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The 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 5, after the conclusion of the 1988–89 NHL season. This was the final year that all of the Division Semifinals began with teams playing the first four games in a span of five days. The playoffs concluded on May 25 with the champion Calgary Flames defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4–2 to win the Stanley Cup Final series four games to two.

1989 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 5–May 25, 1989
Defending championsEdmonton Oilers
Final positions
ChampionsCalgary Flames
Runner-upMontreal Canadiens
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Al MacInnis (Flames)
(31 points)
MVPAl MacInnis (Flames)

It remains the last time that the Cup Finals was contested between two Canadian hockey teams. Montreal finished the regular season with 115 points, only two behind the league leader Calgary. They had last faced each other in 1986, with Montreal winning in five games. Calgary was only the second opposing team in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup at the Montreal Forum (the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Maroons in 1928) and the first and only to do so against the Canadiens. Flames defenceman Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, while Lanny McDonald, who ended the regular season with exactly 500 goals, got his name on the Cup in his last ever NHL game. Flames co-owner Sonia Scurfield became the first Canadian woman to have her name inscribed on the Stanley Cup.

Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings met the defending champion Oilers in the first round. Gretzky and the Kings defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions after falling behind 3 games to 1. In the second round the Kings were swept by the eventual champion Calgary Flames in four games.

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall became the first netminder to shoot and score a goal in the playoffs, a shorthanded, empty-net score in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Semifinal against the Washington Capitals. One round later Mario Lemieux equaled four NHL-records (most goals in a game, most goals in a period, most points in a game and most points in a period) by scoring five goals and eight points in a 10–7 Pittsburgh win in game five of the Patrick Division Finals. Hextall then made headlines in the Wales Conference Finals, attacking Montreal's Chris Chelios in the late stages of Game 6 as retribution for Chelios' unpenalized hit on Flyers forward Brian Propp in game one. Hextall received a 12-game suspension at the start of the 1989–90 season for his actions.

Former Flyers head coach Mike Keenan led Chicago to the Campbell Conference finals in his first year behind the bench. The Blackhawks had the fewest points of any playoff team this season yet they upset first place Detroit and then St. Louis before bowing to Calgary.

Playoff seedsEdit

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams DivisionEdit

  1. Montreal Canadiens, Adams Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 115 points
  2. Boston Bruins – 88 points
  3. Buffalo Sabres – 83 points
  4. Hartford Whalers – 79 points

Patrick DivisionEdit

  1. Washington Capitals, Patrick Division champions – 92 points
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins – 87 points
  3. New York Rangers – 82 points
  4. Philadelphia Flyers – 80 points

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris DivisionEdit

  1. Detroit Red Wings, Norris Division champions – 80 points
  2. St. Louis Blues – 78 points
  3. Minnesota North Stars – 70 points
  4. Chicago Blackhawks – 66 points

Smythe DivisionEdit

  1. Calgary Flames, Smythe Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 117 points
  2. Los Angeles Kings – 91 points
  3. Edmonton Oilers – 84 points
  4. Vancouver Canucks – 74 points

Playoff bracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
A1 Montreal 4  
A4 Hartford 0  
  A1 Montreal 4  
  A2 Boston 1  
A2 Boston 4
A3 Buffalo 1  
  A1 Montreal 4  
Prince of Wales Conference
  P4 Philadelphia 2  
P1 Washington 2  
P4 Philadelphia 4  
  P4 Philadelphia 4
  P2 Pittsburgh 3  
P2 Pittsburgh 4
P3 NY Rangers 0  
  A1 Montreal 2
  S1 Calgary 4
N1 Detroit 2  
N4 Chicago 4  
  N4 Chicago 4
  N2 St. Louis 1  
N2 St. Louis 4
N3 Minnesota 1  
  N4 Chicago 1
Clarence Campbell Conference
  S1 Calgary 4  
S1 Calgary 4  
S4 Vancouver 3  
  S1 Calgary 4
  S2 Los Angeles 0  
S2 Los Angeles 4
S3 Edmonton 3  

Division SemifinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Hartford WhalersEdit

