|Toronto Maple Leafs
The Montreal Canadiens were the elite of the NHL, finishing first. They faced the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs in the semi-finals. The series went the full seven games, but Toronto used a hat-trick by Dave Keon to win the deciding game, 3-1. Detroit and Chicago met, meanwhile, and also went a full seven games. Detroit edged the Black Hawks four games to three. These semi-final victories brought up a rematch of the previous year's final. The series was incredibly close, with momentum changing by the shift. Toronto won the first game; Detroit nabbed the second and third. The Leafs battled back to tie the series, but Detroit stepped out and won the fifth game by a 4-3 score to take a three to two lead in the series. But again, the momentum swayed, and Toronto battled back to win game six on an overtime goal by Bobby Baun. Baun had broken his ankle earlier in the game, but had it frozen and returned to play in overtime. In one of the great examples of endurance, Baun ended up being the hero of game six. The Maple Leafs finished off Detroit with a decisive 4-0 win to take the series and the Stanley Cup. And just like the dynasty of 1947-49, the Maple Leafs won their third consecutive Stanley Cup
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