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May 20, 1988

May 20, 1988

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Road To The Stanley Cup


The Magic Man Becomes Italian Stallion

One season after a Stanley Cup triumph with the Edmonton Oilers. Kent Nilsson strung together a triple crown overseas. Nilsson won the Italian League scoring championship and led Bolzano to the regular-season and playoff titles. Nicknamed ‘The Magic Man’ in North America for his scoring talents. Nilsson scored 60 goals and 72 assists for 132 points in 35 games. Bolzano won the regular-season championship with a 30-3-3 record and the playoff crown in a three-game sweep of Merano. The 31-year-old’s team was bolstered by former New York Ranger Mark Pavelich (31-42-70). Former Washington Capital Errol Rausse of Alleghe was second in league scoring with 93 (43-50) points in 36 games. Nilsson left Bolzano on May 6 when he signed a threc-year contract with Djurgardcn of the Swedish League. In Switzerland, the first- and second-place regular-season finishers…


Yzerman’s Mere Presence Gives Wings Lift

DETROIT—In his first appearance since injuring his knee nine weeks earlier, Steve Yzerman played about half his usual number of minutes. He didn’t score a goal, but his mere presence made a difference. The Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 in game three of the Campbell Conference finals, and coach Jacques Demers minced no words in describing how important it was to have Yzerman in uniform. “It won the game for us,” Demers said. “Brent Ashton (two goals) was excellent out there. Adam Oates (three assists) was as good a center as Wayne Gretzky (who scored both Edmonton goals) tonight. But our inspirational leader was Yzerman. “I think they won the game for the captain.” Yzerman, 22, tore ligaments in his right knee March 1, in a game against the Buffalo Sabres. He…