Both Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita made their first appearances in the Stanley Cup finals during the 1960-61 playoffs. Chicago stopped Montreal's consecutive Stanley Cup streak at five, defeating the Canadiens in the semi-finals. Chicago's win over Montreal was considered an upset, since Montreal had 12 more wins than Chicago during the regular season and the Habs were attempting to win a sixth straight championship. The Hawks then met Detroit in the final, and winning four games to two, celebrated their first Stanley Cup victory since 1938.
Chicago's star defenseman Pierre Pilote led the team with eight points in the championship series.
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