1989 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1989 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1988–89 season, and the culmination of the 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, the top two teams during the regular season. This was the second time in the decade after 1986 that the Canadiens and Flames met in the Finals. The 1989 series also remains the last time that the Cup Finals was played entirely in Canada.
|1989 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* – overtime periods|
|Location(s)||Calgary: Olympic Saddledome (1, 2, 5)|
Montreal: Montreal Forum (3, 4, 6)
|Coaches||Calgary: Terry Crisp|
Montreal: Pat Burns
|Captains||Calgary: Lanny McDonald, Jim Peplinski|
Montreal: Bob Gainey
|Dates||May 14 – May 25|
|MVP||Al MacInnis (Flames)|
|Series-winning goal||Doug Gilmour (11:02, third, G6)|
SportsChannel America (United States)
|Announcers||Bob Cole, Harry Neale and Dick Irvin (CBC)|
Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement (SC America)
The Flames defeated the Canadiens in six games to win their first and only Stanley Cup. The winning goal in game six was scored by Doug Gilmour. They became the first team to win a Stanley Cup after relocating, as they had begun life as the Atlanta Flames in 1972. Since then, four more teams have accomplished this feat: the New Jersey Devils (formerly the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies), the Colorado Avalanche (formerly the Quebec Nordiques), the Dallas Stars (formerly the Minnesota North Stars), and the Carolina Hurricanes (formerly the New England/Hartford Whalers). The Flames would later reach the Finals again in 2004, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning; they had gone that entire span without a single playoff series victory. This was also the second-to-last of eight consecutive Finals where either the Flames or their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers represented Alberta in the Stanley Cup Finals. Both Calgary and Montreal were the only two teams to win the Stanley Cup in the 1980s other than the New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers.
This was the Canadiens' first defeat in a Cup Finals since 1967. Montreal would later win the Finals again in 1993, both their last Finals appearance and victory. The defeat was Patrick Roy's only Cup Finals where he was not on the winning side; he went on to win the 1993 Cup with the Canadiens and the 1996 and 2001 Cups with the Avalanche.
The 1989 Finals featured two coaches making their first appearances, as Calgary's Terry Crisp faced Montreal's Pat Burns. For Crisp it was his only appearance, while Burns returned one more time in 2003 where he led the Devils to their third Cup. In the interim between their two matches both teams had replaced their coaches; Crisp was hired to replace Badger Bob Johnson after his departure following the 1987 season while Burns took over for 1986 Cup winning coach Jean Perron after his 1988 firing. For Crisp, this was his third Stanley Cup championship in his career. He had already won two as a player with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 and 1975. Following the series, Bob Gainey, Rick Green and Lanny McDonald would retire, while long time defenceman Larry Robinson would sign with the Los Angeles Kings, where he played the final three years of his career.
Paths to the FinalsEdit
Co-captain Lanny McDonald scored the second Flames goal in game six. This turned out to be the last goal in his Hockey Hall of Fame career because he retired during the following off-season. It was also his only Stanley Cup victory. Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period, including the eventual game and Cup winner to cement the victory for the Flames. Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and at 31 points, became the first defenceman to lead the NHL in post-season scoring. The Calgary Flames are the only visiting team to have won the Stanley Cup on the Canadiens' home ice.
