North Stars do it again line 12 lines

May 03, 1991|By Knight-Ridder

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Minnesota North Stars already have played the two best teams in the NHL playoffs and won.

Last night, the North Stars faced the league's best goalie. And won.

The North Stars came to Northlands Coliseum, where they hadn't won in 10 1/2 years, to play the Edmonton Oilers, a team that has won five of the last seven Stanley Cups.

The North Stars won, 3-1, beating the Oilers with Grant Fuhr in goal in the opener of a best-of-seven Campbell Conference final.

"Edmonton came into the game with the intent to push us out of the way," North Stars coach Bob Gainey said. "With a few breaks and some good saves [by Jon Casey] we fought out of the first period with a tie.

"We went into the third period with a 2-1 lead, but the way the game was being played, I didn't expect the score to hold up."

With the Stars dodging the Oilers' chances time after time, a couple of unlikely heroes added the goal that guaranteed the victory.

Ulf Dahlen, who had set up Neal Broten's tying goal in the first period, was knocked to his knees in the deep right corner as time ran down. He got up and backhanded a pass to Gaetan Duchesne, who scored his first playoff goal in two years.

"When I was on my knees, I saw Gaetan going toward the front of the net," Dahlen said. "I knew if I could get the puck to him, he could score."

Even Fuhr, the best goalie in the world, according to Wayne Gretzky and others, didn't stand a chance.

"We knew coming in we had to win a game in Edmonton," Gainey said. "We got it on the first try."

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