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LW Mark Osborne

4x 100 PIM
3x 60-Point Scorer
531 points in 919 career NHL games
60% of 2nd place Messier in assists, 89-90
57% of 2nd place Messier in points, 89-90

Left-winger Mark Osborne was a solid two-way forward who played over 900 NHL games for four different clubs. Although he scored over 200 career goals, the hard-working winger was best at winning battles in the corners and checking the opposition's top line.

The Toronto native was a junior standout with the OHA's Niagara Falls Flyers where he served as the team captain. He was taken 46th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 1980 Entry Draft then scored 39 goals his last year in junior. At the end of that season he joined the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings in time for the Calder Cup playoffs. This was his only minor league assignment until 1995.

In 1981-82, Osborne scored 26 goals for Detroit as a rookie. He slipped to 19 goals the next year after which he was traded to the New York Rangers in a multi-player transaction that featured Ron Duguay and Willie Huber. "Ozzie" was a consistent two-way forward for the Rangers and helped the team reach the semi-finals in 1986.

Prior to the March trade deadline in 1987, Osborne was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He helped the team come within one win of the semi-finals that year and scored a career best 73 points in 1989-90 while playing on the "GEM" line with Ed Olczyk and Gary Leeman. The good fortune did not carry over to the next season as the Leafs stumbled out of the gate and Osborne was traded with Olczyk to Winnipeg.

Late in the 1991-92 season, Osborne was reacquired by Toronto and was an effective checker. He formed a fine defensive trio with Peter Zezel and Bill Berg and helped Toronto reach the Conference finals in 1993 and 1994. Prior to the lockout-shortened season, the veteran signed with the New York Rangers. Osborne retired in 1997-98 after playing parts of three seasons with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL.

In his second stint with Toronto he was on an effective checking line with Bill Berg and Peter Zezel and helped the Leafs reach the Conference Finals in two consecutive seasons (1993 and 1994), falling short each time of making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

also picked up a few other serviceable and reliable players, including Mark Osborne

The Rangers' goals came on a breakaway by Sergei Nemchinov and a Washington defensive miscue that was converted by Mark Osborne.

"Mark was a young, strong, strapping guy, and they pegged him for 35 or 40 goals a season," Campbell said. "He kept trying to live up to that." Campbell said Osborne is a "solid, dependable guy" who can be used to protect a lead in the last minutes of a period.

"He's found his peace," Campbell said.

Osborne is listed at 6 feet 2 inches and 205 pounds. He is a left-handed shooter, but also can play right wing.

"That's (the fire) something I've got to work on doing every game," said softspoken Mike Eastwood, who centres the plumbers line. He scored the Leafs' second goal and set up [Kent Manderville]'s game winner. "Each guy on our line gets in the corner and bumps and grinds and it makes it a lot easier for us."

The Stars taste of second place in the Central Division lasted about as long as snow does here. The Leafs' checking line of Mark Osborne, Peter Zezel and Bill Berg, which held sniper Mike Modano's line to a single goal, had a lot to do with it, too.

It would be overstating the case to suggest Gilmour picked up his team and carried it on his back, as he has done on so many occasions. That would be a disservice to the Peter Zezel-Bill Berg- Mark Osborne unit, which pounded San Jose's No. 1 offensive line into submission.

Maybe the decisive goal was a sign of what's ahead. Craig Janney and Nelson Emerson penetrated the Toronto zone against some of the Leafs' best checkers - [Bob Rouse] and [Jamie Macoun], plus Peter Zezel and Mark Osborne up front.

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