Incredible Scoring Depth Leads 27th-seeded ’82-’83 North Stars Over 38th-seeded ’71-’72 Golden Seals in High-Scoring Four Games

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Every skater that played for the 27th-seeded ’82-’83 Minnesota North Stars in this series registered a point. The two teams combined for 45 goals in four games, but the North Stars were too much for the 38th-seeded ’71-’72 California Golden Seals.

Longtime North Star Brian Bellows lead them in goal scoring here with six goals in the four games. Tom McCarthy finished second behind him with four goals with two of them coming in Game 2. Defenseman Brad Maxwell had a phenomenal series for Minnie-soda as he tallied nine assists. Dino Ciccarelli‘s six apples were good enough for second behind Maxwell. With the nine assists, Maxwell also finished atop the North Stars’ overall scoring leaderboard with nine points. Bellows and Ciccarelli finished tied for second behind the defenseman with eight points apiece. Bobby Smith led the North Stars in plus/minus at +8 while Maxwell and fellow defenseman Dan Mandich were tied for second at +7. With all the goals in this series, neither team posted solid numbers in net. Gilles Meloche finished with a 4.00 goals against average and a .898 save percentage for the North Stars, but thanks to the offense in front of him, didn’t hinder his side.

The Golden Seals also showed some nice offensive depth with 10 players finding the net for them. Nobody scored more than two goals, though, and six players finished tied for the team lead in goals with two, including Norm Ferguson and Bobby Sheehan, who were 1-2 on the team in assists. Ferguson finished with a team-high five apples while Sheehan was tied with Dick Redmond for second with four. So, with seven points, Ferguson finished atop the scoring leaderboard while Sheehan’s six led him to second. Only five players for California did not finish in the negatives in plus/minus with all five of them finishing even, but Wayne Carleton was the only impact player for the Golden Seals to finish even. Goaltending was a bit of a mess for California in this series as Meloche, the same one in net for Minnesota, started the first three games of this series, but lost that job to backup Lyle Carter in Game 4. Meloche finished with a 0-2-0 record with a 5.00 goals against average and a .899 save percentage while Carter finished with a 0-2-0 record with a 3.00 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. MNS – C – Bobby Smith – 3 G   4 A   7 P   +8   19 S   2 PIM   5 Star Points
  2. MNS – LW – Brian Bellows – 6 G   2 A   8 P   +3   21 S   1 GWG   3 Star Points
  3. MNS – LW – Tom McCarthy – 4 G   2 A   6 P   +5   29 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals 4 0 1 5
#27 ‘82-’83 North Stars 2 2 4 8

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘82-’83 MNS – 8   ‘71-’72 CGS – 5   (1-0   ‘82-’83 MNS)

1st Period:

  • 2:14 – MNS: B. Bellows (1) assisted by B. Maxwell (1), T. Young (1)
  • 3:55 – MNS: S. Payne (1) assisted by N. Broten (1), C. Hartsburg (1)
  • 4:49 – CGS: B. Sheehan (1) assisted by C. Vadnais (1), J. Johnston (1)
  • 8:41 – CGS: C. Vadnais (1) assisted by G. Pinder (1), N. Ferguson (1)
  • 14:09 – CGS: G. Pinder (1) assisted by C. Vadnais (2), B. Sheehan (1)
  • 14:59 – CGS: P. Shmyr (1) assisted by N. Ferguson (2), B. Sheehan (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 9:09 – MNS: S. Payne (2) assisted by G. Sargent (1), W. Plett (1)
  • 11:09 – MNS: G. Roberts (1) assisted by T. McCarthy (1), C. Hartsburg (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 0:44 – PP – MNS: N. Broten (1) assisted by C. Hartsburg (3)
  • 11:53 – MNS: D. Mandich (1) assisted by D. Ciccarelli (1), B. Maxwell (1)
  • 15:18 – MNS: B. Bellows (2) assisted by A. MacAdam (1), T. Young (2)
  • 16:57 – CGS: R. Leach (1) assisted by P. Shmyr (1)
  • 19:45 – MNS: D. Mandich (2) assisted by B. Maxwell (2), B. Smith (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals #27 ‘82-’83 North Stars
5 Goals 8
51 Shots 68
0/3 PP 1/2
1/2 SH 3/3
0% PP% 50%
50% PK% 100%
GWG D. Mandich (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Dan Mandich (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Bobby Sheehan (CGS)
  • 3rd Star: Steve Payne (MNS)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals 1 1 2 4
#27 ‘82-’83 North Stars 2 1 3 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘82-’83 MNS – 6   ‘71-’72 CGS – 4   (2-0   ‘82-’83 MNS)

1st Period:

  • 1:51 – MNS: N. Broten (2) assisted by B. Maxwell (4), W. Plett (2)
  • 2:29 – CGS: D. Redmond (1) assisted by G. Pinder (2)
  • 19:52 – MNS: B. Bellows (3) assisted by T. Young (3)

 

2nd Period:

