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May 23, 1991

Undated (AP) _ Minnesota North Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins (Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5, 7:35 p.m. EDT). The series returns to the Civic Arena all even at 2-2 after the Penguins held off the North Stars 5-3 in Game 4. STATS

All eight of Brian Propp’s goals have come with Minnesota on the power play. Mike Bossy of the 1981 Islanders holds the record with nine power-play goals in a playoff year. ... Since the NHL adopted the best-of-7 format for the finals in 1939, teams winning Game 5 after the first four games were split have won the Stanley Cup 11 of 14 times. STREAKS

The calendar date of Thursday’s Game 5 is May 23, the latest either the North Stars or Penguins have ever played. STARS Tuesday

- Tom Barrasso, Penguins, made 35 saves as Pittsburgh beat Minnesota 5-3 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. STELLAR

Brett Hull, who scored 86 goals this season for the St. Louis Blues, was the runaway winner of the Lester Pearson Award as the NHL’s best player.

Hull was named on 294 of the 432 ballots cast. Former winner Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings and rookie goaltender Ed Belfour of the Chicago Blackhawks finished second and third. SWITCHES

The NHL announced Wednesday the 1991 expansion draft, orginally scheduled for June 17, will be held May 30. The NHL said the change was made to ensure the league’s 22 teams, including the expansion San Jose Sharks, can meet the June 1 deadline for contract offers as set forth in the basic agreement. SILENCED

The power play of the Minnesota North Stars, the most efficient through three rounds of the playoffs, has been held to just 3-for-26 after four games of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Penguins have also watched a once-potent power-play go bad, making just 2-of-25 chances in the series. SCOUTING

The schedule for a 22-game series featuring every NHL team, the Canadian Olympic team and Team USA was announced Wednesday. Each American-based NHL club will face Team USA, while the Canadian-based squads will play that country’s Olympic team in preparation for the 1992 Winter Olympics at Albertville, France. SELECTIONS

A trio of NHL general managers have advised Alan Eagleson - international chairman for Hockey Canada - of their availability to help Chicago’s Mike Keenan manage Team Canada at this year’s Labatt Canada Cup tournament.

″Serge Savard (Canadiens), Bob Clarke (North Stars) and Glen Sather (Oilers) have all agreed to work with Mike Keenan,″ Eagleson said in a news release. SPEAKING

″They think that if they win a couple of games, the series is over. They must think we’re a bunch of clowns. They’re talking about parades and going to the White House to meet with the president. I can’t believe that.″ - Pittsburgh’s Phil Bourque on the attitude of the Minnesota North Stars. SEASONS May 23

1985-Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th playoff goal as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Oilers limited Philadelphia to just 18 shots and ended a nine-game winless streak against the Flyers.

1989-Calgary’s Joel Otto and Joe Mullen scored before Montreal managed a shot on goal and the Flames held on for a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. The victory gave Calgary a 3-2 lead. Al MacInnis had the Flames’ other goal, extending his point-scoring streak to 16 games, a record for defensemen.

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