1990–91 Minnesota North Stars season

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1990–91 Minnesota North Stars
Campbell Conference Champions
Division 4th Norris
Conference 7th Campbell
1990–91 record 27–39–14
Home record 19–15–6
Road record 8–24–8
Goals for 256
Goals against 266
Team information
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Bob Gainey
Captain Curt Giles
Arena Met Center
Team leaders
Goals Dave Gagner (40)
Assists Neal Broten (56)
Points Dave Gagner (82)
Penalties in minutes Shane Churla (286)
Plus/minus Jim Johnson (+9)
Dave Gagner (+9)
Wins Jon Casey (21)
Goals against average Jon Casey (2.98)
<1989–90 1991–92>

The 1990–91 Minnesota North Stars season was the North Stars' 24th season. The most striking aspect of the season was that despite qualifying for the playoffs with an under–.500 (or "losing") regular-season record, the team reached the Stanley Cup Final as the Clarence Campbell Conference Champions, eliminating Chicago and St. Louis teams that had finished nearly 40 points ahead of them in the regular season, as well as the defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers in five games—a classic "Cinderella" post-season.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 8 Derian Hatcher (D)  United States North Bay Centennials (OHL)

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chicago Blackhawks 80 49 23 8 284 211 106
St. Louis Blues 80 47 22 11 310 250 105
Detroit Red Wings 80 34 38 8 273 298 76
Minnesota North Stars 80 27 39 14 256 266 68
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 23 46 11 241 318 57

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Campbell Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks NRS 80 49 23 8 284 211 106
2 St. Louis Blues NRS 80 47 22 11 310 250 105
3 Los Angeles Kings SMY 80 46 24 10 340 254 102
4 Calgary Flames SMY 80 46 26 8 344 263 100
5 Edmonton Oilers SMY 80 37 37 6 272 272 80
6 Detroit Red Wings NRS 80 34 38 8 273 298 76
7 Minnesota North Stars NRS 80 27 39 14 256 266 68
8 Vancouver Canucks SMY 80 28 43 9 243 315 65
9 Winnipeg Jets SMY 80 26 43 11 260 288 63
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NRS 80 23 46 11 241 318 57