  • 11:43 – MNS: B. Smith (1) assisted by D. Ciccarelli (2), B. Maxwell (3)
  • 17:51 – CGS: R. Leach (2) assisted by I. Boldirev (1), D. Redmond (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3:36 – CGS: I. Boldirev (1) assisted by D. Redmond (2)
  • 7:01 – MNS: T. Young (1) assisted by G. Roberts (1), A. MacAdam (2)
  • 8:17 – MNS: T. McCarthy (1) assisted by D. Ciccarelli (3), A. MacAdam (3)
    • CGS replaces starting goalie G. Meloche with backup L. Carter
  • 18:51 – MNS: S. Payne (3) assisted by W. Plett (3), N. Broten (2)
  • 19:39 – CGS: B. Sheehan (2) assisted by N. Ferguson (3)

 

TEAM STATS:

#38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals #27 ‘82-’83 North Stars
4 Goals 6
35 Shots 71
0/3 PP 0/1
1/1 SH 3/3
0% PP% 0%
100% PK% 100%
GWG T. McCarthy (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Bobby Smith (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Dick Redmond (CGS)
  • 3rd Star: Ivan Boldirev (CGS)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#27 ‘82-’83 North Stars 3 3 2 8
#38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals 2 1 3 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘82-’83 MNS – 8   ‘71-’72 CGS – 6   (3-0   ‘82-’83 MNS)

1st Period:

  • 1:16 – MNS: T. McCarthy (2) assisted by B. Maxwell (4)
  • 2:41 – CGS: N. Ferguson (1) assisted by D. Redmond (3)
  • 4:11 – MNS: B. Smith (2) assisted by G. Roberts (2)
  • 8:06 – MNS: N. Broten (3) assisted by C. Giles (1), D. Ciccarelli (4)
  • 19:13 – PP – CGS: N. Ferguson (2) assisted by W. Carleton (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 5:58 – CGS: G. Pinder (2) assisted by B. Sheehan (3)
  • 6:29 – MNS: C. Giles (1) assisted by T. McCarthy (2), B. Smith (3)
  • 7:44 – MNS: B. Bellows (4) assisted by T. Young (4), B. Smith (4)
    • CGS replaces starting goalie G. Meloche with backup L. Carter
  • 18:42 – MNS: C. Hartsburg (1) assisted by D. Ciccarelli (5), N. Broten (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2:25 – PP – CGS: W. Carleton (1) assisted by P. Shmyr (2), N. Ferguson (4)
  • 7:04 – CGS: W. McKechnie (1) assisted by P. Shmyr (3), T. Williams (3)
  • 9:33 – CGS: W. McKechnie (2) assisted by D. Redmond (4), C. Vadnais (3)
  • 11:27 – MNS: G. Sargent (1) assisted by C. Giles (2)
  • 15:43 – MNS: T. McCarthy (3) assisted by G. Roberts (3), B. Smith (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#27 ‘82-’83 North Stars #38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals
8 Goals 6
81 Shots 38
0/1 PP 2/3
1/3 SH 1/1
0% PP% 66%
33% PK% 100%
G. Sargent (1) GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Tom McCarthy (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Bobby Smith (MNS)
  • 3rd Star: Curt Giles (MNS)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#27 ‘82-’83 North Stars 3 3 1 7
#38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘82-’83 MNS – 7   ‘71-’72 CGS – 1   (4-0   ‘82-’83 MNS)

1st Period:

  • 2:23 – MNS: A. MacAdam (1) assisted by B. Bellows (1)
  • 11:42 – MNS: B. Bellows (5) assisted by G. Roberts (4), T. Young (5)
  • 14:35 – PP – MNS: D. Ciccarelli (1) assisted by B. Bellows (2), B. Maxwell (7)
  • 14:38 – CGS: C. Vadnais (2) assisted by B. Sheehan (4), N. Ferguson (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1:36 – SH – MNS: B. Smith (3) assisted by B. Maxwell (8), R. Friest (1)
  • 6:14 – MNS: B. Bellows (6) assisted by C. Hartsburg (5), G. Roberts (5)
    • CGS replaces starting goalie L. Carter with backup G. Meloche
  • 19:51 – MNS: D. Ciccarelli (2) assisted by B. Maxwell (9), N. Broten (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 11:07 – MNS: T. McCarthy (4) assisted by D. Ciccarelli (6)

 

TEAM STATS:

#27 ‘82-’83 North Stars #38 ‘71-’72 Golden Seals
7 Goals 1
72 Shots 33
1/1 PP 0/4
4/4 SH 0/1
0% PP% 0%
100% PK% 0%
B. Bellows (1) GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Brian Bellows (MNS)
  • 2nd Star: Dino Ciccarelli (MNS)
  • 3rd Star: Brad Maxwell (MNS)

The old Minnesota North Stars have now eliminated the California Golden Seals in both of the first two Ultimate NHL Playoffs. The 27th-seeded ’82-’83 North Stars will now face the 6th-seeded ’84-’85 Edmonton Oilers in the Second Round.

Up next in the First Round are the 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals and the 40th-seeded ’79-’80 Colorado Rockies, who are both making their UNP debuts!

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