16th-seeded ’02-’03 Stars Prove to be 17th-seeded ’88-’89 Flames’ Kryptonite Again; Defeat Them in Six Games For Second Year in a Row

____ Modano and _____ Turco both played a pivotal role in the '02-'03 Stars' elimination of the '88-'89 Flames' again. (via Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)

Mike Modano and Marty Turco both played a pivotal role in the ’02-’03 Stars’ elimination of the ’88-’89 Flames’ again. (via Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)

The 16th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars were able to shut down the 17th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames’ offense by allowing just 2.17 goals a game and 28.7 shots per game. This after the Flames averaged 7.50 goals a game and 72.5 shots a game in the First Round.

It was a balanced offensive attack for the Stars as 15 different players registered a point and 11 different players scored a goal. There was a tie for the team lead in overall scoring between Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow and defenseman Sergei Zubov at eight points. There was also a tie for second in overall scoring at six points between Pierre Turgeon and defenseman Stephane Robidas. In terms of goal scoring, there was yet another tie. Jason Arnott and Jere Lehtinen both scored four times to tie for the team lead. Incredibly, three of Lehtinen’s four goals were game-winners for the Stars. Morrow and Turgeon were tied for second in goal scoring with three genos. Zubov led Dallas in helpers with seven while Modano was alone in second with six. One thing that the Stars did really well was staying out of the box. With all of Calgary’s weapons, it was important to not take penalties and they did that by only being shorthanded five times. They did not allow a single PPG on those five opportunities. In goal, Marty Turco wasn’t tested that much, but stopped plenty he did see. He posted a 4-2-0 record with a 2.17 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

There weren’t many goals for the Flames, clearly. There was a tie between two defensemen with three goals for the team lead between Al MacInnis and Brad McCrimmon. Joe Mullen was second with two goals. There was also a tie for the team lead in helpers between Hakan Loob and Joe Nieuwendyk, who both tallied four assists. Mullen was tied with defenseman Dana Murzyn for second with three assists. There was a bit of a log jam at the top of the overall scoring leaderboard for the Flames. MacInnis, Mullen and Nieuwendyk were tied for the lead with five points while Loob and Murzyn was tied for second at four points. Goaltender Mike Vernon, normally reliable for Calgary, was not at his best in this series. He was pulled from a game, which is a rarity in the UNP. He posted a 2-3-1 record with a 3.50 goals against average and a .905 save percentage over the six games.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. DAL – G – Marty Turco – 6 GP   6 GS   4-2-0   2.17 GAA   .929 SV%   8 Star Points
  2. DAL – LW – Brenden Morrow – 6 GP   3 G   5 A   8 P   +8   21 S   0 PIM   5 Star Points
  3. DAL – C – Mike Modano – 6 GP   2 G   6 A   8 P   +1   25 S   0 PI   5 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 1 0 1 2
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 0 1 3 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘02-’03 DAL – 4   ‘88-’89 CGY – 2   (1-0   ‘02-’03 DAL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CGY – 11:23 – CGY: B. McCrimmon (1) assisted by J. Mullen (4), J. Nieuwendyk (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 9:47 – DAL: J. Arnott (1) assisted by B. Guerin (1), S. Robidas (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 DAL – 0:26 – DAL: B. Morrow (1) assisted by S. Zubov (1), M. Modano (1)
  • 3 – 1 DAL – 3:50 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (1) assisted by M. Modano (2), S. Robidas (2)
  • 4 – 1 DAL – 4:54 – PP – DAL: B. Morrow (2) assisted by M. Modano (3)
  • 4 – 2 DAL – 6:48 – CGY: D. Murzyn (2) assisted by J. Mullen (5), D. Gilmour (4)

 

TEAM STATS:

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

2

Goals

4

24

Shots

37

PP

1/3

2/3

SH

PP%

33%

66%

PK%

GWG

J. Lehtinen (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Brenden Morrow (DAL)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Modano (DAL)
  • 3rd Star: Joe Mullen (CGY)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 0 3 1 4
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘88-’89 CGY – 4   ‘02-’03 DAL – 3   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 5:12 – R. Ramage (CGY) receives a 5-minute major for cross-checking and a 10-minute game misconduct
  • 1 – 0 DAL – 7:00 – PP – DAL: S. Zubov (1) assisted by M. Modano (4), B. Guerin (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 10:53 – CGY: A. MacInnis (5) assisted by G. Suter (2)
  • 2 – 1 CGY – 17:18 – CGY: J. Mullen (6) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (8), D. Murzyn (3)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 17:40 – DAL: S. Young (1) assisted by N. Kapanen (1), R. Matvichuk (1)
  • 3 – 2 CGY – 18:27 – CGY: J. Mullen (7) assisted by A. MacInnis (10)

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 2 CGY – 6:39 – CGY: B McCrimmon (2) assisted by H. Loob (7), B. MacLellan (4)
  • 4 – 3 CGY – 12:30 – PP – DAL: B. Guerin (1) assisted by B. Morrow (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

