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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 19, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Can Gretz shake by Rick Sadowski los Angeles daily news the Kings the Edmonton Wayne Gretzky the great one the one who Here we go when the Kings and the oilers kicked off their Besto seven smythe division championship series at the North lands coliseum last the Gretzky Tikkanen matchup took Centre Tikkanen is the always abrasive and sometimes obnoxious 25yearold finn who will do everything and anything in his Power to prevent Gretzky from finding an open Patch of Tikkanen will Shadow Gretzky from one end of the rink to the other should Gretzky decide to grab a bite to eat at a Concession Tikkanen will follow hell grab Gretzky wrap his stick around take his skates out from under hell talk and give Gretzky an probably an whether tikk is on his Back for five minutes or five oilers Centre Craig Mactavish was saying before the the Kings ability to Advance to the Campbell conference finals for the first time in their history will depend on several not the least of which is Gretzky ability to escape the clutches of his onetime oilers Gretzky was relatively successful in springing free of one of the Nils Premier two Way during the regular in eight meetings with the Gretzky produced eight goals and 14 and he did it without Tony Granato and Tomas Sandstrom on his speedsters who have since joined Gretzky if Granato and Sandstrom Are Able to use that Speed to break free from their Mark Lamb and Jari Gretzky uncanny play making skills will come into what Treyve done for my game is similar to what Tikkanen and Kerri did for me in Gretzky i i just cant Tell you How important Speed is in this these Guys make it so much easier for Granato and Sandstrom combined for 10 goals and 24 Points in the four games they were together during the Kings upset of the Calgary flames in the division including three regular season the line has amassed 17 goals and 43 i just dont think Edmonton can concentrate on one coach Tom Webster Granato and Sandstrom Are capable of carrying the generating some Speed into the offensive and they can also Tikkanen is he skated on Gretzky line for two seasons scoring a career High 34 goals in 198687 and figures he knows his tendencies better than we saw what Wayne did against we saw he got five Points in one Tikkanen i can do better than they Tikkanen suggested his checking tactics wont necessarily be above we Are enemies he outside the rink i think were still what happens on the ice is one outside its a different Gretzky Doest enjoy playing against his former but he should be More comfortable in this series than he was a year when the Kings rallied from a 31 deficit in the opening round to dethrone the then Stanley cup its been nearly two full years since his Ive just got to play he in sure the oilers feel the same youve got to put your Job personal feelings dont enter into its going to be a physical both teams have to do whats necessary to that that is Why oilers coach John an assistant under Glen Sather in Edmonton when Gretzky was is willing to foul up his line combinations in order to get Tikkanen in 99s i was probably read whenever i saw other teams checking Muckler Hes got All that Talent and people want to see they like ram to have that but Hes an opponent now and has to be treated As Wayne will do everything in his Power to we photo Winnipeg free april 57 a face Only a hockey mom could love Montreal Donald Dufresne yuks it up at practice for the 1990 Deia Vul by Francis Rosa Boston Globe Boston its the Spring of 86 is it How can Montreal not think that Way no matter what the players who Wear the Cana Diens sweater All remember and the thought of 86 repeats into that was the year everything went Montre als Way and the who finished seventh in the National hockey league Dur ing the regular won another Stanley Opportunity and the Cana Diens not Only opened the door they pulled it into their there is another matter at another series with the Boston the real playoffs Montreal forgets Buffalo Boston forgets the Spring of 86 is now on sunday the canadians knew the defending Champion Calgary flames were gone and the Spring of 90 began to look like their special time wednesday morning they Learned the battered revitalized by the unexpected return of Ray would be the next and their major question defence Man Chris Chelios will he play he missed the last 21 regular season games and All six playoff games against he has tested his stretched left knee ligament in practice the last two and his chances Are better than Chelios tried everything in tuesdays full practice and was he said the final determination would be made after this mornings Mats Naslund is sidelined with a pulled Groin and Rookie defence Man Mathieu Schneider will sit out with a bruised that puts Eric Desjardins into the the loss of Schneider is one reason Chelios has gone All out in practice the last two looking at the defence Man Craig Ludwig Boston played the most consistent hockey in the from game 1 to game there a lot like they take advantage of mistakes the Way we and they have a Good Power we have to ours his defence Petr re minds one and we took out and that Well forget that and think of the next we know what it takes to to get to the to win the last series of the there was no great secret Why the Cana Diens erased they played the style of hockey that has marked their recent no More flying playing circular they Are playing straight line hockey and playing so Strong defensively they frustrate teams with the Forest of logs and arms and bodies they grow in their defensive patience is our whole says Lud were not a fancy whenever we try to play that we get in we cant play that we wait for have to be that style of hockey demands that the team have a great the canadians do Patrick Hes getting better All the says pointing out his big Gest improvement this year has been in handling the when he gets the he controls the we do a lot of especially on face offs in our you need 20 Guys to win a a says Shayne Dino mite Ciccarelli steals playoff