Boston Bruins win Stanley Cup
The 1929 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the defending champion New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins.
This was the first time in Stanley Cup history that two U. S. A-based teams met in the Final. Boston won the series to win its first championship.
The Stanley Cup final was a best of three series.
Goalie Cecil ""Tiny"" Thompson backstopped the Bruins to consecutive wins, and posted the third Stanley Cup shutout for a rookie.
This was the first series in which two American teams were involved in the final. The Boston Bruins were matched up against the defending Cup champs, the New York Rangers. Boston reached the finals by virtue of defeating Toronto, while New York went undefeated in its two series to earn the right to vie for the championship. In the Cup finals, New York was held to just one goal by the Bruins' outstanding netminder Tiny Thompson, and Boston won the best of three series two games to one. Dit Clapper and Harry Oliver scored the two game-winning goals for the beantowners. This was the first Stanley Cup victory for the Bruins' franchise.
The 1928–29 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' fifth season in the NHL. Boston defended its American Division title, and went on to defeat the New York Rangers in the finals to become the third American-based team to become Stanley Cup champions.
In the playoffs, Boston had a 1st round bye, due to finishing on top of the American Division, and faced the Montreal Canadiens, the winners of the Canadian Division, in the semi-finals in a best-of-five series. The series began with two games at the Boston Garden, and the Bruins, led by Tiny Thompson, won both games by identical 1–0 scores to take a 2–0 series lead. Game Three shifted to Montreal, and while the Canadiens were able to solve Thompson for two goals, Boston scored three of their own, and swept the series.
In the Stanley Cup finals, Boston faced their divisional rival - and the team that eliminated them from the playoffs the previous season - the New York Rangers in a best-of-three series. New York had defeated the Detroit Cougars and the Toronto Maple Leafs to earn a spot in the finals. Game One was played in Boston, and Thompson again shut the door, as the Bruins won the game 2–0. Boston completed the two game sweep at Madison Square Garden in New York City, defeating the Rangers 2–1, to clinch the first Stanley Cup in team history and making them the third American team to win the Cup championship.