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G Grant Fuhr



5x Stanley Cup Champion
6x NHL All Star Game Participant
1988 Vezina Trophy Winner
1994 Jennings Trophy Winner
8x Top 6 Vezina Trophy Voting(1, 2, 3, 3, 5, 6, 6, 6)
9x Top 9 All Star Voting(1, 2, 3, 3, 6, 8, 8, 9, 9)
2x Top 6 Hart Trophy Voting(2, 6)
10x Top 10 Wins(1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6, 7, 7, 10)
5x Top 10 Shutouts(1, 8, 9, 9, 10)
5th in GAA, 1982
3x Top 10 SV%(6, 9, 10)
2x Canada Cup Gold Medalist(7-1-3 combined record)
1987 Canada Cup All Star Team

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Originally Posted by Mark Messier, ESPN SportsZone, April 1998
The classic stand-up goalie. Plays his angles well, challenges and he has that unbelievable athleticism. Just look at his record. He's made more big saves than any goalie over the last 15 years. He really has no weakness.
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Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster Hockey, 97-98
The Blues made the playoffs thanks to that Energizer bunny of a goalie, Grant Fuhr..."
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Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post Gazette, June 2, 1987
Grant Fuhr, the stellar Edmonton goalie who fashioned a 2.45 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage merited Conn Smythe consideration
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Originally Posted by OilersHeritage.com
Grant Fuhr is one of the best clutch goaltenders in the history of the game.

Wayne Gretzky would tell the media that if there was a game that his team needed to win, his first-choice goaltender would be Fuhr.


Due to an injury, Fuhr could not play in the 1990 Stanley Cup final.

Playing in St. Louis in the modern era of tight defence, Fuhr put up microscopic goals against averages, but he admitted that he would trade it in for 7-4 shootouts if it would have made the Blues a contender.
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Originally Posted by The Puck Stops Here, Ralph Wiley, SI, Jan 11, 1988
Grant Fuhr has been called hockey's premier goalie - and he had better be if Edmonton is to win another Cup.

"Grant reads the game as well as any goalie that has ever played," Ron Low, coach of the Nova Scotia Oilers, Edmonton's farm team, and formerly Fuhr's roommate on Oilers road trips, has said. "His goals-against average will never be the best. He'll give up the occasional soft goal. But in the big moment, for the big save, he's 95 percent unbeatable. Under pressure, there is none finer. He proved in the Canada Cup that he is the finest goaltender in the world."

"Bar none, Grant Fuhr is the best goalie in the league," Pederson will say later. "He has the fastest reflexes. Sometimes his concentration might drift during inconsequential games. But in the big-money games Fuhr is the best. He's the Cup goalie. It's sure not by luck."
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Originally Posted by Oilers Shut out Islanders in Opener, AP, The Palm Beach Post, May 11, 1984
Edmonton's victory was built around a surprisingly staunch defense and the sensational goal-tending of Fuhr, who outperformed his more celebrated counterpart in the Islanders' net, Billy Smith. Fuhr - who did not play against the Islanders in New York's sweep of last year's finals - orchestrated the victory with catlike quickness...
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Originally Posted by Fuhr Suspension may be shortened, AP, Record-Journal, Sep 29, 1990
A former all-star who was often called the best goaltender in the world during the mid-1980s...
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Originally Posted by NHL Roundup, Los Angeles Times, Jan 19, 1989
Grant Fuhr, generally recognized as the game's best goaltender, was injured in a second-period collision and was carried off the ice on a stretcher..
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Originally Posted by NHL:Oilers' Fuhr saves his best for the pressure of playoffs, USA Today, Apr 11, 1989
...this is the time of year when Grant Fuhr flourishes. He loves the pressure. That's why he's the best playoff goaltender in the league.
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Originally Posted by Fuhr Launches CPGA tour bid, Don Harrison, The Toronto Star, May 12, 1992
The best goaltender in pro hockey for a decade, [Grant Fuhr] spent the past winter toiling with little glory as the Leafs completed another NHL season without seeing the playoffs. But when Fuhr was the backbone of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty he was also busy honing his skills in the favorite pastime of idle hockey players - golf.
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Originally Posted by Fuhr's Play Inspires Pros and Conns, Philadelphia Daily News, May 30, 1985
Opposing goaltenders often feel outnumbered when confronted by the Edmonton Oilers, the NHL's most prolific goal-scoring team. Because of his team's frenetic offensive style, Edmonton goalie Grant Fuhr knows the same sense of anxiety. In any given game Fuhr must anticipate occasions when he will be a lonely sentry against attacking hordes. ...
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Originally Posted by Oilers Get Quality, Quantity From Fuhr; Capitals Face Iron-Man Goaltender Tonight, The Washington Post, Dec 1, 1987
Although most people give superstars Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson most of the credit for the Oilers' remarkable success, they have the security that, if they do mess up, Fuhr probably will save them any embarrassment.

