1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks season

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1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks
Norris Division Champions
Division 1st Norris
Conference 2nd Campbell
1989–90 record 41–33–6
Home record 25–13–2
Road record 16–20–4
Goals for 316
Goals against 294
Team information
General Manager Bob Pulford
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Dirk Graham
Alternate captains Keith Brown
Steve Larmer
Denis Savard
Doug Wilson
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Steve Thomas (40)
Assists Steve Larmer (59)
Points Steve Larmer (90)
Penalties in minutes Wayne Van Dorp (303)
Wins Jacques Cloutier (18)
Goals against average Jacques Cloutier (3.09)
<1988–89 1990–91>

The 1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks season was the Hawks' 64th season. The season involved winning the Norris Division.

Offseason[edit]

The most publicized offseason move was Coach Mike Keenan pulling the "C" off team star, Denis Savard's jersey, and making Dirk Graham captain. A less harolded move was the Blackhawks bringing 1970s Soviet star goaltender Vladislav Tretiak to Chicago to help improve their netminders. The biggest offseason trade was a September 1990 deal sending Steve Ludzick to the Sabres for goalie Jacques Cloutier.

NHL Draft[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Blackhawks would play consistent hockey all season as they win the Norris Division with a record of 41-33-6.

Offensively, Steve Larmer again led the team with 59 assists and 90 points. Steve Thomas led the team in goals with 40. Dennis Savard was second in points with 80 and assists with 53. Jeremey Roenick finished his first full year with 26 goals and 40 assists for 70 points. Doug Wilson had an outstanding year with 23 goals, 50 assists for a team third-best 73 points. Dave Manson was again second-highest defenseman in scoring with 28 points. On November 2, 1989, Doug Wilson scored just 18 seconds into the overtime period to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 home win over the Minnesota North Stars.[1] It would prove to be the fastest overtime goal scored during the 1989-90 NHL regular season.[2]

In goal, while Alain Chevrier took the Blackhawks to the Conference finals the year before, his 16-14-3 record and 4.18 Goals Against Average in 89-90 got him traded in March 1990. Jacques Cloutier who was acquired just before the season began, was the primary goaltender with a 18-15-2 record and a 3.09 Goals Against Average. In March, the Blackhawks acquired Greg Millen from Quebec, and he began to take over in the nets at the end of the season with a 5-4-1 record. Eddie Belfour could not make the Hawks roster, and instead spent six months with the Canadian national team.


Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chicago Blackhawks 80 41 33 6 315 294 88
St. Louis Blues 80 37 34 9 295 279 83
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 38 38 4 337 358 80
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 40 4 284 291 76
Detroit Red Wings 80 28 38 14 288 323 70

[3]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Campbell Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Calgary Flames SMY 80 42 23 15 348 265 99
2 Edmonton Oilers SMY 80 38 28 14 315 283 90
3 Chicago Blackhawks NRS 80 41 33 6 316 294 88
4 Winnipeg Jets SMY 80 37 32 11 298 290 85
5 St. Louis Blues NRS 80 37 34 9 295 279 83
6 Toronto Maple Leafs NRS 80 38 38 4 337 358 80
7 Minnesota North Stars NRS 80 36 40 4 284 291 76
8 Los Angeles Kings SMY 80 34 39 7 338 337 75
9 Detroit Red Wings NRS 80 28 38 14 288 323 70
10 Vancouver Canucks SMY 80 25 41 14 245 306 64

