A new season is upon us and 1991 is a season that promises to be the best one yet as the off season was chock full of big moves and vast improvements from a lot of teams around the league.
The Minnesota North Stars are amongst the number of teams that have made moves to improve the overall structure of their roster and they will try to make a run at the playoffs and GM Martin Grech was chomping at the bit to get this season started. Their first task was the Anaheim Ducks who finished 15th overall and 6th in their conference last season but hit a roadblock when they got eliminated in the second round by the eventual cup champs, the Colorado Rockies.
Lead by Dale Hawerchuk, the Ducks will give Minnesota a good test and test them they did. This game had penalties, a fight, and GOALS!....This is exactly what we would expect from the North Stars this year and they delivered as the offense was led by Thomas Steen who scored 2 goals on the night. Newly acquired Bob Probert accumulated 12 PIMs but chipped in with an assist and was a plus 1. Marty McSorley started off strong with 2 helpers but unfortunately was injured during the second period during a fight with defenseman Steve Smith and Ray Ferraro also had 2 assists on the night.
Goaltending was a little off as Cap Raeder made his season and team debut and allowed all 5 of Anaheim's goals is the nearly two and half periods that he played. Bannerman stopped all 4 shots he faced.
Next up for Minnesota is game 1 of the inaugural rivalry between the North Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks. This highly anticipated rivalry started last season and has culminated into a seasonal bout between the 2 teams. All eyes will be on this one.