Thursday, April 21, 2011

1951 Stanley Cup Finals

Today in 1951 the Toronto Maples Leafs put the final touches on a 4 games to 1 Stanley Cup Finals victory over the Montreal Canadiens.  All 5 games of the series went to overtime with the game 4 winner being scored by Toronto defenseman Bill Barilko, who tragically would die the following summer in a plane crash.

All but one of the 5 games was a 3-2 score, with game 3 the exception, a Toronto 2-1 win.   This was the 6 Stanley Cup win for the Maple Leafs since 1942.  It would be the last win for the Leafs until 1962, when they would win 3 years in a row.
The leading scorers in the 1951 playoffs were Maurice Richard of Montreal and Max Bentley of Toronto who both had 13 points.

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