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1945–46 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Division 4th NHL
1945–46 record 20–20–10
Goals for 146
Goals against 159
General Manager Jack Adams
Coach Jack Adams
Captain Flash Hollett
Sid Abel
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team Leaders
Goals Adam Brown (20)
Assists Joe Carveth (18)
Points Joe Carveth (35)
Penalties in minutes Jack Stewart (73)
Wins Harry Lumley (20)
Goals against average Harry Lumley (3.18)
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1944–45 1946–47

The 1945–46 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 20th season. The Red Wings finished 4th in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Boston Bruins 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 28 17 5 61 172 134 337
Boston Bruins 50 24 18 8 56 167 156 273
Chicago Black Hawks 50 23 20 7 53 200 178 339
Detroit Red Wings 50 20 20 10 50 146 159 298
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 19 24 7 45 174 185 247
New York Rangers 50 13 28 9 35 144 191 285

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
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 28, 1945 7–0 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 1–0–0
2 L November 3, 1945 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 1–1–0
3 W November 4, 1945 4–1 New York Rangers (1945–46) 2–1–0
4 W November 8, 1945 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 3–1–0
5 L November 10, 1945 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 3–2–0
6 W November 11, 1945 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 4–2–0
7 W November 15, 1945 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 5–2–0
8 W November 17, 1945 6–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 6–2–0
9 W November 18, 1945 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 7–2–0
10 L November 24, 1945 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 7–3–0
11 L November 25, 1945 1–4 New York Rangers (1945–46) 7–4–0
12 T December 2, 1945 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 7–4–1
13 W December 9, 1945 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 8–4–1
14 T December 12, 1945 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 8–4–2
15 L December 15, 1945 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 8–5–2
16 L December 16, 1945 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 8–6–2
17 L December 22, 1945 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 8–7–2
18 T December 23, 1945 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 8–7–3
19 W December 25, 1945 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 9–7–3
20 W December 26, 1945 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 10–7–3
21 T December 30, 1945 3–3 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 10–7–4
22 L January 1, 1946 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 10–8–4
23 T January 3, 1946 3–3 New York Rangers (1945–46) 10–8–5
24 W January 6, 1946 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 11–8–5
25 W January 10, 1946 2–1 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 12–8–5
26 L January 12, 1946 3–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 12–9–5
27 W January 13, 1946 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 13–9–5
28 L January 20, 1946 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 13–10–5
29 L January 26, 1946 2–4 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 13–11–5
30 L January 27, 1946 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 13–12–5
31 L February 2, 1946 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 13–13–5
32 W February 3, 1946 2–0 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 14–13–5
33 W February 7, 1946 4–2 New York Rangers (1945–46) 15–13–5
34 L February 9, 1946 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 15–14–5
35 T February 10, 1946 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 15–14–6
36 L February 13, 1946 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 15–15–6
37 T February 16, 1946 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 15–15–7
38 T February 17, 1946 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 15–15–8
39 W February 20, 1946 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 16–15–8
40 T February 21, 1946 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 16–15–9
41 W February 24, 1946 4–3 Boston Bruins (1945–46) 17–15–9
42 W February 28, 1946 4–1 New York Rangers (1945–46) 18–15–9
43 T March 2, 1946 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 18–15–10
44 W March 3, 1946 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1945–46) 19–15–10
45 L March 6, 1946 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1945–46) 19–16–10
46 L March 10, 1946 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1945–46) 19–17–10
47 L March 13, 1946 4–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 19–18–10
48 W March 14, 1946 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1945–46) 20–18–10
49 L March 16, 1946 3–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 20–19–10
50 L March 17, 1946 7–11 Toronto Maple Leafs (1945–46) 20–20–10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Boston Bruins 4, Detroit Red Wings 1[edit | edit source]

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 1 saw the home town Bruins jump out to a 2-0 first period lead on a Shorthanded goal by defenseman Pat Egan and rookie Bill Shill. Harry Watson responded for the Wings in the second but Brimsek shut the door and Bep Guidolin sealed a 3-1 win for the Bruins.

