In what may go down as one of the greatest feats of prognostication ever, defenseman Chris Dahlquist predicted he would score the goal that launched the Minnesota North Stars into the Stanley Cup semifinals.
Startlingly, he made the call way back on Dec. 11, the day he came to Minnesota from the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Jim Johnson, for Larry Murphy and Peter Taglianetti."Right after the trade, I knew that in the division finals, in the third period, I would score," Dahlquist said with a facetious smile Sunday night after he broke a scoreless tie 19 seconds into the period to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in Game 6 of the Norris final.
The North Stars advanced to the Campbell Conference championship against the defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers.
Tonight, Boston meets Montreal in the seventh game of the Adams Division final.
Oilers 4, Kings 3
Craig MacTavish scored in overtime to lead Edmonton.
MacTavish's second goal of the playoffs came only 11 seconds after referee Kerry Fraser disallowed an apparent goal by Edmonton's Anatoli Semanov.
It was a big disappointment for the Kings, who finished first in the Smythe Division during the regular season. Los Angeles has never won a second-round playoff series.