Stanley Cup Finals Series Descriptions

Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks
Pitting a Boston team that hadn't won the Stanley Cup in 39 years and a Vancouver club that had never won it in its 40-year history, the 2011 Final was full of emotional moments and sudden momentum shifts. The Vancouver Canucks entered the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winner with a League-best 117 points while the Bruins were the winners of the Northeast Division with 103 points. Both teams had to win in overtime of a seventh game to advance beyond the first round as well as knock off the teams that had eliminated them in the 2010 playoffs. After dropping the first two games in Vancouver, the Bruins returned home to Boston and beat Vancouver by a combined score of 12-1. In Game 5, Roberto Luongo earned his second 1-0 victory of the Final, before Boston scored four goals in a Final record 4:14 span to take Game 6. In Game 7, Tim Thomas closed out the series with 37 saves in a 4-0 victory, establishing a new record for saves in a post-season. At age 37, Thomas also became the oldest player to win the Conn Smythe and Patrice Bergeron, who scored the winning goal in Game 7, became the latest member of the heralded Triple Gold Club, having previously captured World and Olympic championships to go along with his Stanley Cup victory.
2010 Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The Chicago Blackhawks made history with their 4-2 series win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. Before Patrick Kane netted the overtime winner in Game 6 to make the final score 4-3 in front of a silenced Philadelphia crowd, Chicago remained as the team with the longest Stanley Cup drought at 49 years. Only the New York Rangers had a longer span without a championship when they finally captured the Cup in 1994, marking 54 years since they last won. The Hawks entered the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs as the Central Division champs with 112 points, marking the first time they won a division title since the 1992-93 season when they led the now defunct Norris Division with 106 points. Captain Jonathan Toews also made a bit of history with winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as it was the first time any Blackhawk player captured the award since it was introduced in the 1964-65 season. Toews tallied seven goals and 22 assists over 22 playoff games in 2010. The then 22-year old Canadian also became the youngest player ever in the exclusive Triple Gold Club, as Toews has now captured championships at the juniors, Olympics and NHL levels.
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Red Wings
With a pair of superstars leading the way, the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the first time since current owner and former superstar Mario Lemieux led them to back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992. Sidney Crosby became the youngest captain in history to hoist the hardware, while Evgeni Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Malkin joined Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur and Phil Esposito as the only players since NHL expansion in 1967 to lead the league in scoring in the regular-season and the playoffs. Dan Bylsma took over a slumping team late in the season and coached them to a championship. Alex Ovechkin scored 56 goals to lead the regular season for the second straight year and also won his second straight Hart Trophy as MVP. His Capitals had 50 wins and a club-record 108 points. They eliminated the Rangers in seven games to open the playoffs and then put the Penguins in a hole with two straight wins to open their second-round series. Pittsburgh recovered to win the series in seven games, and then swept Carolina in the Eastern Conference Final to set up a Stanley Cup rematch with Detroit. The Red Wings had won their eighth straight Central Division title and knocked off Columbus (in their first playoff appearance), Anaheim and a much-improved Chicago team in the playoffs. As in 2008, Detroit won two games at home to open the Final but Pittsburgh rallied to take the series. Maxime Talbot scored both goals in the Penguins’ 2-1 victory in game seven.
2008 Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
At just 20 years old, Sidney Crosby led Pittsburgh back to the Finals for the first time since the glory days of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr 16 years earlier. Detroit would prove itself a formidable opponent, however, as the Red Wings' Chris Osgood wouldn't allow a goal in the first two games of the series. The Penguins finally found the net after returning home to the Igloo for Game 3, as Crosby would score twice in leading Pittsburgh to a 3-2 victory. The Penguins looked to continue the momentum in Game 4, as Marian Hossa gave them a quick lead less than three minutes into the first period, but a score by Jiri Hudler in the third would eventually give the Wings the win and a chance to clinch the Cup on home ice in Game 5. The Penguins would not go quietly in the Motor City. After Brian Rafalski put Detroit ahead in the third period, the Red Wings were a mere 34.3 seconds from lifting the Cup when Maxime Talbot tied the game for Pittsburgh, making only the second time in NHL history a team avoided elimination in the Finals by scoring in the final minute of regulation. The teams played two scoreless periods before Pittsburgh's Petr Sykora put the Wings' celebration on hold with by wristing a shot past Osgood at 9:21 of the third overtime. The Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 55 saves in the dramatic victory, the fifth-longest game in Finals history. With the series headed back to Mellon Arena for Game 6, Detroit jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin drew the Pens closer with a goal in the second period. Henrik Zetterberg would give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead in the third, but the Penguins worked to muster one more rally, as Hossa's power play goal with under two minutes play pulled Pittsburgh back within one. The Penguins would put a barrage of shots on net in the final with one last attempt by Hossa going through the Detroit crease as the final seconds ticked off the clock, but none would go in as the Red Wings held on for the 3-2 victory, clinching their fourth Stanley Cup in the last 11 years. Zetterberg would take home the Conn Smythe Trophy, while Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European-born Captain to win the Stanley Cup.
 2007 Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators
Following up on what had been a record-breaking season the year before, the Anaheim Ducks set new marks with 48 wins, 110 points and 258 goals scored in capturing their first Pacific Division title in 2006-07. Offensively, Teemu Selanne led the way with 48 goals as he became the oldest in NHL history to top 40 goals in back-to-back seasons. Dustin Penner scored 29 in his first full season, while Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Getzlaf also topped 20. Scott Niedermayer, who had helped to defeat the Ducks in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the New Jersey Devils, anchored the defense along with newly acquired Chris Pronger. The Ducks opened the playoffs with a five-game victory over the Minnesota Wild, and then defeated the Vancouver Canucks in five games (with overtime victories in the last two). After dropping a 2-1 decision to Detroit in the first game of the Western Conference Final, the Ducks evened the series on a Scott Niedermayer overtime goal in game two and went on to elminate the Red Wings in six games. The Ottawa Senators faced the Ducks in the Stanley Cup Final. Led by a top line of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza (who finished 1-2-3 in playoff scoring), Ottawa had only lost three times throughout the playoffs, but dropped the first two games against Anaheim.  The Senators won the third game in the series but lost the next two as the Ducks became the first West Coast team to win the Stanley Cup since the 1925 Victoria Cougars.
 2006 Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
The Carolina Hurricanes were surprise contenders for top spot in the NHL throughout the 2005-06 season. By season’s end, they had finished atop the Southeast Division with 112 points, 20 ahead of the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and just one point behind the Ottawa Senators for the first seed in the Eastern Conference. Offensively, Carolina was led by 21-year-old Eric Staal, who had 100 points (45 goals, 55 assists). Goaltender Martin Gerber set a Hurricanes record with 38 wins, but the playoff hero was rookie netminder Cam Ward. The Hurricanes opened the playoffs with two straight losses to the Montreal Canadiens before rallying behind Ward to win four in a row. After three straight victories to open their second-round series against New Jersey, the Hurricanes eliminated the Devils in five games. The Eastern Conference Final pitted Carolina against the equally surprising Buffalo Sabres. The result was a tense, seven-game victory for the Hurricanes. The Edmonton Oilers faced Carolina for the Stanley Cup. The Oilers had squeaked into the playoffs in eighth place before upsetting the top-ranked Detroit Red Wings. They then knocked off San Jose and Anaheim. In the Stanley Cup Final, the Oilers rallied from a three-games-to-one deficit to force a seventh game, but their Cinderella run ended there when Carolina won game seven 3-1. Eric Staal set up Justin Williams for the clinching goal with 1:01 remaining to give the Hurricanes the first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history.
 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames
Tampa Bay’s surprising success the season before raised expectations in 2003–04. Those expectations were not just met, but exceeded. The Lightning not only won the Southeast Division for the second year in a row, they topped the entire Eastern Conference with 106 points and finished second overall behind the Detroit Red Wings. In the playoffs, they reached the Stanley Cup Final, where they met the upstart Calgary Flames and defeated them in a tense, seven-game series. The Lightning opened the playoffs with a five-game victory over the New York Islanders. Martin St. Louis, who had led the NHL in scoring and would collect the Hart Trophy as MVP in addition to the Art Ross Trophy (most points), scored the series winner in overtime. Round two featured a four-game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens. A seven game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers followed in the Eastern Conference Final. Out west, fans in Calgary were painting the town red after victories over the Vancouver Canucks, the Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks. Against Tampa Bay, the Flames built up a 3–2 lead in the series through five, but the Lightning evened matters with a Martin St. Louis goal just 33 seconds into the second overtime period in game six. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had emerged as a star throughout the regular season and playoffs, but it was Tampa Bay’s Nikolai Khabibulin who slammed the door in game seven for a 2–1 Lightning victory.
 2003 New Jersey Devils vs. Might Ducks of Anaheim
The New Jersey Devils won their third Stanley Cup in the past nine seasons after defeating Anaheim in the seventh game of the Cup Final. The series marked the first time since 1965 that the home team won every game in the final. After 4-1 series wins over Boston and Tampa Bay the Devils then eliminated the Ottawa Senators in a seven-game Conference Final. Those series wins set up a Stanley Cup Final against the Western Conference champion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The Devils won the first two games of the Cup Final by identical 3-0 scores before losing to the Ducks in overtime of both game three and four. The Devils came home for game five and again won by three goals, this time by a 6-3 margin. Anaheim forced game seven after handily winning game six 5-2. New Jersey, backed by star goaltender Martin Brodeur, completed their trend of winning by three goals as they once again shutout the Ducks 3-0. Five players, Martin Brodeur, Sergei Brylin, Ken Daneyko, Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens, are members of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup-winning teams.
 2002 Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes
The Detroit Red Wings became the first team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after starting the playoffs with two losses at home. After losing the first two games in their Conference Quarter-final to the Vancouver Canucks, the Red Wings then won 16 of their next 21 games en route to their third Cup win under coach Scotty Bowman. Bowman established a new coaching record with his ninth Cup victory, surpassing the mark he held with legendary Montreal coach Toe Blake. After the slow start in their showdown against the Canucks, Detroit proceeded to win the series in six games. They then defeated the St. Louis Blues in five games before eliminating the Colorado Avalanche in a seven-game Conference Final. Those series wins set up a Stanley Cup Final against the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes stunned the Red Wings in game one of the finals on the strength of Ron Francis’ overtime goal. That would  be Carolina’s only win in the series as the Red Wings won four straight including a triple overtime win in game three that proved to be the turning point in the series. The Cup win would be the first for many veterans on the team including goaltender Dominik Hasek, forward Luc Robitaille, as well as defensemen Steve Duchesne and Fredrik Olausson. It also marked the second Cup win for Chris Chelios, 16 years after he first won the Cup as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in 1986.