"Grant Fuhr is the best goaltender who ever played the game, there's no question of that," Gretzky said. "Don't forget, the shots are harder and faster now, and Grant makes saves on reflexes that no other goaltender could make."
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Originally Posted by Lemieux is Lemieux, Tom McMillan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct 4, 1988
Beaten for three spectacular goals on the slushy ice of Reunion Arena in Dallas, Grant Fuhr of the Edmonton Oilers - he being the world's best goaltender - minced no words.
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Originally Posted by Fuhr also gets to take a bow, CP-AP, The Calgary Herald, Feb 27, 1986
Edmonton Mark Messier scored three consecutive goals, Wayne Gretzky contributed two and chipped in with four assists, but it was the outstanding goaltending of Grant Fuhr that dominated as the Oilers crushed the Winnipeg Jets 8-2 Wednesday night in a National Hockey League game.

Fuhr, who faced 21 first-period shots, showed the Winnipeg Arena crowd of 14,047 why he is widely considered the best goaltender in the league.

The 23-year-old goaltender finished with 44 saved to improve his record to 21-7-0.
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Originally Posted by OILERS: Pushing Bruins a little too far, Jeff Jacobs, Anchorage Daily News, May 23, 1988
Beyond discipline, the Oilers are playing great defense. They've got the best goaltender in the world in Grant Fuhr. They get the goals when they need them. They can play any way you want. Adaptability...
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Originally Posted by Gretzky familiar with Fuhr, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Apr 22, 1991
Wayne Gretzky wasn't surprised in the least when Grant Fuhr came up with one great save after another to rescue Edmonton.

Fuhr stopped 46 shots, including a few from close range by Gretzky, as the Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3, Saturday night in double overtime to even their best-of-seven Smythe Division semifinal series at one game a piece.

Gretzky and Fuhr teamed up to bring four Stanley Cup championships to Edmonton. Now, Gretzky is trying to help the kings win their first.

With Fuhr on his game, that won't be easy.

"Grant hasn't lost anything," Gretzky said. "He's one of the best goaltenders ever to play the game."
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Originally Posted by Oilers winning without vaunted offense, CP, The Phoenix, May 11, 1987
The difference, he says, is the play of Fuhr.

"We've always said that Grant Fuhr is the best goaltender in the NHL and he proved it again last night," said Demers. "He always seems to come up with the key saves that seems to get the team up. The other night he made three big saves, outstanding saves."

"In the big games, the low-scoring games, 1-0, 2-1, that's when he's at his best."
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Originally Posted by Fuhr stops Flyers in Oiler win, Gettysburg Times, Mar 3, 1986
With $200,000 at stake for the best record in the NHL as well as home-ice advantage all through the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Edmonton Oilers got a money performance out of Grant Fuhr.

"Goaltending was the difference," said Philadelphia Coach Mike Keenan following Sunday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Oilers in a meeting of last year's Stanley Cup finalists. "The man again was Fuhr. He stopped two breakaways, made the key saves in the first period to keep them in it."
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Originally Posted by Fuhr outshines the master, Eric Duhatschek, The Calgary Herald May 11, 1984
As for Fuhr, he became an instant Conn Smythe candidate with the cool he displayed under the Islanders' fire.
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Originally Posted by "Gretzky's greatness mystery even to mates", Ian MacDonald, Montreal Gazette June 1, 1985
Going into Thursday night's game, the only realistic candidates for the Smythe honor were three Oilers - superb rushing defenseman Paul Coffey, clutch goaltender Grant Fuhr and Gretzky.
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Originally Posted by "Gretzky leads sweep as Oilers capture 4th Cup in five years", Jay Greenberg, Beaver County Times, May 26, 1988
Gretzky and Messier time and again came up with clutch goals against the Flames, who defrocked the Oilers from the Smythe Division title during the regular season. Grant Fuhr, the best goalie in the game, delivered the key saves. Then, with the stunned Flames out of the way, Detroit and Boston mostly were a matter of course.
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Over a 10-year period, Grant Fuhr led the Oilers to five Stanley Cup championships between 1984 and 1990. Without a doubt, his best year was in 1987. Fuhr was a workhorse, accumulating a league-leading 4,304 minutes played and 40 wins. He earned his sole Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender and was runner-up to teammate Wayne Gretzky for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. During the 1983-1984 season, Fuhr collected 14 points, which still stands as the single-season record for most points by a goaltender.

