Flames legend Al MacInnis was 1989 Conn Smythe winner thanks to record point streak and feared slapper


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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.

Former Calgary Flame Al MacInnis speaks to the crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, on February 27, 2012. He was honoured as the first Forever A Flame and had his number raised to the rafters. MIKE DREW/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY
Al MacInnis speaks to the crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 27, 2012. He was honoured as the first Forever A Flame and had his number raised to the rafters. Mike Drew/Postmedia Network file Photo by MIKE DREW /MIKE DREW/CALGARY SUN/QMI Agency

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.

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