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1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 4th NHL
1948–49 record 22–25–13
Goals for 147
Goals against 161
General Manager Conn Smythe
Coach Hap Day
Captain Ted Kennedy
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Harry Watson (26)
Assists Max Bentley
Cal Gardner (22)
Points Harry Watson (45)
Penalties in minutes Bill Ezinicki (145)
Wins Turk Broda (22)
Goals against average Turk Broda (2.68)
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1947–48 1949–50

The 1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 32nd season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 4th in the league and won the 1949 Stanley Cup Finals over the Detroit Red Wings by four games to none.

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 60 34 19 7 75 195 145
Boston Bruins 60 29 23 8 66 178 163
Montreal Canadiens 60 28 23 9 65 152 126
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 22 25 13 57 147 161
Chicago Black Hawks 60 21 31 8 50 173 211
New York Rangers 60 18 31 11 47 133 172

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
1LOctober 161–4 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 0–1–0
2LOctober 210–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 0–2–0
3WOctober 236–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 1–2–0
4LOctober 241–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 1–3–0
5WOctober 273–2 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 2–3–0
6WOctober 302–1 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 3–3–0
7LOctober 311–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 3–4–0
8TNovember 63–3 New York Rangers (1948–49) 3–4–1
9LNovember 133–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 3–5–1
10TNovember 144–4 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 3–5–2
11LNovember 171–2 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 3–6–2
12TNovember 202–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 3–6–3
13TNovember 213–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 3–6–4
14TNovember 243–3 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 3–6–5
15WNovember 252–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 4–6–5
16WNovember 273–0 New York Rangers (1948–49) 5–6–5
17LNovember 282–6 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 5–7–5
18LDecember 13–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 5–8–5
19LDecember 44–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 5–9–5
20WDecember 52–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 6–9–5
21LDecember 83–4 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 6–10–5
22WDecember 113–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 7–10–5
23WDecember 124–3 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 8–10–5
24LDecember 151–3 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 8–11–5
25TDecember 183–3 New York Rangers (1948–49) 8–11–6
26LDecember 191–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 8–12–6
27WDecember 252–1 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 9–12–6
28LDecember 302–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 9–13–6
29WJanuary 15–3 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 10–13–6
30LJanuary 22–4 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 10–14–6
31WJanuary 54–0 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 11–14–6
32TJanuary 83–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 11–14–7
33TJanuary 92–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 11–14–8
34WJanuary 152–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 12–14–8
35LJanuary 160–4 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 12–15–8
36LJanuary 191–4 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 12–16–8
37TJanuary 222–2 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 12–16–9
38LJanuary 231–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 12–17–9
39WJanuary 263–1 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 13–17–9
40TJanuary 294–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 13–17–10
41LJanuary 302–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 13–18–10
42WFebruary 34–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 14–18–10
43TFebruary 51–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 14–18–11
44WFebruary 64–2 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 15–18–11
45TFebruary 92–2 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 15–18–12
46WFebruary 123–1 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 16–18–12
47WFebruary 133–0 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 17–18–12
48LFebruary 170–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 17–19–12
49WFebruary 195–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 18–19–12
50WFebruary 204–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 19–19–12
51TFebruary 262–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 19–19–13
52LMarch 20–2 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 19–20–13
53WMarch 57–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 20–20–13
54WMarch 64–3 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 21–20–13
55LMarch 90–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 21–21–13
56LMarch 121–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 21–22–13
57WMarch 133–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 22–22–13
58LMarch 171–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 22–23–13
59LMarch 192–5 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 22–24–13
60LMarch 202–7 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 22–25–13

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PlayoffsEdit

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 1Edit

Having met the year before in the 1948 Semi-finals, the Leafs dispatched the Bruins again by the same 4-1 series score.

Game 1 at Maple Leaf Gardens saw Turk Broda earn a shutout. A Power play goal by the Leafs Harry Watson at 5:15 of the first with the Bruins Pat Egan in the box opened the scoring. Watson potted his second goal in the second frame while Max Bentley completed the 3-0 win with his goal in the third period.

Game 2 in Toronto was a closer match with the Leafs Ray Timgren scoring on the power play at 3:36 of the first with the Bruins Pat Egan again in the box. Woody Dumart scored a Shorthanded goal on the same Leafs PP to even the score. Late in the second period, the Bruins Paul Ronty scored his first playoff goal to put the Bruins up 2-1. Harry Watson was once again the hero, scoring twice in the third period to win it 3-2 for the Leafs.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden saw the Leafs open the scoring for the third consecutive game when Ted Kennedy scored at 8:46. The Bruins Grant Warwick tied it up and Dumart's 2nd of the playoffs had the Bruins up 2-1 at the end of the first period. The Leafs Bill Barilko took a tripping penalty in the second and Johnny Peirson extended the Bruins lead on the power play. However, the Leafs Gus Mortson scored a shorthanded goal on the same PP and then Joe Klukay tied it at 3-3 with 3 seconds left in the second period. Ed Sandford and Fleming Mackell traded goals in the third and the game went into overtime. Just after 17:00, a face-off in the Leafs zone saw Sandford win it against Ted Kennedy and get the puck to Dumart whose one-timer beat Broda for a 5-4 win for home team. Bruins all-star defenseman Jack Crawford had to leave the game with a rib injury and would miss game 4.

