1951 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1951 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began with four teams on March 28, 1951. It concluded on April 21, with the Toronto Maple Leafs defeating the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup.

Series[edit]

All dates in 1951

The second seed Toronto Maple Leafs eliminated the fourth seed Boston Bruins in five games, and the third seed Montreal Canadiens upset first overall Detroit Red Wings in six, setting up a Leafs – Canadiens Stanley Cup final series, won by the Leafs 4–1.

Semi-finals[edit]

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 28 Boston Bruins 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 0
March 31 Boston Bruins 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 OT1
April 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Boston Bruins 0
April 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Boston Bruins 1
April 7 Boston Bruins 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
April 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 6 Boston Bruins 0
1 Note: March 31st game called after one overtime due to curfew

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

Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 27 Montreal Canadiens 3 Detroit Red Wings 2 4 OT
March 29 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings 0 3 OT
March 31 Detroit Red Wings 2 Montreal Canadiens 0
April 3 Detroit Red Wings 4 Montreal Canadiens 1
April 5 Montreal Canadiens 5 Detroit Red Wings 2
April 7 Detroit Red Wings 2 Montreal Canadiens 3

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

Finals[edit]

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 11 Montreal Canadiens 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 OT-Smith
April 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 Montreal Canadiens 3 OT-M. Richard
April 17 Montreal Canadiens 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 OT-Kennedy
April 19 Montreal Canadiens 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 OT-Watson
April 21 Montreal Canadiens 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 OT-Barilko (2:53)

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

Playoff bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Stanley Cup Final
           
1 Detroit Red Wings 2
3 Montreal Canadiens 4
3 Montreal Canadiens 1
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
4 Boston Bruins 1

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens 11 9 4 13
Max Bentley Toronto Maple Leafs 11 2 11 13
Sid Smith Toronto Maple Leafs 11 7 3 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1950 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1952 Stanley Cup playoffs