Divisions: NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 1989 3–8 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 0–1–0
2 W October 7, 1989 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1989–90) 1–1–0
3 L October 8, 1989 3–5 New York Rangers (1989–90) 1–2–0
4 W October 12, 1989 9–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 2–2–0
5 L October 14, 1989 1–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 2–3–0
6 W October 15, 1989 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 3–3–0
7 T October 17, 1989 3–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1989–90) 3–3–1
8 L October 19, 1989 3–5 Quebec Nordiques (1989–90) 3–4–1
9 W October 20, 1989 4–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 4–4–1
10 W October 22, 1989 7–4 Los Angeles Kings (1989–90) 5–4–1
11 W October 24, 1989 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 6–4–1
12 W October 26, 1989 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 7–4–1
13 L October 28, 1989 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 7–5–1
14 W October 29, 1989 1–0 Washington Capitals (1989–90) 8–5–1
15 W October 31, 1989 5–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1989–90) 9–5–1
16 W November 2, 1989 4–3 OT Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 10–5–1
17 L November 4, 1989 0–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 10–6–1
18 W November 5, 1989 4–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 11–6–1
19 W November 9, 1989 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 12–6–1
20 W November 11, 1989 5–3 @ New York Islanders (1989–90) 13–6–1
21 W November 12, 1989 4–2 Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 14–6–1
22 L November 16, 1989 3–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 14–7–1
23 T November 18, 1989 4–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1989–90) 14–7–2
24 L November 19, 1989 4–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 14–8–2
25 L November 22, 1989 3–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1989–90) 14–9–2
26 L November 26, 1989 3–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 14–10–2
27 L November 30, 1989 0–2 New York Islanders (1989–90) 14–11–2
28 L December 3, 1989 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 14–12–2
29 W December 6, 1989 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 15–12–2
30 W December 9, 1989 6–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 16–12–2
31 W December 10, 1989 7–1 Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 17–12–2
32 W December 13, 1989 3–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 18–12–2
33 L December 15, 1989 4–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 18–13–2
34 W December 17, 1989 6–5 Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 19–13–2
35 W December 20, 1989 9–6 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 20–13–2
36 L December 22, 1989 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 20–14–2
37 W December 23, 1989 7–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 21–14–2
38 L December 26, 1989 3–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 21–15–2
39 T December 28, 1989 1–1 OT Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 21–15–3
40 W December 30, 1989 7–3 Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 22–15–3
41 W January 3, 1990 3–2 Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 23–15–3
42 W January 6, 1990 8–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 24–15–3
43 T January 10, 1990 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1989–90) 24–15–4
44 W January 11, 1990 5–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 25–15–4
45 L January 14, 1990 5–6 Calgary Flames (1989–90) 25–16–4
46 L January 15, 1990 6–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 25–17–4
47 W January 17, 1990 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 26–17–4
48 W January 19, 1990 5–2 Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 27–17–4
49 L January 24, 1990 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 27–18–4
50 W January 26, 1990 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 28–18–4
51 L January 27, 1990 4–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 28–19–4
52 W February 1, 1990 7–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1989–90) 29–19–4
53 L February 4, 1990 3–7 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 29–20–4
54 W February 8, 1990 8–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 30–20–4
55 L February 10, 1990 4–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 30–21–4
56 W February 13, 1990 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 31–21–4
57 L February 15, 1990 1–4 Calgary Flames (1989–90) 31–22–4
58 W February 17, 1990 3–1 @ New York Islanders (1989–90) 32–22–4
59 W February 18, 1990 6–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 33–22–4
60 W February 20, 1990 8–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 34–22–4
61 L February 22, 1990 3–6 Boston Bruins (1989–90) 34–23–4
62 L February 24, 1990 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 34–24–4
63 W February 25, 1990 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 35–24–4
64 L February 27, 1990 0–4 @ Washington Capitals (1989–90) 35–25–4
65 L March 1, 1990 4–6 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 35–26–4
66 L March 3, 1990 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1989–90) 35–27–4
67 L March 4, 1990 1–4 Boston Bruins (1989–90) 35–28–4
68 L March 7, 1990 4–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 35–29–4
69 T March 10, 1990 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 35–29–5
70 L March 11, 1990 4–6 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 35–30–5
71 T March 13, 1990 3–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 35–30–6
72 W March 15, 1990 6–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1989–90) 36–30–6
73 L March 17, 1990 2–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 36–31–6
74 W March 19, 1990 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 37–31–6
75 W March 22, 1990 6–3 New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 38–31–6
76 L March 24, 1990 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 38–32–6
77 W March 25, 1990 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 39–32–6
78 W March 29, 1990 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 40–32–6
79 L March 31, 1990 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 40–33–6
80 W April 1, 1990 4–1 Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 41–33–6

