A blown transformer triggered the failure.
Sheldon Turcott's hot take on Game 4 of the 1988 Stanley Cup final appeared to sum things up quite well.
"Fans are still shaking their heads over one of the most strange hockey nights in history," the Midday newsreader stated, as he brought audiences up to speed on the previous night's events.Hours previously
, the Boston Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers were engaged in a securely contested battle in the 2nd duration when the power quickly went out at the Boston Garden on May 24, 1988.
A blown transformer triggered the interruption. Ball game was 3-3 when play needed to be halted.
The game might be replayed ...
The game would not resume, fans wound up being sent out home and the NHL made a call regarding what to do about the hockey that had actually been played.
"If for any cause, beyond the control of the club, a championship game should be incomplete, such game will be replayed in its whole at the end of the series, if required," said NHL president John Ziegler, when discussing why the game might be replayed in future.
"And it shall be played in the rink in which the incomplete game occurred."
To put it simply, the 2 teams would hit the reset button on the game, if it was later needed to choose the series.
That would take place just in case Edmonton lost its next 3 games, considering that the group was up three games to none.
... however it didn't get replayed
Midday sought to a specialist, Bob McKenzie of The Hockey News to offer more insight into the circumstance and how it might impact the series.
"Basically, we're returning to Edmonton for a Game 4," McKenzie informed Midday, speaking with the program from Boston.
"It's an astounding situation that's never ever taken place before and definitely Edmonton's got a chance to wrap it up on house ice and I do not think of that in the foreseeable future we're going to see something like it once again."
McKenzie was ideal and he was also incorrect: Edmonton would win the next game 6-3, recording the Stanley Cup in doing so.
Two years later on, the exact same 2 teams would satisfy once again in the 1990 Stanley Cup last and the power would go out again during a tie video game at Boston Garden.
That time, however, the lights were restored and the Oilers would win 3-2 in triple overtime.
Edmonton would also win another Stanley Cup that year, a success that came practically two years after Wayne Gretzky was traded away.