|Toronto Maple Leafs
The all-Canadian Stanley Cup final was set up when first place Montreal defeated third place Boston four games to one, while Toronto eliminated Detroit in five games. It was the first time two Canadian teams competed for the Stanley Cup since the Toronto faced the Montreal Maroons for the championship in 1935. The Leafs' line-up was laced with rookies, including Bill Barilko, Bill Ezinicki and Calder Trophy winner, Howie Meeker. The Canadiens had finished first overall for an unprecedented fourth time. Montreal won the first game by shutout, while Toronto came back and blanked the Canadiens in game. But the upstart Leafs went on to defeat Montreal four games to two to win their third Stanley Cup of the decade, and the first of three in succession they would claim.
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