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1940–41 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 2nd NHL
1940–41 record 28–14–6
Goals for 145
Goals against 99
General Manager Conn Smythe
Coach Hap Day
Captain Syl Apps
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Sweeney Schriner (24)
Assists Billy Taylor (26)
Points Gordie Drillon
Syl Apps (44)
Wins Turk Broda (28)
Goals against average Turk Broda (2.00)
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1939–40 1941–42

The 1940–41 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 24th season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 2nd in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Boston Bruins 4 games to 3.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Conn Smythe was making preparations for his eventual tour of duty in Europe. He felt that Dick Irvin would not be strong enough to deal with player issues while he was gone and Smythe convinced the Montreal Canadiens to hire Irvin.[1] Smythe hired Hap Day as coach.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Boston Bruins 48 27 8 13 67 168 102
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 28 14 6 62 145 99
Detroit Red Wings 48 21 16 11 53 112 102
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 50 143 125
Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 25 7 39 112 139
Montreal Canadiens 48 16 26 6 38 121 147
New York Americans 48 8 29 11 27 99 186

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L November 2, 1940 1–4 New York Rangers (1940–41) 0–1–0
2 W November 9, 1940 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 1–1–0
3 W November 14, 1940 6–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 2–1–0
4 W November 16, 1940 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 3–1–0
5 W November 17, 1940 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 4–1–0
6 W November 21, 1940 2–1 OT @ New York Americans (1940–41) 5–1–0
7 L November 23, 1940 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 5–2–0
8 W November 24, 1940 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 6–2–0
9 W November 26, 1940 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 7–2–0
10 W November 30, 1940 6–1 New York Americans (1940–41) 8–2–0
11 W December 1, 1940 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 9–2–0
12 W December 7, 1940 3–2 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 10–2–0
13 W December 12, 1940 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 11–2–0
14 W December 14, 1940 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 12–2–0
15 W December 15, 1940 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 13–2–0
16 L December 17, 1940 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 13–3–0
17 T December 21, 1940 2–2 OT New York Americans (1940–41) 13–3–1
18 L December 22, 1940 1–2 @ New York Americans (1940–41) 13–4–1
19 L December 25, 1940 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 13–5–1
20 W December 28, 1940 3–2 New York Rangers (1940–41) 14–5–1
21 L December 29, 1940 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 14–6–1
22 L January 4, 1941 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 14–7–1
23 W January 7, 1941 4–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 15–7–1
24 W January 9, 1941 3–2 OT New York Rangers (1940–41) 16–7–1
25 W January 11, 1941 9–0 New York Americans (1940–41) 17–7–1
26 L January 18, 1941 0–1 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 17–8–1
27 T January 19, 1941 3–3 OT @ New York Americans (1940–41) 17–8–2
28 W January 23, 1941 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 18–8–2
29 T January 25, 1941 2–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 18–8–3
30 W January 26, 1941 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 19–8–3
31 W January 30, 1941 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 20–8–3
32 W February 1, 1941 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 21–8–3
33 L February 2, 1941 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 21–9–3
34 L February 8, 1941 2–3 Boston Bruins (1940–41) 21–10–3
35 W February 15, 1941 4–3 New York Rangers (1940–41) 22–10–3
36 W February 16, 1941 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 23–10–3
37 T February 18, 1941 2–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 23–10–4
38 W February 20, 1941 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 24–10–4
39 W February 22, 1941 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 25–10–4
40 L February 23, 1941 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1940–41) 25–11–4
41 T February 25, 1941 4–4 OT @ New York Americans (1940–41) 25–11–5
42 T March 1, 1941 0–0 OT Boston Bruins (1940–41) 25–11–6
43 L March 6, 1941 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1940–41) 25–12–6
44 W March 8, 1941 6–1 New York Americans (1940–41) 26–12–6
45 L March 9, 1941 5–8 @ New York Rangers (1940–41) 26–13–6
46 L March 11, 1941 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1940–41) 26–14–6
47 W March 15, 1941 7–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 27–14–6
48 W March 16, 1941 3–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1940–41) 28–14–6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3[edit | edit source]

The Bruins finished 5 points ahead of the Leafs during the regular season. Despite effectively losing league leading scorer Bill Cowley for the playoffs in Game 1, the Bruins prevailed in seven games.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden saw a scoreless first period and the ice broken at 15:33 of the second on a goal by the Bruins Flash Hollett. In the third period, Bobby Bauer was knocked out of the game when his hip was cut by the skate of line mate Milt Schmidt. Bill Cowley was knocked out of the series after a knee on knee collision with Sweeney Schriner. Brimsek held the Leafs off and late goals by Terry Reardon and Eddie Wiseman sealed a 3-0 Bruins win.

Game 2 in Boston was a clean game and saw the Bruins jump out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Eddie Wiseman and Milt Schmidt. However, a four goal second period by the Leafs Gordie Drillon, Reg Hamilton and two by Nick Metz put Toronto in a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Third period goals by the Leafs Don Metz and Wiseman's second of the game resulted in a 5-3 Leafs win and tied the series 1-1.

