’88-’89 Flames Continue to Dominate; Advance to Semifinal in Five Games over ’12-’13 Blackhawks

Besides being among tournament leaders in PIMs and ejections, winger Gary Roberts is among the Flames' leaders in points.   via the1jasontaylor.wordpress.com

Besides being among tournament leaders in PIMs and ejections, winger Gary Roberts is among the Flames’ leaders in points. via the1jasontaylor.wordpress.com

The 6th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks came into this series on a four game shutout streak, but the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames put a stop to that in Game 1. The Flames potted three goals in the first period of the opening game and added another in the third period to take Game 1 by a score of 4-1, with two goals from Gary Roberts. In Game 2, the Flames opened up a 3-0 lead halfway through the game and withstood a comeback to hold onto a 5-3 win. The Blackhawks got on board in the series with a tight 2-1 win in Game 3 thanks to a game-winning goal from Patrick Sharp in the third period.

The Flames’ offense got back to work in Game 4, opening up another 3-0 lead and held up for a 4-2 win. A power play goal from Joe Mullen in the second turned out to be the game-winner. Back in Chicago for Game 5, the Blackhawks scored the opening goal for just the second time in the series thanks to Brandon Saad. It remained 1-0 Chicago heading into the third period, but a flurry of goals from both teams saw this game heading into overtime tied at three, with two goals from Roberts for the Flames, including a shorthanded goal. Hakan Loob scored the goal that forced overtime. Then, nearly halfway into overtime, Doug Gilmour ended the series and pushed the Flames into the Semifinal.

Marian Hossa had not had a very good tournament coming into this series, but lead the Blackhawks in goals in the five games with four. The same could be said regarding Patrick Sharp, he came into this series without a goal, but left it with two goals and finishing the tournament with a measly three points. Defenseman Nick Leddy led Chicago in assists this series with three and a smattering of others notched two assists, including Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Hossa also led the Hawks in points with his four goals. Toews, Saad and others like Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw all totaled out at three points. As for the overall tournament, the offense was a bit disappointing with players like Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and the aforementioned Hossa and Sharp not pitching in for too much offense. Toews, Kane and Saad finished the tournament atop the points leaderboard for Chicago, each registering 18, 16 and 14 points, respectively. In net, Corey Crawford came back down to Earth in a big way after posting four straight shutouts in the previous round. He face a much better offense in this series and it showed. He posted a 3.60 goals against average and a .889 save percentage in the five games. However, even with those numbers he still finished the tournament with a 2.07 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.

Well, nobody can quite dowse the Flames offense in this tournament. At least, not yet. They now have scored 96 goals in 19 games so far and have a +51 goal differential in those 19 games. Roberts led them in goals this series with four, which doubles his overall goal total. Roberts also happens to be among tournament leaders in penalties in minutes and ejections! Loob, along with Joe Nieuwendyk, were right behind him with three. Gilmour and defenseman Al MacInnis led the Flames in assists with each registering six. Nieuwendyk was second behind them with four assists. Loob had led the Flames in points all tournament long until this series where he totaled just four points. He was surpassed by both Gilmour and Nieuwendyk, who both posted seven points. They both now have reached the 30-point plateau in the tournament, the first to do so. Goaltender Mike Vernon continued to be steady and solid. He has lead the Flames to a 16-3 record in this tournament. In this series, Vernon posted a 2.20 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. CGY – LW – Gary Roberts – 4 G   2 A   6 P   +4   20 S   6 Star Points
  2. CGY – C – Joe Nieuwendyk – 3 G   4 A   7 P   +4   15 S   5 Star Points
  3. CGY – D – Al MacInnis – 1 G   6 A   7 P   +1   14 S   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘88-’89 Flames 3 0 1 4
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:   CGY – 4   CHI – 1   (1-0 CGY)

1st Period:

  • CGY Goal: G. Roberts (5) assisted by D. Gilmour (17), B. McCrimmon (14)
  • CHI Goal: P. Sharp (1) assisted by J. Oduya (5), M. Kruger (1)
  • CGY Goal: H. Loob (14) assisted by G. Suter (5), J. Nieuwendyk (12)
  • CGY Goal: J. Nieuwendyk (13) assisted by D. Gilmour (18)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • CGY Goal: G. Roberts (6) assisted by D. Gilmour (19), J. Mullen (12)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘88-’89 Flames 1 2 2 5
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 0 1 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:   CGY – 5   CHI – 3   (2-0 CGY)

1st Period:

  • CGY Goal: R. Ramage (3) assisted by A. MacInnis (14), H. Loob (12)

2nd Period:

  • CGY Goal: B. McCrimmon (3) assisted by G. Roberts (15), J. Nieuwendyk (13)
  • CGY Goal: A. MacInnis (8) assisted by D. Murzyn (7), G. Roberts (16)
  • CHI Goal: A. Shaw (3) assisted by B. Bickell (4), N. Leddy (1)

3rd Period:

  • CHI Goal: M. Hossa (4) assisted by D. Keith (6)
  • CGY Goal: G. Suter (8) assisted by J. Mullen (13), D. Gilmour (20)
  • CHI Goal: M. Hossa (5) assisted by A. Shaw (3)
  • CGY Goal: T. Fleury (1) assisted by A. MacInnis (15)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 0 1 1 2
#19 ‘88-’89 Flames 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:   CHI – 2   CGY – 1   (2-1 CGY)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • CHI Goal: M. Hossa (6) assisted by N. Hjalmarsson (3), A. Shaw (4)
  • CGY Goal: J. Nieuwendyk (14) assisted by G. Suter (6)

3rd Period:

  • CHI Goal: P. Sharp (2) assisted by M. Kruger (2), N. Leddy (2)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 0 1 1 2
#19 ‘88-’89 Flames 2 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:   CGY – 4   CHI – 2   (3-1 CGY)

1st Period:

  • CGY Goal: J. Nieuwendyk (15) assisted by D. Gilmour (21), R. Ramage (2)
  • CGY Goal: H. Loob (15) assisted by A. MacInnis (16), T. Fleury (9)

2nd Period:

  • CGY PP-Goal: J. Mullen (9) assisted by A. MacInnis (17)
  • CHI Goal: B. Seabrook (1) assisted by D. Keith (7), D. Bolland (2)

3rd Period:

  • CGY Goal: G. Suter (9) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (14)
  • CHI Goal: B. Saad (5) assisted by J. Toews (8), P. Kane (11)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#19 ‘88-’89 Flames 0 0 3 1 4
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 1 0 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:   CGY – 4   CHI – 3 (OT)   (4-1 CGY)

1st Period:

  • CHI Goal: B. Saad (6) assisted by M. Rozsival (5), J. Toews (9)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • CGY Goal: G. Roberts (7) assisted by G. Suter (7), D. Gilmour (22)
  • CHI Goal: J. Toews (9) assisted by P. Kane (12), B. Saad (8)
  • CHI Goal: M. Hossa (7) assisted by N. Leddy (3), B. Bickell (5)
  • CGY SH-Goal: G. Roberts (8) assisted by J. Otto (1), D. Murzyn (8)
  • CGY Goal: H. Loob (16) assisted by A. MacInnis (18), B. MacLellan (8)

Overtime:

  • CGY Goal: D. Gilmour (8) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (15), A. MacInnis (19)

So, the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames continue to just absolutely roll through this tournament as they upset the 6th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks in five games to advance to the Semifinal where they will meet the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres who defeated the ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks to advance to the Semifinal.

Up next is the Quarterfinal matchup between the stingy 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins and the high-scoring, 5th-seeded ’83-’84 Edmonton Oilers.

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