Home Alone was in theatres, “Ice Ice Baby” was on the radio, and Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister of Canada the last time the Calgary Flames clinched the top spot in the Western Conference.
Nearly 30 years later, and the Flames have managed to take that title once again, thanks to their 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
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While the Presidents’ Trophy is a long-gone dream ever since the Tampa Bay Lightning locked down that piece of hardware (and the top spot in the Eastern Conference) on March 18, the Flames are still in a better position than the other 14 teams heading into the 2019 NHL playoffs.
Placing first in the Conference affords the Flames home-ice advantage for the first three rounds of the post-season, as well as in the final round if they don’t happen to come head-to-head with the Lightning.
The last time the Flames saw a Western Conference championship was way back in the 1989-1990 season, and it has been over a decade since they won a division title, with that event last occurring in the 2005-2006 season.
Needless to say, Calgary’s hockey fans are pretty excited about the team’s success — especially given that their boys have only made the playoffs seven times in the last 22 years.
Here’s a hint of the excitement to come as the Flames begin their playoff run:
— Corsi Jones (@vowswithinhb) April 1, 2019
The Calgary Flames pic.twitter.com/mUdkFvPq8G
— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) April 1, 2019
— Kevin Smith (@Global_Smith) April 1, 2019
The two best teams in the NHL right now are the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames.
I’m down for a rematch of 2004.
— Jawn Jang (@jawnjang) April 1, 2019
The Calgary Flames clinch first place in the West. Yes the sky must be falling.
Ps. I have been a fan for 33 years and I am not sure what to do right now.
— Landon Larsen (@FarmRanger82) April 1, 2019
So my #CalgaryFlames just won the West for the first time in 29 years
Since then, I’ve added
2 daughters in law
3 grandkids and
Over 2.3 million souls for Jesus
A great 29 years for life; a lousy 29 years for hockey!
Go Flames Go!
— Dr. Kevin Wagner (@kevinjrwagner) April 1, 2019
Holy Red Mile, Calgary! Flames on top. pic.twitter.com/zIUKNIl6cN
— Jim Watson (@CaptainSuburb) April 1, 2019
Teams that did not win the West:
VEG Golden Knights
Teams that did win the West:
— z – Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) April 1, 2019