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The 1988–89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. The Calgary Flames won an all Canadian Stanley Cup final against the Montreal Canadiens four games to two. To date, this is the last time two Canadian teams squared off for the Stanley Cup.

Regular season

This year saw the start of the great Wayne Gretzky's tenure with the Los Angeles Kings, having been traded in the off-season after leading the Edmonton Oilers to the 1988 Stanley Cup. Coinciding with Gretzky's acquisition, the team also changed its uniforms and colours for 1988-89, scrapping the purple and gold associated with its co-tenant at the Great Western Forummarker, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, in favour of black and silver. Gretzky's presence signaled a dramatic on-ice turnaround for the Kings. Prior to his arrival via trade with the Edmonton Oilers on August 9, 1988, Los Angeles had the fourth-worst record in the NHL at 30 wins, 42 losses, and 8 ties. After Gretzky's first season with the Kings, however, they moved all the way up to fourth-best in the NHL, with a record of 42 wins, 31 losses, and 7 ties for 91 points. They also managed to defeat Gretzky's former team, the Oilers, in seven games in the Smythe Division Semifinal before falling victim to a four-game sweep at the hands of the eventual Cup champion Flames in the Division Final.

Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Art Ross Trophy for the second consecutive season, leading the league with 199 points. Lemieux remains the only person other than Gretzky to approach the 200 point plateau (crossed the 200 point mark four times in five years during the 1980s). This was the only season that there were four players that scored 150 or more points; Gretzky tallied 163, while Steve Yzerman and Bernie Nicholls totalled 155 and 150 points, respectively. This was also one of the few times that two teammates, Gretzky and Nicholls of the Los Angeles Kings, had hit the 150 point mark. Narrowly edging out Lemieux, Gretzky won his ninth Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP, while Yzerman finished third in the balloting. Yzerman was voted by his fellow players as the NHLPA MVP, taking the Lester B. Pearson Award.

New York Rangers rookie Brian Leetch broke the record for goals by a rookie defenceman with 23. He finished that season with 71 points and easily captured the Calder Memorial Trophy.

On March 22, a horrific incident took place in Buffalomarker during a game between the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues. During a goalmouth collision between the Blues' Steve Tuttle and the Sabres' Uwe Krupp, Tuttle's skate blade slashed the throat of Buffalo goaltender Clint Malarchuk, severing the latter's jugular vein. Thanks to some timely action by Sabres trainer Jim Pizzutelli, Malarchuk was able to quickly receive treatment and was even released from the hospital the next day.

Final standings

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 80 53 18 9 115 315 218 1537
Boston Bruins 80 37 29 14 88 289 256 1929
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 35 7 83 291 299 2034
Hartford Whalers 80 37 38 5 79 299 290 1672
Quebec Nordiques 80 27 46 7 61 269 342 2004


Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Washington Capitals 80 41 29 10 92 305 259 1836
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 33 7 87 347 349 2670
New York Rangers 80 37 35 8 82 310 307 1891
Philadelphia Flyers 80 36 36 8 80 307 285 2317
New Jersey Devils 80 27 41 12 66 281 325 2499
New York Islanders 80 28 47 5 61 265 325 1822


Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Detroit Red Wings 80 34 34 12 80 313 316 2245
St. Louis Blues 80 33 35 12 78 275 285 1675
Minnesota North Stars 80 27 37 16 70 258 278 1972
Chicago Blackhawks 80 27 41 12 66 297 335 2496
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 46 6 62 259 342 1740


Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Calgary Flames 80 54 17 9 117 354 226 2444
Los Angeles Kings 80 42 31 7 91 376 335 2215
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 34 8 84 325 306 1931
Vancouver Canucks 80 33 39 8 74 251 253 1569
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 42 12 64 300 355 1843


Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 76 85 114 199 100
Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings 78 54 114 168 26
Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 80 65 90 155 61
Bernie Nicholls Los Angeles Kings 79 70 80 150 96
Rob Brown Pittsburgh Penguins 68 49 66 115 118
Paul Coffey Pittsburgh Penguins 75 30 83 113 193
Joe Mullen Calgary Flames 79 51 59 110 16
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 76 44 58 102 69
Jimmy Carson Edmonton Oilers 80 49 51 100 36
Luc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings 78 46 52 98 65


Playoffs

The 1989 Stanley Cup featured two Canadian hockey teams, the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames. Montreal finished the regular season with 115 points, only two behind the league leader Calgary. It was the second time in three years both teams faced each other, with Montreal winning a five-game series in 1986. Calgary was only the second opposing team in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup at the Montreal Forummarker (the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Maroons in 1928) and the first to do so against the Canadiens.