Divisions: NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 4, 1990 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 0–1–0
2 W October 6, 1990 4–2 New York Islanders (1990–91) 1–1–0
4 L October 9, 1990 2–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 1–3–0
5 T October 11, 1990 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (1990–91) 1–3–1
6 L October 13, 1990 1–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 1–4–1
7 L October 17, 1990 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 1–5–1
8 T October 20, 1990 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 1–5–2
9 L October 21, 1990 1–7 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 1–6–2
10 W October 24, 1990 3–0 Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 2–6–2
11 L October 26, 1990 6–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 2–7–2
12 T October 27, 1990 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 2–7–3
13 L October 30, 1990 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 2–8–3
14 L November 1, 1990 3–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 2–9–3
15 W November 3, 1990 2–0 @ Quebec Nordiques (1990–91) 3–9–3
16 T November 4, 1990 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 3–9–4
17 W November 8, 1990 3–2 Quebec Nordiques (1990–91) 4–9–4
18 L November 10, 1990 2–3 OT Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 4–10–4
19 L November 13, 1990 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 4–11–4
20 L November 15, 1990 2–4 New York Rangers (1990–91) 4–12–4
21 L November 17, 1990 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 4–13–4
22 T November 19, 1990 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1990–91) 4–13–5
23 L November 21, 1990 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 4–14–5
24 W November 23, 1990 6–4 Vancouver Canucks (1990–91) 5–14–5
25 L November 24, 1990 3–5 New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 5–15–5
26 T November 27, 1990 1–1 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1990–91) 5–15–6
27 W November 30, 1990 4–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 6–15–6
28 W December 1, 1990 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 7–15–6
29 W December 5, 1990 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 8–15–6
30 L December 6, 1990 1–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 8–16–6
31 W December 8, 1990 7–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 9–16–6
32 L December 11, 1990 4–5 Calgary Flames (1990–91) 9–17–6
33 L December 13, 1990 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 9–18–6
34 W December 15, 1990 5–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 10–18–6
35 L December 16, 1990 2–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 10–19–6
36 L December 20, 1990 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 10–20–6
37 L December 22, 1990 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1990–91) 10–21–6
38 W December 23, 1990 5–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 11–21–6
39 L December 26, 1990 4–6 Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 11–22–6
40 T December 29, 1990 4–4 OT Boston Bruins (1990–91) 11–22–7
41 L December 31, 1990 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 11–23–7
42 L January 2, 1991 2–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 11–24–7
43 T January 3, 1991 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 11–24–8
44 L January 5, 1991 5–6 Vancouver Canucks (1990–91) 11–25–8
45 W January 8, 1991 3–0 @ New York Islanders (1990–91) 12–25–8
46 L January 12, 1991 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 12–26–8
47 L January 13, 1991 3–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 12–27–8
48 L January 15, 1991 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 12–28–8
49 W January 17, 1991 5–2 Washington Capitals (1990–91) 13–28–8
50 L January 21, 1991 0–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 13–29–8
51 W January 22, 1991 7–3 St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 14–29–8
52 T January 25, 1991 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1990–91) 14–29–9
53 W January 26, 1991 3–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 15–29–9
54 L January 28, 1991 0–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 15–30–9
55 W January 30, 1991 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 16–30–9
56 W February 2, 1991 6–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1990–91) 17–30–9
57 L February 4, 1991 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 17–31–9
58 W February 7, 1991 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 18–31–9
59 W February 9, 1991 6–5 Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 19–31–9
60 L February 12, 1991 4–5 @ New York Islanders (1990–91) 19–32–9
61 T February 13, 1991 6–6 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 19–32–10
62 W February 16, 1991 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 20–32–10
63 W February 20, 1991 5–1 Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 21–32–10
64 T February 23, 1991 3–3 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 21–32–11
65 T February 26, 1991 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 21–32–12
66 T March 1, 1991 1–1 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 21–32–13
67 L March 2, 1991 1–5 @ Calgary Flames (1990–91) 21–33–13
68 W March 6, 1991 5–1 Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 22–33–13
69 W March 9, 1991 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 23–33–13
70 W March 10, 1991 7–3 Calgary Flames (1990–91) 24–33–13
71 W March 12, 1991 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 25–33–13
72 T March 14, 1991 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 25–33–14
73 L March 16, 1991 3–4 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 25–34–14
74 W March 17, 1991 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 26–34–14
75 L March 22, 1991 1–3 @ Washington Capitals (1990–91) 26–35–14
76 L March 24, 1991 4–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 26–36–14
77 L March 25, 1991 4–5 St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 26–37–14
78 L March 28, 1991 5–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 26–38–14
79 W March 30, 1991 2–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 27–38–14
80 L March 31, 1991 1–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 27–39–14

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

October 26, 1990 To Minnesota North Stars
Brian Glynn
To Calgary Flames
Frank Musil
November 1990 To Minnesota North Stars
Brian Hayward[3]
To Montreal Canadiens
Jayson More

