Meeting for the 5th time in the last six years in the playoffs, the Bruins would overcome the Wings in five games to avenge losing the previous three series. The return of the Kraut Line from war service saw them score half the Bruins goals in the series and Frank Brimsek out dueled Wings goalie Harry Lumley.
Game 4 was a very clean game with only one penalty in which the Kraut Line continued to produce on first period goals by Dumart and Bobby Bauer. After a scoreless second period, Bep Guidolin's 2nd of the series saw the Bruins up 3-0. Fern Gauthier responded but a goal by the Bruins Terry Reardon sank any hopes of a comeback. The Bruins won 4-0 and took a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.
Game 5 saw the series back in the Boston Garden where first period goals by Bauer and Guidolin put the Bruins up 2-0. Gauthier responded in the second period but Reardon responded early in the third. The Wings mounted a furious comeback with a goal by Adam Brown and Ed Bruneteau tying it up in the last minute, sending the game into overtime. The Bruins survived a penalty in OT by Egan and Don Gallinger was the hero with the winner at 9:51.
See 1946 Stanley Cup Finals.
Having last met in the 1943 semi-finals where the Bruins defeated the Habs 4 games to 1, the 1946 series would see three games go to overtime. The Canadiens won two of the OT games and defeated the Bruins 4 games to 1.
Game 2 saw the teams trade first period goals by Pat Egan and Elmer Lach. As in game 1, the Bruins took the lead on a goal by Bobby Bauer but the Habs again tied it up on Butch Bouchard's marker. Jimmy Peters was the OT hero and Montreal held a 2-0 series lead going to Boston.
Game 3 again saw Montreal pull the game out in the third period. After the Bruins Guidolin and Terry Reardon tallied, responded by Elmer Lach and Glen Harmon, it was 2-2 at the end of the second. Third period goals by Ken Mosdell and Dutch Hiller and stout goaltending by the Habs Bill Durnan lead Montreal to a 4-3 and a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.
Game 4 saw a scoreless first period. The Bruins Murray Henderson broke the ice in the second, responded to by Richard. In the third, Don Gallinger put the Bruins up but Richard responded again, sending the game into overtime. Terry Reardon's 4th of the playoffs won it for the Bruins, who travelled back to Montreal down 3-1.
Game 5 saw the Kraut Line finally break out with the first goal of the series for Milt Schmidt. Bobby Bauer and Bill Cowley also scored but the Habs responded with Fillion, Lach and Mosdell. Tied 3-3 going into the third, the Habs again demonstrated a strong final frame and once Toe Blake scored at 11:06, Chamberlain and Hiller piled on and Montreal took the Cup in 5 games.