The first east-west match-up in Stanley Cup history took place between the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Victorias and the Manitoba Hockey League champion Winnipeg Victorias. On Valentine's Day 1896, Winnipeg defeated Montreal 2-0 behind the goals of Dan Bain and C.J. Campbell and the netminding of G.H. Merritt. Winnipeg became the first team outside of Quebec to win the Stanley Cup.
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