Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday!
This week in 1989, the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks in round one of the playoffs in thanks to a Joel Otto overtime winner.
In the end it took an incredible amount of everything Calgary Flames could muster- blood, sweat, tears and, yes, even a little bit of luck. The Flames finally put the stubborn Vancouver Canucks out to playoff pasture with a 4-3 overtime victory Saturday night at the Olympic Saddledome in a pressure-cooker seventh game that featured a little bit of everything head-to-head checking, disputes, deflections but mostly deep-down determination by both teams. It was a classic confrontation. The winning goal finally came at 19:21 of overtime. A centering pass by Jim Peplinski went off the skate of Joel Otto and slipped between the legs of net-minder Kirk McLean. – Calgary Herald, April 16, 1989
Otto’s goal on April 15 proved to be key for the Flames as they went on a path to their lone Stanley Cup championship.
In round one, Calgary and Vancouver went back and forth all series long. Calgary gave up game one 4-3 in OT, before winning games two and three. Back-and-forth the series went to game seven.
Joe Nieuwendyk broke open the game’s scoring at 9:39 before Vancouver’s Robert Nordmark squared things up at 12:46. By the end of the first, Gary Roberts got Calgary’s lead back at 18:01.
In the second frame, Trevor Linden and Joe Mullen scored for their respective clubs giving Calgary a late lead. In the third, Doug Lidster scored for Vancouver at the 7:12 mark sending the game to extra frames.
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