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Toronto Maple Leafs
1931-32

In order to earn a spot in the Stanley Cup final, Canadian Division first place finisher, the Montreal Canadiens, were challenged by the New York Rangers, who had topped the American Division. The Rangers won the best of five series three games to one. The also-rans battled for their opportunity too. Both Toronto and the Maroons advanced after outscoring Chicago and Detroit respectively. The two game total goal series saw the Maroons and Leafs deadlocked at three goals apiece at the end of regulation time in the second and final game. Eighteen minutes into overtime, the Leafs' Bob Gracie scored to give Toronto a berth in the Cup final. Due to the circus taking over Madison Square Garden, only one game was played in New York -- a 6-4 Leaf win. The remaining games were played in Toronto's brand new arena -- Maple Leaf Gardens. Toronto completed the three-game sweep with scores of 6-2 and 6-4. The Maple Leafs were paced by their famed Kid Line - Charlie Conacher, Joe Primeau and Busher Jackson - who combined for 16 points in the finals. Toronto's coach Dick Irvin, who lost the 1931 final while with Chicago, earned his first championship, but cut the celebration short. His infant son, television broadcaster Dick Irvin, was seriously ill and Dad was forced to rush to Calgary.



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