Top-seeded ’88-’89 Flames Sweep Through Qualifying Tourney to Clinch Third UNP Trip

One of the more underrated teams in NHL history, the '88-'89 Calgary Flames. (via windsorstar.com)

One of the more underrated teams in NHL history, the ’88-’89 Calgary Flames. (via windsorstar.com)

Here is the 2016 Calgary Flames Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

The top-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames breezed through the qualifying tournament without losing a game. They easily handled the seventh-seeded ’94-’95 Calgary Flames in the Final. In Game 1, the ’88-’89 Flames shutout the ’94-’95 Flames 5-0 as goaltender Mike Vernon stopped all 31 shots against. Defenseman Al MacInnis led the way with two goals and two assists in the win. The ’88-’89 Flames then scored three goals in the first period of Game 2 as they went on to hang on late to a 5-4 win. Both Joe Mullen and Gary Roberts tallied two goals and an assist for the ’88-’89 Flames as they took a 2-0 series lead. In Game 3, the ’94-’95 Flames broke out to a 2-0 lead in the second period, but by the end of that period, they trailed 3-2. The ’88-’89 Flames won 5-2 with Joe Nieuwendyk leading the way offensively with two goals and two assists. They finished off the sweep with a 5-1 win in Game 4. Nieuwendyk shined again as he scored twice and added an assist while MacInnis also pitched in with two goals. The ’88-’89 Flames will now be making their third trip out of three years and will try to make up for a disappointing second appearance after being the runner up in the inaugural tournament.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’94-’95 Flames 0 0 0 0
’88-’89 Flames 2 0 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 5   ’94-’95 CGY – 0   (1-0   ’88-’89 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Al MacInnis (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +4   9 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: G – Mike Vernon (’88-’89 CGY) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (31 SV’s)

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

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’94-’95 Flames 0 2 2 4
’88-’89 Flames 3 0 2 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 5   ’94-’95 CGY – 4   (2-0   ’88-’89 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Gary Roberts (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   4 S   15 PIM; actually received a 5-minute major for kneeing and a 10-minute game misconduct in second period

2nd Star: RW – Joe Mullen (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   10 S

3rd Star: G – Trevor Kidd (’94-’95 CGY) – L   5.00 GAA   .925 SV% (62 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’88-’89 Flames 0 3 2 5
’94-’95 Flames 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 5   ’94-’95 CGY – 2   (3-0   ’88-’89 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Nieuwendyk (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   7 S

2nd Star: RW – Joe Mullen (’88-’89 CGY) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   9 S

3rd Star: LW – Gary Roberts (’88-’89 CGY) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   7 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’88-’89 Flames 1 3 1 5
’94-’95 Flames 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’88-’89 CGY – 5   ’94-’95 CGY – 1   (4-0   ’88-’89 CGY)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Nieuwendyk (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   8 S

2nd Star: RW – Joe Mullen (’88-’89 CGY) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +5   12 S

3rd Star: D – Al MacInnis (’88-’89 CGY) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +4   13 S   2 PIM

Up next is the 2016 Dallas Stars Qualifying Tournament!

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