This Day in History: Calgary Flames win the Stanley Cup in 1989

                                    

The 1989 Stanley Cup Final was between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens. On May 25, 1989 the Calgary Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-2 series victory. The Calgary Flames were also the first relocated NHL team (from Atlanta in 1980) to win the Stanley Cup.

                                    

Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and at 31 points, became the first defenseman to lead the NHL in post-season scoring. Lanny McDonald scored the second Flames goal in game six. This turned out to be the last goal in his NHL Hall of Fame career because he retired during the following off-season. Having capped his regular season career with an even 500 career goals and 1,006 points, McDonald's final goal in the NHL was to have his name forever etched on the side of the Stanley Cup. "I scored my first goal ever in the National Hockey League in the Montreal Forum. And I scored my last goal in my final game, again, in the Montreal Forum. I was part of the on-ice lineup for that winning game and we were the only team other than the Canadiens ever to win the Stanley Cup on Forum ice. All those things added up to me thinking, 'Boy, it's a sign! It's time I was outta here.' What a great way to go!" - Lanny McDonald

*Did you know?: The Flames were named after the famous fire of Atlanta started by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864 destroying the key southern city of Atlanta, which was considered the beginning of the end of the Civil War. Upon moving to Calgary the team kept the name in honor of the city's oil industry. 

 

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