1948 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1948 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament 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.


All dates in 1948


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.

Toronto won series 4–1

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.

Detroit won series 4–2


Toronto won series 4–0

Playoff bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Stanley Cup Finals
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]


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