1948 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1948 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began with four teams on March 4, 1948. It concluded on April 14, with the Toronto Maple Leafs defeating the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.

Series[edit]

All dates in 1948

Semifinals[edit]

The first round of the playoffs saw third place Boston Bruins matched up with first place Toronto Maple Leafs and fourth place New York Rangers against second place Detroit Red Wings.

Toronto vs. Boston[edit]

Toronto beat Boston 4 games to 1. Although Boston kept it close. Three of the five games were decided by one goal.

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 24 Boston Bruins 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (OT)
March 27 Boston Bruins 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 5
March 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 5 Boston Bruins 1
April 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 Boston Bruins 3
April 3 Boston Bruins 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

NY Rangers vs. Detroit[edit]

It looked initially to be a close series as, after the Blueshirts lost the first two games, the Wings Production line got lazy. But wingers, Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe chose follow Lindsay's recent quote —

In this game, you have to be mean, or you're going to get pushed around.

(Glenn Liebman, Hockey Shorts: 1,001 of the Game's Funniest One Liners" (Contemporary Books, 1996) ) —

Detroil was now pursuing Lord Stanley's Mug for the fourth time in six years.

New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 24 New York Rangers 1 Detroit Red Wings 2
March 26 New York Rangers 2 Detroit Red Wings 5
March 28 Detroit Red Wings 2 New York Rangers 3
March 30 Detroit Red Wings 1 New York Rangers 3
April 1 New York Rangers 1 Detroit Red Wings 3
April 4 Detroit Red Wings 4 New York Rangers 2

Detroit wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 2

Finals[edit]

Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 7 Detroit 3 Toronto 5
April 10 Detroit 2 Toronto 4
April 11 Toronto 2 Detroit 0
April 14 Toronto 7 Detroit 2

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0

Playoff bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Stanley Cup Final
           
1 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
3 Boston Bruins 1
1 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
2 Detroit Red Wings 0
2 Detroit Red Wings 4
4 New York Rangers 2

Playoff scoring leaders[edit]

GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Ted Kennedy Toronto Maple Leafs 9 8 6 14
Max Bentley Toronto Maple Leafs 9 4 7 11
Pete Horeck Detroit Red Wings 10 3 7 10
Jim McFadden Detroit Red Wings 10 5 3 8
Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs 9 4 4 8
Harry Watson Toronto Maple Leafs 9 5 2 7
Milt Schmidt Boston Bruins 5 2 5 7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1947 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1949 Stanley Cup playoffs