 2001 Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils
The Colorado Avalanche capped a remarkable season with a seven-game Stanley Cup Final victory over the defending champion New Jersey Devils.  Raymond Bourque had dubbed the Stanley Cup quest “Mission 16W” for the 16 wins it would take to send him into retirement as a champion for the first time in his 22-year career. Unlike their first Stanley Cup victory in 1996, when the Avalanche never needed more than six games to win a series and swept past the Florida Panthers in four, Colorado was pushed to the brink twice in 2001. The Avalanche needed seven games to dispose of the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Semifinal and lost Peter Forsberg to a serious injury in the process. After a five-game victory over the St. Louis Blues in the Conference Final, Colorado scored a decisive 5-0 victory to open the Stanley Cup Final. However, when the Devils took three of the next four games, the Avalanche found themselves facing elimination in the sixth game at New Jersey. The Avalanche were outshot 24 to 18, but emerged with a 4-0 victory thanks to the brillance of Patrick Roy and a goal and two assists from Adam Foote. Roy made 25 saves back home in Denver two nights later, and Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist to give the Avalanche a 3-1 victory and their second Stanley Cup win in six seasons.
 2000 New Jersey Devils vs. Dallas Stars
On the strength of Jason Arnott’s Cup-winning goal in double overtime, the  New Jersey Devils won their second Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Dallas Stars four games to two. Nine members of the Devils’ squad were also on their Cup-winning team in 1995. The series marked the first time since 1984 (NY Islanders) that the reigning Cup champion made it to the final but failed to defend their title.  New Jersey was led by veteran defenseman Scott Stevens whose spirited play throughout the postseason earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Apart from the opening game, which New Jersey won 7-3, the series was closely matched. Four of the remaining five games were decided by one goal including the final two games which were decided in overtime. In fact, game five was not decided until the third overtime period while game six went to a second overtime period.  The last time that two games in a final went to at least the second overtime period was back in 1934 (Chicago vs. Detroit).  Before getting to the Final the Devils had series wins over Florida, Toronto and Philadelphia.  In the series against the Flyers the Devils trailed three games to one before overtaking Philadelphia with three straight wins, including two on the road.
 1999 Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres
It had been five years since the NHL’s best regular-season team had also been its playoff champion, but this year the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup after winning the Presidents’ Trophy for the second year in a row. The Stars won the first Cup title in franchise history by beating the Buffalo Sabres in a hard-fought series that marked the first time since 1994 that the Stanley Cup Final had not ended in a sweep. Dallas took the series in six games, with Brett Hull scoring the winning goal at 14:51 of the third overtime session. The second-longest game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final ended at 1:30 a.m. local time in Buffalo. The Stars were led by Joe Nieuwendyk, who paced all playoff performers with 11 goals and also won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Mike Modano’s 18 assists were tops in the playoffs, while Ed Belfour provided stellar goaltending, outperforming Buffalo’s Dominik Hasek in the Stanley Cup Final after besting Colorado’s Patrick Roy in the Western Conference Final. The Stars had opened the playoffs with a four-game sweep over Edmonton before downing St. Louis in a tight six-game series that saw four games decided in OT.
 1998 Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals
With a four-game sweep of the Washington Capitals, the Detroit Red Wings became the first team since the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991 and 1992) to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The Red Wings were led by Steve Yzerman, who became just the fifth player to receive the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs while captain of his team. Scotty Bowman equalled Toe Blake’s NHL record of eight Stanley Cup coaching victories. Despite the four-game sweep in the Final, Detroit did not have a smooth road to the Cup, as they were forced to play six games in each of the three series leading up to the Stanley Cup Final. Overall, the team had equal success at home and on the road, posting identical 8–3 records. A total of ten Red Wing players contributed the 16 game-winning goals scored en route to the Stanley Cup. The on-ice celebration produced one of the most emotional moments in NHL history, as injured teammate Vladimir Konstantinov participated in the post-game festivities from his wheelchair. Konstantinov had been a key part of Detroit’s Stanley Cup championship in 1997, but nearly lost his life in a car accident one week after the victory.
 1997 Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The Detroit Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup title since 1955 with a four-game final series sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers. The series opened at the CoreStates Center in Philadelphia in front of 20,291 fans, the largest crowd ever to witness a hockey game in the state of Pennsylvania. Goaltender Mike Vernon made 26 saves in a 4–2 Detroit win as unheralded Red Wings Kirk Maltby and Joe Kocur gave Detroit a 2-1 lead after the first period. Sergei Fedorov tallied the game-winner just after the midway point of the second. Maltby scored again in game two, breaking a 2–2 tie in the second period with what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Rod Brind’Amour scored both of the Flyers’ goals in the game, connecting for two power-play markers 1:09 apart late in the first period. The Red Wings returned home to a vocal and supportive crowd for game three at Joe Louis Arena and responded with a 6–1 win to take a commanding 3–0 lead in the series. The Flyers opened the scoring on a first-period goal by John LeClair, but Detroit replied with three unanswered goals before the period ended. The win snapped Detroit’s eight-game and 33-year home-ice losing streaks in the Stanley Cup Final. Sergei Fedorov and Martin Lapointe each tallied twice to pace the Red Wings. The Red Wings completed the series sweep by defeating the Flyers 2-1 in game four. Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom’s goal late in the first period gave Detroit a lead it would not relinquish and Darren McCarty scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal on a spectacular individual effort at 13:02 of the second period. Goaltender Mike Vernon was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs, finishing the postseason with a 16–4 record and 1.76 goals-against average. He allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of his 20 playoff games.
 1996 Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers
The Colorado Avalanche became Stanley Cup champions in their first season in the Mile High City after moving west from Quebec, sweeping the surprising Florida Panthers in the final series. Colorado was led by the scoring flash of Joe Sakic, Valeri Kamensky and Peter Forsberg, backed up by a solid defense and the stellar goaltending of Patrick Roy, but it was Uwe Krupp who scored the Cup-winning goal at 4:31 of the third overtime period in the longest 1-0 game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final. Goaltending had been the story for Florida, as the Panthers, who had made the playoffs in just their third season, relied on the spectacular work of John Vanbiesbrouck to knock off the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Colorado advanced with victories over Vancouver and Chicago before defeating Detroit in the Western Conference final. Despite the final series sweep, the games were close (with the exception of Colorado’s 8-1 win in game two), but the Avalanche clearly had the better of the play. Vanbiesbrouck’s heroics gave the Panthers a chance, but ultimately Roy and Sakic, who established himself as a major NHL star, proved to be too much. Sakic led all playoff scorers with 18 goals and 34 points and also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
 1995 New Jersey Devils vs. Detroit Red Wings
After 21 seasons and two franchise relocations, the New Jersey Devils captured their first Stanley Cup title by downing the Detroit Red Wings in the championship final. Paced by the stellar goaltending of Martin Brodeur and the timely scoring of Claude Lemieux, the Devils upset the favored Red Wings in four straight games, outscoring, outshooting and outplaying Detroit in each encounter. Both teams took similar routes to the Final. Detroit lost only two games in the opening three rounds, although they did need a trio of overtime victories to subdue Chicago in the Western Conference Final. New Jersey dropped four games in the opening three rounds, including a pair to the Philadelphia Flyers in a stirring six-game Eastern Conference Final. New Jersey’s Claude Lemieux, who scored only six times in the regular season, erupted for 13 goals in the playoffs and also won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Neal Broten, a 14-year veteran acquired by New Jersey late in the season from Dallas, notched four game-winning goals for the champions. Devils coach Jacques Lemaire, who won eight Stanley Cup rings as a player, became the fourth individual to score a Stanley Cup-winning goal and coach a Stanley Cup-winning team.
 1994 New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks
The New York Rangers ended their 54-year Stanley Cup drought with a stirring, seven-game series win over the Vancouver Canucks. The Rangers jumped out to a 3–1 series lead, only to see the Canucks storm back with two wins, forcing a deciding game seven at Madison Square Garden. Viewed by a record television audience worldwide, the Rangers earned a 3–2 win and the Stanley Cup. Both the Rangers and Canucks followed a difficult route to the championship series. In the Eastern Conference Final, the Rangers were stretched to the limit by the New Jersey Devils before prevailing four games to three with three games in the series decided in double overtime. The Canucks, meanwhile, had faced a 3–1 series deficit in their first-round series versus the Calgary Flames, but rallied to win the last three games in overtime. Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch became the first U.S.-born player to capture the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Leetch led all players in scoring during the postseason with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 23 games. Head coach Mike Keenan, in his first season behind the Rangers bench, captured his first Stanley Cup victory. He had previously made championship series appearances with the Philadelphia Flyers (twice) and Chicago Blackhawks.
 1993 Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings
The Montreal Canadiens claimed their 24th Stanley Cup title, defeating the Los Angeles Kings in an exciting five-game series. The Kings, led by playoff scoring leader Wayne Gretzky, were making their first appearance in the Final. After dropping the opening game of the series at home, Montreal responded with four straight wins, including three in overtime. The overtime wins capped a record-setting performance for Montreal in extra time. After losing their first overtime game of the playoffs at Quebec in game one of the opening round, the club posted 10 straight wins in extra time, setting playoff records for most OT wins in one season and most consecutive OT wins. Of the 85 games played in the postseason this year, 28 were decided in overtime, smashing the previous playoff record of 16, set in 1982 and 1991. Canadiens’ goaltender Patrick Roy was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, posting a 16–4 record and 2.13 goals-against average in 20 games. Roy became the fifth two-time winner of the award, having previously won as a rookie in 1986.
 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Penguins captured their second consecutive Stanley Cup title, winning the championship in four consecutive games against the Chicago Blackhawks, who were making their first appearance in the Final since 1973. Both finalists established a new record for consecutive playoff wins with 11. The Blackhawks’ victories spanned the first three rounds of the playoffs. The Penguins’ 11 wins included their four-game final series sweep. Mario Lemieux captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the second straight year, becoming just the second player in NHL history (Bernie Parent, 1974 and 1975) to accomplish the feat.
1991 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Minnesota Northstars
The Penguins captured their first Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Minnesota North Stars in six games. The North Stars were making  their second appearance in the Final. Pittsburgh center Mario Lemieux, despite missing one game in the series due to a back injury, recorded 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in five games to lead all scorers. His overall playoff performance earned him Conn Smythe Trophy honors. Penguins defenseman Larry Murphy tallied 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in six games, the second highest total for a defenseman in Stanley Cup Final history. Four Pittsburgh players — Bryan Trottier, Paul Coffey, Joe Mullen and Jiri Hrdina — won a Stanley Cup championship with their second team. Trottier won four previous titles with the New York Islanders, Coffey captured three with Edmonton, while Mullen and Hrdina were members of the 1989 Stanley Cup-champion Calgary Flames.
 1990 Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins
The Oilers captured their fifth Stanley Cup title in seven years (and their first since trading Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles in 1988), defeating Boston for their second Stanley Cup triumph over the Bruins in three seasons. The two teams battled for 55:13 of overtime in game one at Boston Garden before Edmonton’s Petr Klima ended the marathon encounter with the game-winner. It represented the longest overtime in Stanley Cup Final history, edging the previous mark of 53:50 set in game three of the 1931 series between Chicago and Montreal. Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford, who posted all 16 Oilers victories in the postseason, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Seven players — Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe and Mark Messier — won their fifth Stanley Cup as members of the Oilers.
