ALSO OF NOTE:
Oshie racked up a career-high 33 goals in only 68 games, tying for the team lead with the Washington Capitals … Fourth-year New York Islander Brock Nelson hit the 20-goal plateau for the third straight season and established a new career high with 45 points … Zajac and Toews both ranked among the NHL’s top 10 in faceoff wins. Zajac ranked seventh with 884 and Toews was right behind in eighth with 852 … Stecher and Forbort both ranked inside the NHL’s top 10 among rookie defensemen in scoring and ice time. Stecher’s 24 points ranked fifth while Forbort’s 18 tied for eighth. Forbort and Stecher were seventh and eighth, respectively, in ice time with both averaging more than 20 minutes per game.
In that 1991 season, despite a losing record in the regular season, the North Stars embarked on a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Finals . They knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues (the top two teams in the NHL during the regular season) in six games each and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers in five games, making it to the finals for the second time in franchise history. The team fought hard against the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins , led by Mario Lemieux . They won two out of the first three contests before being obliterated 8-0 in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series. It was the most one-sided defeat in a deciding game of the Stanley Cup Finals since the original Ottawa Senators defeated the Dawson City Nuggets 23-2 in 1905.