Toronto Maple Leafs win Stanley Cup
The 1964 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings for the second straight year.
The Maple Leafs would win the best-of-seven series four games to three to win the Stanley Cup, their third-straight championship.
Toronto defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–3 to advance to the finals and Detroit defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–3.
This series is famous for the courageous play of Bob Baun. In game six of the Finals, he took a Gordie Howe slapshot on his ankle and had to leave play. He returned in overtime and scored the winning goal. He also played in game seven despite the pain and only after the series was over, was it revealed that he had broken the ankle.
Until 2008-09 finals, John MacMillian was the only player to play in back-to-back finals with different teams in successive series that pitted the same teams against each other. MacMillian won the Cup with the 1963 Toronto Maple Leafs in a five-game decision over Detroit, and then lost the 1964 Cup final to the Leafs as a member of the Red Wings.
The Montreal Canadiens were the elite of the NHL, finishing first. They faced the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs in the semi-finals. The series went the full seven games, but Toronto used a hat-trick by Dave Keon to win the deciding game, 3-1. Detroit and Chicago met, meanwhile, and also went a full seven games. Detroit edged the Black Hawks four games to three. These semi-final victories brought up a rematch of the previous year's final. The series was incredibly close, with momentum changing by the shift. Toronto won the first game; Detroit nabbed the second and third. The Leafs battled back to tie the series, but Detroit stepped out and won the fifth game by a 4-3 score to take a three to two lead in the series. But again, the momentum swayed, and Toronto battled back to win game six on an overtime goal by Bobby Baun. Baun had broken his ankle earlier in the game, but had it frozen and returned to play in overtime. In one of the great examples of endurance, Baun ended up being the hero of game six. The Maple Leafs finished off Detroit with a decisive 4-0 win to take the series and the Stanley Cup. And just like the dynasty of 1947-49, the Maple Leafs won their third consecutive Stanley Cup