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Dave Gagner 15 73 40 42 82 114 23 12 15 27 28
Brian Bellows 23 80 35 40 75 43 23 10 19 29 30
Brian Propp 16 79 26 47 73 58 23 8 15 23 28
Neal Broten 7 79 13 56 69 26 23 9 13 22 6
Mike Modano 9 79 28 36 64 61 23 8 12 20 16
Bobby Smith 18 73 15 31 46 60 23 8 8 16 56
Ulf Dahlen 22 66 21 18 39 6 15 2 6 8 4
Mark Tinordi 24 69 5 27 32 189 23 5 6 11 78
Doug Smail 14 57 7 13 20 38 1 0 0 0 0
Brian Glynn 6 66 8 11 19 83 23 2 6 8 18
Gaetan Duchesne 10 68 9 9 18 18 23 2 3 5 34
Perry Berezan 21 52 11 6 17 30 1 0 0 0 0
Ilkka Sinisalo - 46 5 12 17 24 - - - - -
Larry Murphy - 31 4 11 15 38 - - - - -
Curt Giles 2 70 4 10 14 48 10 1 0 1 16
Mike Craig 20 39 8 4 12 32 10 1 1 2 20
Neil Wilkinson 5 50 2 9 11 117 22 3 3 6 12
Jim Johnson 8 44 1 9 10 100 14 0 1 1 52
Stewart Gavin 12 38 4 4 8 36 21 3 10 13 20
Chris Dahlquist 4 42 2 6 8 33 23 1 6 7 20
Marc Bureau 11 9 0 6 6 4 23 3 2 5 20
Rob Zettler 3 47 1 4 5 119 - - - - -
Shane Churla 27 40 2 2 4 286 22 2 1 3 90
Shawn Chambers 26 29 1 3 4 24 23 0 7 7 16
Basil McRae 17 40 1 3 4 224 22 1 1 2 94
Larry DePalma 31 14 3 0 3 26 - - - - -
Frank Musil - 8 0 2 2 23 - - - - -
Warren Babe 29 1 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Pat MacLeod 32 1 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Dan Keczmer 46 9 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
Peter Taglianetti - 16 0 1 1 14 - - - - -
Steve Gotaas 34 1 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Mitch Messier 37 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Kevin Evans 44 4 0 0 0 19 - - - - -
Dean Kolstad 40 5 0 0 0 15 - - - - -
Mike McHugh 45 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Don Barber - 7 0 0 0 4 - - - - -

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
Jon Casey 55 3185 21 20 11 3 2.98
Brian Hayward 26 1473 6 15 3 2 3.14
Jarmo Myllys 2 78 0 2 0 0 6.15
Kari Takko 2 119 0 2 0 0 6.05

Playoffs[edit]

Norris Division Semi-Finals[edit]

Chicago vs. Minnesota
Date Away Home
April 4 Minnesota 4 3 Chicago OT
April 6 Minnesota 2 5 Chicago
April 8 Chicago 6 5 Minnesota
April 10 Chicago 1 3 Minnesota
April 12 Minnesota 6 0 Chicago
April 14 Chicago 1 3 Minnesota
Minnesota wins series 4–2

Norris Division Finals[edit]

St. Louis vs. Minnesota
Date Away Home
April 18 Minnesota 2 1 St. Louis
April 20 Minnesota 2 5 St. Louis
April 22 St. Louis 1 5 Minnesota
April 24 St. Louis 4 8 Minnesota
April 26 Minnesota 2 4 St. Louis
April 28 St. Louis 2 3 Minnesota
Minnesota wins series 4–2

Campbell Conference Finals[edit]

Campbell Conference
Edmonton vs. Minnesota
Date Away Home
May 2 Minnesota 3 1 Edmonton
May 4 Minnesota 2 7 Edmonton
May 6 Edmonton 3 7 Minnesota
May 8 Edmonton 1 5 Minnesota
May 10 Minnesota 3 2 Edmonton
Minnesota wins series 4–1 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Minnesota North Stars

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 15 Minnesota North Stars 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 4
May 17 Minnesota North Stars 1 Pittsburgh Penguins 4
May 19 Pittsburgh Penguins 1 Minnesota North Stars 3
May 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 Minnesota North Stars 3
May 23 Minnesota North Stars 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 6
May 25 Pittsburgh Penguins 8 Minnesota North Stars 0

Pittsburgh wins best-of-seven series 4–2

Awards and records[edit]

  • Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Roster[edit]

Minnesota North Stars
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

  • GM:
  • Coach:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1990-1991 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  3. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.278, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2