 1989 Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Calgary Flames won their first Stanley Cup title with a 4–2 series victory over the Montreal Canadiens, who had defeated Calgary for the Stanley Cup in 1986. The Flames wrapped up the series with a 4–2 triumph over the Canadiens in game six, becoming the first visiting team to beat the Canadiens for the Stanley Cup on Montreal Forum ice. Goaltender Mike Vernon tied an NHL playoff record by registering 16 postseason wins, tying the mark Edmonton’s Grant Fuhr had set the previous year. Al MacInnis became the fourth defenseman to win the Conn Smythe Trophy since the award was instituted in 1965. MacInnis joined Serge Savard (1969), Bobby Orr (1970 and 1972) and Larry Robinson (1978). MacInnis led the league in playoff scoring with 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) and amassed a 17-game consecutive point-scoring streak, equaling the second longest in NHL playoff history and the longest ever by a  defenseman.
 1988 Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins
The Edmonton Oilers won their fourth Stanley Cup title in five years with a 4–0 series victory over the Boston Bruins, who were making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in 10 years. For the first time since 1927, a Stanley Cup Final game failed to determine a winner. During the fourth game of the series, a power failure at Boston Garden halted play at 16:37 of the second period with the teams tied 3–3. Under NHL bylaws, the match was suspended, to be made up in its entirety only in the event that a seventh and deciding game was necessary.  Thus the series shifted back to Edmonton where the Oilers, still holding a 3–0 series lead, recorded a 6–3 victory to win the Cup. Wayne Gretzky was selected as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for the second time in his career, establishing a Stanley Cup Final series record of 13 points on three goals and ten assists.
 1987 Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
After a year’s absence, the Edmonton Oilers returned to the Final and captured their third Stanley Cup title in four seasons. Edmonton and Philadelphia carried the championship series to a full seven games for the first time since the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Black Hawks in 1971. Philadelphia goaltender Ron Hextall received the Conn Smythe Trophy, joining Roger Crozier (1966 Detroit Red Wings), Glenn Hall (1968 St. Louis Blues) and Reggie Leach (1976 Philadelphia Flyers) as the only players on a losing club to be so honored.
 1986 Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames
The Montreal Canadiens set a new professional record for championships, winning their 23rd Stanley Cup title. Montreal had been tied with the New York Yankees, who had amassed 22 World Series titles through this point in their history. The series between the Canadiens and the Calgary Flames marked the first all-Canadian final since Montreal and Toronto faced each other in 1967. Brian Skrudland scored nine seconds into overtime in game two to set a new record for the fastest overtime goal in playoff history, eclipsing the old mark of 11 seconds set by J.P. Parise of the NY Islanders on April 11, 1975. Twenty-year-old goaltender Patrick Roy became the youngest player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in the 22-year history of the award. Roy posted a record-tying 15 playoff wins (15–5) and a 1.92 average in 20 postseason games.
 1985 Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
In the 1985 playoffs, Wayne Gretzky set new records for assists (30) and points (47) in one playoff year. Gretzky also tied the modern record shared by Jean Beliveau (1956) and Mike Bossy (1982) for most goals in the Stanley Cup Final with seven in five games. Jari Kurri scored 19 goals in 18 games to tie the record (Reggie Leach in 1976) for goals in one playoff year. Kurri also broke teammate Mark Messier’s record for most hat tricks in a playoff year with four, including one four-goal game. Paul Coffey, who registered 12 goals and 25 assists in 18 games, shattered the one-year playoff records for goals, assists and points by a defenseman. Coffey broke Boston Bruin Bobby Orr’s records for goals (nine in 1970) and assists (19 in 1972), and New York Islander Denis Potvin’s record for points (25 in 1981). Edmonton’s Grant Fuhr tied New York Islanders goaltender Billy Smith for most wins, 15, in a playoff year. Fuhr posted a 15–3 record in 18 games. Smith amassed 15 wins in both 1980 and 1982. For the first time in the Final, two penalty shots were awarded in the same series. Both were stopped by Fuhr.
 1984 Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
The Edmonton Oilers, who joined the NHL in 1979–80 with the Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets, became the first of the four former World Hockey Association clubs to win the Stanley Cup. In his first championship game, Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr posted a shutout to hand the defending champion New York Islanders their first loss in 10 final series games. Four different Oilers — Kevin McClelland, Glenn Anderson, Mark Messier and Ken Linseman — scored game-winning goals. Messier had eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 19 games and also won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
 1983 New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers
The New York Islanders won their fourth straight Stanley Cup title to become only the second NHL franchise in history to amass that many championships in a row. The Montreal Canadiens own the all-time record with five consecutive Cup wins from 1956 to 1960. The Canadiens also won four in a row between 1976 and 1979. Goaltender Billy Smith won the Conn Smythe Trophy after limiting the Edmonton Oilers to just six goals in four games and shutting out the Campbell Conference champions in seven of 12 periods of play. In his first appearance in the Final, Wayne Gretzky tallied four assists on the Oilers’ six goals.
 1982 New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks
The New York Islanders distinguished themselves as the first U.S.-based team in history to win three consecutive Stanley Cup championships with a sweep of the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks, meanwhile, became the first Vancouver team since the 1922 Millionaires of the Western Canada Hockey League to appear in the Stanley Cup Final. Mike Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy after scoring seven goals in the four-game series, tying the modern record for most goals in the Final set by Jean Beliveau in 1956. Bryan Trottier tallied 23 assists in 19 games to set a new playoff record, while goalie Billy Smith amassed a 15–4–0 mark to equal his own record for playoff wins.
 1981 New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars
The New York Islanders captured a second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, needing five games to defeat the Minnesota North Stars. For Minnesota, it marked the club’s first trip to the Final since joining the NHL in 1967–68. With 17 goals and 18 assists, New York’s Mike Bossy established new records for points (35) and power-play goals (nine) in one playoff year. Dino Ciccarelli of Minnesota broke Don Maloney’s rookie scoring record with 21 playoff points and Steve Christoff’s rookie mark for playoff goals with 14.
 1980 New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers
In their eighth NHL season, the New York Islanders became the second expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. Two players, Billy Smith and Bob Nystrom, had been with the team since its inception in 1972. In game one, Denis Potvin recorded the first power-play goal ever scored in overtime in Stanley Cup history. The Flyers’ Jimmy Watson went off at the 2:08 mark, and Potvin scored 1:59 later to end the game and give the Islanders their first win in the Final. Nystrom also scored an overtime goal, the Cup-winner in game six, to raise his career total to four playoff overtime goals. Maurice “Rocket” Richard, who scored six overtime goals in the playoffs, owns the all-time record.
 1979 Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers
The Montreal Canadiens captured their fourth straight Stanley Cup championship to record the second longest streak of championships in NHL history. Only the Canadiens’ five-year stronghold on the Cup from 1956 to 1960 lasted longer. Montreal’s game five series-winning effort also marked the first time since 1968 that the Canadiens won the Cup on home ice. At the conclusion of the series, Jacques Lemaire, Yvan Cournoyer and Ken Dryden retired from the NHL. The trio left the game with a combined total of 24 Cup victories among them. Scotty Bowman, who had amassed his fifth Cup title in seven seasons behind the Canadiens bench, also made his farewell appearance with the team as he joined the Buffalo Sabres the following season.
 1978 Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
The Montreal Canadiens lost just ten regular-season games in 1977–78 and were favored in the postseason. The Habs needed nine games to reach the Final, where they again met Boston in a rematch of the 1977 series. The Bruins also needed just nine games to advance, winning three overtime games en route to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Larry Robinson led all playoff performers with 17 assists and tied teammate Guy Lafleur (10 goals, 11 assists) for the overall playoff scoring lead with 21 points. Robinson was one of three Canadiens, including Doug Jarvis and Steve Shutt, to appear in all 95 games during the course of the season.
 1977 Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
Winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, the Canadiens extended their undefeated streak against Boston in the Final to six straight series. Jacques Lemaire, who scored three of Montreal’s game-winning goals including the Cup-winner in overtime, joined Maurice Richard (3) and Don Raleigh (2) as the only players to record more than one overtime goal in Stanley Cup Final play. Lemaire first scored in overtime against the St. Louis Blues in the 1968 Final, and duplicated the feat in the finale of this series. In game two, Ken Dryden posted his fourth shutout of the 1977 playoffs to tie the single-season record shared by five goaltenders. Guy Lafleur won the Conn Smythe Trophy and also had  nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 14 playoff games.
 1976 Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The Montreal Canadiens returned to the Stanley Cup Final after a two-year absence. Guy Lafleur scored his first two goals in the Final and both proved to be game winners as the Canadiens swept Philadelphia to end the Flyers’ two-year reign as champions. Philadelphia’s Reggie Leach scored four times in the series to finish the postseason with the all-time record of 19 playoff goals. Leach became the third player on a Stanley Cup Final loser to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
 1975 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres
Two modern-era expansion teams met in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 1975, as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres in six games. The Sabres had reached the championship series in just their fifth year in the NHL. Bernie Parent’s netminding highlighted the series as he allowed only 12 goals in six games and clinched the Cup with a shutout for the second straight year. Parent became the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in consecutive years and joined Boston’s Bobby Orr as the only players to have won the award twice.
 1974 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins
Owning a 17–0–2 record in their previous 19 outings at home against Philadelphia, Boston was a heavy favorite with home-ice advantage coming into the Stanley Cup Final. Flyers’ captain Bobby Clarke ended his team’s drought at the Garden in game two by scoring two goals, the second in overtime, and adding one assist to overcome an early 2­–0 deficit. Goaltender Bernie Parent limited the Bruins to three goals in his three remaining wins, including a sixth game shutout as the Flyers became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup, after only seven years in the NHL. Parent won the Conn Smythe Trophy and had a 12–5–0 record and 2.02 average in 17 games.
 1973 Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks
The Canadiens and Black Hawks met in a rematch of the 1971 Final. Chicago’s Tony Esposito and Montreal’s Ken Dryden, teammates in the noted 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union prior to the start of the season, now faced each other at opposite ends of the ice. Yvan Cournoyer, who recorded the game-winning goals in the second and sixth contests, closed out the playoffs setting a modern record of 15 tallies en route to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. Cournoyer (6–6–12) and Jacques Lemaire (3–9–12) both tied Gordie Howe’s record for points in the Final, while Lemaire also set a new record for assists in the Final with nine. Henri Richard became the first player to play for 11 Stanley Cup champions and tied the overall record held by Toe Blake, who played on three and coached eight more before retiring in 1968. After coaching the St. Louis Blues to three successive Finals from 1968 to 1970, Montreal’s Scotty Bowman earned his first Stanley Cup championship.
 1972 Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
After 43 years of waiting, the New York Rangers finally got a chance to avenge their 1929 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. However, history would repeat itself as the Bruins defeated the Rangers in this six-game confrontation. Bobby Orr, who scored his second Cup-winning goal in three years, became the first two-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy. With four goals and four assists in the Final, Orr raised his playoff totals to five goals and 19 assists, breaking Jean Beliveau’s assist mark set in 1971.
