Once again, the smart money bet to go all the way, Montreal did so in the most economical fashion possible, becoming the only team to hang on to the symbol of hockey supremacy for a fifth year in a row.
First round opponents, the third-place Chicago Blackhawks, had shown marked improvement over the past couple seasons but despite the presence of Bobby Hull, that year’s top NHL marksman and Art Ross Trophy winner, they are unable to win a single playoff game.
The Canadiens win the first two games at home, both by 4-3 scores, with the second game decided in overtime when Doug Harvey buries the puck behind Glenn Hall.
When the series moves to the Windy City, Plante puts together back-to-back shutouts to close things out and take his team on to the Stanley Cup Finals for the 10th season in a row.
Toronto is the best of the rest once again, earning another shot at the defending champions but are not able to produce a happier ending than in 1959. They are swept in four straight games by the Canadiens, who surprise very few by refusing to lose a single game en route to ending the club’s first half-century as Stanley Cup Champions.
For the eighth and final time of his career, captain Maurice Richard smiles as his long-time nemesis, NHL President Clarence Campbell, hands him the Stanley Cup.