In today’s Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek writes of upsets in the “age of parity”:
With the Vancouver Canucks going in as favourites, I was reminded a year in which they were the heavy underdogs and almost pulled off one of the most statistically mind-boggling upsets of all time.
It was 1989, in the opening round, and after finishing 43 points behind the first-place Calgary Flames, the Canucks took it all the way to overtime in the deciding game and lost on an iffy goal
43 points! Duhatschek notes it would have been “an upset for the ages.” Indeed. By contrast, Henrik Sedin points out how tight things are nowadays: