The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in 1949

The Toronto Maple Leafs became the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive Stanley Cups. The feat had been accomplished 44 years earlier by the Ottawa Silver Seven, but occurred during an era that predated the formation of the NHL.

The idea of the Maple Leafs achieving their historic three-peat would have been a surprise to many months before, as the club posted a losing record during the regular season and landed in the fourth and final playoff position (22-25-3). However, led by captain Ted Kennedy (2-6-8) and backstopped by Turk Broda, who led the postseason in goals-against average (1.57), the Maple Leafs rolled to an 8-1 playoff record capped by a four-game sweep over Detroit in the Stanley Cup Final. The Maple Leafs joined the 1938 Chicago Black Hawks as the only Stanley Cup champions in NHL history that posted a losing record in the regular season.

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