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Making History: Blackhawks-Toronto Rivalry

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks

Al Secord (Photo from Chicago Blackhawks Archives)

Wednesday will mark the 639th meeting all-time between the Original Six franchises from Chicago and Toronto, and 85 years of games includes lots of history. Throughout that time, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs have set numerous records and had dozens of memorable moments in their contests. Below are six notable matchups between the Hawks and Leafs:

Apr. 12, 1938: In front of the hometown crowd, the 1937-38 Blackhawks clinched the second Stanley Cup championship in team history, defeating Toronto by a score of 4-1 at Chicago Stadium and winning the series, 3-1. Carl Voss tallied the Cup-winning goal at 16:45 in the second period, and netminder Mike Karakas allowed just three goals in the Blackhawks' three series victories.

March 18, 1940: While the game they traveled to was nothing to write home about - a 3-2 overtime loss at Maple Leaf Gardens - the way that the Blackhawks traveled was new and noteworthy; Chicago traveled north of the border from Chicago to Toronto in the first-ever chartered flight in National Hockey League history.

March 20, 1983:
Big Blackhawks winger Al Secord joined the "The Golden Jet" Bobby Hull as the only Blackhawks to score 50 goals in a season during a 7-3 win in Chicago. Second scored the historic goal against Leafs netminder Mike Palmateer in the victory. Secord also holds the Blackhawks' record for fastest four goals scored 8:24 apart in the second period during a 6-4 win over Toronto (1/7/1987).

Apr. 10, 1986:
Denis Savard became the first Blackhawks player to record a four-goal game in the playoffs, but the Blackhawks fell 6-4 at home. The Maple Leafs went on to sweep the best-of-five series, 3-0.

Apr. 14, 1994:
The Blackhawks hosted their final regular-season game at Chicago Stadium, a 6-4 loss to Toronto. The game was preceded by a half-hour pregame ceremony in which the four banners commemorating the Blackhawks' retired jerseys were lowered and presented to the player.

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