Top-seeded ’88-’89 Flames Comeback from 3-1 Series Deficit to Defeat 7th-seeded ’84-’85 Flames; Will Return to UNP after Being Runners Up in Inaugural Tourney

The '88-'89 Calgary Flames faced adversity for the first time in this tournament when they dropped the first two games and later trailed 3-1 in the series, but they proved they're the best with this comeback. (via calgarysun.com)

The ’88-’89 Calgary Flames faced adversity for the first time in this tournament when they dropped the first two games and later trailed 3-1 in the series, but they proved they’re the best with this comeback. (via calgarysun.com)

The 7th-seeded ’84-’85 Flames were keen to upset the runners up from the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. They took Game 1, 4-3, thanks to a goal from Eddy Beers late in the third, despite being outshot 57-22. Goalie Reggie Lemelin was incredible in the win with 54 saves. They were able to even out the shots on goal tallies in Game 2 and as Lemelin stopped 38 of 40 in a 3-2 win. Richard Kromm‘s goal early in the third proved to be the game-winner. The top-seeded ’88-’89 Flames finally got on the board in the series in Game 3 with 3-1 win. Goalie Mike Vernon led the way with 35 saves on 36 shots against while the defensive pairing of Al MacInnis and Gary Suter led offensively. Then, in Game 4, the ’84-’88-’89 Flames led 3-2 going into the third period. Hakan Loob scored a PP tally seven and a half minutes into the third to tie it. Then, with less than two minutes left, Carey Wilson scored to give the ’84-’85 Flames a 4-3 lead, but Doug Gilmour scored with exactly one minute left in regulation to re-tie the game for the ’88-’89 Flames.

The game went into overtime and the ’88-’89 Flames found themselves down a man just a minute and a half into the period with Brian MacLellan called for a high-sticking minor. The ’84-’85 Flames cashed in with Beers scoring only 14 seconds into the PP. The ’88-’89 Flames, the reigning representatives and reigning runners up, found themselves one loss away from elimination. They won Game 5, 3-2, with Joe Mullen accounting for two of their three goals. Then, their offensive exploded for eight goals in Game 6 to force a Game 7. Mullen totaled four points (2G, 2A), Suter registered three assists and Loob tallied two goals to lead the ’88-’89 Flames offensively. Game 7 turned out to be no contest as the ’88-’89 Flames won, 6-2, to clinch a spot in the 2015 UNP. Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts led them offensively in the win with them potting three goals and two goals, respectively. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’84-’85 Flames 1 2 1 4
’88-’89 Flames 0 3 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’84-’85 CGY – 4   ’88-’89 CGY – 3   (1-0   ’84-’85 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Reggie Lemelin (’84-’85 CGY) – W   3.00 GAA   .947 SV% (54 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Carey Wilson (’84-’85 CGY) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   3 S

3rd Star: LW – Eddy Beers (’84-’85 CGY) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   3 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’84-’85 Flames 1 1 1 3
’88-’89 Flames 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’84-’85 CGY – 3   ’88-’89 CGY – 2   (2-0   ’84-’85 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Reggie Lemelin (’84-’85 CGY) – W   2.00 GAA   .950 SV% (38 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Richard Kromm (’84-’85 CGY) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: G – Mike Vernon (’88-’89 CGY) – L   3.00 GAA   .929 SV% (39 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’88-’89 Flames 0 2 1 3
’84-’85 Flames 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 3   ’84-’85 CGY – 1   (2-1   ’84-’85 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Mike Vernon (’88-’89 CGY) – W   1.00 GAA   .972 SV% (35 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Gary Suter (’88-’89 CGY) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   1 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: D – Al MacInnis (’88-’89 CGY) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’88-’89 Flames 2 1 1 0 4
’84-’85 Flames 1 1 2 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’84-’85 CGY – 5   ’88-’89 CGY – 4   (OT)   (3-1   ’84-’85 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Carey Wilson (’84-’85 CGY) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   4 S

2nd Star: C – Doug Gilmour (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   6 S

3rd Star: D – Gary Suter (’88-’89 CGY) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   2 S   4 PIM

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’84-’85 Flames 0 1 1 2
’88-’89 Flames 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 3   ’84-’85 CGY – 2   (3-2   ’84-’85 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Joe Mullen (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   12 S

2nd Star: G – Reggie Lemelin (’84-’85 CGY) – L   3.00 GAA   .935 SV% (43 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Hakan Loob (’84-’85 CGY) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’88-’89 Flames 3 2 3 8
’84-’85 Flames 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 8   ’84-’85 CGY – 4   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Joe Mullen (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: D – Al MacInnis (’88-’89 CGY) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: D – Al MacInnis (’84-’85 CGY) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   3 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’84-’85 Flames 1 0 1 2
’88-’89 Flames 2 2 2 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 6   ’84-’85 CGY – 2   (4-3   ’88-’89 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Nieuwendyk (’88-’89 CGY) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +4   11 S

2nd Star: LW – Gary Roberts (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   6 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Hakan Loob (’88-’89 CGY) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

The ’88-’89 Calgary Flames are the 32nd team to qualify for the upcoming 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff. It will be their second trip to the tournament and they are the 20th team that will repeat as their franchises representatives. Up next is the 2015 Anaheim Ducks Qualifying Tournament!

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