once great goaltender was past his prime, he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. Given another chance, the classy veteran didn't disappoint. Fuhr played with a renewed love for the game and an energy that matched any youngster in the league. He played an astonishing 79 games for the Blues, 76 consecutively. Both remain single-season records. Grant's great play continued into the playoffs that year. He was once again in fine form and gave Blues' fans high hopes for a Stanley Cup championship. Unfortunately, the playoff run ended prematurely when Maple Leafs' forward Nick Kypreos crashed into Fuhr as he was attempting to cover the puck. His leg twisted awkwardly and he tore his knee ligaments.
http://www.legendsofhockey.net/Legen...page=bio&list=

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Grant Fuhr was the best goalie in the world in the second half of the 1980's. He struggled once departing from Edmonton, but late in his career resurrected his profile to elite status once again with St. Louis.

For the first few years, there was a bit of goaltending power struggle in Edmonton. Fuhr and Andy Moog would split the work, but Fuhr became the go-to guy once the playoffs rolled along.

The playoffs was when Fuhr was at his best.

It has often been said playing goal for the Edmonton Oiler dynasty of the 1980's must have been an easy job and that even an average goaltender could have done well. While it is true that the Oilers held on to the puck the majority of the game and would often give Fuhr large leads to work with, but they were also guilty of not supporting their goalie with as much defensive help as most champions, especially in the earlier years during the regular season. During his prime, Fuhr's GAA ranged from a low of 3.43 to 3.91, which is extremely high for someone who is supposed to be the "best goalie in the world." But considering the Oilers' run and gun style and Fuhr's lack of support on many nights, those numbers are very respectable.

And Grant Fuhr stood on his head! The Russians swarmed and swarmed but Fuhr continued to turn away shot after shot after shot.
Remember right before Mario Lemieux's famous goal on a drop pass from Wayne Gretzky? There was mad scramble in front of the Canadian net, Fuhr kept the puck out. The results of the 1987 Canada Cup could very easily have been reversed had it not been for Grant Fuhr.

While Fuhr received little respect for his regular season play, he became recognized as the world's greatest goaltender because of his international play and the Stanley Cup playoffs. Spectacular sprawling saves were the norm in Edmonton during their Cup years. While most people give Gretzky and Messier the credit, it is highly unlikely the Oilers would have been as successful as they were without the caliber of play Grant Fuhr supplied them.

Fuhr, an excellent golfer, returned to form once he landed in St. Louis. He looked like he was 23 again, thrilling fans with his acrobatic style and is stealing games for the Blues which they have no business winning. It was great to see the living legend between the pipes back on top after most people had written him off.
http://oilerslegends.blogspot.com/20...rant-fuhr.html

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It was a precipitous drop from Fuhr, who should win the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender this year, to backup netminder Jon Casey...

The conventional wisdom among hockey observers was that without Fuhr the Blues were toast.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...71/1/index.htm

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As Grant Fuhr has carried the St. Louis Blues on his back and emerged as one of the best stories of the NHL season...

"Almost every night he's been one of our top players," says Blues assistant coach Bob Berry. Fuhr's spectacular plays have become routine. "We used to sit on the bench and say, 'Damn, did you see that save?' " says St. Louis defenseman Al MacInnis. "But after 50-odd games, we're tired of saying it."

Fuhr is the only reason the Blues, who were 22-23-10 after their 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, are anywhere near the .500 mark.