 1971 Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks
After missing the playoffs for the first time in 22 years in 1970, the Canadiens rebounded in 1971 to win their 16th Stanley Cup title. Brothers Frank and Pete Mahovlich were reunited in midseason, and the two responded with a total of nine goals in the seven-game final. Frank also set a modern playoff record with 14 goals and tied Phil Esposito’s record 27-point performance of 1970. After Chicago went ahead 2–0 in game seven, Henri Richard scored the tying and winning goals to seal the victory. The hero of the playoffs was rookie goaltender Ken Dryden, who appeared in all 20 playoff games after only six starts during the regular season. Dryden’s performance, which included a 12–8 record and 3.00 average, earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy. While the series signalled the beginning of Dryden’s career, it also marked the conclusion of Jean Beliveau’s playing days. Beliveau, who finished the playoffs with six goals and a record 16 assists, left the sport as the all-time leader in playoff assists (97) and points (176) and temporarily shared first place with Henri Richard in Stanley Cup titles won as a player at 10.
 1970 Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues
For the third straight year, the St. Louis Blues qualified for the Final but faced new rivals in the Boston Bruins, who featured the first 100-point defenseman in NHL history in Norris Trophy winner Bobby Orr. After winning the first three games by margins of five, four and three goals, respectively, the Bruins were extended into overtime in the fourth game. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Orr quickly ended the affair at the 40-second mark of overtime with his first goal of the series. With Orr literally flying through the air on the play, his winning tally has become one of the most memorable images in hockey history. The series victory marked the Bruins’ first Stanley Cup title in 29 years.
 1969 Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues
Following in his predecessor’s footsteps, Claude Ruel won the Stanley Cup in his first season behind the Canadiens bench and became the 11th rookie coach in NHL history to go the distance with his team. Goaltender Rogie Vachon limited St. Louis to three goals in four outings and registered his first career playoff and only Stanley Cup Final shutout in the third game. Serge Savard became the first defenseman to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
 1968 Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues
The NHL doubled in size with the addition of six expansion teams which comprised one of two new divisions. In the playoffs, Montreal won the East Division, and St. Louis won the West Division to earn a chance at the Stanley Cup. The Blues lineup boasted several aging superstars, including two-time Vezina Trophy winner Glenn Hall, two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Dickie Moore and seven-time Norris Trophy winner Doug Harvey. The three were no strangers to playoff action with 38 years of postseason experience among them. Rookie defenseman Serge Savard, who would amass eight Stanley Cup rings in his career, scored his first two career playoff goals while shorthanded in games two and three to tie a final series record. Toe Blake retired after capturing his eighth Stanley Cup in 13 years as coach of the Canadiens and set a record as the first person to win a total of 11 Stanley Cup championships in a career. Blake also played on championship teams with the Montreal Maroons in 1935 and the Canadiens in 1944 and 1946.
 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens
With an average age of 31, the Toronto Maple Leafs sported the oldest lineup ever to win the Stanley Cup. Goaltender Johnny Bower (42) and defenseman Allan Stanley (41) were the senior citizens of the squad, which included seven players over 35 and 12 members over 30. Dave Keon, a 27-year-old “youngster” who scored a goal and assist in the series, captured the Conn Smythe Trophy on the basis of an outstanding defensive performance.
 1966 Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Canadiens repeated as champions to give coach Toe Blake his seventh title in 11 years behind the Montreal bench. Henri Richard, a member of each of those seven Stanley Cup teams, scored the game-winner in overtime in game six, marking the ninth time in NHL history that a series-winning goal had been scored in overtime. Despite his team’s loss in the Final, goaltender Roger Crozier received the Conn Smythe Trophy after posting a 2.34 average and one shutout in 12 playoff games.
 1965 Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks
Repeating the feat accomplished in 1955, the home team won every game in the Final. With the extra game at the Montreal Forum, the Canadiens treated their fans to four victories. Gump Worsley, appearing in his first Stanley Cup Final after 12 seasons in the NHL, recorded two shutouts in four starts, including one in game seven. Jean Beliveau captured the inaugural Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs after amassing eight goals and eight assists in 13 games.
 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tying their club record set from 1947 to 1949, Toronto captured the Stanley Cup for a third consecutive season. The Maple Leafs advanced by defeating the Canadiens in seven games. In the Final, the Leafs lost games 2, 3 and 5 by one-goal margins to trail the Detroit Red Wings three games to two. With the score tied 3–3 late in game six, Maple Leafs defenseman Bob Baun took a Gordie Howe slapshot on his skate and dropped to the ice in pain. After freezing and taping the injury, he returned for overtime and scored the winning goal at 2:43 of the extra period. On crutches for the next two days, Baun would later suit up for the series finale and never miss a shift as Toronto won the Cup. The following day, x-rays confirmed what Baun had known all along, that the ankle was in fact broken. The Leafs blueliner then spent two more months on crutches.
 1963 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
Five different Maple Leafs — Bob Nevin, Dick Duff, Ron Stewart, Red Kelly and Dave Keon — recorded multiple-goal performances in Toronto’s four victories, and 38-year-old goaltender Johnny Bower limited Detroit to 10 goals in five games. Keon scored twice in game five with Toronto players in the penalty box, establishing a new playoff record for shorthanded goals in one game.
 1962 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Black Hawks
The Maple Leafs regained the Stanley Cup after 11 years, putting an end to the club’s longest period without a championship in its 45-year NHL history through 1962. In his Stanley Cup debut, 22-year-old Dave Keon scored two goals and had one assist in the Final. Stan Mikita tallied two assists in game five to set new playoff records for assists (15) and points (21). The latter broke Gordie Howe’s mark of 20 points set in the 1955 playoffs.
 1961 Chicago Black Hawks vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Chicago Black Hawks captured their first Stanley Cup title since 1938, clinching their third championship overall since joining the NHL in 1926-27. Two of the greatest athletes in Chicago sports history — Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita — made their premier Stanley Cup appearances, and both figured prominently in the outcome. “The Golden Jet” sparkled in game one with his first two Stanley Cup goals, including the game-winner, while Mikita scored the winner in game five.
 1960 Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Canadiens retained the Stanley Cup for an unprecedented fifth straight season. No team has since matched this record-setting achievement. Jacques Plante, who had introduced the goalie mask to the hockey world on November 1, 1959, in New York, sparkled with his self-designed face guard. His Stanley Cup Final performance, which included just five goals allowed in four games, played a large role in the acceptance of the mask by goaltenders worldwide. Maurice Richard played in the last four games of his career. In game three, “The Rocket” scored his 34th goal in the Final, still an all-time record.
 1959 Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Canadiens skated to a fourth consecutive championship, breaking the record of three they had shared with Toronto (1947 to 1949). Maurice Richard was held off the scoresheet during the playoffs for the first time in his career. Injuries had restricted his participation to just four games. Led by newly appointed general manager/coach Punch Imlach, Toronto made its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final since 1951, rebounding from a last-place finish in 1957-58. The Leafs had a perfect record of three wins and no losses in overtime games in this postseason.
 1958 Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
The Canadiens and Bruins met for a second consecutive year in the Stanley Cup Final. Once again, Boston had been an upset winner in the semi-finals, eliminating the New York Rangers in a high-scoring six-game series. In the Final, the Habs won the Stanley Cup in six games. The Canadiens’ third straight Stanley Cup title equalled the NHL record set by the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1947 to 1949. Maurice Richard was the top overall playoff goal-scorer with 11. In game five of the Final, he notched the third final series overtime goal of his career and his sixth overtime goal in playoff competiton, setting all-time records in each category.
 1957 Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins were surprise finalists in 1957, eliminating the regular-season champion Detroit Red Wings in five games. Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored four times in game one, including three goals in the second period, to equal Ted Lindsay’s modern Stanley Cup record for goals in a game. Montreal held the Bruins to six goals in five games as the Canadiens won their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship. Fleming MacKell had four of Boston’s six goals.
 1956 Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings
Two rookies played integral roles on this first of five consecutive Stanley Cup championship teams for the Montreal Canadiens. Former playing star Toe Blake took over for Dick Irvin behind the Canadiens bench as coach, while rookie center Henri Richard joined his famous brother Maurice on the ice. Blake, who would become the 10th rookie coach in NHL history to win the Cup, won his first game in the Final as a coach, and young Richard notched his first Stanley Cup Final goal. Jean Beliveau scored seven times in the series, including at least one in each game, to set a modern record for goals in the Final and tie Maurice Richard’s overall NHL playoff record of 12 goals set in 1944.
 1955 Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens
On March 17, Maurice Richard had been suspended for the remainder of the regular-season and playoffs for punching a linesman. The high-scoring right-winger’s absence was sorely felt by the Canadiens. In game two of the Final, Detroit’s Ted Lindsay scored four times to set a modern record for goals in a championship game, and the Red Wings won their 15th consecutive contest (including the regular season) to establish another NHL record. Lindsay then tallied one assist, his last of the series, in game four to tie Elmer Lach’s record of 12 playoff assists set in 1946. Gordie Howe set two records in the series. He amassed 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the Final to establish a new mark, and snapped Toe Blake’s overall playoff record with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 11 games. For the first time in a best-of-seven final, the home team won all seven games.
 1954 Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens
Tony Leswick’s Cup-winning tally was only the second goal ever scored in overtime during the seventh and deciding game of a Stanley Cup Final series. Leswick, who notched the winner at 4:29 of the first extra period, matched the feat first accomplished by former Red Wing Pete Babando in 1950. Marguerite Norris, president of the Detroit club, was presented with the Stanley Cup by NHL President Clarence Campbell at the conclusion of the series. She became the first woman in history to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
 1953 Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
After goaltender Jacques Plante recorded a split decision in the first two games he ever played in the Stanley Cup Final, Canadiens coach Dick Irvin sent Gerry McNeil into the nets. The move resulted in two shutouts in the final three games as Montreal regained the Cup for the first time in seven years. Elmer Lach scored the Cup-winning goal at 1:22 of overtime in the fifth and final game.
 1952 Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens
Terry Sawchuk made his debut in the Cup Final and rose to the occasion, recording two shutouts and limiting Montreal to just two goals during the four-game series. Meanwhile, Gordie Howe contributed his first two career goals in a Stanley Cup championship series. The Red Wings set an NHL record by winning all eight postseason games, including a four-game sweep over Toronto in the first round.
 1951 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens
The 1951 series distinguished itself as the only Stanley Cup Final in which every game ended in overtime. Sid Smith, Ted Kennedy, Harry Watson and Bill Barilko notched the overtime winners for Toronto, while Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored goals in all five contests for Montreal. Richard’s overtime tally was his second in a final series and the fourth of his playoff career, breaking the record of three set by Boston’s Mel Hill in 1939. For Barilko, his overtime goal would be his last as the rugged defenseman died tragically in a plane crash during the summer.
