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May 2, 1967 • With the oldest lineup in Final history, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game Six to win the 1967 Stanley Cup. The Leafs’ roster included 42-year-old goalie Johnny Bower and 41-year-old defenseman Allan Stanley as well as seven others at least 30 years old.
Toronto center Red Kelly played his 65th game in Final competition, setting a Stanley Cup record later tied by Montreal’s Henri Richard.
*historical info courtesy of the NHL
*photo from Legends of Hockey.net
From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
And that is probably the most miraculous thing about the Cup: It has the unique ability to turn men into little boys.
Like the 6-year-olds they once were, NHLers really are playing for the trophy at the end of the season. Their salaries stop when the regular season does. There is, of course, a monetary prize, a playoff payout, that goes to all teams, but if you break it down per hour for the intense, all-consuming work the finalists will put in over eight weeks, they would probably make out just as well if they had been manning the deep fryer at a burger joint.
The game is distilled to its purest form during the playoffs. Stanley of Preston, whose farsighted vision was as long as his title, really did reward the top amateur team because in the spring, hockey is about the love of the game.
more… about what makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs special
April 30, 1972 • The New York Rangers made their first appearance in a Stanley Cup Final series game since 1950, losing to the Boston Bruins 6-5 in the opening contest. The 1972 championship clash between New York and Boston marked the first time in 43 years that the two had met in the Final. Boston won the best-of-seven series in six games.
Video below features highlights from the series.
From Andrew Lupton at the National Post,
More than 20 years after her death, the Philadelphia Flyers continue to channel the spirit of singer Kate Smith.
Born in 1907, Smith was a famous broadway, stage and radio singer whose name became synonymous with the song God Bless America after she sung it to glowing reviews on Armistice Day in 1938.
continued explaining the story of why Kate Smith’s performance was resurrected by film at Wachovia Center last night. And here’s a video of one of her Philly performances, prior to the 1974 Stanley Cup.
Joe Pelletier at Greatest Hockey Legends is looking back at every Stanley Cup champion since 1930, offering capsule looks at the playoffs and teams, and of course highlighting all the heroes.
This past weekend he has posted Stanley Cup capsules dating from 1930-1944. He’s added 30 new biographies as well. A lot of great hockey reading.
April 28, 1996 • A sold-out crowd at the Winnipeg Arena said good-bye to the Winnipeg Jets following a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game Six of their Western Conference Quarter-final series. It marked the final game for the Jets before moving to Phoenix and becoming the Coyotes.
Here are the final moments of that game, committed to YouTube for posterity.
*historical info via NHL media
April 25, 1964 • Toronto goalie Johnny Bower blanked the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 to propel the Maple Leafs to their third straight Stanley Cup title.
*information via NHL media
*photo found in at Legends of Hockey.net
Flashbacks To: 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006
April 24, 1994 • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gary Suter tallied three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of their Western Conference Quarter-final series.
Suter became the eighth defenseman in Stanley Cup playoffs history to post a hat trick, joining Bobby Orr, Dick Redmond, Denis Potvin, Doug Halward, Paul Reinhart (twice), Al Iafrate and Eric Desjardins.
Flashbacks To: 1950, 1996, 1997
April 23, 1950 • In the first Game Seven overtime in Final history, left winger Pete Babando, assisted by center George Gee at 8:31 of the second overtime period, gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win and the 1950 Stanley Cup title.
Four years later, another Detroit left winger, Tony Leswick, repeated Babando’s overtime feat in Game Seven of the 1954 Final. Since then, no player has scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime in the seventh and deciding game of the Final.
Flashbacks To: 1945, 1962, 1976, 1988
April 22, 1945 • At 12:14 of the third period, Maple Leafs defenseman Walter “Babe” Pratt scored the Cup-winning goal to give Toronto a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the Final.
Leafs rookie goaltender Frank McCool, who allowed only nine goals in seven starts, limited the Wings to one goal or less for the fifth time in the series.
April 21, 1951 • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bill Barilko scored the Cup-winning goal at 2:53 of overtime to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Game Five of the 1951 Final. It was the only Stanley Cup series in which every game had ended in overtime. Toronto’s Sid Smith, Ted Kennedy, Harry Watson, Barilko and Montreal’s Maurice “Rocket” Richard each netted overtime winners during the five-game matchup.
Barilko died in an off-season plane crash in the summer of 1951, though his remains would not be discovered until 1962.
*information courtesy of NHL media
*Photo found at mikeboon.com, where he also provides a tribute to Barilko
Flashbacks to: 1950, 1967, 1993, 1997
April 20, 1950 • New York center Don Raleigh set a Stanley Cup record with his second overtime goal in as many games as the Rangers downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game Five of the 1950 Final.