Where would they be without him? Says Blues right wing Brett Hull, "We'd have won five games, maybe seven, honest to god."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...51/4/index.htm

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The starting goaltender for the Leafs at the beginning of last season was Grant Fuhr. He was the foundation of all hopes for the team's return to glory, the owner of five Stanley Cup rings with the Edmonton Oilers.

"It was expansion," Fletcher says. "If we hadn't known we were going to lose one of these guys at the end of the year, we would have kept them both. Grant Fuhr is one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of the game.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...29/3/index.htm

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Grant Fuhr, the man who backstopped the Edmonton Oilers to five Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1990, was at his acrobatic best for the Sabres, who skewered the Adams Division champion Boston Bruins in a shocking four-game sweep.

Sutter can commiserate with his brother, Boston coach Brian Sutter, who was the most frustrated man in Buffalo after Fuhr stonewalled the Bruins. "If Fuhr's not standing on his ear, we win," Sutter said. "He's a world-class goalie. What can you do?"

Buffalo coach John Muckler, for whom Fuhr had played in Edmonton, relentlessly lobbied general manager Gerry Meehan to make the deal. To win a playoff series you have no business winning, Muckler argued, you need a goalie who knows how to steal a few big games. "The price was high," says Muckler, "but we got what we needed."

Then the curtain went up, and Fuhr stopped everything the Bruins threw at him. Inspired, the Sabres took the first two games in Boston. In Game 3 in Buffalo, Fuhr stopped flurry after flurry from Bruin sharpshooters Adam Oates, Cam Neely and Joé Juneau. His reflexes and glove seemed as fast as ever. At one point in the third period, after diving to fend off a point-blank shot by Neely, Fuhr did a backward somersault to get back on his skates. The Sabres won 4-3 in overtime.

His teammates are duly impressed. "He's the best goalie I've ever faced, the best I've ever seen, and he's playing better now than he ever has," says Buffalo center Pat LaFontaine. "I'm glad he's on our side."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...31/1/index.htm

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But if he was the same old goalie in the nets last week, he was also a different person. In previous years, when he was the premier goalie in the game...
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...17/1/index.htm

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All-galaxy goalie Grant Fuhr...

Twice Fuhr denied Gretzky from in close during Game 1, which set the tone for the series. "That's just Grant," shrugged Gretzky. "I've been saying it for years. He's the best in the world."


In Game 2 at the Forum the next night, the Kings won 5-2, but Fuhr again was magnificent. The Kings bombarded him with 44 shots, and journeyman free-agent Chris Kontos got a hat trick, but Fuhr made half a dozen saves that did not seem humanly possible.

Eight seconds into Game 3, Gretzky stole the puck from Simpson and broke in on Fuhr for the first of what would be eight quality scoring chances. Trying to pick a corner, however, he missed the net. As it turned out, every other shot he took was stonewalled by Fuhr or missed the net. Fuhr was so tough that by the third period the Kings were passing up point-blank shots, searching in vain for the perfect scoring chance. The world's best goalie had climbed into the Kings' heads and was playing with their minds.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...84/2/index.htm

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Ron Hextall is the best goalie I've ever faced...but I've never played against Grant Fuhr.
—WAYNE GRETZKY

So this is where the puck stops, with the man behind the mask, the best goalie in the NHL. The best on earth. So this is Grant Fuhr.

During the Canada Cup, in which Canada defeated the Soviets two games to one last September, Fuhr was breathtakingly effective. Two other stellar goalies were on Team Canada's bench, Kelly Hrudey of the Islanders and Philadelphia's Hextall, but their services were not required. "Grant was utterly magnificent," says Low.

Fuhr, then, is the Oilers' bulwark as they try to skate their way to a fourth Stanley Cup without three defensemen from the 1986-87 team.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...25/7/index.htm

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There, for good measure, was goalie Grant Fuhr—whom Oiler G.M. coach Glen Sather called "the best goalie I've ever seen"—stopping a third-period penalty shot by Flyers captain Dave Poulin, the second penalty shot Fuhr had turned back in as many games, yet another Stanley Cup record.

"Grant's the most underrated goalie in the league," said Gretzky...
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...54/1/index.htm

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Fuhr is a standup shot-blocker with keen reflexes and an uncommon knack for steering deflections toward his teammates.