 1950 Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers
Bumped from Madison Square Garden by the circus, the New York Rangers opted to play games two and three in Toronto. Gordie Howe failed to appear for Detroit in this series as a result of a serious head injury sustained in the first game of the playoffs. After sliding head first into the boards, Howe required surgery to repair a fractured nose and cheekbone. Despite the seriousness of the injury, he resumed his career the following season. Even without Howe, Detroit managed to capture the Cup in seven games, but not without a fight. New York battled Detroit to a 3–3 tie at the end of regulation in game seven, which the Red Wings’ Pete Babando ultimately ended at the 28:31 mark of overtime. Babando’s goal was the first sudden-death tally ever scored in the seventh game of a final series. New York’s Don Raleigh set a record that would remain unmatched until 1993 when he scored two overtime goals in one Stanley Cup Final series.
 1949 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Toronto Maple Leafs established two NHL records in this 1949 series. Most significantly, they captured their third straight Stanley Cup title, a feat last accomplished 44 years earlier by the Ottawa Silver Seven. They had also won an unprecedented ninth straight game in the Final dating back to April 19, 1947.
 1948 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
The series marked the beginning and end of two great Stanley Cup careers. For Detroit’s Gordie Howe, it was an introduction to the rigors of championship competition. For Toronto’s Syl Apps, who scored one goal in game four, it meant the conclusion of a Hall-of-Fame career. Toronto became the fourth NHL team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, joining the Ottawa Senators (1920-1921), Montreal Canadiens (1930-1931) and Detroit Red Wings (1936-1937).
 1947 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Toronto Maple Leafs were a “new look” club in 1946–47. Young players like Calder Trophy-winner Howie Meeker, Bill Barilko and Bill Ezinicki were new performers in the Leafs’ overhauled lineup. In the first all-Canadian final in 12 years, the Maple Leafs defeated the Canadiens in six games. Toronto’s Ted Kennedy potted three goals in the series, including the Cup-winner in the closing match. The Leafs were the youngest NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.
 1946 Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
Two high-scoring forward units met in the NHL’s first post-World War II Stanley Cup Final. Boston was led by the Kraut Line of Bobby Bauer, Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart. The Canadiens featured the Punch Line of Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. In game one, Richard scored the first of a record six overtime goals in his playoff career and the first of his record three career overtime tallies in the Final. The Canadiens won a close, hard-fought series in five games, with three contests requiring overtime.
 1945 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
Two rookie goaltenders — Toronto’s Frank McCool and Detroit’s Harry Lumley — manned the opposing nets in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. McCool, who never played in another final series, posted shutouts in the each of the first three games to set a new Stanley Cup Final record, while Lumley rebounded with two of his own in games five and six to knot the series at three games apiece.
 1944 Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks
Making his Stanley Cup debut, Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored five goals, including the first of his NHL-record three career hat tricks in the Final, in game two. In total, the Punch Line of Elmer Lach, Toe Blake and Richard combined for 10 of the Canadiens’ 16 goals in the series, including all five Montreal scores in the finale. Blake netted the Cup-winning goal at 9:12 of the first overtime period in game four, marking the fourth time an NHL player had clinched the Cup with a sudden-death tally. In that final overtime contest, Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan stonewalled Chicago’s Virgil Johnson on the first penalty shot ever awarded in a Stanley Cup Final. The victory gave the Canadiens their first Stanley Cup championship since 1931.
 1943 Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins
A new era in hockey history was ushered in with the 1942–43 season. The departure of the New York Americans franchise left the NHL with just the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens — the so-called “Original Six.” After losing the Stanley Cup Final in 1941 and 1942, the Red Wings’ third straight trip to the Final proved to be the charm as they swept the Bruins, avenging the similar treatment they had received from Boston two years before. Goaltender Johnny Mowers blanked the Bruins at Boston Garden in the last two games to ice the championship.
 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings
In the most remarkable comeback in Stanley Cup history, Toronto rebounded from a 3–0 deficit to win the series in seven games. The feat has never been duplicated in the Final. The Maple Leafs hosted the first crowd of over 16,000 in Canada in game seven.
 1941 Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings
In the third best-of-seven series ever played in the Stanley Cup Final, Boston became the first to win in four straight games. Since the National Hockey League was formed in 1917, only five teams — the 1924 and 1930 Montreal Canadiens  and the 1929 Boston Bruins in two straight, the 1932 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1935 Montreal Maroons in three straight — had ever won the Cup in the fewest possible games.
 1940 New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
With the circus heading towards New York, the Rangers were forced to play the first two games of the Final on consecutive nights before vacating Madison Square Garden for the rest of the series. Three of the Rangers’ four game-winning goals were scored in overtime, including the Cup-winner by Bryan Hextall in game six. It marked the third time in NHL history that the last goal of the season had been tallied in sudden-death. Lynn and Murray Patrick skated for the winners to become the third and fourth members of the Patrick family, joining father (and Rangers manager) Lester and uncle Frank (1915 Vancouver), to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.
 1939 Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
The NHL expanded the Stanley Cup Final to a best-of-seven format, though it took the Bruins only five games to defeat the Maple Leafs. Boston goaltender Frank Brimsek held Toronto to just six goals in five games as the Bruins took the Cup for the first time in 10 seasons. Mel Hill of Boston, who earlier set an NHL record with three overtime goals in the first round of the playoffs, scored twice in the series, and Bill Cowley led all playoff scorers with 11 assists and 14 points, setting modern-era playoff records in both categories.
 1938 Chicago Black Hawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Black Hawks faced the start of the Stanley Cup Final without goaltender Mike Karakas, who had played every game during the season but broke his big toe on April 3. Chicago was forced to sign journeyman netminder Alfie Moore, who played game one and posted a win in his only Stanley Cup Final appearance. Following the victory, NHL President Frank Calder ruled Moore ineligible for further play, and Chicago had to call on minor-league goalie Paul Goodman, who lost his first NHL start in game two. Karakas finally returned with a steel-capped boot to protect his toe and won both starts, while teammate Doc Romnes wore a football helmet to guard a broken nose and scored the winning goal in game three before a record crowd of 18,497. Eight American-born players — Karakas, Romnes, Alex Levinsky, Carl Voss, Cully Dahlstrom, Roger Jenkins, Lou Trudel and Virgil Johnson — skated for the Black Hawks to set a record (not broken until 1995) for U.S. talent on a Cup winner.
 1937 Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers
The Rangers, turned away from Madison Square Garden once again by the incoming circus after game one, agreed to play the remainder of the series on Detroit’s home ice. First-year goaltender Earl Robertson, who would never play a regular-season game for the Red Wings during his career, became the first rookie netminder to post two shutouts in the Final, blanking the Rangers in the last two games of the series. With their second straight Stanley Cup title, Detroit became the first U.S.-based squad to repeat as champions.
 1936 Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Under the coaching guidance of Jack Adams, the Detroit Red Wings captured their first Stanley Cup championship after 10 NHL seasons. The series marked Frank “King” Clancy’s sixth and final appearance as a player in the Final. However, it would not be his last Stanley Cup series, for Clancy went on to earn prominence as an NHL referee, working 20 Stanley Cup games in that capacity.
 1935 Montreal Maroons vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
In the first all-Canadian final since they beat the Victoria Cougars in 1926, the Montreal Maroons battled to their second Stanley Cup championship with a three-game sweep of Toronto. Maroons netminder Alec Connell allowed just four goals in three games. Winning coach Tommy Gorman became the first and only coach to win successive Stanley Cup titles with two different teams. He had directed the Chicago Black Hawks to the championship a year earlier. Gorman currently ranks as one of three NHL coaches (Dick Irvin and Scotty Bowman are the others) to have led more than one team to the Stanley Cup.
 1934 Chicago Black Hawks vs. Detroit Red Wings
For the second year in a row, the Stanley Cup-winning goal was scored in overtime. When Chicago’s Harold “Mush” March netted the series-winner at 30:05 of overtime, the Black Hawks captured their first Stanley Cup. Chicago’s Charlie Gardiner limited Detroit to two goals in his club’s three victories, while Detroit goaltender Wilf Cude led the Red Wings to their only win of the series in game three despite suffering a broken nose midway through the contest. Cude stopped 52 of 53 Detroit shots in the deciding game, while Gardiner turned aside all 40 Black Hawk blasts. Gardiner had been plagued by severe headaches all year. Two months after the Stanley Cup series he died of a brain hemorrhage.
 1933 New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Again the circus forced the Rangers out of New York, with all but game one contested on Toronto’s home ice. However, this year the Rangers would not be denied. In the final match, New York’s Bill Cook became the first of 15 NHL players to register a Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime when he snapped a scoreless tie at 7:33 of the fourth period. Goalie Andy Aitkenhead posted the fourth shutout by an NHL rookie in the Final.
 1932 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers
After losing to Toronto in game one, the Rangers also lost the home-ice advantage because the circus had once again invaded Madison Square Garden. Game two, originally set for New York, was moved to Boston. Toronto’s famed Kid Line of Harvey “Busher” Jackson, Charlie Conacher and Joe Primeau made its Stanley Cup debut, combining for eight goals in the three-game sweep. The Leafs’ Dick Irvin, who lost in the 1931 Final with the Chicago Black Hawks, earned his first title as a coach.
 1931 Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks
The Montreal Canadiens became the second NHL team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, duplicating the feat accomplished by the Ottawa Senators in 1920 and 1921. Chicago’s Dick Irvin made his coaching debut in the Final against the team which he would later lead to three Stanley Cup titles. Over 18,000 fans packed Chicago Stadium for game two to set a new record for the largest attendance in hockey history.
 1930 Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
The defending champion Boston Bruins had skated to the NHL’s top regular-season record in 1929–30. The Bruins’ 38–5–1 record translates into an .875 winning percentage that is still the best in NHL history. The team did not lose back-to-back games all season until being swept by the  Canadiens in the best-of-three Stanley Cup Final. Boston’s surprising defeat prompted the NHL to lengthen the Final to a best-of-five in the future. The Canadiens, who had lost all four of their regular-season meetings with the Bruins, were led by captain Sylvio Mantha who tallied a goal in both final series games.
 1929 Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
When the Bruins met the Rangers in this series, it marked the first time in Stanley Cup history that two American teams clashed head-on for the prized trophy. Goalie Cecil “Tiny” Thompson backstopped the Bruins to consecutive wins, allowing just one goal in the two games and posting the third Stanley Cup shutout ever by an NHL rookie as Boston captured its first Cup. Dit Clapper and Bill Carson scored the two game-winning goals.
 1928 New York Rangers vs. Montreal Maroons
Though the Rangers moved into the Final, the circus moved into New York’s Madison Square Garden and took priority over the hockey team. As a result, club management decided to play the entire series in Montreal. After losing goalie Lorne Chabot to an eye injury midway through game two, 44-year-old Rangers coach and early era star player Lester Patrick took over between the pipes, inspiring the New Yorkers to a 2–1 overtime victory. The following day the Rangers signed New York Americans netminder Joe Miller, who responded with two wins including the second shutout by an NHL rookie in Stanley Cup history. In only their second NHL season, the Rangers captured their first Stanley Cup title and became only the second American team in history, joining the 1917 Seattle Metropolitans of the PCHA, to win the trophy.