The win proved to be the Rangers’ last of the series as Detroit went on to win the final two games and the Stanley Cup.
April 19, 1947 • After assisting on defenseman Vic Lynn’s goal at 5:39 of the second period to tie the game at one goal apiece, Toronto Maple Leafs center Ted “Teeder” Kennedy scored the Cup-winner at 14:39 of the third period to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in Game Six. The series-ending victory earned Toronto its third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.
*information courtesy of NHL media
Flashbacks To: 1942, 1959, 1963, 1987, 1994
April 18, 1942 • The Toronto Maple Leafs completed the greatest comeback in Stanley Cup history with their fourth straight victory after losing the first three games of the Final to the Detroit Red Wings.
Leafs goaltender Turk Broda provided the heroics, allowing the Red Wings only seven goals in the last four games, including this 3-1 series-ending victory.
April 17, 1977 • Don Kozak of the Los Angeles Kings scored the fastest goal from the start of an NHL playoff game, tallying just six seconds into his club’s 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins in Game Four of their Quarter-final series.
April 17, 1997 • New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender in NHL playoff history to score a goal, coming in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarter-final. Philadelphia’s Ron Hextall was the first goaltender to score a goal in the playoffs, on April 11, 1989 versus the Washington Capitals.
*information courtesy of NHL media
Flashbacks To: 1939, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1961, 2001
April 16, 1939 • Goaltender Frank Brimsek, alias “Mr. Zero”, allowed only one goal, his sixth in five Stanley Cup final games against Toronto, to lead the Boston Bruins past the Maple Leafs 3-1 to win the 1939 championship.
April 16, 1949 • The Toronto Maple Leafs swept the Detroit Red Wings to become the first NHL team to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles (1947-49). The 3-1 series-ending victory also marked the Leafs’ ninth straight win in Final action.
April 15, 1937 • In Game Five of the 1937 Stanley Cup series, referee Mickey Ion awarded Rangers right winger Alex Shibicky the first penalty shot in Final history. Red Wings rookie goaltender Earl Robertson stopped Shibicky’s shot and posted his second straight shutout, 3-0 against New York, as Detroit became the first American team to repeat as Cup champions.
April 15, 1952 • In his fourth shutout in eight postseason games, Detroit Red Wings goalie Terry Sawchuk blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 to complete a four-game sweep of the 1952 Final. The Wings, who had also swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Semifinal, distinguished themselves as the first NHL team to win every playoff game in one year.
*information courtesy of NHL media
*photo found at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Flashbacks To: 1928, 1931, 1942, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1960
April 14, 1928 • In only their second season as an NHL franchise, the New York Rangers captured the 1928 Stanley Cup with a 2-1 triumph over the Montreal Maroons in the final game of the best-of-five title series.
The Rangers became only the second American team in history to win the Stanley Cup, joining the 1917 champion Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.
Flashbacks: 1938, 1941, 1945, 1960, 1979, 2007
April 12, 1938 • The Chicago Black Hawks captured the 1938 Stanley Cup title with a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the best-of-five Final.
Eight American-born players—Carl Dahlstrom, Roger Jenkins, Virgil Johnson, Mike Karakas, Alex Levinsky, Doc Romnes, Louis Trudel and Carl Voss—skated for Chicago in the Final.
April 11, 1936 • Detroit coach Jack Adams steered the Red Wings to their first Stanley Cup championship with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the best-of-five Stanley Cup Final. The Red Wings, who had entered the NHL in 1926-27, became the last of the League’s “Original Six” teams to win the Cup.
April 11, 1965 • Detroit Red Wings center Norm Ullman set NHL individual and team playoff records by scoring two goals just five seconds apart in Game Five of their Semi-final series against Chicago. Ullman scored at 17:35 and 17:40 of the second period in a 4-2 Detroit victory. The goals were scored in almost identical fashion—snapshots from about 50 feet out, using Chicago defensemen as screens to beat Glenn Hall. Chicago won the best-of-seven series 4-3.
April 10, 1934 • The Chicago Black Hawks earned their first Stanley Cup title with a 1-0 overtime victory versus the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the best-of-five championship. Harold “Mush” March potted the series-winner at 10:05 of the second overtime period.
The joy of Chicago’s inaugural Stanley Cup win was overshadowed less than two months later by the death of their star goaltender Chuck Gardiner. The 29-year old “Wee Scot” (Gardiner was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland) died from a brain hemorrhage on June 13, 1934.