4/30/79 Gordie Howe of the New England Whalers (9) takes off with the puck in the first period of the Whalers- Edmonton Oilers semi-final round WHA game at the Springfield Civic Center on April 30, 1979. The Oilers' Dave Langevin (26), Brett Callighen (left) and the Whalers Mike Rogers, (right) skate down the ice with Howe. The Whalers downed the Oilers, 4-1, to trail in the best-of-seven series two games to one. They would eventually lose the series in seven games in what proved to be the WHA's final year.
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