17th-seeded ’88-’89 Flames, Former Runners Up, Dominate 48th-seeded ’30-’31 Quakers in Sweep

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)

The 17th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames outscored the 48th-seeded ’30-’31 Philadelphia Quakers 30-6. The Flames outshot the Quakers, on average, by 45.

Calgary’s offense was very effective and very balanced. Defenseman Al MacInnis as the team’s leading scorer with 13 points. Joe Nieuwendyk was second behind him with 10 points. Eight other different Flames finished the series averaging at least a point per game. Joe Mullen led them in goal-scoring with five genos and there was a four-way tie for second with four goals, including MacInnis and Nieuwendyk, but also Theoren Fleury and Brian MacLellan. Big Al also was Calgary’s to playmaker with nine helpers while fellow defenseman Brad McCrimmon was second with seven. Just a little side note, at one point in this series, the Flames’ PP was 100%. Granted that was only 3-for-3, but they actually went 3-for-2 in Game 2. Goaltender Mike Vernon was barely tested in this series. Naturally, he went 4-0-0 and he posted a 1.50 goals against average to go along with a .945 save percentage. Vernon did post a shutout, but against this team, who cares.

So, yeah, the Quakers only scored six goals in this series. Only three players scored and only six players registered a point. Defenseman Al Shields led them in goals with three while Cliff Barton was second with two. Hib Milks was the third and final Quaker to score a goal. Gerry Lowrey finished as the team’s top playmaker and scorer with four assists. Wally Kilrea was the only other player to have more than one assist with his two. Barton and Shields’ three points each had them tied for second in overall scoring. Philadelphia flip-flopped goaltenders three times in this series. In Game 2, the pulled starting goalie Wilf Cude for backup Joe Miller, late in the 2nd Period. Then, in the third period, the pulled Miller to put Cude back in. That’s how this series went for the Quakers. Cude started all four games and registered the loss in all four. He posted a 5.25 goals against average and a .876 save percentage. Meanwhile, Miller made three appearances in this series finished with a 3.00 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. CGY – D – Al MacInnis – 4 GP   4 G   9 A   13 P   +11   48 S   4 PIM   5 Star Points
  2. CGY – RW – Joe Mullen – 4 GP   5 G   3 A   8 P   +8   45 S   0 PIM   5 Star Points
  3. CGY – C – Joe Nieuwendyk – 4 GP   4 G   6 A   10 P   +10   31 S   0 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers 1 1 0 2
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 0 4 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘88-’89 CGY – 5   ‘30-’31 PHQ – 2   (1-0   ‘88-’89 CGY)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 PHQ – 12:06 – PHQ: C. Barton (1) assisted by G. Lowrey (1)

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 6:08 – CGY: D. Gilmour (1) assisted by D. Murzyn (1)
  • 2 – 1 CGY – 6:48 – CGY: J. Nieuwendyk (1) assisted by H. Loob (1), B. MacLellan (1)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 8:56 – PHQ: A. Shields (1) assisted by G. Lowrey (2), H. Milks (1)
  • 3 – 2 CGY – 11:57 – CGY: T. Fleury (1) assisted by J. Hrdina (1), B. McCrimmon (1)
  • 4 – 2 CGY – 18:18 – CGY: J. Mullen (1) assisted by A. MacInnis (1), D. Gilmour (1)

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 2 CGY – 14:29 – CGY: J. Mullen (2) assisted by G. Roberts (1), A. MacInnis (2)

TEAM STATS:

#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

2

Goals

5

27

Shots

70

0/2

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

T. Fleury (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Joe Mullen (CGY)
  • 2nd Star: Wilf Cude (PHQ)
  • 3rd Star: Doug Gilmour (CGY)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers 0 1 0 1
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 2 3 6 11

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘88-’89 CGY – 11   ‘30-’31 PHQ – 1   (2-0   ‘88-’89 CGY)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CGY – 1:22 – CGY: A. MacInnis (1) assisted by H. Loob (2), B. MacLellan (2)
  • 2 – 0 CGY – 17:43 – SH – CGY: B. MacLellan (1) assisted by A. MacInnis (3), B. McCrimmon (2)

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 CGY – 1:34 – PHQ: H. Milks (1) assisted by C. Barton (1), G. Lowrey (3)
  • 3 – 1 CGY – 2:48 – CGY: H. Loob (1) assisted by J. Hrdina (2), D. Murzyn (2)
  • 4 – 1 CGY – 9:45 – CGY: T. Fleury (2) assisted by H. Loob (3), A. MacInnis (4)
  • 5 – 1 CGY – 15:18 – CGY: J. Mullen (3) assisted by B. McCrimmon (3)
    • PHQ replaces starting goalie W. Cude w/backup J. Miller

3rd Period:

