|1940–41 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL|
|General Manager||Conn Smythe|
|Arena||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|Goals||Sweeney Schriner (24)|
|Assists||Billy Taylor (26)|
Syl Apps (44)
|Wins||Turk Broda (28)|
|Goals against average||Turk Broda (2.00)|
|← Seasons →|
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. Smythe hired Hap Day as coach.
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
A two game road trip for the Boston Bruins began in Toronto on December 7, 1940. Holding a 2-1 lead on goals by Woody Dumart and Jack Shewchuk, Leafs Gordie Drillon tied it up in the third period. With minutes left, Flash Hollett missed on a breakaway and Hank Goldup won the game 3-2 for Toronto on the next rush.
With a week until their next game, Bruins GM Art Ross called up Terry Reardon and Gordie Bruce. Reardon played his first NHL game on December 17, 1940 match against Toronto, replacing Herb Cain on the third line. By all accounts Reardon had a strong debut but it was Bill Cowley who paced the Bruins to a convincing 5-2 win, extending his hold on the scoring lead. This ended the Leafs eight game winning streak.
Trailing the Bruins by one point, and with the Bruins undefeated in 21 games, the Maple Leafs were doubly motivated to triumph during the February 18, 1941 game in Boston. The goalies were the stars of the game as Frank Brimsek made 38 saves while Turk Broda turned aside 49 as the teams tied 2-2. Syl Apps and Art Jackson each scored twice and a scuffle between Milt Schmidt and Wally Stanowski resulted in a major penalty to the latter for clubbing Schmidt over the head. Brimsek made an incredible save on Gordie Drillon in overtime while Bill Cowley was in the penalty box to keep the streak alive.
Final Standings[edit | edit source]
|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|
|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]
|Regular Season Results|
|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.
|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]
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
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]
- Vezina Trophy: Turk Broda
- Sweeney Schriner, Left Wing, NHL First Team All-Star
- Wally Stanowski, Defense, NHL First Team All-Star
- Turk Broda, Goalie, NHL First Team All-Star
- Syl Apps, Center, NHL Second Team All-Star
Gallery[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.
- Smythe, p. 143
- 1940-41 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
|Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Franchise||Franchise • Original Six • Players • Coaches • GMs • Seasons • Records • Draft Picks • Award Winners|
|Arenas||Mutual Street Arena • Maple Leaf Gardens • Scotiabank Centre|
|Affiliates||Toronto Marlies (AHL) • Reading Royals (ECHL)|
|Rivalries||Montreal Canadiens • Philadelphia Flyers • Ottawa Senators|
|Other||Toronto Blueshirts • Toronto Arenas • Toronto St. Patricks • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.|
|Stanley Cup Championships (13)||1918 • 1922 • 1932 • 1942 • 1945 • 1947 • 1948 • 1949 • 1951 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1967|
|Division Championships (5)||1932–33 • 1933–34 • 1934–35 • 1937–38 • 1999–00|
|1940–41 NHL season by team|
|Teams||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • Montreal Canadiens • NY Americans • NY Rangers • Toronto|
|See also||1941 Stanley Cup Finals|