Game 2 featured shutout play by Wings goalie Lumley. Pat Lundy opened the scoring at 7:32 of the first period on a breakaway. However, he crashed into the crossbar after scoring, separated his shoulder and was lost for the rest of the playoffs. Jim Conacher scored nearly six minutes after Lundy and and Watson's second of the series late in the third period led the Wings to a 3-0 win, tying the series 1-1.

Game 3 shifted the series to the Detroit Olympia where the Kraut Line dominated with a pair of goals each by Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart plus a marker by Egan. Two late third period goals by the Wings Fern Gauthier and Carl Liscombe weren't enough as the Bruins won 5-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

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 outshot the Wings 35-19, won 4-1 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 tallied early in the third. The Wings mounted a furious comeback with a goal by Adam Brown and then Ed Bruneteau tied 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 on a solo rush that began behind the Bruins net and ended when he split the Wings defense and fired a shot home.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 19 Detroit Red Wings 1-3 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 21 Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 March 24 Boston Bruins 5-2 Detroit Red Wings 2-1
4 March 26 Boston Bruins 4-1 Detroit Red Wings 3-1
5 March 28 Detroit Red Wings 3-4 (OT) Boston Bruins 1-4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Carveth, JoeJoe Carveth RW 48 17 18 35 10
Brown, AdamAdam Brown LW 48 20 11 31 27
Bruneteau, EddieEddie Bruneteau RW 46 17 12 29 11
Armstrong, MurrayMurray Armstrong C 40 8 18 26 4
Watson, HarryHarry Watson LW 44 14 10 24 4
Liscombe, CarlCarl Liscombe LW 44 12 9 21 2
Quackenbush, BillBill Quackenbush D 48 11 10 21 6
Gauthier, FernFern Gauthier RW 30 9 8 17 6
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 47 7 10 17 14
Stewart, JackJack Stewart D 47 4 11 15 73
Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 38 4 9 13 16
Howe, SydSyd Howe C/LW 26 4 7 11 9
Bruneteau, MudMud Bruneteau RW 28 6 4 10 2
Couture, GerryGerry Couture RW 43 3 7 10 18
Jackson, HaroldHarold Jackson D 36 3 4 7 36
Conacher, JimJim Conacher C 20 1 5 6 10
Lundy, PatPat Lundy C 4 3 2 5 2
McLenahan, RollieRollie McLenahan D 9 2 1 3 10
Rossignol, RolyRoly Rossignol RW 8 1 2 3 4
Seibert, EarlEarl Seibert D 18 0 3 3 18
Abel, SidSid Abel C/LW 7 0 2 2 0
Brown, GerryGerry Brown LW 10 0 1 1 2
McCaig, DougDoug McCaig D 6 0 1 1 12
Douglas, LesLes Douglas C 1 0 0 0 0
Holota, JohnJohn Holota C 3 0 0 0 0
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 50 0 0 0 6
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 3000 50 20 20 10 159 3.18 2
Team: 3000 50 20 20 10 159 3.18 2

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Gauthier, FernFern Gauthier RW 5 3 0 3 2
Watson, HarryHarry Watson LW 5 2 0 2 0
Brown, AdamAdam Brown LW 5 1 1 2 0
Conacher, JimJim Conacher C 5 1 1 2 0
Armstrong, MurrayMurray Armstrong C 5 0 2 2 0
Couture, GerryGerry Couture RW 5 0 2 2 0
Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 5 0 2 2 0
Bruneteau, EddieEddie Bruneteau RW 4 1 0 1 0
Liscombe, CarlCarl Liscombe LW 4 1 0 1 0
Lundy, PatPat Lundy C 2 1 0 1 0
Carveth, JoeJoe Carveth RW 5 0 1 1 0
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 5 0 1 1 0
Quackenbush, BillBill Quackenbush D 5 0 1 1 0
McLenahan, RollieRollie McLenahan D 2 0 0 0 0
Abel, SidSid Abel C/LW 3 0 0 0 0
Jackson, HaroldHarold Jackson D 5 0 0 0 6
Stewart, JackJack Stewart D 5 0 0 0 14
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 5 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 310 5 1 4 16 3.10 1
Team: 310 5 1 4 16 3.10 1

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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 Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1945-46 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.

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