 1927 Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins
With the collapse of major professional hockey in the west, the Stanley Cup became sole property of the NHL in 1927. The American Division champion Boston Bruins met the Canadian Division champion Ottawa Senators in what became the first Stanley Cup Final of a new era. Cy Denneny led the Senators with four of the team’s seven total goals, including the game-winners in both victories.
 1926 Montreal Maroons vs. Victoria Cougars
The Montreal Maroons became NHL champions in just their second season in the league and hosted the first Stanley Cup series to be played at the Montreal Forum. Playing in his first career Stanley Cup series, Nels Stewart scored six of Montreal’s 10 goals, and goaltender Clint Benedict recorded an unprecedented three shutouts en route to the Maroons’ Stanley Cup triumph versus the Victoria Cougars. With the NHL taking full control of the Stanley Cup following the Western Hockey League’s demise soon after this series, the 1926 championship marked the finale of one of the most dynamic eras in Stanley Cup history. Since 1893, Cup play had grown from an amateur challenge in eastern Canada to a professional competition involving teams from across the continent.
 1925 Victoria Cougars vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Victoria Cougars, who joined the Western Canada Hockey League with the Vancouver Maroons after the Pacific Coast Hockey Association folded, became the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup and only the third west coast club to capture the trophy, joining the 1915 Vancouver Millionaires and the 1917 Seattle Metropolitans as champions. All eight Montreal goals in the series came from the Canadiens’ top line of Howie Morenz, Aurel Joliat and Billy Boucher, but Victoria posted a more balanced attack with eight different skaters combining for 16 goals.
 1924 Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Tigers
The PCHA champions (Vancouver Maroons) and the winners of the WCHL (Calgary Tigers) met in a postseason playoff, the winner of which advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. This best-of-three series was won by the Tigers two games to one, relegating the Maroons to a semi-final berth vs. the NHL champion (Montreal Canadiens). Billy Boucher scored three of the Canadiens’ five goals in the semi-final series vs. the Maroons, including both game-winning tallies, to lift Montreal over Vancouver, which lost its chance at the Stanley Cup for the fourth straight year. Montreal then faced Calgary in the Stanley Cup Final. A 21-year-old rookie forward named Howie Morenz paced the Canadiens with a hat trick in game one and a goal in game two as Montreal rolled past Calgary to complete a sweep of both series. Morenz, Aurel Joliat and Sylvio Mantha all made their first appearances on a Stanley Cup winner.
 1923 Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Eskimos
The NHL-champion Ottawa Senators travelled to Vancouver to join with the top teams in the PCHA and WCHL to determine a Stanley Cup winner. Ottawa defeated the Vancouver Maroons in the semi-final. Edmonton, the WCHL champion, then faced Ottawa in a best-of-three Cup Final. The Eskimos gave the weary Senators a difficult time, but Ottawa came through with a pair of one-goal victories. Cy Denneny and Punch Broadbent scored the game-winning goals. For the first time in Stanley Cup history, brothers opposed each other in the playoffs. In fact, two sets of brothers — Cy and Corb Denneny and Georges and Frank Boucher — faced one and other in the semi-final. Cy and Georges skated with Ottawa, while Corb and Frank suited up for Vancouver. Each of the Boucher brothers scored twice in this series.
 1922 Toronto St. Patricks vs. Vancouver Millionaires
With the inception of the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) in 1921-22, a new playoff structure was designed to match the champions of the two western leagues against each other with the winner to meet the NHL champions for the Stanley Cup. After defeating the WCHL’s Regina Capitals in the preliminary series, the PCHA’s Vancouver Millionaires set out for Toronto, where the NHL champion St. Pats awaited their arrival. Cecil “Babe” Dye notched nine of his club’s 16 goals, including two game-winners, and goaltender John Ross Roach, who recorded the first Stanley Cup shutout by an NHL rookie, posted a 1.80 goals-against average as Toronto won its second Stanley Cup championship. Jack Adams, who had been lured away from Toronto by Vancouver in 1920, returned in impressive fashion, scoring six goals in the series.
 1921 Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Millionaires
A gathering of 11,000 fans, the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game anywhere in the world at the time, jammed the Vancouver arena for the first game of this series, and an estimated record of 51,000 tickets were sold for the entire five-game series. Jack Darragh was the hero for the second straight year, scoring both Ottawa goals in the finale as the Senators became the first NHL club to capture back-to-back Stanley Cup titles and the first team since the Quebec Bulldogs of 1912 and 1913 to repeat as champions.
 1920 Ottawa Senators vs. Seattle Metropolitans
When the Seattle Metropolitans arrived in Ottawa, it became apparent that their red, white and green barber pole uniforms were all too similar to the Senators’ red, white and black pattern. Ottawa agreed to play in white jerseys. Poor ice conditions marred the first three games, and the series was subsequently shifted to the artificial ice surface at Toronto’s Mutual Street Arena. Jack Darragh, who had tallied the winning marker in game one, lifted Ottawa to the championship with a hat trick in the decisive game. Pete Green became the second rookie coach in the NHL to win the Cup, joining Dick Carroll of the 1918 Toronto Arenas.
 1919 Montreal Canadiens vs. Seattle Metropolitans *No decision
Seattle’s Frank Foyston and Montreal’s Newsy Lalonde, two of the greatest scorers of the early 20th century, were at their best in this series. Foyston notched nine goals and Lalonde six as the two clubs stood even at two wins and one tie after five games. Several of the players became seriously ill with the flu, which had reached epidemic proportions throughout North America and the world in 1918 and 1919. So many Montreal players were sick, health officials were forced to cancel the deciding game and the series was abandoned with no winner declared. Canadiens defenseman Joe Hall, hospitalized with a severe case of Spanish Influenza, died on April 5, 1919, in Seattle.
 1918 Toronto Arenas vs. Vancouver Millionaires
Prior to the start of the 1917-18 campaign, the National Hockey Association dissolved and the National Hockey League took its place. The new league started out with four teams — the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas — but the Wanderers withdrew after the Montreal Arena burned down. After capturing the first NHL title, Toronto played host to Vancouver in the Stanley Cup Final which meant that eastern rules would be used in games one, three and five. Because neither club seemed comfortable playing an unfamiliar style, Toronto won the series with the advantage of playing the final game under eastern rules. Alf Skinner led the Arenas with eight goals in five games, while Cyclone Taylor paced Vancouver with nine. Rookie coach Dick Carroll steered his team to the NHL’s first Stanley Cup championship.
 1917 Seattle Metropolians vs. Montreal Canadiens
In only their second season, the Seattle Metropolitans skated to the PCHA title and distinguished themselves as the first U.S. team to host a Stanley Cup series. They also became the first American squad to capture the coveted trophy. Consequently, one of Lord Stanley’s original conditions — that the trophy be held by the champion of the Dominion of Canada — had been eradicated. Seattle’s Bernie Morris, who finished second in the PCHA scoring race with 37 goals in 24 games, scored a team-high 14 times against Montreal, including six in the finale, to lead the Metropolitans over the Canadiens.
 1916 Montreal Canadiens vs. Portland Rosebuds
The PCHA had become the first Canadian league to place a team in the United States in 1915 when the New Westminster Royals moved to Oregon and became the Portland Rosebuds. One year later, Portland became the first American-based team to play in the Stanley Cup Final. For the first time, the Stanley Cup final series came down to a fifth and deciding game after the participants split the first four games. Portland’s Tommy Dunderdale put the Rosebuds ahead early, but the Canadiens bounced back. Skene Ronan tied the game, and Goldie Prodgers netted the Cup-winner. In his first Stanley Cup appearance, goaltender Georges Vezina backed the Canadiens with a 2.60 goals against average in five games en route to the club’s first championship.
 1915 Vancouver Millionaires vs. Ottawa Senators
In accordance with the agreement reached between the NHA and the PCHA in 1913–14, the two league’s respective champions were to meet each year to determine the Stanley Cup winner. The arrangement stated that the series would be played alternately in the east and west, and that the different rules of the two leagues would alternate game by game. (The PCHA still employed the rover, though it had introduced more modern passing rules.) In 1915, this would result in the first Stanley Cup series to be played west of Winnipeg. Deadlocked with 14–6–0 records at the conclusion of the NHA season, the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Wanderers played a two-game total-goals series for the league title and the right to face the PCHA champions. The Senators outscored the Wanderers 4–1 and packed up for the West Coast. Fred “Cyclone” Taylor notched six goals in three games, and Barney Stanley scored four in the third, to lead the Vancouver Millionaires to a one-sided sweep of the best-of-five series.
 1914 Toronto Blueshirts vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens, making their first appearance in a Stanley Cup series, faced the Toronto Blueshirts in a two-game, total-goals, showdown for the NHA title and possession of the Cup. Although each team posted a shutout on its home ice, the Blueshirts, who later became the NHL’s Maple Leafs, outscored the Canadiens 6-2. Game two in Toronto was the first Stanley Cup matchup ever played on artificial ice. In accordance with an agreement reached between the NHA and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, Victoria of the PCHA arrived in Toronto to face the new NHA champions. This agreement effectively ended the Challenge Era in Stanley Cup history and marked the first of what would prove to be 13 consecutive east-west confrontations for the Stanley Cup. (Stories of Victoria failing to submit a formal challenge have been wrongly interpreted over the years.) As it was, Toronto swept the first best-of-five series in Stanley Cup history. Frank Foyston led the balanced Blueshirts attack with three goals, including the Cup-winner in game three.
 1913 Quebec Bulldogs vs. Sydney Millionaires
Quebec repeated as NHA champs and faced the Sydney Millionaires, the top Maritime club, in defense of the Stanley Cup. “Phantom” Joe Malone poured in nine goals in the first game. He was not put in the lineup for the second, and the result was closer. Joe Hall scored three times in game two. After the Sydney series, Victoria challenged Quebec but the Bulldogs refused to put the Stanley Cup in competition so the two teams played an exhibition series with Victoria winning two games to one by scores of 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. It was the first meeting between the Eastern champions and the Western champions from the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The following year, and until the Western Hockey League disbanded after the 1926 playoffs, the Cup went to the winner of the series between East and West.
 1912 Quebec Bulldogs vs. Moncton Victorias
A major rule change introduced for the 1911–12 season saw the NHA require teams to play for the first time with six men per side instead of seven (abandoning the position of rover). Not all leagues eligible to compete for the Stanley Cup would immediately follow suit. The Quebec Bulldogs, who posted an NHA-best 10–8–0 record, successfully defended their newly acquired trophy against the Moncton Victorias of the Maritime Professional Hockey League. Jack McDonald contributed nine goals while Joe Malone scored five in Quebec’s sweep of the best-of-three series. Although the famed Patrick brothers, Frank and Lester, had started the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, the inaugural PCHA season ended too late in March to allow for a Stanley Cup challenge by the champion New Westminster Royals. The Patricks introduced the first artificial ice surfaces in Canada at their new 10,000-seat Arena in Vancouver and in a smaller Victoria facility. Prior to 1912, teams could challenge the Stanley Cup champions for the title, thus there was more than one Championship Series played in most of the seasons between 1894 and 1911.