  • 6 – 1 CGY – 1:50 – CGY: J. Nieuwendyk (2) assisted by H. Loob (4)
  • 7 – 1 CGY – 2:41 – CGY: J. Nieuwendyk (3) assisted by B. McCrimmon (4), J. Mullen (1)
  • 8 – 1 CGY – 4:37 – PP(2) – CGY: B. MacLellan (2) assisted by D. Gilmour (2), T. Fleury (1)
  • 9 – 1 CGY – 5:00 – PP – CGY: G. Roberts (1) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (1), G. Suter (1)
  • 10 – 1 CGY – 6:43 – CGY: A. MacInnis (2) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (2)
    • PHQ replaces goalie J. Miller w/W. Cude
  • 15:35 – D. Coulson (CGY) receives a 5-minute major for slashing and a 10-minute game misconduct
  • 11 – 1 CGY – 16:59 – PP(2) – CGY: D. Gilmour (2) assisted by T. Fleury (2)

TEAM STATS:

#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

1

Goals

11

37

Shots

65

0/4

PP

3/2

0/2

SH

4/4

0%

PP%

150%

0%

PK%

100%

GWG

B. MacLellan (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Joe Nieuwendyk (CGY)
  • 2nd Star: Al MacInnis (CGY)
  • 3rd Star: Hakan Loob (CGY)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 4 4 0 8
#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘88-’89 CGY – 8   ‘30-’31 PHQ – 0   (3-0   ‘88-’89 CGY)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CGY – 2:03 – CGY: H. Loob (2) assisted by T. Fleury (3), J. Hrdina (3)
  • 2 – 0 CGY – 10:52 – CGY: J. Mullen (4) assisted by G. Roberts (2), A. MacInnis (5)
  • 3 – 0 CGY – 16:15 – CGY: R. Ramage (1) assisted by A. MacInnis (6)
  • 4 – 0 CGY – 16:20 – CGY: D. Murzyn (3) assisted by G. Roberts (3), J. Mullen (2)

2nd Period:

  • 5 – 0 CGY – 0:55 – CGY: J. Mullen (5) assisted by D. Gilmour (3), A. MacInnis (7)
    • PHQ replaces starting goalie W. Cude w/backup J. Miller
  • 6 – 0 CGY – 2:32 – CGY: J. Nieuwendyk (4) assisted by B. McCrimmon (5)
  • 7 – 0 CGY – 8:32 – CGY: A. MacInnis (3) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (3), J. Mullen (3)
  • 8 – 0 CGY – 15:23 – CGY: B. MacLellan (3) assisted by A. MacInnis (8), J. Nieuwendyk (4)

3rd Period:

TEAM STATS:

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers

9

Goals

0

74

Shots

19

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

H. Loob (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Al MacInnis (CGY)
  • 2nd Star: Joe Mullen (CGY)
  • 3rd Star: Joe Nieuwendyk  (CGY)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 5 1 0 6
#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers 0 0 3 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘88-’89 CGY – 6   ‘30-’31 PHQ – 3   (4-0   ‘88-’89 CGY)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CGY – 2:25 – CGY: T. Fleury (3) assisted by H. Loob (5), B. McCrimmon (6)
  • 2 – 0 CGY – 6:32 – CGY: B. MacLellan (4) assisted by B. McCrimmon (7), H. Loob (6)
  • 3 – 0 CGY – 14:11 – CGY: A. MacInnis (4) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (5), B. MacLellan (3)
  • 4 – 0 CGY – 15:37 – CGY: G. Roberts (2) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (6)
  • 5 – 0 CGY – 19:52 – CGY: T. Fleury (4) unassisted
    • PHQ replaces starting goalie W. Cude w/backup J. Miller

2nd Period:

  • 6 – 0 CGY – 2:01 – CGY: J. Hrdina (1) assisted by A. MacInnis (9), T. Fleury (4)

3rd Period:

  • 6 – 1 CGY – 3:53 – PHQ: C. Barton (2) assisted by G. Lowrey (4)
  • 6 – 2 CGY – 8:40 – PHQ: A. Shields (2) assisted by W. Kilrea (1), S. Howe (1)
  • 6 – 3 CGY – 16:19 – PHQ: A. Shields (3) assisted by W. Kilrea (2)

TEAM STATS:

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

#48 ‘30-’31 Quakers

6

Goals

3

61

Shots

27

0/2

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

G. Roberts (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Theo Fleury (CGY)
  • 2nd Star: Joe Miller (PHQ)
  • 3rd Star: Hakan Loob  (CGY)

The ’88-’89 Flames. They were the runners up in the inaugural UNP, but were upset in the Second Round in the 2nd Annual UNP. In the Second Round this year, they will face the same team that upset them last year, the 16th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars. The Quakers only existed for one season. They won four games. Out of 44. They’re the lowest seed in the UNP for a reason.

Next, to conclude the First Round, the 27th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers face the 38th-seeded ’75-’76 California Golden Seals!

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