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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 15, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba april of Flat press Ocanada Craig Muni watches As goaltender Bill Ranford takes a Tumble with Paul Fenton during first period collision at the Arena last once twice burned you can Only give Jari Kerri so Many chances to break your heart continued from Page 29 goal in the and failed to beat Essensa on a breakaway when last nights game was still 32 in the oilers that he closed it Down and there was no Way i could get through the Kerri i was rushed a Little i should have gone i was Lucky to get another they had things going their Way and any time you score a goal like it hurts Kerri said he knew the goal was a big one but that it want the end of the the big thing was not to sit Back and see what they were going to we just going to play our game and As for his 33goal lowest total in eight seasons Kerri said Good or the number now Means its time to work out the things that didst work out in the regular he so in really satisfied with the Way weve been and he knew that it was not going to be easy to fill the net in this we expected it was going to be we know Check Mark Messier line and maybe Esa Tikkanen and like All year there not giving too Many any time you get the youve got to Bury Ive missed a few before its a simple As that was bound to change and the reality created the need for game afterburners costumed second Row spectators at last nights game were George Freddie Ronald Prince Mikael Richard Abe Brian Elvis and Michael said oilers Forward Dave Brown from the press Box last night there seem to be a lot of dignitaries a tonight flown do game almost stole the show continued from Page 29 anything could said Winnipeg defence Man Gord it was Donnelly who took that a onetime from the Elueline that hit traffic in front and was shovelled in by Mark the jets out skated Edmonton for the remainder of the out shot the oilers 169 and returned to their flown do patterns of the goals by Esa Mark Messier and Randy Gregg were still on the Board but were All but in the it we thought for us to get some chances we had to do some better for checking and get two Guys in there to try and make something explained Doug it worked out great for just had passed when Dale Hawer Chuk outfoxed Steve Smith on the end Wall and slip a one handed pass into the Smail was there for a Quick shot to the top right Corner and it was at the roof came off the Arena just As you knew if would if the tie Ever Thomas Steen was the architect this brilliantly reversing the puck behind the Edmonton leaving Doug Evans All alone to slip it deftly into the far then came it was a killer Craig Mactavish uses a Little Glove action to keep puck from Teppo disturbing Case of Dejavu oilers of past glories return with vengeance for target shooting by Grant Mcginnis youd have sworn there was a Little pointy nosed Guy wearing 99 on the that s How Good the Edmonton oilers were in last nights first period at the Winnipeg the Winnipeg jets on the other hand they were the worst Treyve been at any Point in this delirium filled postseason that has seen the team exceed everyone expectations except their Winnipeg played like it used to play when the Point nosed 99 named Wayne did play in Edmonton and the jets were their practice Winnipeg brilliance of games 1 through 5 in the smythe division semifinal series was shattered with 20 minutes of tension induced a period that could easily have buried Winnipeg under a pile of Oiler goal dust were it not for Bob i dont know if we were playing with a Little bit of nerves or what but we didst come out with the jump we usually have and they took advantage of said who did cartwheels when he had to and could do nothing about the three goals that got they had some Good scoring chances and for the most part they put them we were trying too said jets coach Bob they wanted it so there want a flow Between the mind and the and there want much flow on the on the other played like the oilers of Only they did it with something that was rarely necessary in the Era of Wayne the oilers were extremely effective at tying up the Winnipeg wingers at the top of the the jets Seldom made it anywhere near Bill Ranford and when they Charlie Huddy or Craig Muni or Steve Smith would slide out of nowhere to Block the shot before it found Only two shots and neither were scoring they did everything right in the first period and it seemed like we did almost everything right the last said the jets Gord i thought we really played Well the last 40 but before that it was i dont know what we were maybe we were expecting to walk right Over the not Edmonton has played Good hockey throughout the so have the neither team has held a stranglehold on the other in any game until last the jets escaped another noose As Treyve been known to do in this season of the but the reemergence of Edmonton past great Ness must have sent a Shock wave