1951 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1951 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament 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.


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.


Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Montreal won series 4–2

Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

Toronto won series 4–1


Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto won series 4–1

Playoff bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Stanley Cup Finals
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]


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