse of the Bambino. They had a line-up of big hitters including Buckner, Jim Rice, Don Baylor and Dwight Evans and a great pitching staff fronted by Cy Young and MVP winner Roger Clemens.

The Sox finished the year atop the AL East at 95-66 and then took seven games to get past California, who blew a 3-1 lead. The New York Mets finished with 108 wins and took six to dispose of Houston in the NLCS.

The Boston faithful were rewarded with a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic, only to see the Mets claw back to even it, before the Bosox won game five. With the teams tied 3-3 in game 6, it went to extras and Boston scored two in the top half of the 10th to send their fans into a tizzy. But as bad luck would have it, the Mets staged a two-out rally, scoring the winner when Buckner misplayed an easy ground ball by Mookie Wilson. The Mets would win game 7, securing the goat horns to Buckner’s head for some time after.

(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

19. Golden State Warriors Finish With Best Record Ever But Lose In 2016 Finals

The Warriors are now a great team, there is no doubt.

They are defending champs and know how to win, also winning it all in 2015. But, they had to overcome some adversity after fashioning the best ever regular season record in 2015-16 (73-9), only to choke at the worst possible moment.

The 73-9 team, pre-Kevin Durant, breezed through the 15-16 regular season, never losing two or more games in a row and having several long winning streaks, including 24 wins in a row to open the campaign. Over in the East, LeBron James was in his second season back with the Cavs, leading them to a first place finish.

The two teams were destined to clash, with neither team having a whole lot of trouble getting through three rounds of the playoffs. The Warriors came out gunning in the finals, laying two double-digit thumpings on the Cavs at home, including a 110-77 beatdown in game 2. The Cavs returned the favor in game 3 (120-90), before the Dubs took a stranglehold with a 108-97 win in game 4.

Then King James went to work. He scored 41 points in back-to-back wins to knot the series, sending a message that yes, he was back. And in game 7, he took over, posting a triple double (27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) as Cleveland came all the way back to upend Golden State. Not a great end to the greatest of seasons.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

20. Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup Streak Halted By Steve Smith’s Own Goal

When thinking about the greatest hockey teams of all time, the 1980s Edmonton Oilers have to be top of mind.

This was arguably the most explosive unit of all time, led by the inimitable Wayne Gretzky and a supporting cast that included Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson, Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe. In fact, in 1983-84, the year they won their first Stanley Cup, the Oilers scored a record 446 goals and Gretzky recorded a whopping 205 points.

They won a second straight title in 1985 and looked for all the world that they could match the Montreal Canadiens of the 1950s and win at least five in a row.

In 1985-86, the Oilers finished well ahead of the pack with 119 points and Gretzky established the all-time mark for points with 215. They cruised past Winnipeg in the division semi-finals, with provincial rival Calgary up next. The “Battle of Alberta” would be a doozy. Firewagon hockey at its best saw the two clubs trade wins until it was knotted at 3-3.

In game 7, Calgary went up 2-0 early, before Edmonton squared it up with two second period tallies. Then, about five minutes into the third, dependable defenceman Steve Smith made the error of his life. In an attempt to clear the puck out of his zone, he bounced the puck off Fuhr and into his own net. Calgary would retain the lead and shockingly win the series.

Smith would eventually live it down as the Oilers won the next two Stanley Cups in a row. But, we can’t help but think what might have been.

Source: nhl.com