Montreal won series 4–0

(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Buffalo SabresEdit

Boston won series 4–1

(P1) Washington Capitals vs. (P4) Philadelphia FlyersEdit

Philadelphia won series 4–2

(P2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P3) New York RangersEdit

Pittsburgh won series 4–0

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N4) Chicago BlackhawksEdit

Chicago won series 4–2

(N2) St. Louis Blues vs. (N3) Minnesota North StarsEdit

St. Louis won series 4–1

(S1) Calgary Flames vs. (S4) Vancouver CanucksEdit

Calgary defeated Vancouver in seven games. This was the first of three consecutive series between these two teams that ended in overtime of game seven (with the winner of all three series making it to the Stanley Cup Finals). The seventh game went into overtime with both teams having great chances to win the game. The best of these chances was a breakaway for Canucks' captain Stan Smyl who was stopped by Calgary goaltender Mike Vernon. Joel Otto scored the series winner at 19:21 of the first overtime after Jim Peplinski banked it in off Otto's skate to send the Flames into the Smythe Division Final.[1]

Calgary won series 4–3

(S2) Los Angeles Kings vs. (S3) Edmonton OilersEdit

Los Angeles won series 4–3

Division FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A2) Boston BruinsEdit

Montreal won series 4–1

(P2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P4) Philadelphia FlyersEdit

In Game 5, Mario Lemieux, listed as questionable before the game due to his neck, tied four NHL playoff records for goals in one period (4), goals in a game (5), points in a game (8) and points in a period (4).[2]

Philadelphia won series 4–3

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N2) St. Louis Blues vs. (N4) Chicago BlackhawksEdit

Chicago won series 4–1

(S1) Calgary Flames vs. (S2) Los Angeles KingsEdit

Calgary won series 4–0

Conference FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales Conference FinalEdit

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (P4) Philadelphia FlyersEdit

Montreal won series 4–2

Clarence Campbell Conference FinalEdit

(S1) Calgary Flames vs. (N4) Chicago BlackhawksEdit

Calgary won series 4–1

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

This was the second playoff series between these two teams, with the only previous meeting being the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals where Montreal defeated Calgary in five games. This was the Flames second appearance in the Finals, while Montreal was making their thirty-third appearance in the Finals. Calgary was trying to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, while Montreal last won the Stanley Cup in 1986.

The Stanley Cup Finals was decided between the two teams with the best records of the 1988–89 NHL regular season. 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, as he retired during the following off-season. Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period, including the eventual game and Cup winner to cement their first title for the Flames.

To date this remains the last all-Canadian Cup Finals.

Calgary won series 4–2

Player statisticsEdit


These are the top ten skaters based on points.[3]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Al MacInnis Calgary Flames 22 7 24 31 +6 46
Tim Kerr Philadelphia Flyers 19 14 11 25 +1 27
Joe Mullen Calgary Flames 21 16 8 24 +8 4
Brian Propp Philadelphia Flyers 18 14 9 23 +8 14
Doug Gilmour Calgary Flames 22 11 11 22 +12 20
Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings 11 5 17 22 -4 0
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 11 12 7 19 -1 16
Bobby Smith Montreal Canadiens 21 11 8 19 +1 46
Denis Savard Chicago Blackhawks 16 8 11 19 +8 10
Joel Otto Calgary Flames 22 6 13 19 +2 46


This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage, with at least 420 minutes played. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[4]

Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 19 13 6 526 42 2.09 .920 2 1206:10
Mike Vernon Calgary Flames 22 16 5 549 52 2.26 .905 3 1380:55
Alain Chevrier Chicago Blackhawks 16 9 7 483 44 2.61 .909 0 1013:00
Greg Millen St. Louis Blues 10 5 5 308 34 3.14 .890 0 649:22
Ron Hextall Philadelphia Flyers 15 8 7 445 49 3.32 .890 0 886:22


  1. ^ "Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames: Renewing a Stanley Cup playoff rivalry". April 15, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Lemieux ties three records; Penguins win 10-7." Gainesville Sun. 1989 Apr 26.
  3. ^ - Skater Stats
  4. ^ - Goalie Stats

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