Flames defenceman Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, while Lanny McDonald, who ended the regular season with exactly 500 goals, got his name on the Cup in his last ever NHL game. Flames co-owner Sonia Scurfield became the first Canadian woman to have her name inscribed on the Stanley Cup.

On their way to the Finals, Montreal lost only three games while eliminating the Hartford Whalers, Boston Bruins, and Philadelphia Flyers. Calgary survived a seven-game series with the Vancouver Canucks before rolling by Los Angeles and eliminating the surprising Chicago Blackhawks in five to reach the Cup Finals.

One of the interesting stories of these playoffs, though, was Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings meeting the defending champion Oilers in the first round. The previous season saw the mighty Edmonton Oilers sweep the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals as Gretzky earned the Conn Smythe Trophy setting playoff records for playoff assists, assists in a finals series and points in a finals series.

On August 9, 1988, the Oilers traded Gretzky to the Kings. The Gretzky-led Kings and Oilers (with many veteran super-stars) met in the first round of the Smythe Division playoffs, which made for an exciting "return" of Gretzky to Edmonton. In a tough seven game series, Gretzky and the Kings took down the defending Stanley Cup champions after falling behind 3 games to 1. In the second round Gretzky and the Kings were no match for the Calgary Flames, who swept them in 4 games.

Events of note in the postseason, were that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall became the first netminder to shoot and score a goal in the playoffs, a shorthanded, empty-net score in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Semifinal against the Washington Capitals. One round later, Mario Lemieux torched the Flyers for an NHL-record five goals and eight points in a 10–7 Pittsburgh win in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Finals. Hextall then made headlines in the Wales Conference Finals, attacking Montreal's Chris Chelios in the late stages of Game 6 as retribution for Chelios' brutal and unpenalized hit on Flyers forward Brian Propp in Game 1. Hextall received a 12-game suspension at the start of the 1989–90 NHL season for his actions.

Also, former Flyers head coach Mike Keenan led Chicago to the Campbell Conference Finals in his first year behind the bench. The Hawks, with 66 points, had the fewest points of any playoff team that season (and tied in the overall standings with New Jersey, a fifth-place team in the Patrick Division), yet played a fiercely energetic and defensive game which saw them upset first-place Detroit and then St. Louis before bowing to Calgary.

Playoff bracket

Division semi-finals

Hartford Whalers vs. Montreal Canadiens
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Hartford Whalers 2 Montreal Canadiens 6
April 6 Hartford Whalers 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
April 8 Montreal Canadiens 5 Hartford Whalers 4 (OT)
April 9 Montreal Canadiens 4 Hartford Whalers 3
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0

Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Buffalo Sabres 6 Boston Bruins 0
April 6 Buffalo Sabres 3 Boston Bruins 5
April 8 Boston Bruins 4 Buffalo Sabres 2
April 9 Boston Bruins 3 Buffalo Sabres 2
April 11 Buffalo Sabres 1 Boston Bruins 4
Boston wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Washington Capitals 3
April 6 Philadelphia Flyers 3 Washington Capitals 2
April 8 Washington Capitals 4 Philadelphia Flyers 3 (OT)
April 9 Washington Capitals 2 Philadelphia Flyers 5
April 11 Philadelphia Flyers 8 Washington Capitals 5
April 13 Washington Capitals 3 Philadelphia Flyers 4
Philadelphia wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 2