 1911 Ottawa Senators vs. Galt
Though no formal announcement was made, 1911 marks the first year in which no Stanley Cup challenges took place before the end of the regular season. After defeating Waterloo for the Ontario Professional Hockey League crown, Galt downed Port Hope, champions of the Eastern Professional Hockey League, in what became the second of two playoff series leading up to a challenge for the Stanley Cup. The NHA champion Senators (13–3–0) had claimed the Cup from the Montreal Wanderers before defeating Galt 7-4. Marty Walsh, who had first appeared in Stanley Cup competition with Queen’s University in 1906, notched a hat trick for the winning Ottawa side. Three days after defeating Galt, Ottawa took on the Port Arthur Seniors, champions of the New (Northern) Ontario Hockey Association who had beaten the Saskatchewan champions from Prince Albert to earn the challenge. In the one-game confrontation, the Senators’ Marty Walsh scored 10 goals to fall four short of the record set by Frank McGee in 1905.
Montreal Wanderers (March)
When the Senators joined the National Hockey Association they brought the Stanley Cup into what was now unquestionably Canada’s top hockey league. By winning the 1910 NHA title, the Montreal Wanderers took possession of the Stanley Cup from Ottawa and accepted a challenge from Berlin, 1910 champions of the OPHL. The Wanderers held on to their trophy in a one-game affair, with Ernie Russell (4) and Harry Hyland (3) scoring all seven goals for the winners. The Eastern Canada Hockey Association became the Canadian Hockey Association in 1910 in order to freeze out the Montreal Wanderers. The Wanderers then helped to form the NHA, which introduced the Montreal Canadiens, who would eventually become hockey’s most prolific champions. Concerned by the number of “ringers” imported by Cup contestants, the trustees ruled that only players who had skated with their teams during the regular-season could be eligible for the Stanley Cup competition.
Ottawa Senators (January)
The Ottawa Senators were still members of the CHA when the 1910 season began. As holders of the Stanley Cup they defended the trophy against Galt, the 1909 champions of the Ontario Professional Hockey League (OPHL). Marty Walsh scored six goals in the first game en route to a sweep over the challengers. The Senators had abandoned the CHA for the NHA when they took time out from the regular-season schedule for another Stanley Cup challenge. Edmonton had come east again for what was expected to be a close series, but Ottawa was too strong. The two-game set saw the Senators’ Bruce Stuart and Gord Roberts score seven goals apiece, while Fred Whitcroft notched five for Edmonton.
 1909 Ottawa Senators
Prior to the 1909 season Montreal’s AAA and Victorias clubs, who were the last amateur teams in the ECAHA, dropped out of the league. Consequently, the league was renamed the Eastern Canada Hockey Association with “Amateur” dropped from the title. The Ottawa Senators, previously known as the Silver Seven, posted a 10–2–0 record to capture the first all-pro, ECHA championship. Ottawa, as champions of the ECHA, took over the Stanley Cup in 1909 and, although a challenge was accepted by the Cup trustees from the Winnipeg Shamrocks, games could not be arranged because of the lateness of the season. Other challenges by Galt and Cobalt were put off until 1910 due to ineligible players. (The Cobalt challenge would later be denied.) Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, who tallied eight goals in 11 games, made his debut on a Stanley Cup championship team with the Senators.
 1908 Montreal Wanderers
As champions of the Alberta Hockey League, the Edmonton Eskimos earned the right to play a challenge series against the defending champions, the Montreal Wanderers. With six of its seven players brought in especially to face the Wanderers, Edmonton established a new record for ringers on a Cup challenger. Only rover Fred Whitcroft was legitimate. Lester Patrick, Tom Phillips and Didier Pitre headlined the cast of imports. After dropping the first game, Edmonton replaced two of its ringers with two regulars, Harold Deeton and Jack Miller, who had made the trip to Montreal. They responded, scoring three and two goals, respectively. It marked the Wanderers’ first Stanley Cup loss in seven games. Harry Smith scored six goals, including five in the first game, as the Wanderers successfully defended the Cup on total goals despite splitting the series. After retaining the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association crown with an 8–2–0 record, the Wanderers faced the Winnipeg Maple Leafs, champions of the Manitoba Hockey League. For the first time in Stanley Cup play, every man on the winning team except the goalie scored at least once as the Wanderers took the first game. In the second game, Bruce Stuart and Ernie Johnson each registered four goals. The Toronto “Trolley Leaguers”, champions of the OPHL, the first entirely pro hockey league ever formed in Canada, played the Wanderers in a one-game, sudden-death affair. The see-saw battle included four ties until Ernie Johnson scored the Wanderers’ game-winning goal and Bruce Stuart tallied an insurance marker. In his premier Stanley Cup appearance, Newsy Lalonde scored twice for Toronto. The Ottawa Victorias, the latest cast of challengers from 1907, had actually finished third in the Federal Amateur Hockey League, but were awarded the league championship when the first and second place clubs — Montagnards and Cornwall — withdrew from competition. The Victorias qualified to face the Wanderers after defeating Renfrew, the 1907 champions of the Ottawa Valley, in a playoff series ordered by the Stanley Cup trustees. Ernie Russell netted 10 goals in the Wanderers’ two games against Ottawa, including six in the second, as Montreal easily defended the trophy.
 1907 Montreal Wanderers (March 25)
Immediately after capturing the ECAHA league title with a perfect record of 10–0–0, the Wanderers submitted a challenge to the Cup trustees. Because the trustees had ruled that Kenora could not use Art Ross against the Wanderers, the Thistles  imported Alf Smith and Harry Westwick from Ottawa. Although Smith scored in each game, Montreal’s Ernie Russell led a winning attack with four goals in the first game and added a single in the second. Though Kenora won the second game, the Wanderers still took the total-goals series. All games were played in Winnipeg as a result of unsatisfactory rink conditions in Kenora. Because no ice had been available after the Wanderers took the Stanley Cup title from Ottawa in 1906, this east-west confrontation had to be delayed until the start of the 1907 schedule.
Kenora Thistles (March 18)
Before the Thistles could play the rematch with Montreal they had to face the Brandon Wheat Kings in a best-of-three set to determine the champion of the Manitoba league. Kenora swept the series to retain the Cup.
Kenora Thistles (January)
The Kenora Thistles, formerly the Rat Portage Thistles, brought in Art Ross as a ringer in an effort to beef up the lineup which had failed to win its Cup challenges in 1903 and 1905. Tommy Phillips scored seven times in the two games, including all four Thistles goals in the first contest, as Kenora (with its population of 6,000 people) became the smallest town ever to win a Stanley Cup championship.
 1906 Montreal Wanderers (March)
A new ruling allowed professionals to play with the amateurs in the ECAHA, and the Wanderers were quick to give contracts to Riley Hern, Pud Glass, Hod Stuart, Moose Johnson and Jack Marshall — who officially became the first five pros in Stanley Cup competition. Players like Cecil Blachford and Ernie Russell chose to remain amateur. A pre-season challenge by a New Glasgow squad stocked with amateur players was accepted. Amidst the partially pro lineup, it was amateur rover Lester Patrick who led Montreal over New Glasgow with a hat trick in each game. Ottawa and Montreal each concluded the regular-season at 9–1–0, leading to a two-game, total-goals series for the ECAHA championship and possession of the Stanley Cup. In his Stanley Cup debut, Ernie Russell scored four goals to lift Montreal over Ottawa 9–1 in the first game, which left the defending champs with the task of outscoring the Wanderers by a minimum of nine goals in the second in order to retain the trophy. Ottawa used Smiths Falls goalie Percy LeSueur in goal for the second game, and after he gave up an early goal, Ottawa stormed to a 9–1 lead on the strength of Harry Smith’s five-goal effort to tie the series. However, Montreal rover Lester Patrick scored two late goals for the Wanderers to lock up the club’s first Stanley Cup title. Due to the late conclusion of the ECAHA Stanley Cup playoff, as well as the Manitoba and Maritime playoffs, the Stanley Cup challenges of Kenora and New Glasgow were put off until the 1906-07 season.
Ottawa Silver Seven (February)
Late in the ECAHA season, the Cup trustees decided that Ottawa should defend the Cup against Smiths Falls, champions of the reconstituted FAHL. Frank McGee notched nine goals in the two games, which would be the last of Ottawa’s nine straight successful Cup defenses. It is interesting to note that the title “Silver Seven” was given only to the team and not to any particular seven players. Ottawa’s line-up included a total of 16 players during its Stanley Cup reign that spanned from 1903 to 1906. Ottawa was among several Federal Amateur and Canadian Amateur Hockey League teams that banded together to form the new Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association in 1906. During the ECAHA season, the Silver Seven took time out to host Queen’s University, which had challenged for the Stanley Cup for the third time. Alf and Harry Smith, the best of seven brothers to have tried out for the Ottawa squad, led the Silver Seven to victory. Alf scored five goals in the first game, and Harry duplicated the feat in the second.
 1905 Ottawa Silver Seven
Having edged out the Montreal Wanderers for the FAHL title, Ottawa retained the Stanley Cup and faced a challenge from the team in Rat Portage (later known as Kenora, Ontario). Ottawa had lost Frank McGee for the series opener, and the fleet-footed Thistles skated to victory. Tom Phillips put on a show for the fans with the first five-goal performance in a Stanley Cup game by a player other than the high-scoring McGee. Ottawa’s rink crew flooded the ice in the remaining two games, and the move greatly slowed the Thistles’ fast-paced attack. McGee returned to score three goals in both games, including the Cup-winner in the finale. Now a member of the FAHL, Ottawa took on Dawson City in a midseason challenge for the Stanley Cup. The Nuggets, backed by Yukon prospector Colonel Joe Boyle, departed from Dawson City on December 19 to meet the famed Silver Seven nearly a month later. The 4,000-mile excursion included travel by dogsled, boat and train and set the club back by over $3,000. Wearied from the long trek, the challengers were overwhelmed. In the second game, Ottawa set Stanley Cup scoring records of every variety, including an unparalleled 14-goals from Frank McGee.
