His crowning achievement

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

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Daryl Evans relishes the annual reminder.

Every spring, Evans is taken down memory lane to recount the Miracle on Manchester -- the biggest shocker in arguably the greatest upset in Stanley Cup playoff history.

"I probably have come to appreciate it more now than at the time," said Evans, now the colour commentator on Los Angeles Kings radio broadcasts.

"It was special. I didn't get to play a long, long time in the National Hockey League, so to have ones with those type of memories is special.

"This time of year, it comes around and seems like yesterday."

In the 1982 playoffs, the Edmonton Oilers were supposed to swat aside with ease Evans and the rest of the Kings. The Oilers were by far the top team in the conference with 111 points, 48 more than the Kings -- the lowest team to make the playoffs.

The best-of-five Smythe Division series was a surprise from the start.

The Kings, featuring the Triple Crown Line of Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor and a whack of youngsters, won a 10-8 clash.

The Oilers regrouped to win the second game in overtime and then were up 5-0 after two periods of Game 3.

Then came the miracle.

Los Angles scored five times in the third period. Simmer netted the game-tying tally with five seconds remaining.

Evans, who played only 14 regular-season games and was just one season removed from junior, scored in overtime and went the length of the ice, twirling and jumping in elation.

"Watching that now, you have no idea of what you're doing at the time, and I was probably on the ridiculous side," he said. "It was sheer emotion. A few people remind me of it. I should have gotten into figure skating after that. I probably could have gotten into the Olympics."

What many people forget is the Kings lost the fourth game, but won the series with a 7-4 road victory in the deciding game.

The series is proof anything can happen in the playoffs.

Here are nine other great upsets in Stanley Cup playoff history:

- Edmonton over Detroit, 2006: The first post-lockout playoffs saw the Oilers go on a magical ride to the seventh game of the finals. They started by upsetting Detroit -- which finished 29 points ahead in the regular season -- in six games. Fernando Pisani scored twice in the clincher, as did Ales Hemsky, including the winner with 66 seconds remaining in regulation.

- San Jose over St. Louis, 2000: The Sharks had no business ousting a Blues team that finished first in the standings, had Chris Pronger playing his best and was the best defensive team in the loop. San Jose erased a 3-1 series deficit, and a 6-2 thrashing in the sixth game, with a emphatic 3-1 win in the deciding game.

- New York Islanders over Pittsburgh, 1993: The first round saw two division champs go down in sweeps -- Boston and Chicago -- but the biggest stunner was in the second round. The Penguins were going for a third-straight Cup, but Mario Lemieux and his teammates were ousted by Pierre Turgeon and his crew, which finished 32 points back in the standings.

- Minnesota over Chicago and St. Louis, 1991: The close-checking North Stars took out the Presidents' Trophy- winning Blackhawks, led by Steve Larmer, Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chelios, in six games and then knocked out the Blues with Brett Hull and Adam Oates, the No.-2 team in the league.

- Calgary over Edmonton, 1986: The biggest stunner in 1986 was Calgary unseating the Stanley Cup champs with their bevy of stars. The Oilers finished 30 points ahead of Calgary and boasted three of the top four scorers in the league, but Steve Smith's own goal was the clincher in the seven-game Battle of Alberta.

- Montreal over Boston, 1971: The Bruins were the defending champs, scored 399 regular-season goals -- next highest was Montreal at 291 -- and had the top four scorers, led by Phil Esposito's 76 tallies and Bobby Orr's 102 assists. However, Ken Dryden backstopped the Canadiens to a stunning upset in the first round and the title.

- Toronto over Chicago, 1967: Toronto's championship in the final season of the Original Six era was a shocker. The Blackhawks were the best team in the league with Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Glenn Hall, but Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich and Co. took them out in six games in the first round before beating Montreal in the Cup final.

- Chicago over Montreal, 1961: All of those Blackhawks stars were in their early 20s, and their youthful exuberance helped them upset the Habs before topping the Red Wings, led by Gordie Howe, Norm Ullman and Alex Delvecchio.

- Montreal over Boston, 1930: The defending Cup champion Bruins sported a 38-5-1 record with Dit Clapper, Eddie Shore and Tiny Thompson in net. But Howie Morenz, Aurel Joliat and George Hainsworth made the difference for Montreal.


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