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1944–45 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 2nd NHL
1944–45 record 31–14–5
Goals for 218
Goals against 161
General Manager Jack Adams
Coach Jack Adams
Captain Flash Hollett
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team Leaders
Goals Joe Carveth (26)
Assists Syd Howe (36)
Points Joe Carveth (54)
Penalties in minutes Harold Jackson (45)
Wins Harry Lumley (24)
Goals against average Normie Smith (3.00)
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1943–44 1945–46

The 1944–45 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 19th season. The Red Wings finished 2nd in the league and lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1945 Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 3.

Off-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Flash Hollett became the first defenceman to score twenty goals in one season. [1]The record would stand until Bobby Orr broke it in the 1968–69 Boston Bruins season.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 38 8 4 80 228 121 376
Detroit Red Wings 50 31 14 5 67 218 161 260
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 24 22 4 52 183 161 317
Boston Bruins 50 16 30 4 36 179 219 275
Chicago Black Hawks 50 13 30 7 33 141 194 245
New York Rangers 50 11 29 10 32 154 247 305

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 LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 29, 19447–1 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 1–0–0
2WNovember 2, 194410–3 New York Rangers (1944–45) 2–0–0
3LNovember 4, 19442–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 2–1–0
4LNovember 5, 19442–3 Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 2–2–0
5LNovember 11, 19442–5 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 2–3–0
6WNovember 12, 19444–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 3–3–0
7WNovember 15, 19448–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 4–3–0
8TNovember 18, 19442–2 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 4–3–1
9WNovember 19, 19444–3 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 5–3–1
10TNovember 23, 19443–3 Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 5–3–2
11WNovember 25, 19447–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 6–3–2
12LNovember 26, 19445–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 6–4–2
13WNovember 29, 19446–3 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 7–4–2
14WDecember 7, 19443–2 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 8–4–2
15WDecember 10, 19447–6 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 9–4–2
16TDecember 16, 19441–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 9–4–3
17LDecember 17, 19441–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 9–5–3
18WDecember 19, 19446–3 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 10–5–3
19WDecember 21, 194411–3 New York Rangers (1944–45) 11–5–3
20WDecember 23, 19445–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 12–5–3
21WDecember 25, 19446–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 13–5–3
22LDecember 28, 19441–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 13–6–3
23WDecember 31, 19446–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 14–6–3
24WJanuary 1, 19454–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 15–6–3
25TJanuary 4, 19454–4 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 15–6–4
26WJanuary 6, 19455–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 16–6–4
27WJanuary 7, 19458–4 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 17–6–4
28LJanuary 13, 19453–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 17–7–4
29WJanuary 14, 19453–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 18–7–4
30WJanuary 18, 19457–3 New York Rangers (1944–45) 19–7–4
31LJanuary 21, 19453–6 Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 19–8–4
32WJanuary 23, 19455–4 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 20–8–4
33WJanuary 27, 19455–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 21–8–4
34WJanuary 28, 19454–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 22–8–4
35LFebruary 3, 19452–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 22–9–4
36LFebruary 4, 19451–3 Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 22–10–4
37LFebruary 10, 19452–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 22–11–4
38WFebruary 11, 19453–2 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 23–11–4
39WFebruary 14, 19454–2 New York Rangers (1944–45) 24–11–4
40WFebruary 18, 19456–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 25–11–4
41LFebruary 22, 19453–5 @ New York Rangers (1944–45) 25–12–4
42WFebruary 24, 19454–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 26–12–4
43WFebruary 25, 19453–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 27–12–4
44WMarch 4, 194510–4 Boston Bruins (1944–45) 28–12–4
45WMarch 8, 19457–3 New York Rangers (1944–45) 29–12–4
46LMarch 11, 19452–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 29–13–4
47TMarch 13, 19452–2 @ Boston Bruins (1944–45) 29–13–5
48WMarch 15, 19452–1 Montreal Canadiens (1944–45) 30–13–5
49WMarch 17, 19454–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1944–45) 31–13–5
50LMarch 18, 19453–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1944–45) 31–14–5

PlayoffsEdit

Detroit Red Wings 4, Boston Bruins 3 Edit

Having last met in the 1943 Stanley Cup Finals, the Wings would once again defeat the Bruins but unlike the 1943 sweep, this series would be much closer.

Game 1 saw the Bruins take a commanding 3-0 in the first period on goals by Bill Cowley, Bill Cupolo and Herb Cain. After Earl Seibert made it 3-1 early in the third, the Bruins Jack McGill responded. Goals by Joe Carveth and a last minute goal by Eddie Bruneteau made it close but the Bruins prevailed to take a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 was tied 1-1 until the Bruins scored two goals in 15 seconds in the second period on tallies by Kenny Smith and Jean-Paul Gladu. Eddie Bruneteau made it close in the third but Pat Egan put the game away. The Bruins led the series 2-0 going back to Boston.

Game 3 saw the first playoff goal of Ted Lindsay's career and one by Murray Armstrong less than a minute later see the Wings up 2-0 going into the second period. Pat Egan made it close in the second but Eddie's brother Mud Bruneteau scored at 15:48 of the third. Gino Rozzini scored with two minutes left but the Wings prevailed 4-3.

