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Game 3? 'It's going to be absolutely nuts'

After an 11-year absence, the Stanley Cup playoffs are back in to Minnesota. They never should have left.

Updated: April 14, 2003, 6:14 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota North Stars, with Dino Ciccarelli and Bobby Smith and Craig Hartsburg and Gilles Meloche, had just beaten the Canadiens in Games 1 and 2 of their second-round playoff series in 1980.

Both games were in Montreal, no less.

Before Game 3, the North Stars were about to take the ice at the Met Center, in Bloomington. The dressing room was downstairs in the old building, and coach Glen Sonmor decided he didn't need to give a pep talk.

He just let the ...

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