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 New York Rangers 1 Pittsburgh Penguins 3
April 6 New York Rangers 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 7
April 8 Pittsburgh Penguins 5 New York Rangers 4 (OT)
April 9 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 New York Rangers 3
Pittsburgh wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Chicago Blackhawks 2 Detroit Red Wings 3
April 6 Chicago Blackhawks 5 Detroit Red Wings 4 (OT)
April 8 Detroit Red Wings 2 Chicago Blackhawks 4
April 9 Detroit Red Wings 2 Chicago Blackhawks 3
April 11 Chicago Blackhawks 4 Detroit Red Wings 6
April 13 Detroit Red Wings 1 Chicago Blackhawks 7
Chicago wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 2

Minnesota North Stars vs. St. Louis Blues
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Minnesota North Stars 3 St. Louis Blues 4 (OT)
April 6 Minnesota North Stars 3 St. Louis Blues 4 (OT)
April 8 St. Louis Blues 5 Minnesota North Stars 3
April 9 St. Louis Blues 4 Minnesota North Stars 5
April 11 Minnesota North Stars 1 St. Louis Blues 6
St. Louis wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

Coming into this series, many people expected that the mighty Flames would defeat the Canucks in 4 or 5 games, due to Calgary having a 43 point edge in the regular season. Instead, Vancouver would take Calgary to a thrilling seven game classic. The seventh game would go into overtime, both teams having great chances, the best being a breakaway chance for Vancouver Canuck's captain Stan Smyl, only for Mike Vernon to make the unbelievable save. However, Vancouver couldn't pull off the upset, as Joel Otto scored the winner (via a deflection from his skate) with :39 seconds left in the first overtime to send the Calgary Flames into the Smythe Division Final.
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Vancouver Canucks 4 Calgary Flames 3 (OT)
April 6 Vancouver Canucks 2 Calgary Flames 5
April 8 Calgary Flames 4 Vancouver Canucks 0
April 9 Calgary Flames 3 Vancouver Canucks 5
April 11 Vancouver Canucks 0 Calgary Flames 4
April 13 Calgary Flames 3 Vancouver Canucks 6
April 15 Vancouver Canucks 3 Calgary Flames 4 (OT)
Calgary wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 3

Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Edmonton Oilers 4 Los Angeles Kings 3
April 6 Edmonton Oilers 2 Los Angeles Kings 5
April 8 Los Angeles Kings 0 Edmonton Oilers 4
April 9 Los Angeles Kings 3 Edmonton Oilers 4
April 11 Edmonton Oilers 2 Los Angeles Kings 4
April 13 Los Angeles Kings 4 Edmonton Oilers 1
April 15 Edmonton Oilers 3 Los Angeles Kings 6
Los Angeles wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 3

Division finals

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 17 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
April 19 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal Canadiens 3 (OT)
April 21 Montreal Canadiens 5 Boston Bruins 4
April 23 Montreal Canadiens 2 Boston Bruins 3
April 25 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 17 Philadelphia Flyers 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 4
April 19 Philadelphia Flyers 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 2
April 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Philadelphia Flyers 3 (OT)
April 23 Pittsburgh Penguins 1 Philadelphia Flyers 4
April 25 Philadelphia Flyers 7 Pittsburgh Penguins 10
April 27 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 Philadelphia Flyers 6
April 29 Philadelphia Flyers 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Philadelphia wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 3

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 18 Chicago Blackhawks 3 St. Louis Blues 1
April 20 Chicago Blackhawks 4 St. Louis Blues 5
April 22 St. Louis Blues 2 Chicago Blackhawks 5
April 24 St. Louis Blues 2 Chicago Blackhawks 3
April 26 Chicago Blackhawks 4 St. Louis Blues 2
Chicago wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 18 Los Angeles Kings 3 Calgary Flames 4 (OT)
April 20 Los Angeles Kings 3 Calgary Flames 8
April 22 Calgary Flames 5 Los Angeles Kings 2
April 24 Calgary Flames 5 Los Angeles Kings 3
Calgary wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0

