The 1949 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs, the second straight between Detroit and Toronto. The Maple Leafs would win the series in four-straight games to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup and eighth in the history of the franchise.
Detroit defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–2 to advance to the finals. Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins 4–1 to advance to the finals.
The Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to win the Cup in three straight seasons. The Leafs also won nine straight finals games. By defeating Detroit, Toronto won the Stanley Cup with a losing record. Only other win the Stanley Cup, after finishing the Regular Season with a losing record was 1938 Chicago Black Hawks.