In the wacky final series of the 1991 playoffs, the first seeded team from Pittsburgh met the 16th seeded team from Minnesota. This would also mark the first time a team from the province of Alberta (Edmonton or Calgary) was not involved in the finals since 1982. For the Minnesota North Stars it would be their second Stanley Cup Final appearance and for Pittsburgh, their first. The Pens cruised past Washington, the New York Rangers and Boston on the road to the finals. The North Stars were able to overcome Chicago, St. Louis and Edmonton, all of which finished 20-or-more points higher in the standings. Mario Lemieux took control scoring 12 points while playing only five games of the six-game championship series. Pittsburgh took the series lead 3-2 and iced Minnesota winning 8-0 in game six.
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