4

Goals

3

27

Shots

32

PP

2/3

1/3

SH

PP%

66%

33%

PK%

B. McCrimmon (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

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

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 2 4 2 8
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 2 0 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘02-’03 DAL – 8   ‘88-’89 CGY – 2   (2-1   ‘02-’03 DAL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CGY – 1:46 – CGY: J. Nieuwendyk (5) assisted by H. Loob (8)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 4:20 – DAL: B. Guerin (2) assisted by J. Arnott (1), S. Zubov (2)
  • 2 – 1 CGY – 8:11 – CGY: A. MacInnis (6) assisted by H. Loob (9), T. Fleury (5)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 19:03 – DAL: B. Morrow (3) assisted by P. Turgeon (1), D. Sydor (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 2 DAL – 0:40 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (2) assisted by M. Modano (5), B. Morrow (2)
  • 4 – 2 DAL – 9:19 – DAL: J. Arnott (2) assisted by B. Guerin (3), S. Pellerin (1)
  • 5 – 2 DAL – 9:47 – DAL: S. Robidas (1) assisted by P. Turgeon (2), R. DiMaio (1)
    • CGY replaces starting goalie M. Vernon w/backup R. Warnsley
  • 6 – 2 DAL – 19:26 – DAL: D. Hatcher (1) assisted by P. Turgeon (3), S. Zubov (3)

 

3rd Period:

  • 7 – 2 DAL – 9:36 – DAL: J. Arnott (3) assisted by S. Robidas (3)
  • 8 – 2 DAL – 9:59 – DAL: P. Turgeon (1) assisted by R. Matvichuk (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

8

Goals

2

38

Shots

20

0/2

PP

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

J. Lehtinen (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Pierre Turgeon (DAL)
  • 2nd Star: Jason Arnott (DAL)
  • 3rd Star: Brenden Morrow (DAL)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 1 0 1 2
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 0 1 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘88-’89 CGY – 3   ‘02-’03 DAL – 2   (2-2)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 DAL – 5:51 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (3) assisted by M. Modano (6)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 18:23 – CGY: B. McCrimmon (3) assisted by H. Loob (10), D. Murzyn (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 CGY – 4:33 – CGY: T. Fleury (5) assisted by J. Hrdina (4), A. MacInnis (11)
  • 3 – 1 CGY – 14:44 – CGY: A. MacInnis (7) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (9), J. Mullen (6)
  • 3 – 2 CGY – 18:14 – DAL: P. Turgeon (2) assisted by B. Morrow (3), S. Zubov (4)

 

TEAM STATS:

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

2

Goals

3

28

Shots

24

0/1

PP

0/3

3/3

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

MacInnis (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Al MacInnis (CGY)
  • 2nd Star: Jere Lehtinen (DAL)
  • 3rd Star: Pierre Turgeon (DAL)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Third Overtime Total
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 1 0 0 0 1
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 0 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘02-’03 DAL – 2   ‘88-’89 CGY – 1   (3OT)   (3-2   ‘02-’03 DAL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CGY – 5:31 – CGY: G. Roberts (3) assisted by J. Nieuwendyk (10), D. Murzyn (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 9:15 – DAL: P. Turgeon (3) assisted by B. Morrow (4), S. Robidas (4)

 

3rd Period:

 

Third Overtime:

  • 2 – 1 DAL – 12:26 – DAL: J. Lehtinen (4) assisted by S. Zubov (5), B. Morrow (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

1

Goals

2

57

Shots

63

0/1

PP

0/4

4/4

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Lehtinen (3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Marty Turco (DAL)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Vernon (CGY)
  • 3rd Star: Brenden Morrow (DAL)

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#16 ‘02-’03 Stars 1 2 2 5
#17 ‘88-’89 Flames 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘02-’03 DAL – 5   ‘88-’89 CGY – 1   (4-2   ‘02-’03 DAL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 CGY – 15:25 – CGY: B. MacLellan (5) assisted by G. Suter (3)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 17:47 – DAL: M. Modano (1) assisted by J. Lehtinen (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 DAL – 5:39 – DAL: S. Young (2) assisted by S. Zubov (6)
  • 3 – 1 DAL – 7:39 – DAL: M. Modano (2) unassisted

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 1 DAL – 3:57 – DAL: J. Arnott (4) assisted by D. Hatcher (1), S. Zubov (7)
  • 5 – 1 DAL – 12:45 – DAL: R. DiMaio (1) assisted by S. Robidas (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#16 ‘02-’03 Stars

#17 ‘88-’89 Flames

5

Goals

1

42

Shots

30

0/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

S. Young (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Mike Modano (DAL)
  • 2nd Star: Marty Turco (DAL)
  • 3rd Star: Sergei Zubov (DAL)

The ’02-’03 Stars seem to be Calgary’s kryptonite. They are in their third UNP tournament and have advanced from the Second Round out of all three. However, they’ve never been able to get farther than the Third Round. And they’ll have a tough chance of doing that as they have a potential matchup with the tournament’s top seed in the Third Round, again. The ’88-’89 Flames have an early exit, again. They have now been eliminated in the Second Round by the ’02-’03 Stars in both of the last two UNPs after being the runner up in the inaugural UNP.

Up next in the Second Round, the 3rd-seeded ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings take on the 30th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers!

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