Game 4 in Boston saw Fleming Mackell opening the scoring for the Leafs for the 4th consecutive game. Johnny Peirson tied it up on the power play and the already playing without Crawford, the Bruins lost Jimmy Peters with an injured shoulder after he took a check from Bill Juzda. In the second period, after the Bruins Milt Schmidt left the game with an injury, the shorthanded Bruins couldn't hold off the Leafs who took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Sid Smith. In the third period, a slashing penalty to the Bruins Murray Henderson with 5 minutes left resulted in Smith scoring on the PP for a 3-1 Leafs win and a 3-1 stranglehold in the series.

Game 5 in Toronto again saw the Leafs score first when Cal Gardner scored on the PP. Playing without Crawford, Peters and Schmidt, the Bruins Grant Warwick tied it up, also on the PP, until Ray Timgren's trickler made it past Frank Brimsek to put the Leafs up 2-1 at the end of the first period. Six minor penalties were called in the second period but Max Bentley's second of the series was the only goal, putting the Leafs up 3-1. Desperate, the Bruins poured it on in the third but when Fern Flaman was called for boarding at 9:29, the fans littered the ice, causing a 15 minute delay before play started again. Johnny Peirson made it close with less than a minute left but the Leafs held on for a 3-2 win to take the series in 5 games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 22 Boston Bruins 0-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-1
2 March 24 Boston Bruins 2-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-2
3 March 26 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 2-1
4 March 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Boston Bruins 3-1
5 March 30 Boston Bruins 2-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-4

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 0Edit

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 8Toronto 3 Detroit 2 OT
April 10Toronto 3 Detroit 1
April 13Detroit 1 Toronto 3
April 16Detroit 1Toronto 3

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 60 26 19 45 0
Bentley, MaxMax Bentley 60 19 22 41 18
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 59 18 21 39 25
Gardner, CalCal Gardner 53 13 22 35 35
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 52 13 15 28 145
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 45 11 10 21 11
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 60 4 16 20 56
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 52 7 9 16 36
Timgren, RayRay Timgren 36 3 12 15 9
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 60 2 13 15 85
Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker 30 7 7 14 56
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 42 4 7 11 30
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 59 1 10 11 43
Metz, DonDon Metz 33 4 6 10 12
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 60 5 4 9 95
Sloan, TodTod Sloan 29 3 4 7 0
Costello, LesLes Costello 15 2 3 5 11
Mathers, FrankFrank Mathers 15 1 2 3 2
Juzda, BillBill Juzda 38 1 2 3 23
Mackell, FlemingFleming MacKell 11 1 1 2 6
Ceresino, RayRay Ceresino 12 1 1 2 2
Dawes, BobBob Dawes 5 1 0 1 0
Buchanan, AlAl Buchanan 3 0 1 1 2
Blair, ChuckChuck Blair 1 0 0 0 0
Kemp, StanStan Kemp 1 0 0 0 2
Mccormack, JohnJohn McCormack 1 0 0 0 0
Smith, SidSid Smith 1 0 0 0 0
Hannigan, RayRay Hannigan 3 0 0 0 2
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 60 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 3600 60 22 25 13 161 2.68 5
Team: 3600 60 22 25 13 161 2.68 5

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 9 2 6 8 2
Smith, SidSid Smith 6 5 2 7 0
Bentley, MaxMax Bentley 9 4 3 7 2
Gardner, CalCal Gardner 9 2 5 7 0
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 9 4 2 6 2
Timgren, RayRay Timgren 9 3 3 6 2
Mackell, FlemingFleming MacKell 9 2 4 6 4
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 9 1 5 6 10
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 9 2 3 5 4
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 9 1 4 5 20
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 9 2 1 3 8
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 9 0 2 2 6
Juzda, BillBill Juzda 9 0 2 2 8
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 8 0 1 1 2
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 9 0 1 1 20
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 1 0 0 0 0
Metz, DonDon Metz 3 0 0 0 0
Dawes, BobBob Dawes 9 0 0 0 2
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 9 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 574 9 8 1 15 1.57 1
Team: 574 9 8 1 15 1.57 1

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Awards and RecordsEdit

  • The Maple Leafs became the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive Stanley Cups. [3]
  • The Maple Leafs won no awards this season.

1949 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Turk Broda, Garth Boesch, Gus Mortson, Jimmy Thomson, Bill Juzda, Bill Barilko, Harry Watson, Ted Kennedy, Don Metz, Fleming MacKell, Bill Ezinicki, Vic Lynn, Howie Meeker, Max Bentley, Joe Klukay, Sid Smith, Harry Taylor, Bob Dawes, Tod Sloan, Conn Smythe (manager), Hap Day (coach), Tim Daly (trainer).

Farm TeamsEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Highlights of Game 4 of the 1949 Stanley Cup Finals in which the Leafs win the Cup with a 3-1 victory. Goals by Ray Timgren and Max Bentley are shown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  2. 1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
  3. Numbelivable!, p.95, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
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