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by Paul on 05/30/12 at 11:24 AM ET
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
No one gave the New York Rangers much of a chance in the 1950 Stanley Cup Final. Not only were the fourth-place Rangers facing the first-place Red Wings, they wouldn’t even get to play a home game – Madison Square Garden had its annual spring visit from the circus, and the clowns and elephants took precedence over the Rangers and Red Wings.
After losing Game 1 in Detroit, the Rangers did get to play Games 2 and 3 as “home” games in Toronto before the rest of the series returned to the Olympia. But the Rangers stunned the sellout crowd in Detroit by winning Games 4 and 5 in overtime on goals by Don “Bones” Raleigh. The Wings rallied to win Game 6, then overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to send Game 7 into overtime – the first time that had happened in the Final.
New York’s Chuck Rayner and Detroit’s Terry Sawchuk were perfect through one overtime and into the second – though Raleigh had a couple of opportunities to be the hero.
“I had a couple of chances, especially in the second overtime,” he remembered decades later. “I think one went over my stick, and I believe I hit the post or crossbar on the other. To have the Stanley Cup that close and not get it was terrible.”
more plus the greatest OT goals in the Stanley Cup Final including video except for one game…
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