|May 14||Montreal Canadiens||2–3||Calgary Flames||Olympic Saddledome||Recap|
|Stephane Richer (6) – pp – 02:43
Larry Robinson (1) – 10:02
|First period||06:51 – pp – Al MacInnis (4)|
08:33 – Al MacInnis (5)
|No scoring||Second period||11:45 – Theoren Fleury (5)|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|Patrick Roy 32 saves / 35 shots||Goalie stats||Mike Vernon 29 saves / 31 shots|
|May 17||Montreal Canadiens||4–2||Calgary Flames||Olympic Saddledome||Recap|
|Larry Robinson (2) – 04:18||First period||No scoring|
|Bobby Smith (9) – pp – 01:55||Second period||05:14 – Joe Nieuwendyk (10)|
13:49 – pp – Joel Otto (5)
|Chris Chelios (4) – 08:01
Russ Courtnall (7) – pp – 09:35
|Third period||No scoring|
|Patrick Roy 30 saves / 32 shots||Goalie stats||Mike Vernon 19 saves / 23 shots|
|May 19||Calgary Flames||3–4||2OT||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum||Recap|
|Joe Mullen (12) – 17:15||First period||01:32 – Mike McPhee (4)|
|Joe Mullen (13) – pp – 15:35||Second period||No scoring|
|Doug Gilmour (8) – 13:02||Third period||01:36 – Bobby Smith (10)|
19:19 – Mats Naslund (4)
|No scoring||Second overtime period||18:08 – Ryan Walter (3)|
|Mike Vernon 31 saves / 35 shots||Goalie stats||Patrick Roy 34 saves / 37 shots|
|May 21||Calgary Flames||4–2||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|Doug Gilmour (9) – 10:59
Joe Mullen (14) – pp – 18:43
|Second period||No scoring|
|Al MacInnis (6) – 18:22
Joe Mullen (15) – pp-en – 19:49
|Third period||10:59 – Russ Courtnall (8)|
19:33 – Claude Lemieux (3)
|Mike Vernon 17 saves / 19 shots||Goalie stats||Patrick Roy 31 saves / 34 shots|
|May 23||Montreal Canadiens||2–3||Calgary Flames||Olympic Saddledome||Recap|
|Bobby Smith (11) – pp – 13:24||First period||00:28 – Joel Otto (6)|
08:15 – Joe Mullen (16)
19:31 – pp – Al MacInnis (7)
|Mike Keane (4) – 14:17||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|Patrick Roy 25 saves / 28 shots||Goalie stats||Mike Vernon 26 saves / 28 shots|
|May 25||Calgary Flames||4–2||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum||Recap|
|Colin Patterson (3) – 18:51||First period||No scoring|
|Lanny McDonald (1) – 04:24||Second period||01:23 – Claude Lemieux (4)|
|Doug Gilmour (10) – pp – 11:02
Doug Gilmour (11) – en – 18:57
|Third period||11:53 – Rick Green (1)|
|Mike Vernon 20 saves / 22 shots||Goalie stats||Patrick Roy 15 saves / 18 shots|
|Calgary won series 4–2|
This was the first Cup Finals since 1984 that the CBC had the sole English-language rights to the entire series in Canada instead of having to share it with another network. This was also the first season that SportsChannel America held the national U.S rights.
Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.
Calgary Flames – 1989 Stanley Cup championsEdit
Coaching and administrative staff
- Norman Green (Owner), Harley Hotchkiss (Owners/Governor)
- Norman Kwong (Owner), Sonia Scurfield (Owner)
- Byron Seaman (Owner), Daryl Seaman (Owner)
- Cliff Fletcher (President/General Manager), Al MacNeil (Asst. General Manager)
- Al Coates (Asst. to President), Terry Crisp (Head Coach)
- Doug Risebrough (Asst. Coach), Tom Watt (Asst. Coach)
- Glenn Hall (Goaltending Consultant), Jim Murray (Trainer)
- Al Murray (Asst. Trainer), Bob Stewart (Equipment Manager)
Stanley Cup Engraving
- #16 Sergei Pryakhin, and #32 Ken Sabourin each played 1 playoff game. They did not play enough regular season games, or in the final to qualify to be on the cup. Pryakhin and Sabourin have Stanley Cup rings. Pryakhin was also included in the team picture. He was first Russian-born trained player to play in the NHL playoffs.
- Vice Presidents Clare Rhysen, Leo Ornest were left off the Stanley Cup, but awarded Stanley Cup Rings.
Stanley Cup Finals PatchEdit
The 1989 Stanley Cup Final was the first to feature a special commemorative patch on both teams' sweaters, in honor of the championship series. Placed on each player's left shoulder, the patch employed the same design that would be used from 1989–1994 before being tweaked for the 1995 Final. A commemorative patch has been issued in every Stanley Cup Final since, though subsequent patches were sewn onto the sweaters'` upper right breast area (with the only exceptions being the 1994 and 2014 New York Rangers, whose diagonal wordmark necessitated the patch's placement on the top of each sweater's left shoulder).
- Greatest Moments in Calgary Flames Hockey History. pp. 79–80.