Conference finals

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 1 Philadelphia Flyers 3 Montreal Canadiens 1
May 3 Philadelphia Flyers 0 Montreal Canadiens 3
May 5 Montreal Canadiens 5 Philadelphia Flyers 1
May 7 Montreal Canadiens 3 Philadelphia Flyers 0
May 9 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT)
May 11 Montreal Canadiens 4 Philadelphia Flyers 2
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 2

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 2 Chicago Blackhawks 0 Calgary Flames 3
May 4 Chicago Blackhawks 4 Calgary Flames 2
May 6 Calgary Flames 5 Chicago Blackhawks 2
May 8 Calgary Flames 2 Chicago Blackhawks 1 (OT)
May 10 Chicago Blackhawks 1 Calgary Flames 3
Calgary wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Finals

Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames

The Stanley Cup Finals was decided between the top two teams during the 1988–89 NHL regular season. Captain Lanny McDonald scored the second Flames goal in Game 6. This turned out to be the last goal in his NHL Hall of Fame career because he retired during the following off-season. Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period, including the eventual game and Cup winner to cement the victory for the Flames.
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 14 Montreal 2 Calgary 3
May 17 Montreal 4 Calgary 2
May 19 Calgary 3 Montreal 4 (2 OT)
May 21 Calgary 4 Montreal 2
May 23 Montreal 2 Calgary 3
May 25 Calgary 4 Montreal 2
Calgary wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 2

Playoff scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Al MacInnis Calgary Flames 22 7 24 31


NHL awards

Presidents' Trophy: Calgary Flames
Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Calgary Flames
Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Tim Kerr, Philadelphia Flyers
Calder Memorial Trophy: Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
Conn Smythe Trophy: Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Jack Adams Award: Pat Burns, Montreal Canadiens
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Chris Chelios, Montreal Canadiens
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Joe Mullen, Calgary Flames
Lester B. Pearson Award: Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Joe Mullen, Calgary Flames,
William M. Jennings Trophy: Patrick Roy/Brian Hayward, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy: Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy: Dan Kelly, Lou Nanne, Lynn Patrick, Bud Poile


All-Star teams

First team   Position   Second team
Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens G Mike Vernon, Calgary Flames
Chris Chelios, Montreal Canadiens D Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames
Paul Coffey, Pittsburgh Penguins D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins C Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Joe Mullen, Calgary Flames RW Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings LW Gerard Gallant, Detroit Red Wings


Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1988–89 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1988–89 (listed with their last team):

1989 trading deadline

  • Trading deadline: March 7, 1989.
  • February 27, 1989: Peter Deboer traded from Toronto to Vancouver for Paul Lawless.
  • March 4, 1989: Perry Berezan and Shane Churla traded from Calgary to Minnesota for Brian MacLellan and Minnesota's fourth round choice in 1989 Entry Draft.
  • March 6, 1989: Ken Wregget traded from Toronto to Philadelphia for future considerations.
  • March 7, 1989: Clint Malarchuk, Grant Ledyard and Washington's sixth round pick in 1991 Entry Draft traded from Washington to Buffalo for Calle Johansson and Buffalo's second round pick in 1989 Entry Draft.
  • March 7, 1989: Jim Pavese traded from Detroit to Hartford for Torrie Robertson.
  • March 7, 1989: Lindy Ruff traded from Buffalo to NY Rangers for NY Rangers' fifth round pick in 1990 Entry Draft.
  • March 7, 1989: Reed Larson traded from NY Islanders to Minnesota for future considerations.
  • March 7, 1989: Claude Vilgrain traded from Vancouver to New Jersey for Tim Lenardon.
  • March 7, 1989: Brian Wilk and John English traded from Los Angeles to Edmonton for Jim Wiemer and Alan May.
  • March 7, 1989: Greg Gilbert traded from NY Islanders to Chicago for Chicago's fifth round pick in 1989 Entry Draft.
  • March 7, 1989 - Washington Capitals obtain Dino Ciccarelli and Bob Rouse from the Minnesota North Stars for Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy.
  • March 7, 1989: Jean Leblanc and Vancouver's fifth round pick in 1989 Entry Draft traded from Vancouver to Edmonton for Doug Smith and Greg C. Adams.


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