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Toronto Blueshirts
1913-14

Although it was their first ever appearance in a Stanley Cup final, it certainly was not the last for the Montreal Canadiens. The Stanley Cup series was decided by a two game total goal showdown between the Canadiens and the Toronto Blueshirts (later renamed the Maple Leafs). Swapping shutouts, Montreal blanked Toronto 2-0 in the first game, but the Blueshirts came back to win game two 6-0. As a result, Toronto claimed its first Stanley Cup title by outscoring Montreal 6-2. Game two in Toronto was the first Stanley Cup contest ever played on artificial ice. Albeit unofficial, this series was a best of five competition, pitting the Toronto Blueshirts of the NHA against the Victoria Cougars of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Unfortunately, Victoria had neglected to file a proper challenge. The Stanley Cup trustees did not accept the series as legitimate, although it did register as a title defense for the Stanley Cup. The Blueshirts won three consecutive games against the Cougars -- 5-2, 6-5 in overtime and 2-1 to successfully defend their Stanley Cup. Frank Foyston scored three goals, including the Cup-winner, to lead all Toronto scorers.



Toronto Blueshirts
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