Game 4 saw only one penalty called and the Bruins led 2-1 going into the third on goals by Ken Smith and Herb Cain. The Wings wouldn't be denied with tallies by Joe Carveth and then Murray Armstrong's winner with less than 3 minutes to play. The series was tied going back to Detroit.

Game 5 saw the Wings jump out to a 2-0 lead on first period goals by Mud Bruneteau and Flash Hollett. Herb Cain responded with a goal 11 seconds after Hollett's. Close checking saw no goals until Ted Lindsay took the only penalty of the third period and Bill Jennings scored on the power play to even it up. Mud Bruneteau scored the winner for the Wings in OT, having somewhat of a reputation for OT clutch goals (see the 1936 Stanley Cup Finals in which Mud scored for the Wings to end the longest OT in NHL history).

Game 6 was do or die for the Bruins and the first period was filled with hits and penalties after Jud McAtee spotted the Wings to a lead 45 seconds into the game. The game settled down after Bill Cowley tied it up. In the second period, the Wings went up 2-1 on Joe Carveth's 3rd goal of the series before the Bruins scored three straight by Jennings, Cain and Gladu. McAtee responded and it was 4-3 Bruins heading into the third. Cowley scored his 3rd of the series and Bruins goalie Paul Bibeault shut the door as the Bruins tied the series at 3-3.

Game 7 was back in Detroit and the team traded goals in the first by the Wings Carl Liscombe and the Bruins Jack McGill. Liscombe scored in the second before the Bruins went up 3-2 on goals by Herb Cain and Ken Smith. With their backs against the wall, the Wings responded in the third. Eddie Bruneteau tied it up 2 minutes into the period. Liscombe completed the Hat trick 2 minutes after that and then potted an empty netter for a four goal game and the Wings series victory. The Wings would lose in seven games to the Leafs in the Finals.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 20 Boston Bruins 4-3 Detroit Red Wings 1-0
2 March 22 Boston Bruins 4-2 Detroit Red Wings 2-0
3 March 24 Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Boston Bruins 1-2
4 March 27 Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Boston Bruins 2-2
5 March 29 Boston Bruins 2-3 (OT) Detroit Red Wings 2-3
6 April 1 Detroit Red Wings 3-5 Boston Bruins 3-3
7 April 3 Boston Bruins 3-5 Detroit Red Wings 3-4

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 Edit

See 1945 Stanley Cup Finals.

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Carveth, JoeJoe Carveth RW 50 26 28 54 6
Howe, SydSyd Howe C/LW 46 17 36 53 6
Bruneteau, MudMud Bruneteau RW 43 23 24 47 6
Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 50 20 21 41 39
Wojciechowski, SteveSteve Wojciechowski RW 49 19 20 39 17
Armstrong, MurrayMurray Armstrong C 50 15 24 39 31
Liscombe, CarlCarl Liscombe LW 42 23 9 32 18
McAtee, JudJud McAtee LW 44 15 11 26 6
Bruneteau, EddieEddie Bruneteau RW 42 12 13 25 6
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 45 17 6 23 43
Quackenbush, BillBill Quackenbush D 50 7 14 21 10
Grosso, DonDon Grosso LW/C 20 6 10 16 6
Seibert, EarlEarl Seibert D 25 5 9 14 10
Jackson, HaroldHarold Jackson D 50 5 6 11 45
Bukovich, TonyTony Bukovich LW/C 14 7 2 9 6
McDonald, ButchButch McDonald LW/C 3 1 1 2 0
Simon, CullyCully Simon D 21 0 2 2 26
Thibeault, LorrainLorrain Thibeault LW 4 0 2 2 2
Buller, HyHy Buller D 2 0 0 0 2
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 2 0 0 0 0
Smith, NormieNormie Smith G 1 0 0 0 0
Dion, ConnieConnie Dion G 12 0 0 0 0
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 37 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 2220 37 24 10 3 119 3.22 1
Dion, ConnieConnie Dion 720 12 6 4 2 39 3.25 0
Smith, NormieNormie Smith 60 1 1 0 0 3 3.00 0
Team: 3000 50 31 14 5 161 3.22 1

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Carveth, JoeJoe Carveth RW 14 5 6 11 2
Bruneteau, EddieEddie Bruneteau RW 14 5 2 7 0
Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 14 3 4 7 6
Armstrong, MurrayMurray Armstrong C 14 4 2 6 2
Liscombe, CarlCarl Liscombe LW 14 4 2 6 0
Bruneteau, MudMud Bruneteau RW 14 3 2 5 2
McAtee, JudJud McAtee LW 14 2 1 3 0
Seibert, EarlEarl Seibert D 14 2 1 3 4
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 14 2 0 2 6
Jackson, HaroldHarold Jackson D 14 1 1 2 10
Quackenbush, BillBill Quackenbush D 14 0 2 2 2
Bukovich, TonyTony Bukovich LW/C 6 0 1 1 0
Wojciechowski, SteveSteve Wojciechowski RW 6 0 1 1 0
Purpur, FidoFido Purpur RW 7 0 1 1 4
Couture, GerryGerry Couture RW 2 0 0 0 0
Howe, SydSyd Howe C/LW 7 0 0 0 2
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 14 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 871 14 7 7 31 2.14 2
Team: 871 14 7 7 31 2.14 2

[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus 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 RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.23, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  2. 1944-45 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.

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