The NFHL's hottest rivalry has approached and it didn't disappoint....well except GM Grech.

 

The highly touted match up between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota North Stars kicked off and although it started off slow, the Blackhawks found their groove and started showing Minnesota that they aren't to be pushed around as they scored 2 goals late in the first, 48 seconds apart. 

 

The second period started off with a good pace and then Eddie O got the North Stars on the board at 6:55 which allowed the team to show some life, but David Maley stepped up and said, "oh no you don't" and scored twice in 5 seconds , yes you read that right, 5 seconds and slammed the door in Minnesota's faces at that point. Minnesota scored a couple of minutes later, but it wasn't enough as Chicago wins the first of four games this season against the rival North Stars and goaltender Cap Raeder goes 0-2 to start the season.

 

As reported in the Chicago media, the team hired Tony Robbins and it seemed to have worked as Chicago, who is not favored to win this rivalry but is proving doubters wrong so far. GM Grech commented in the post-game news conference that "they didn't need to spend their cash to hire Tony Robbins, that all they had to do was play their starting goalie", as Dion stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced. 

 

To counteract the poor start to the season and the loss to Chicago, GM Grech has given permission to coach Tretiak to hire fitness guru Richard Simmons as the coach felt that stamina was lacking and if he can get the team to go for long stretches without getting winded it would help turn things around. Let's hope for Minnesota's sake it does.

 

The move seemed to help as Minnesota played to a 3-3 draw against St. Louis. Although St. Louis got out to a 3-0 start and had control for most of the game, Minnesota came back to tie the game in the third period by scoring 3 goals, 2 of them being 47 seconds apart. 

 

Murray Bannerman got the start and stopped 17 out of 20 shots. He started out poorly letting in the 3 goals on 9 shots but then stopped all 9 shots in the third period which led them to overtime where nothing was decided after facing 2 more shots.

 

The next game for Minnesota is against Montreal

 

Vye Brator reporting