|Toronto Maple Leafs
The Chicago Black Hawks ran away with the regular season, finishing first with 94 points -- 17 more than second place Montreal and 19 better than the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs. The defending-champion Canadiens faced the New York Rangers in the semi-final. New York was making their first playoff appearance in five years. They didn't last long, losing to Montreal in four games. Chicago was challenged by Toronto, who shocked the star-laden Black Hawks by beating them in six games. The final featured the two Canadian teams -- oddly appropriate since it was Canada's Centennial Year. Montreal won game one 6-2 with Henri Richard registering a hat-trick. Johnny Bower and the Leafs shut out Montreal 3-0 to take game two. In game three, Rogatien Vachon stopped 62 shots, while Bower handled 54 to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win.
But Bower was hurt in the warm-up of game four, and Terry Sawchuk took over in the crease. Montreal won game four 6-2. Sawchuk rebounded in game five, helping Toronto beat Montreal 4-1. Rogie Vachon, who Leaf coach Punch Imlach called a 'Junior B goalie,' was removed and replaced by Gump Worsley in the third period. Toronto beat Montreal 3-1 to take game six, winning the Stanley Cup. In doing so, the Leafs sported the oldest line-up ever to win the championship - the team's average age was 31.
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