Tuesday, May 25, 2010

1989 Calgary Flames

The 1989 Stanley Cup finals came to a close on this day in 1989 with the Calgary Flames winning Lord Stanley's Cup on the home ice of the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-2 series victory.
The regular season ended with the Calgary Flames as the overall #1 team with 117 points followed closely by the Canadiens with 115.
In the playoffs the Flames met a stiff challenge in the first round going 7 games to move on to the second round. The Flames then beat the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games and swept the LA Kings with their new superstar center Wayne Gretzky in the 2nd round.
In the Campbell Conference finals the Flames dispatched the Chicago BlackHawks 4-1.

The Canadiens swept the Hartford Whalers in the first round and beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in the second round. In the Prince of Wales Conference Finals they sent the Philadelphia Flyers packing 4-2 to set up an all Canadian Stanley Cup final.
In the Finals the Flames came out and won the first game on home ice but then the Canadiens bounced back with 2 straight wins. Calgary didn't blink and answered with 3 straight wins including the Cup clincher in Montreal by a score of 4-2. Doug Gilmour scored the game and Cup winning goals for the Flames.
The Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP went to Calgary defenseman Al MacInnis who scored 31 points in the playoffs and became the first defenseman to win the award.

Award winners for 1988-89:

Hart Trophy (League MVP) - Wayne Gretzky (LA Kings)
Art Ross (scoring champion) - 199 points - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) - Brian Leetch (NY Rangers)
Selke Trophy (best forward) - Guy Carbonneau (MTL)
Jack Adams (Coach of the Year) - Pat Burns (MTL)
Lady Byng (Gentlemanly Play) - Joe Mullen (Calgary Flames)
Jennings Trophy (team goals against avg) - Patrick Roy/Brian Hayward (MTL)
Vezina Trophy (top Goaltender) - Patrick Roy (MTL)
Norris Trophy (defenseman) - Chris Chelios (MTL)

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