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Road to glory

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

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August 9, 1988 -- The landscape of the Smythe Division is altered when the Los Angeles Kings acquire superstar Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers in a blockbuster deal.

September 5, 1988 -- The Flames swing a deal of their own, landing centre Doug Gilmour and winger Mark Hunter as part of a seven-player swap with the St. Louis Blues.

October 6, 1988 -- The Flames drop the puck on the regular season with an uninspired 4-4 tie against the rebuilding New York Islanders at the Saddledome.

December 4, 1988 -- Lanny McDonald records the 500th assist of his storied career on Jim Peplinski's third-period marker in a 6-3 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets.

December 8, 1988 -- With a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers, the Flames establish a franchise-record 13-game unbeaten streak. Terry Crisp's club goes 12-0-1 in that span.

December 23, 1988 -- Despite back-to-back losses, the Flames enter the Christmas break atop the Smythe Division and just one point behind the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the NHL standings.

December 29, 1988 -- The Montreal Canadiens scratch out a 4-3 win at the Saddledome, handing the Flames their first home-ice loss of the season.

January 1, 1989 -- After counting 37 goals and 74 points in just 40 games with the Golden Eagles, Theoren Fleury is summoned from Calgary's affiliate in Salt Lake City. The future Flames captain had played his last game in the minor leagues.

January 11, 1989 -- Joe Nieuwendyk sets a franchise record with five goals in an 8-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Saddledome. Twenty years later, the mark still stands.

January 31, 1989 -- Joe Mullen and Joe Nieuwendyk both notch hat-tricks in an 8-5 drubbing of the Los Angeles Kings, sending the Flames on a season-high eight-game winning streak.

February 7, 1989 -- Forwards Joe Nieuwendyk and Joe Mullen, defenceman Gary Suter and netminder Mike Vernon represent the Flames at the all-star game in Edmonton.

March 3, 1989 -- The Flames beef up their forward lines, acquiring rugged Brian McLellan from the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for Perry Berezan and a prospect.

March 7, 1989 -- Lanny McDonald lights the lamp in the opening period of a 9-5 thumping of the Winnipeg Jets, hitting the 1,000-point plateau.

March 21, 1989 -- With his trademark wraparound move, Lanny McDonald caps a stretch of seven tallies in seven games and hits the 500-goal milestone in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. On the same night, Joe Nieuwendyk joins Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky in becoming the third player in NHL history to score 50 goals in each of his first two seasons.

March 31, 1989 -- Joe Mullen scores once in a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, giving the Flames two 50-goal men. During the 1988-89 season, Mullen established a record for points by a U.S.-born player with 110.

April 1, 1989 -- While the Flames enjoy a night off, the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers battle to a 2-2 tie. Calgary clinches its second consecutive Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champions.

April 15, 1989 -- Joel Otto scores the winner as the Flames survive a first-round scare from the Vancouver Canucks with a 4-3 overtime triumph in the seventh game of their Smythe Division semifinal series.

April 24, 1989 -- The Flames finish off a four-game series sweep of the Los Angeles Kings, knocking their old nemesis Wayne Gretzky out of the playoff picture and advancing to the Campbell Conference final.

May 10, 1989 -- Joe Nieuwendyk lights the lamp twice as the Flames eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks in five games and punch a ticket to the Stanley Cup final.

May 25, 1989 -- The Flames beat the host Montreal Canadiens 4-2 to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. The party is on.


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