In that 1991 season, despite a losing record in the regular season, the North Stars embarked on a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Finals . They knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues (the top two teams in the NHL during the regular season) in six games each and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers in five games, making it to the finals for the second time in franchise history. The team fought hard against the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins , led by Mario Lemieux . They won two out of the first three contests before being obliterated 8-0 in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series. It was the most one-sided defeat in a deciding game of the Stanley Cup Finals since the original Ottawa Senators defeated the Dawson City Nuggets 23-2 in 1905.
NOTES: Before the game, the Stars honoured Jere Lehtinen, who played 14 seasons for Dallas, by retiring his No. 26. He joins Neal Broten (7), Bill Goldsworthy (8), Mike Modano (9) and Bill Masterton (19). Lehtinen three times won the NHL's Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward. He now is general manager of the Finnish National Team... Monahan's first goal was his seventh on the power play, tied for the most in the league... Stars D Stephen Johns (upper-body injury) left during the second period... Dallas had the NHL's top power play until the 1-for-20 slump in the last six games. The Stars have won their last four games at home, where they're 9-2.