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Super Bowl 2013 power outage: Remembering Game 4 of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals

The lights went off at Super Bowl XLVII. This isn't the first time it's happened at a major sporting event, though.

Christian Petersen

The power went out in the third quarter during the 2013 Super Bowl, but it's not the first time this has happened at a major championship sporting event. In 1988, the lights went out at Boston Garden during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The fog was pretty routine during summer hockey games in the 1970s and 1980s. It happened famously in the 1975 Finals at Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium, too. Mix cold ice with warm air and that's what happens. But it's not everyday that the power goes completely out in a major title game, and as far as we can tell, it hasn't happened on such a stage ... until Sunday at Super Bowl XLVII.

Game 4 of the '88 Finals was technically canceled in its entirety. The score was 3-3 at the time of the power outage, and the Oilers were actually celebrating their third goal as the Garden went dark. It was all wiped from the history books.

The Oilers held a 3-0 lead in the series at the time, and when "Game 5" was played in Edmonton two days later, they easily rolled to a 6-3, brightly-lit victory. And a drink from the Stanley Cup.