Toronto Maple Leafs win Stanley Cup
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.
The Toronto Maple Leafs finished the regular season in fourth place in 1948-49, earning 22 wins?just one more than fifth place Chicago. In the opening round of the playoffs, the Leafs met Boston, while first-place Detroit played Montreal. Toronto eliminated the Bruins in five games, while the Red Wings won their series four games to three. The final pitted the previous season's Cup winner against the regular season's first place team. It looked like it was going to be quite a series. But surprisingly, Toronto won the series in four straight games to win the Stanley Cup. Netminder Turk Broda of the Leafs was the story of the finals, allowing but five goals for a 1.16 goals-against average. It was a dynastic era for the Leafs, who not only had earned their third straight Cup, but the fifth of the decade. The Maple Leafs were the first team to win three consecutive championships since the Ottawa Silver Seven accomplished the feat at the turn of the century.