through the Winnipeg dressing particularly now that the series will be decided by one game tomorrow night in i dont know if it was a question of them being pretty i think it was a question of the Winnipeg jets not being very said jets coach Bob i think the Guys want to beat them so badly we can taste it in Here but its going to take 60 minutes of said now were going into a on game series and its not going to be but who said it would be jets Are terrible teasers yet again continued from Page 29 the first period last night was so disappointing its hard to imagine the jets having anything left for game and to it All could have been so mayor Bill Norrie in the flesh was even wearing White with thoughts of new Arenas dancing in his Don Cherry and a National Csc Crew came to see if these jets were for there were very few folks in the rink who didst believe the jets were about to Advance to the second round of the playoffs for Only the third time in the clubs nil and they came out and gassed it for the first 20 the jets didst get a shot on goal until the 11minute they got two total in the first 20 by the time they at the Mark of the second the jets had gone More than 60 minutes without a goal against Bill ran but Why should the jets sup porters have expected More the jets have teased the faithful All in Early March they had a Chance to finish first in the smythe then they lost two straight to the Calgary flames and that was the end of that later in the month they still had a Chance to finish but they played Bac Toback games with the lowly Vancouver canucks and came away with just one end of dream and last week the jets held a 31 Lead in the smythe division Semi i but today its 33 and despite the Gutsy comeback last dream 3 is starting to turn its a helluva said Mur shaking his it was another one of those we had lots of chances to win i think game 7 will go right Down to the and it should be that its been an excellent every game has been decided by one two great teams should decide it in seven maybe but were hoping for something better last too bad Cinderella want one of there is no room at the t by Tim Campbell in the South end of the Arena last night several enthusiastic fans brought out marking signs of and so in Case referee Don Koharski needed some help grading the the High were an accurate assessment of the Way the Edmonton oilers played defence during most of their 43 Victory Over the Winnipeg jets in game 6 of the smythe division Semi i in establishing their 30 Lead in the first the oilers played textbook it want just the jets reluctance to shoot the puck that left them with Only two shots on Bill Ranford in the opening that was a big difference in this said Edmonton Randy other games weve Given too Many offensive opportunities and Treyve Capi our team is better defensively than weve shown during this i think tonight was the Start of a Little bit More disciplined Effort in our own disciplined i think our team probably played As Strong As we he it was Nice not Only that we were scoring going to the net and creating but i think we played a Little More disciplined we we rent giving up those breakaways and bad plays that in the past have really Hurt us against the what the oilers did save for s Brief flurry in the second period and the first half of the third was Block shots like Bob Goldham of old and keep the jets to the outside when the attack was the jets were not Able to penetrate the Slot or whip around anybody with their Forward Square feet of open space was reduced to Square Gregg Felt that the jets finally got going in the third period because they took a Little More time to map out their they created a lot of momentum by getting More control in the Neutral he for a Little we just tried to dump it out and slow the game Down a Little and regain the composure we had in the first part of the with the series headed for a seventh game tomorrow the Veteran of nine seasons hesitated when asked if experience will be the Strong Effort lets Hope All those years of hard nosed hockey like this Are going to be an advantage for us to some he but believe Treyve put up a very Strong every one of whether there rookies or 10 year pros Are playing very Gregg also walked at the suggestion the series should be going to the i would Hope it he during the season the teams were pretty Well i think in that regard it but 1 think if we had won the first two we could have tried to dominate a Little our first loss gave them momentum and boy there Tak ing advantage of while putting up roadblocks for the Gregg also found time to contribute to the oilers first period he was Mark Messier Decoy on the second goal a two none that Messier kept and he tipped Home a Power play pass from Jari kurd while cruising in front of Winnipeg goalie Bob i wanted nothing to do with that Gregg he Messier worked it so he played on the obviously when youve got a Hart Tro Phy candidate and a goal you know who has to have the

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