"He never gets rattled or shakes his head or panics." Adds Lumley, "A puck may have just whizzed by his head, and all Grant will say is, 'Hmm, that was an interesting shot.' "
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...31/2/index.htm

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Fuhr, a former all star and one of the top goaltenders in the world during the mid 1980s...
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"It was a good game and Fuhr was the difference," said Coach Don Perry of the Kings.
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Grant Fuhr, whose outstanding goaltending bailed out the freewheeling Edmonton Oilers time and again during their championship seasons...

The run-and-gun Oilers were led by Wayne Gretzky, and defencemen such as Paul Coffey liked to gamble on rushes up the ice. Fuhr was their insurance policy.

Nobody had more fun than Fuhr, who rarely got rankled. He might let a soft one in now and again but he was always there to make the big save when it counted most.
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The Bruins had their chances. A Cam Neely backhander with 10 minutes left in the game might have sneaked by -- if not for Grant Fuhr. Likewise, when [Ken Linseman] set up Moe Lemay with a lead pass out front, it might have poked through -- if not for Grant Fuhr. Randy Burridge's blast with 7 1/2 minutes to play? It was a nice pass from Rick Middleton, but a nicer save from Grant Fuhr.
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The masked man escaped under cover of darkness late Monday night and crossed the border into Canada, this city's dream tucked neatly in his satchel. They're calling what Grant Fuhr did here in the last few days an open-and- shut case of grand larceny, but they're doing so more with a sense of awe than condemnation. At least they got robbed by one of the best.
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"The guy has so much confidence in his glove," said Montreal defenceman Guy Lapointe after the Oilers and Canadiens skated to a 3-3 draw Tuesday night. "He gives you a big opening because he knows he can get to the puck."

But the Oilers needed all the defensive skills they could muster to subdue the Canadiens, whom they eliminated in 3 straight playoff games last spring, and most of the defence game from Fuhr.
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The NHL All-Stars combined sudden striking skill on offense and the acrobatics of Grant Fuhr in goal to get the edge on the Soviet national team in Rendez-Vous '87...Fuhr, the Edmonton Oilers' goaltender, was sensational against the vaunted...
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It's a good thing Edmonton goaltender Grant Fuhr wore his favorite mask on Halloween because the Oilers left him holding the bag for two periods against the Vancouver Canucks.

"That's the way it is with Grant-he's always there when we need him," Edmonton coach Glen Sather said. We would have been down a few goals going into the third without Grant.
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He had been a riddle with no answer, a padlocked door with no key. For the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals, the Flyers found Edmonton goaltender Grant Fuhr hard to beat.
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"We certainly play an offensive style and lots of times Grant doesn't get the credit he deserves playing behind a team like us," Edmonton wing Craig MacTavish said after Wednesday's 8-5 NHL victory over the Jets. "It's nice to know Grant is back there backing you up when you make a mistake defensively."

"Fuhr is playing well for them, there is nothing we can do about it," Jets wing Paul MacLean said. "We got a lot of quality chances but we couldn't put it in. We feel a little snakebitten, but we've got to give him(Fuhr) credit. We've got to give him a lot of credit."
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Generally regarded as the league's best goaltender, Fuhr polished his image with strong performances in last year's Rendezvous '87 series in Quebec, in which the NHL All-Stars split two games with the Soviets, and this past summer's Canada Cup victory over the Soviets.

Of course Fuhr has been a key performer for the Oilers en route to three Stanley Cup championships, including last year's triumph over the Flyers.
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Of course, any rough idling for the Oilers is often smoothed by Grant Fuhr in net. Fuhr was beaten for the last time at 3:23 of the second period, on Ray Bourque's second power-play goal of the year, and the goalie turned away the Bruins' final 15 shots. It was Fuhr's netminding that allowed the Oilers to keep pecking away at Reggie Lemelin and finally pull even on Charlie Huddy's goal with 2:17 to play in regulation.
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"Grant was superb when he had to be," said Lowe...

"We were a little sluggish in the first period after five days off and Grant kept us in there," added Lowe. "Jari Kurri's goal was a big one for us and moments before Grant made a big save off Colin Patterson."
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Wayne Gretzky wasn't surprised in the least when Grant Fuhr came up with one great save after another to rescue Edmonton.

"Grant hasn't lost anything," Gretzky said. "He's one of the best goaltenders ever to play the game."
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