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MacInnis, now enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, is among them.
Back in the spring of 1989, he was not just the Flames’ leading point-producer. He won the overall playoff scoring crown with 31 points, six clear of the pack.
“He was absolutely incredible,” Maher said. “Don’t forget, he had that point streak, too — he went 17 straight games with a point, which was a record for a defenceman. He was one short of the record set by Bryan Trottier — and I think it still stands — at 18.
“In the last 17 games, Al had points in every game. Of course, he couldn’t go any further.”
The point streak was halted — one shy of Trottier’s record that does, indeed, still stand — because the Flames were slurping champagne from Lord Stanley’s shiny mug, having finally delivered a parade to Calgary after a heartbreaker against the Habs three years prior.
MacInnis was a force in that final series in 1989.
He buried the winning goal in both Games 4 and 5 and assisted on Gilmour’s decisive dent in Game 6.
As the quarterback on the top unit, No. 2 was a big reason the Flames’ power play struck in all six contests. His final stat line for that series showed four lamp-lightings and five helpers.
“He was always on, I guess that’s the best way to put it,” recalled Dana Murzyn, MacInnis’ defence sidekick during that magical run. “I’d say that’s why he became the player that he did — he was just very consistent. I didn’t, as his partner, all of a sudden say, ‘Wow, Al just bumped ’er up another notch.’ Maybe he did and he took me along with him, I don’t know. But I think Al was always very consistent.