1955 Stanley Cup Finals

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1955 Stanley Cup Finals
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Games
Detroit Red Wings  4 7 2 3 5 3 3 4
Montreal Canadiens  2 1 6 5 1 6 1 3
Location: Detroit, Michigan (Detroit Olympia) (1,2,5,7)
Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Captains: Detroit: Ted Lindsay
Montreal: Emile Bouchard
Dates: April 3 to April 14, 1955
Series-winning
goal:
Gordie Howe (19:49, second)
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The 1955 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Montreal Canadiens, appearing in their fifth of ten straight Finals and the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, in the fourth Detroit-Montreal Final series of the 1950s and the second consecutively. The Wings would win the series 4–3 to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup and fourth in six seasons. It would be 42 years before Detroit would win another cup, in 1997.

Paths to the Final[edit]

Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–1 to reach the final. Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 to reach the final.

The series[edit]

Prior to the playoffs, Montreal's Maurice Richard was suspended and would be missed by the Canadiens.[1]

In the second game, Ted Lindsay would score 4 goals to set a NHL record for most goals in one game in a Final series. The win was also the Wings' fifteenth consecutive, another NHL record.

Gordie Howe set two NHL records, amassing 12 points, and he surpassed Toe Blake's point mark for the playoffs with 20 points in 11 games.

This was also the first final in which the home team won all seven games of the series, a feat that would be repeated only twice in the next 50 years, in 1965 and 2003.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 3 Montreal 2 Detroit 4
April 5 Montreal 1 Detroit 7
April 7 Detroit 2 Montreal 6
April 9 Detroit 3 Montreal 5
April 10 Montreal 1 Detroit 5
April 12 Detroit 3 Montreal 6
April 14 Montreal 1 Detroit 3

Detroit wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 3

Detroit Red Wings 1955 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Larry Hillman became the youngest player to be engraved on the Stanley Cup at 18 years, 2 months, 9 days. Gaye Stewart held the previous record in 1942 at 18 years, 9 months, and 21 days.
  • Wally Crossman (Asst. Trainer/Stick Boy) was left off the Stanley Cup, and team picture.
  • Marguerite Norris was first women to win back to back Stanley Cups in 1953-54, 1954-55.
  • Jimmy Skinner was the 8th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.

Members of Detroit Red Wings Dynasty 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955[edit]

Gordie Howe, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Marty Pavelich, Marcel Pronovost, John Wilson (6 Players), Jack Adams, Carl Mattson, Fred Hubert Jr. (3 Non-players).

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company. pp. 38–40. ISBN 1-55278-408-8. 

References[edit]

  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
1954
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

1955
Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens
1956