spotlight by Alex Yannis the new York times it is the Pesky and feisty Dino Ciccarelli not Wayne Brett Mark Messier or Bernie Nicholls who has been the most electrifying performer in the Stanley cup playoffs thus the right Wing of the Washington capitals is making a nuisance of himself with his indefatigable work on defence and in the offensive Comers besides producing 11 Points on 8 goals and 3 in on a Roll and in going to keep it said before he arrived yesterday for the Patrick division final against the which starts tonight at Madison Square probably i wont get As Many goals in this but i will continue to get my share of those who have always envisioned Cic Carelli As a Floater someone who stands in front of the net trying selfishly to score what players Call Brownie Points had better look again because Ciccarelli is doing intricate Little things these Days in addition to scoring he is a different player these Chris Terreri of the devils said about Cic who is generously listed As 5 feet 10 and 175 he is like a Hes everywhere and he Doest go if he is not scoring goals at crucial Ciccarelli is distracting some where on the Hes developed into one of the Best divers in the said coach John Cunniff of the when Hes in a position to score a goal and theres a 210pound Guy banging Hes pretty but when Hes look ing for a Down he i know in not going to score every Ciccarelli said about his persistent diving during the playoff series against the in a close you can contribute in other you can draw a penalty or Ciccarelli established an identity with hockey fans in North America by scoring 55 goals in his first season in the league in in a partial season in he set a record for a Rookie with 14 goals in the leading the Minnesota North stars to the Stanley cup where they lost in five games to the his critics found a Way to discredit him by saying he was a selfish concerned Only with goal although he refused to pay attention to his Ciccarelli realized that there was More to hockey than he Learned to play dig in he Corners and pass the he became what Lou the former general manager of the North called a Complete he can do so Many More things Nanne said about he has be come a real play maker and his defence has but what he does Best is score Dino Ciccarelli is a born goal scorer and when Hes there is nobody a pop Vav Wal v Chicago a by the time the clinic ago Dlack Hawks decided to get the Louis blues were Long Rookie Rod Bindamour scored two finds and substitute goalie Vincent Riendeau was outstanding last leading the blues to a 43 Victory Over the Blackhawk in the open ing game of their nil Norris division Louis built a 41 driving goalie Greg Millen from the who started the season with the was upset As he left the ice and showed his anger by Yelling at teammates on the he also led the waving a Towel and arousing the crowd As the Blackhawk rallied within a but they tie mainly because of the blues goaltender replaced Curtis who will miss at least the first two games of the series with a shoulder injury suffered in the first Riendeau stopped 29 shots and saved his Best for stopping Wayne Presley from Pointblank Range As the game is a class goaltender and he was prepared to do his said coach Brian he stopped the shots he had until Millen was pulled at of the second the Hawks looked like they were on Brindamour Pul the blues ahead into the but the Blackhawk tied it at on Doug Wilsons first goal of the Rick Seapher broke the tie and put the blues ahead at on a goal the Black Hawks Keenan said he discuss the but the blues were offside on Chicago killed a penalty Early in the second Only to have Brindamour score his fourth goal 16 seconds Brindamour called his goals but ill take we knew wed have a said the Rookie we were in a Heck of a hockey once the crowd got we had to Stop them from getting on a a photo Conroyd tries to Lead the Shenkarow says Arena Accord top priority continued from Page 53 the jets and the mayors committee Are in the process of studying a a proposal that came out of the last meeting on March Shenkarow figures everybody has had enough time to peruse the its time for some kind of five years when we had a plan for a downtown people said we didst need a new Shenkarow now people feel we do need a new in that playoff series with Edmonton we had a happening in this i Hope it will carry Over now and the City will continue to work with us toward a new Home for the lets be the jets old Home aint Shenkarow is convinced its the reason the jets averaged Only spectators not counting exhibition games per game this a season in which the jets tallied 85 Points and played entertaining i think the seating situation is a big part of our Shenkarow this the first half of the so Hedv was our attendance was but we started to win and had a great second but even in the year we had s6 we still lost 800 season tickets because people didst like their seals were already seeing that we had great attendance during the playoffs but people inquiring about tickets for next year have found out that the Best seats Are already were never going to grow unless we get a new the jets will make Money this thanks to an average of fans for each of the three playoff but the club wont make do you Call making Money Sitka pow asked it be a return on our what docs Money Cost 12 per cent Vve wont make 12 per cent of our but its better to make a Little Fri Oniey than to lose a says he Doest care where a new Arena is he Doest care How Many seats will be involved or what the parking will be at least not at this Point in the that kind of thing int As important As just getting an agreement to build he we can worry about those other things and what happens if that agreement Doest come by june 1 then Well just keep going As Long As we can he Ana there is no Promise As to How Long will on the the jets proved this season that their future looks it would be too bad if tue mayor forgot All about that just because he wont get the Chance to take an entourage to los Angeles later this its time he convened another meeting of his Arena committee As soon As its time for

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