Having finished atop the regular season standings three years running, the Ottawa Senators were heavily favored to get past Montreal and challenge for the Stanley Cup once again in 1924 but that spring, as sometimes happens, the experts were wrong.
After riding a Vezina shutout to a one-goal lead in the two-game, total point series, the Canadiens took the final game 4-1 and were on to the next level, facing the western Canadian contenders for the Stanley Cup.
First up were the Vancouver Maroons who, like Montreal, had toppled a first place favorite to move on to the best-of-three series. Coming out the right end of 3-2 and 2-1 decisions, both presented before home town fans, the Canadiens overcome the stiffest opposition they would face in the 1924 postseason.
Calgary’s Tigers represented the final opponent standing between Montreal and their first Stanley Cup title as an NHL team. Once again it was Montreal in a sweep. Game one, a 6-1 blowout featured a Howie Morenz hat trick while the second and final match, played in Ottawa due to inadequate ice conditions in Montreal, ended as a 3-0 Canadiens victory with Morenz, Joliat and Boucher sharing the scoring honors.
Captain Sprague Cleghorn managed to curb his enthusiasm for mayhem on the way to first Stanley Cup as an NHL team, picking up four postseason points but only two minutes in penalty time.