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April 26, 1991

April 26, 1991

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.

THE NHL

STOPPING PUCKS IN FUHR’S BLOOD

The way Mark Messier sees it, Grant Fuhr was pre-ordained to stop pucks. Following two years of virtual inactivity, Fuhr has been nothing short of sensational for the Edmonton Oilers during the preliminary round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. While the series was tied 3-3 heading into Game 7 in Calgary April 16, Fuhr couldn’t be faulted for the Oilers losing Games 5 and 6. In fact, the 28-year-old’s play enabled Edmonton to make it that far. Asked if he was surprised by Fuhr’s ability to return to top game form so quickly, Messier said: “Not really, I believe Grant was born to play goal. I’ve said for the past few years that Grant is the only guy who plays his position as well as Gretz (Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky) plays his. “Gretz was bom…

DEPARTMENTS

SCOREBOARD

IN THIS ISSUE

CHICOUTIMI FACES CHORE IN WINNING IN LAVAL

Manic Monday is gone, but Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ coach Joe Canale is concerned about the Laval Titan’s home record. The Sagueneens finished first overall in the Quebec League standings, securing home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, including their semifinal series with the Titan. An extra home game could be the difference against the Titan, who entered the series having won 13 straight matches at the Center Sportif Laval. “It’s amazing in that place,” Canale said. “Everyone knows all the scouts and general managers hang out in one comer. It’s the big show, especially on Mondays. It’s the place to be. If you want to watch hockey on Monday, you go to Laval.” For what it’s worth, no games in the series were scheduled for Mondays. Nonetheless, the Titan headed into the series not having lost at…

THE NHL

SKATING CHAMP TAKES HIS SHOTS

OILERS Among those firing pucks at goalie Bill Ranford between Games 4 and 5 was three-time world figure skating champion Kurt Browning, the Oilers’ honorary captain for the NHL’s 75th anniversary next season. How did Browning handle the puck? “Ah, he’s not a real smoothie, but his nephew was there, too, and he wasn’t bad,” said Ranford of 16-year-old AAA midget player Jeremy Browning from nearby St. Albert. Did he tell Browning not to quit his day job? “I didn’t have the heart,” smiled Ranford. “I think Martin (Gelinas) could beat him going forward, but he’d kick everybody’s butt going backwards. That’s how they go into their flips-.”…With the Cape Breton Oilers going out of the AHL playoffs four straight, five players were recalled—goalie Mike Greenlay, defensemen Corey Foster and Francois…