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Player stats[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer RW 80 31 59 90 40 25 8 2 4
Savard, DenisDenis Savard C 60 27 53 80 56 8 10 2 4
Wilson, DougDoug Wilson D 70 23 50 73 40 13 13 1 2
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 76 40 30 70 91 -3 13 0 7
Creighton, AdamAdam Creighton C 80 34 36 70 224 4 12 0 3
Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick C 78 26 40 66 54 2 6 0 4
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 68 17 38 55 86 -2 3 1 4
Graham, DirkDirk Graham W 73 22 32 54 102 1 2 3 1
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 70 12 25 37 54 27 0 0 3
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 59 5 23 28 301 4 1 0 1
Brown, KeithKeith Brown D 67 5 20 25 87 26 2 0 0
Murray, BobBob Murray D 49 5 19 24 45 3 3 0 1
Secord, AlAl Secord LW 43 14 7 21 131 5 1 0 0
Lemieux, JocelynJocelyn Lemieux RW 39 10 11 21 47 0 1 0 1
Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C/LW 49 9 12 21 56 -3 0 0 3
Yawney, TrentTrent Yawney D 70 5 15 20 82 -6 1 0 1
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 72 4 14 18 156 -2 0 0 1
Konroyd, SteveSteve Konroyd D 75 3 14 17 34 6 1 0 0
Presley, WayneWayne Presley RW 49 6 7 13 69 -19 1 0 0
McGill, BobBob McGill D 69 2 10 12 204 -7 0 1 0
Van Dorp, WayneWayne Van Dorp LW 61 7 4 11 303 -3 0 0 1
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 8 4 1 5 9 1 1 1 0
Sanipass, EverettEverett Sanipass LW 12 2 2 4 17 0 0 0 0
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 23 1 2 3 34 -4 0 0 0
Bassen, BobBob Bassen C 6 1 1 2 8 1 0 0 0
Cassidy, BruceBruce Cassidy D 2 1 1 2 0 -1 1 0 0
Chevrier, AlainAlain Chevrier G 39 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan RW 8 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Millen, GregGreg Millen G 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Russell, CamCam Russell D 19 0 1 1 27 -3 0 0 0
Cloutier, JacquesJacques Cloutier G 43 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Peluso, MikeMike Peluso LW 2 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0
Vincelette, DanDan Vincelette LW 2 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Waite, JimmyJimmy Waite G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Cloutier, JacquesJacques Cloutier 2178 43 18 15 2 112 3.09 2 931 819 .880
Chevrier, AlainAlain Chevrier 1894 39 16 14 3 132 4.18 0 898 766 .853
Millen, GregGreg Millen 575 10 5 4 1 32 3.34 0 267 235 .880
Waite, JimmyJimmy Waite 183 4 2 0 0 14 4.59 0 92 78 .848
Team: 4830 80 41 33 6 290 3.60 2 2188 1898 .867

Playoffs[edit]

After reaching the Conference finals the year before, hopes were high entering the playoffs. The first round reunited the Hawks with their old rivals the Minnesota North Stars for the first time since their four-year consecutive playoff match streak ended in 1985. The playoff format had changed since then, and now featured a seven-game series. The Blackhawks would barely survive this seven game war with the fourth place Minnesota North Stars. The Hawks defeated the North Stars four games to three with the Hawks outscoring Minnesota by a total of three goals over the series.

