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May 25, 1990

May 25, 1990

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Esa Tikkanen got to know Denis Savard a little better over three games…and the Edmonton Oilers were better off for it. The Oilers, quite simply, had to do something about Savard, the shifty Chicago center who had six points in Games 2 and 3 (4-3 and 5-1 Blackhawk wins May 4 and 6) to propel his team to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Campbell Conference final. With Tikkanen to the rescue, the Oilers swept the final three games to capture the series in six and advance to the Stanley Cup final against the Boston Bruins. Oiler coach John Muckler said he hadn’t originally planned to have Tikkanen blanket Savard as much as he did. “We wanted to use Tik in more offensive situations,” said Muckler, “but the way Savard was playing, we had…



▪ The 1990 Memorial Cup. Major junior’s national championship in Hamilton, Ont., was a classic. The only disappointment was the poor performance of top-ranked Kamloops, but big crowds, excellent hockey and a nail biter between Oshawa and Kitchener made this year’s event the best ever. ▪ NHL approves sale of North Stars and expansion into California’s Bay Area. It’s too easy to be critical of the sweetheart deal given the Gund brothers. The NHL made the best of a difficult situation. As long as Minnesota remains competitive after helping to stock the Bay Area club, everybody wins. The North Stars live on. the league has a new market and the expansion team has a head start. JEERS ▪ Washington’s Dale Hunter. A belated jeer to a good player who pushed his playoff act…



There could be a silver lining in the Soviets’ victory at the World Championships for the Vancouver Canucks. Now that it’s been shown the national team can still win gold, even after the Soviets have added pickups from the NHL, the Soviets may be more willing to release younger players and allow them to play over here. Prior to the tournament, it was believed the Soviets would be reluctant to part with any player under the age of 28. Perhaps the player and the team most affected by the new philosophy are 19-year-old left winger Pavel Bure and the Canucks. Bure, drafted by the Canucks in the sixth round of the 1989 draft, is considered one of the best juniors in the world and possibly would have been the No. 1 pick last year,…



Troy Murray wore a weary look on his face as he sat at his locker stall in Chicago Stadium. The Chicago Blackhawks’ season had come to a crashing halt moments earlier as the Edmonton Oilers routed them 8-4 in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference finals May 12 to win the series, four games to two. As Murray spoke, he echoed the thoughts of many Hawk veterans. “This is two years in a row now that we couldn’t get out of the semi-finals,” Murray said. “This was a good opportunity for us to make a little run at it. “This should be an interesting summer.” It might be the most interesting summer the Chicago organizaiion has experienced in a long time. The intrigue begins with coach Mike Keenan. Reports persisted he is a candidate for…