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May 18, 1984

May 18, 1984

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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Isles Prepared To Sweat To Create Sports Dynasty

LONG ISLAND—The New York Islanders were pounding nails into the Montreal Canadiens’ coffin in the Wales Conference championship series when the Nassau Coliseum fans started chanting, “We Want Gretzky…We Want Gretzky.” Now they have him. The Islanders earned the right to oppose Wayne Gretzky and his Edmonton teammates in the Stanley Cup finals by eliminating the Canadiens in a six-game series. It wasn’t easy. The Islan-ders spotted the Canadiens the first two games, then bounced back to win the next four contests. That set up a rematch between the Islanders and the Oilers. In last year’s Cup finals, the Islanders swept Edmonton in four games, holding hockey’s highest-scoring team to six goals and limiting Gretzky to four assists. Now the Islanders hope to wrap up their fifth consecutive Cup championship, which would match the…

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Wounded North Stars Leave With Pride

BLOOMINGTON—Battered, beaten and with their injured players practically matching their healty ones, the Minnesota North Stars ended their season with pride. When they lost 3-1 in game four to Edmonton, it gave the Oilers a four-game, 4-0 sweep in their Stanley Cup semi-final playoff. It was the first time in their history that the North Stars had gone out 4-0 in a seven-game playoff series. Even when they lost to the Islanders in the Cup final three years ago it was 4-1. But watching that fourth Edmonton game, out of uniform, were Paul Holmgren (shoulder surgery), Lars Lindgren (pulled groin), Brent Ashton (strained knee), in addition to Craig Hartsburg, Dan Mandich, Tom McCarthy, all of whom had gone down before with serious injuries. That all gave general manager Lou Nanne the chance to…

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Did You Know…

that the NHL teams which have won the most consecutive playoff series (excluding the result of the current Islander-Canadien semi-final) are:…

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TRIVIA

1. Which current NHL coach was the MVP in the 1960 and 1962 NCAA tourneys? 2. Which New York Islander once played minor league baseball in the Astros’ chain? 3. Name the Flyer defenseman who lost an eye during the 1973-74 playoffs? 4. What member of the NFL Seattle Seahawks was a fourth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the 1974 WHA draft? 5. Which current NHL executive once coached the Montreal Maroons? 6. Name the only two NHL teams which have never won a playoff game? 7. Who was the first player from an expansion club to make the NHL’s first all-star team? 8. Name the player who played with Edmonton in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, despite not having appeared in a single regular season game? 9. Which Canadian university recently dropped its hockey…