Apr 4, 1990 - CHI 1, MIN 2

Apr 6, 1990 - CHI 5, MIN 3

Apr 8, 1990 - MIN 1, CHI 2

Apr 10, 1990 - MIN 4, CHI 0

Apr 12, 1990 - CHI 5, MIN 1

Apr 14, 1990 - MIN 5, CHI 3

Apr 16, 1990 - CHI 5, MIN 2

The second round Norris Division Finals, saw the Blackhawks pitted against the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks again needed all seven games to advance. In a bold move, coach Mike Keenan decided to start Eddie Belfour, who was recently recalled from the minors, in nets in three of the games, and Eddie the Eagle went 3-0! The first six games were decided by one or two goals each, and game seven in Chicago was set for another close battle, however after Jeremy Roenick gave the Hawks a 2-0 first period lead, the Blues went on a powerplay only to have Steve Larmer score a demoralizing shorthanded goal, and the rout was on - resulting in 8-2 victory. The Blackhawks were again headed to the conference finals - with only the Edmonton Oilers standing in their way to get to the Stanley Cup Finals (and unlike their previous playoff loses to Edmonton, this time the Oilers were without Gretzky)

Apr 18, 1990 - CHI 3, STL 4

Apr 20, 1990 - CHI 5, STL 3

Apr 22, 1990 - STL 5, CHI 4

Apr 24, 1990 - STL 2, CHI 3

Apr 26, 1990 - CHI 3, STL 2

Apr 28, 1990 - STL 4, CHI 2

Apr 30, 1990 - CHI 8, STL 2

The Conference Finals saw Keenan go back to Millen and Cloutier in the nets with Belfour only appearing in the first game despite his 2.49 goals against average. After splitting the first two in the Edmonton, the Hawks took the first home game at the Chicago Stadium to take a 2-1 series lead. However the Oilers won the next three to win the series, and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

May 2, 1990 - EDM 5, CHI 2

May 4, 1990 - EDM 3, CHI 4

May 6, 1990 - CHI 5, EDM 1

May 8, 1990 - CHI 2, EDM 4

May 10, 1990 - EDM 4, CHI 3

May 12, 1990 - CHI 4, EDM 8

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Larmer, SteveSteve Larmer RW 20 7 15 22 2 2 2 2 2
Savard, DenisDenis Savard C 20 7 15 22 41 0 4 0 1
Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick C 20 11 7 18 8 -1 4 0 1
Presley, WayneWayne Presley RW 19 9 6 15 29 8 1 1 1
Wilson, DougDoug Wilson D 20 3 12 15 18 5 1 0 1
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 20 7 6 13 33 2 1 0 3
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 19 5 8 13 34 10 0 0 0
Creighton, AdamAdam Creighton C 20 3 6 9 59 1 0 1 0
Lemieux, JocelynJocelyn Lemieux RW 18 1 8 9 28 1 0 0 0
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 20 4 4 8 22 2 1 0 0
Yawney, TrentTrent Yawney D 20 3 5 8 27 -1 3 0 1
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 14 2 4 6 6 2 0 0 0
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 20 2 4 6 46 -5 1 0 0
Murray, BobBob Murray D 16 2 4 6 8 8 0 0 0
Graham, DirkDirk Graham W 5 1 5 6 2 0 0 1 0
Konroyd, SteveSteve Konroyd D 20 1 3 4 19 6 0 0 0
Brown, KeithKeith Brown D 18 0 4 4 43 2 0 0 0
Sutter, DuaneDuane Sutter RW 20 1 1 2 48 -1 0 0 0
Belfour, EdEd Belfour G 9 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Bassen, BobBob Bassen C 1 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Cloutier, JacquesJacques Cloutier G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C/LW 4 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
McGill, BobBob McGill D 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Millen, GregGreg Millen G 14 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Russell, CamCam Russell D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Secord, AlAl Secord LW 12 0 0 0 8 -2 0 0 0
Van Dorp, WayneWayne Van Dorp LW 8 0 0 0 23 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Millen, GregGreg Millen 613 14 6 6 40 3.92 0 300 260 .867
Belfour, EdEd Belfour 409 9 4 2 17 2.49 0 200 183 .915
Cloutier, JacquesJacques Cloutier 175 4 0 2 8 2.74 0 75 67 .893
Team: 1197 20 10 10 65 3.26 0 575 510 .887

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-3968767.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1990_games.html
  3. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  4. ^ "1989-1990 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  5. ^ "1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  6. ^ "1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-16.