 1904 Ottawa Silver Seven
The Montreal Wanderers, who had stripped the cross-city rival AAA club of its best players, skated to the inaugural Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL) championship with a perfect 6–0–0 record. As such, they were granted a two-game, total-goals challenge for the Stanley Cup. Following the first game, which ended with a 5–5 tie, a new two-game series was scheduled to be played in Ottawa. However, the Wanderers refused to play unless one of the games would be staged in Montreal. As defenders of the Cup, the Silver Seven did not have to yield to such a demand, and the series was awarded to Ottawa. Ottawa faced Brandon, the champions of the Manitoba/Northwestern Hockey Association, in their fourth Stanley Cup challenge of the season and won both games. Frank McGee scored eight goals in the two games, including five in the first to tie his own Stanley Cup record set earlier in the year. A 21-year-old Lester Patrick starred for Brandon in his Cup debut. On February 8, Ottawa pulled out of the Canadian Amateur Hockey League over a dispute involving a make-up game with the Montreal Victorias. As a result, the Quebec Bulldogs, who had won the league title, petitioned the trustees to strip the Silver Seven of the Cup and award it to them. The request would be denied, but while the debate continued, Ottawa faced a new challenger, the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association. Frank McGee led the Silver Seven with three goals in the first game and the first five-goal performance ever recorded in Stanley Cup competition in the second to insure the sweep. Before beginning the new CAHL season, the Ottawa Silver Seven successfully defended the Cup against the Winnipeg Rowing Club. Ottawa’s “One-eyed” Frank McGee registered a hat trick in the first game, but captain Bill Breen rallied the challengers with two goals in the second. In the finale, goalie Bouse Hutton shut down Winnipeg completely, with McGee scoring the game-winner. Prior to the opening contest, both teams agreed to paint what essentially became the first “goal line” in hockey history. A red line was drawn from goalpost to goalpost in order to aid the referee. Joe Hall made his Stanley Cup debut with the underdog Rowing Club.
 1903 Ottawa Silver Seven (March)
The 1903 CAHL season ended with both Ottawa and the Montreal Victorias finishing ahead of the defending champion Montreal AAA. As both Ottawa and the Vics had identical records of 6–2–0, a two-game total-goals playoff was arranged to determine both the new CAHL and Stanley Cup champion. After a tie in game one, Ottawa’s famed Gilmour brothers — Billy, Dave and Suddy — combined for five goals and Frank McGee added a hat trick en route to a convincing victory. After winning the Stanley Cup, the Ottawa team became known as the Silver Seven. The Rat Portage Thistles, playing with only one man over the age of 20, journeyed from northwestern Ontario to Ottawa to meet the Silver Seven. The game proved to be a springboard for the Ottawa club, which successfully defended the Cup for the first of nine straight times. Billy and Dave Gilmour combined with Frank McGee for all 10 Ottawa goals in the series.
Montreal AAA (February)
The Montreal AAA took time out from the CAHL schedule to face a challenge from the Winnipeg Victorias in a much-discussed series. The first game was a lopsided contest won by the AAA, but the Vics bounced back in the second. With the score tied 2–2 at midnight after 27 minutes of overtime in this Saturday night affair, the Mayor of Westmount refused to allow the game to continue into the Sabbath. The Cup trustees first decided to resume the overtime the following Monday, but later realized it would be impossible to sell tickets to a game which might end after a few minutes or even a few seconds. Consequently, the game was replayed. Tommy Phillips, one of the greatest players of the early era, made his Stanley Cup debut with three goals in four games for Montreal. The Winnipeg players all wore tube skates, the first time an entire team had appeared in the east so equipped.
 1902 Montreal AAA (March)
Montreal, having won the championship of the CAHL, challenged Winnipeg, and a best-of-three Stanley Cup series was arranged. Over 4,000 fans packed the Winnipeg Arena for game one, paying as much as $25 for $5 and $10 seats for this battle of the giants. Even larger crowds attended the subsequent games. After the rival teams split the first two games, Montreal’s Art Hooper and Jack Marshall scored early in the third game to give the AAA a 2–0 lead. However, it was a stubborn defense which lifted the Montrealers to victory and earned them the moniker “Little Men of Iron,” a nickname which became commonly associated with the Montreal Wanderers who later employed most of the AAA’s star players.
Winnipeg Victorias (January)
The Cup trustees accepted a challenge from the Toronto Wellingtons of the Ontario Hockey Association, and the Vics easily won the Cup in two games. For unknown reasons, Toronto wore Winnipeg uniforms in the first match and their own in the second.
 1901 Winnipeg Victorias
After a five-year hiatus, the Winnipeg Vics regained the Stanley Cup from the defending champion Shamrocks in consecutive victories. Forward Dan Bain, who scored the Cup-winning goal four minutes into overtime in game two, played both games with a mask as the Vics continued to surprise Montrealers with new innovations from the west. Winnipeg’s victory over the Shamrocks meant the Stanley Cup passed out of the CAHL, so that when Ottawa unseated the Montreal team for the league title their was no Cup to claim. Due to the lateness of the season (March) and the travel to Winnipeg that would be involved, Ottawa declined to issue a Stanley Cup challenge.
 1900 Montreal Shamrocks
The end of the 1900 season saw the Montreal Shamrocks finish atop the CAHL standings again. Having thus retained their Stanley Cup title, the Shamrocks soundly turned back an attempt by the Halifax Crescents of the Maritime Hockey League to take the Cup. Montreal’s Art Farrell established a new Stanley Cup record with four goals in each game to lead the champs. In mid-season, the Shamrocks faced Winnipeg in the first best-of-three challenge to go the limit. The series was evenly played with only one goal separating the teams in each contest. Harry Trihey was the offensive star again with seven goals in three games, including three in the finale. The Winnipeg club, which had become noted for its innovations, introduced a new hockey stick which had the upper edge of the blade tapered, making it much lighter and considerably more modern.
 1899 Montreal Shamrocks (March)
The Montreal Shamrocks, formerly the Crystals, captured the 1899 CAHL title. The key game was a 1–0 victory over the Montreal Victorias on March 1 in front of 8,000 fans in the brand new Montreal (Westmount) Arena. Harry Trihey scored the lone goal, which gave the Shamrocks a 7–1–0 record on the season to the Victorias’ mark of 6–2–0. By defeating the defending champions for their own league title, the Shamrocks won the Stanley Cup, which they successfully defended against Queen’s University. Trihey of the Irish netted a hat trick, and Art Farrell posted two more in the 6–2 victory.
Montreal Victorias (February)
The Amateur Hockey Asociation had dissolved prior to the start of the season with the Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) taking its place as the top hockey league in the country. The five former AHA franchises now comprised the new league. The Montreal Vics successfully defended the Cup against their perennial rivals from Winnipeg in a series marred by controversy. After narrowly winning the first game of the set, Montreal’s Bob McDougall slashed and injured Winnipeg’s Tony Gingras, and the referee imposed a two-minute penalty, which Winnipeg protested was too lenient. The westerners were so incensed, they left the ice. Insulted by the incident, the referee left the arena. He did reappear over an hour after play had stopped, and gave Winnipeg 15 minutes to resume play. Upon their failure to return, the game was awarded to Montreal.
 1898 Montreal Victorias
The Montreal Victorias claimed their fourth consecutive AHA title, romping to the championship with a perfect record of 8–0–0. Vics forward Cam Davidson headlined the cast of scoring leaders with 14 goals in seven regular-season games. As champions of the AHA, the Montreal team retained the Stanley Cup and was not called upon to defend it.
 1897 Montreal Victorias
The Montreal Victorias were champions of the AHA for a third straight season in 1897 (again with a 7–1–0 record), and accepted a challenge from the Ottawa Capitals, winners of the Central Canada Hockey Association title. The challenge was scheduled for December, which would place it just before the beginning of the next hockey season. Although this Stanley Cup confrontation was originally set as a best-of-three series, the trustees ended the affair after one game because the two teams were unevenly matched.
 1896 Montreal Victorias (December)
Immediately after winning the AHA championship with a 7–1–0 record, the recently dethroned Cup champion Montreal Victorias wasted no time in requesting a challenge against the Winnipeg Victorias, but satisfactory ice could not be ensured and the game was put off until the following winter. The long-awaited rematch was described at the time as the greatest sporting event in Winnipeg history. Throngs of fans jammed the arena, with many paying as much as $12 per seat. Back in Montreal, the Daily Star newspaper arranged a public gathering whereby fans received up-to-the-minute game reports via telegraph. The Montrealers overcame a 4–2 halftime deficit to tie the game 5–5, before Ernie McLea, who posted the first Stanley Cup hat trick, rifled his third goal of the night past goalie George “Whitey” Merritt to win the game in the closing seconds.
Winnipeg Victorias (February)
The first east-west confrontation in Stanley Cup history pitted the defending Montreal Victorias against the Winnipeg Victorias, champions of the Manitoba Hockey League (MHL). Whitey Merritt, the Winnipeg netminder, introduced the first set of goalie pads in Stanley Cup history to the Montrealers when he skated onto to the ice with a pair of white cricket pads and proceeded to register a shutout. Dan Bain scored the Cup-winning goal midway through the game, and Tote Campbell added the other.
 1895 Montreal Victorias
The Montreal Victorias wrapped up the AHA title on March 8, and, having unseated the Montreal AAA, were prepared to defend the Stanley Cup as league champions. However, trustees Sweetland and Ross had already agreed to a challenge match between the 1894 champion AAA club and Queen’s University with the game set for March 9. In what remains one of the most unusual Stanley Cup situations ever, Sweetland and Ross maintained that if the AAA defeated Queen’s, the Victorias would be declared champions, but if Queen’s won, the trophy would pass out of the AHA for the first time and go to the university squad. The first challenge match in Stanley Cup history turned out to be a one-sided affair as the AAA won the game, and the Victorias were awarded the trophy. Clarence McKerrow, playing in place of the injured Billy Barlow, became the first “ringer” in Stanley Cup history and scored once for the AAA in a winning effort.
 1894 Montreal AAA
The 1894 AHA season ended precariously. Four of the five competing clubs — the Montreal AAA, Montreal Victorias, Ottawa Capitals and Quebec Athletic Club — finished with 5–3–0 records and shares of first place. The determination of a champion, and thus the winner of the Stanley Cup, created many problems for the league’s governors who simply could not come to terms on a solution suitable to all involved. With two of the four finalists from Montreal, home-ice advantage became the major issue of contention. After Quebec ultimately withdrew, it was decided that all playoff games would be staged in Montreal and that Ottawa would be given a bye into the Final since it was the sole “road” team. In what must be termed the first Stanley Cup playoff game ever, the two Montreal clubs battled to a 3–2 decision in favor of the defending champions, who then downed Ottawa in the final. Forward Billy Barlow, who finished third overall with eight goals in eight regular-season games, scored twice in each postseason contest as the AAA successfully defended its title.
 1893 Montreal AAA
In accordance with Lord Stanley’s terms, the Montreal AAA Hockey Club captured the inaugural Stanley Cup championship as a result of winning Canada’s Amateur Hockey Association (AHA) title. The AAA squad skated to a 7–1–0 record to beat out the 6–2–0 Ottawa Generals, who had handed the Montrealers their lone defeat of the season on opening day. Haviland Routh led the newly crowned champs with a league-high 12 goals in seven games. Formed in 1886, the AHA was considered the top hockey league in all of Canada. By 1893, its schedule consisted of 20 games played among its’ five club members, which included three Montreal teams — the AAA, Victorias and Crystals — as well as Ottawa and Quebec. Once the AAA had been declared holders of the Cup, any Canadian hockey team deemed acceptable by the trustees could challenge for the trophy, but none would for two years.


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