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Pandemonium swirled around him, but the din of Calgary's Stanley Cup celebrations didn't penetrate Lanny McDonald's rapture. "This is the most peaceful feeling I've ever experienced in hockey," the 36-year-old winger said Thursday after the Flames, with a six-game victory, became the first team ever to clinch the Cup at the Forum against the Canadiens. "There's no feeling like it. I wish I could describe it to people outside. I think you appreciate it a lot more after you've been trying to win it for 16 years, like I have."
No one had to spell out for the Canadiens where they fell short against the Flames, whom they had defeated in five games in the 1986 finals. This time, Guy Carbonneau didn't score a point in the finals, Mats Naslund had one goal in the finals and a disappointing four in 21 playoff games, and Stephane Richer had only a goal and an assist against Calgary. The power play, operating at a feeble 4-for-32 in the finals, didn't make Calgary pay for its bad penalties, and prevented the Canadiens from taking a substantial lead. The Flames' patience paid off in counterattacks and "lucky" bounces that were created more by work than chance.