The Montreal Canadians win the Stanley Cup in 1946


 

The Montreal Canadiens captured their second Stanley Cup in three years, winning a Cup Final showcasing of two of hockey's greatest all-time trios: Montreal's 'Punch Line' of Maurice Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake, and Boston's 'Kraut Line' of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart. The Canadiens had finished with the NHL's best regular-season record (28-17-5) and waltzed through the Semifinals by sweeping the Chicago Black Hawks 4-0 and outscoring them 26-7.

The Bruins provided a stiffer challenge, with three games extended to overtime, but the Canadiens prevailed 4-1. The Punch Line, which had finished 1-2-3 League-wide in regular-season scoring, accounted for 19 of the 45 Montreal goals in the postseason. Maurice Richard scored the first of his then-record six career overtime goals in Game 1. Goaltender Bill Durnan, who had captured a third consecutive Vezina Trophy, allowed just 20 goals in nine playoff games, posting a 2.07 goals-against average.

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