Detroit Red Wings win Stanley Cup
The 1954 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, in their fourth-straight Finals.
It was the third Detroit-Montreal Final series of the 1950s. The Wings would win the series 4–3 to win their first Stanley Cup since 1952, and sixth-overall.
Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–0 to reach the final. Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 to reach the final.
Tony Leswick scored the series-winning goal at 4:29 of overtime in the seventh game. In fact, Leswick's goal was one of the strangest Stanley Cup winning goals in history, as Leswick's shot was deflected off the glove of Montreal's Doug Harvey and in the net. This was the second time in NHL history that a Stanley Cup Final Game Seven was decided in overtime. As of 2009, it is the most recent time that the Cup Final Game Seven has gone to overtime.
When Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 1954, team president Marguerite Norris became the first woman to have her name engraved on the Cup. It took the Red Wings seven games to defeat the Montreal Canadiens, but Detroit was able to win with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win. Tony Leswick scored the Cup-winning goal, which became only the second goal ever scored in a seventh game overtime. Another Detroit player, Pete Babando, scored the first in 1950. The Wings' Alex Delvecchio paced all scorers with six points in the finals.
1953-54 Season In Review
Angered by their stunning loss to Boston in the 1952-53 semifinals, the Wings set out in the fall on a mission.
Detroit opened the season against the New York Rangers looking as if they'd found a center to play with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. Earl (Dutch) Reibel marked his NHL debut by setting up all four Wings goals in a 4-1 win, establishing an NHL mark for assists and a club record for points by a player in his first game. Reibel finished with 15-33-48 totals and as runner-up to New York's Camille Henry for NHL rookie-of-the-year honors. The victory improved Detroit's home opener record to 11-0-4 over the past 15 years.
Howe won his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy, registering 81 points. Defenseman Red Kelly captured his third Lady Byng Trophy and was the first recipient of the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top blueliner, an award christened to honor the memory of former Wings owner James Norris, who died in 1952. Lindsay surpassed Sid Abel to become Detroit's career scoring leader with 527 points.