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May 1, 1981

May 1, 1981

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Stars’ Pavne Becomes A Tiger At Playoff Time

BLOOMINGTON—There’s something magical about scoring goals at playoff time. They’re more important than during the regular season—and they’re especially important if they happen to win a game for your team—which is where the Minnesota North Stars’ Steve Payne comes in. Payne has become the hottest game-winning playoff scorer to hit the National Hockey League in years. Many are comparing his playoff touch to the great Maurice (Rocket) Richard, the onetime Montreal Canadiens’ ace who performed in the post-season round like no one else in hockey history. The Rocket retired in 1960 after scoring 82 playoff goals, still an NHL record. 18 of which were game-winners, also an NHL record. Payne’s ability to come up with the winning goal in playoff action is uncanny. He scored three game winners in the 1980 playoffs…

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AMATEUR SCOREBOARD

ONTARIO LEAGUE PLAYOFFS LEYDEN DIVISION GAMES COMPLETED Tue. April 7 Kingston 0 at S.S. Marie 6 Wed. April 8 Kingston 2 at S.S.Marie 5 Sat. April 11 S.S. Marie 2 at Kingston 2 Sun. April 12 S.S. Marie 1 at Kingston 2 Tue. April 14 Kingston 5 at S.S. Marie 3 Thu. April 16 S.S. Marie 5 at Kingston 3 Sat. April 18 Kingston 1 at S.S. Marie 8 EMMS DIVISION Finals GAMES COMPLETED Tue. April 7 Windsor 4 at Kitchener 5 Thu. April 9 Kitchener 7 at Windsor 2 Fri. April 10 Windsor 4 at Kitchener 4 Sun. April 12 Kitchener 7 at Windsor 5 Tue. April 14 Windsor 0 at Kitchener 4 Finals S.S. MARIE vs KITCHENER (Eight-point series) Tue. April 21 Kitchener at S.S. Marie Thu. April 23 S.S. Marie at Kitchener Sat. April 25 Kitchener at S.S. Marie Tue. April 28 S.S. Marie at Kitchener Wed. April 29 Kitchener at S.S. Marie Thu. April 30 S.S. Marie at Kitchener Sat. May 2 Kitchener at S.S. Marie Semi-Finals GAMES COMPLETED Windsor 2 at Brantford 4 Brantford…

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Showdown Win Re-Established Flyers’ Ability

PHILADELPHIA—When the time came for the Flyers to cross the tightrope they had greased not just with a five-minute letdown but really most of the season, there was nothing to blow them off but themselves. And had they tumbled, hockey hardly would have batted an eyelash. The Flyers attract more prospective grave dancers than any National Hockey League team, anyway, and only one round into the playoffs, the ground below was littered with the seasonal remains of the Canadiens, Kings and Bruins. The Quebec Nor-diques, potentially the slickest first round banana peel of them all, halfway across the precipice. There were two things to do with that rope, walk it or pull it, and with the cumulative might of their experience, depth and muscle, the Flyers just yanked it out of the…

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Sabres On Edge Of Disappointment

BUFFALO—With the first three games of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals over, the Buffalo Sabres were one defeat away from another disappointing playoff showing. The North Stars, who swept their first-round series from the Boston Bruins, kept right on going against the Sabres, winning the first three games—4-3 in overtime, 5-2 and 6-4. The Sabres have gone beyond the quarterfinals only once since they made the finals in 1975 and lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, four games to two. Buffalo fans have been looking for a Stanley Cup ever since then and they are getting restless. This year, for the first time, Memorial Auditorium has not been sold out for playoff games. In fact, this season for the first time since 1971-72, tickets have been left unsold for some games. The third game of the…