The Detroit Red Wings won the American Division of the NHL, and faced the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs, the first place finishers in the Canadian Division. Toronto, with Charlie Conacher, Joe Primeau and Busher Jackson all finishing in the top 10 in points, scored a remarkable 174 goals during the regular season; 54 more than the Rangers who finished with the next highest goals total. Facing the Leafs, Detroit won the best of five series three games to two to advance to the Stanley Cup final. Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens beat the Black Hawks in overtime to win their two game total goal series, and the Montreal Maroons edged the New York Rangers to take their series. In the semi-final series between the Hawks and the Maroons, it was Chicago who won the right to challenge Detroit for the Stanley Cup. The Black Hawks had scored the fewest goals of any team in the NHL in 1933-34, but with Vezina-winning Charlie Gardiner in goal, they had also allowed the fewest goals in the league. In the Cup final, Chicago won the best of five series three games to one, to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup. The Cup-winning goal was scored by Mush March at 30:05 of overtime, a game in which Gardiner earned the shutout. But tragically, two months after winning the Stanley Cup, all-star goaltender Charlie Gardiner died of a brain haemorrhage.
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