Game 3 at Maple Leaf Gardens saw the Leafs dominate the Bruins in a 7-2 win. Schmidt and Schriner traded goals in the first. Herb Cain put the Bruins up 2-1 at 5:07 of the second after which the Leafs exploded with 3 goals by Syl Apps, Bucko McDonald on the power play and Apps again, on the power play. The Leafs added 3 more in the third by Schriner, Apps completing his Hat trick and Nick Metz. After the game in the Bruins dressing room, Terry Reardon gave a rallying speech that was later heralded in the Boston papers as a major reason for the Bruins' eventual triumph.

Game 4 in Toronto saw Bill Cowley try to return to action with a heavily bandaged knee. But after playing a few shifts, he couldn't continue and didn't play another game in the 1941 playoffs. The game was tie and scoreless heading into the second period until Woody Dumart scored his first of the playoffs. Gordie Drillon responded three minutes later. In the third period, Leafs goalie Turk Broda couldn't control a shot by Herb Cain who slammed home the rebound for a 2-1 Bruins victory, tying the series 2-2.

Game 5 in Boston saw the Leafs Lex Chisholm score the only playoff goal of his career and the Bruins Pat McReavy respond with the first of his. Brimsek and Broda barred the nets, sending the game into overtime. At 17:37 of the first OT, the Leafs Pete Langelle scored the winner. The Leafs had a 3-2 stranglehold on the series.

Game 6 in Toronto saw no goals in the first two periods. Halfway through the third, Drillon put the Leafs up 1-0, who looked posed to take the series. But the Bruins Bobby Bauer responded less than a minute later. Less than two minutes after Bauer's goal, Flash Hollett sent Herb Cain in on Broda who deked him for the game winner. The series was tied 3-3 going back to Boston.

Game 7 in Boston saw the Leafs Bucko McDonald score on a point shot at 13:28. A minute later, the Bruins Flash Hollett tied it up on a similar play. In the second period, the Bruins Jack Crawford high-sticked Pete Langelle, drawing the ire of Leafs GM Conn Smythe, who jumped on the ice and ran after referee Mickey Ion. Crawford received a major penalty, Smythe was fined $100 and was ejected from the game but watched from the stands. With less than six minutes left in the third period, Mel "Sudden Death Hill picked the puck out of a scrum along the boards, skated towards the slot in front of the Leafs net and beat Broda with a shot that went under his arm. The Leafs frantically tried for the tying goal but Brimsek turned aside excellent chances by Apps and Drillon to preserve the 2-1 win and the series victory.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–3 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–3 Boston Bruins 1–1
3 March 25 Boston Bruins 2–7 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2
4 March 27 Boston Bruins 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–2
5 March 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1 (OT) Boston Bruins 3-2
6 April 1 Boston Bruins 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3
7 April 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Boston Bruins 3-4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 42 23 21 44 2
Apps, SylSyl Apps C 41 20 24 44 6
Schriner, SweeneySweeney Schriner LW 48 24 14 38 6
Metz, NickNick Metz LW 47 14 21 35 10
Taylor, BillyBilly Taylor C 47 9 26 35 15
Stanowski, WallyWally Stanowski D 47 7 14 21 35
Langelle, PetePete Langelle C 47 4 15 19 0
McDonald, BuckoBucko McDonald D 31 6 11 17 12
Goldup, HankHank Goldup LW 26 10 5 15 9
Hamilton, RegReg Hamilton D 45 3 12 15 59
Heron, RedRed Heron C 35 9 5 14 12
Metz, DonDon Metz RW 31 4 10 14 6
Marker, GusGus Marker RW 27 4 5 9 10
Davidson, BobBob Davidson LW 37 3 6 9 39
Kampman, BingoBingo Kampman D 39 1 4 5 53
Chisholm, LexLex Chisholm C/RW 26 4 0 4 8
Mann, NormNorm Mann RW/C 15 0 3 3 2
Church, JackJack Church D 11 0 1 1 22
Broda, TurkTurk Broda G 48 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 2970 48 28 14 6 99 2.00 5
Team: 2970 48 28 14 6 99 2.00 5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Metz, NickNick Metz LW 7 3 4 7 0
Apps, SylSyl Apps C 7 3 2 5 2
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 7 3 2 5 2
Schriner, SweeneySweeney Schriner LW 7 2 1 3 4
Hamilton, RegReg Hamilton D 7 1 2 3 13
Stanowski, WallyWally Stanowski D 7 0 3 3 2
Taylor, BillyBilly Taylor C 7 0 3 3 5
McDonald, BuckoBucko McDonald D 7 2 0 2 2
Langelle, PetePete Langelle C 7 1 1 2 0
Metz, DonDon Metz RW 7 1 1 2 2
Davidson, BobBob Davidson LW 7 0 2 2 7
Heron, RedRed Heron C 7 0 2 2 0
Chisholm, LexLex Chisholm C/RW 3 1 0 1 0
Mann, NormNorm Mann RW/C 1 0 0 0 0
Church, JackJack Church D 5 0 0 0 8
Goldup, HankHank Goldup LW 7 0 0 0 0
Kampman, BingoBingo Kampman D 7 0 0 0 0
Marker, GusGus Marker RW 7 0 0 0 5
Broda, TurkTurk Broda G 7 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 438 7 3 4 15 2.05 0
Team: 438 7 3 4 15 2.05 0

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Smythe, Conn (1981). Conn Smythe: If you can't beat 'em in the alley. Toronto, Ontario: McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 0771090781. 
  1. Smythe, p. 143
  2. 1940-41 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
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