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1950–51 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 2nd NHL
1950–51 record 41–16–13
Goals for 212
Goals against 138
General Manager Conn Smythe
Coach Joe Primeau
Captain Ted Kennedy
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Tod Sloan (31)
Assists Ted Kennedy (43)
Points Max Bentley (62)
Penalties in minutes Gus Mortson (142)
Wins Al Rollins (27)
Goals against average Al Rollins (1.77)
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1949–50 1951–52

The 1950–51 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 34th season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 2nd in the league and won the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals over the Montreal Canadiens by four games to one. The 1951 Finals is famous for Bill Barilko scoring the winning goal in overtime.

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
Detroit Red Wings 70 44 13 13 101 236 139
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 41 16 13 95 212 138
Montreal Canadiens 70 25 30 15 65 173 184
Boston Bruins 70 22 30 18 62 178 197
New York Rangers 70 20 29 21 61 169 201
Chicago Black Hawks 70 13 47 10 36 171 280

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]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 14, 1950 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 0–1–0
2 T October 15, 1950 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 0–1–1
3 W October 18, 1950 2–0 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 1–1–1
4 W October 21, 1950 5–0 New York Rangers (1950–51) 2–1–1
5 W October 22, 1950 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 3–1–1
6 W October 25, 1950 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 4–1–1
7 W October 28, 1950 4–2 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 5–1–1
8 T October 29, 1950 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 5–1–2
9 W November 1, 1950 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 6–1–2
10 W November 2, 1950 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 7–1–2
11 T November 4, 1950 2–2 New York Rangers (1950–51) 7–1–3
12 W November 8, 1950 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 8–1–3
13 L November 11, 1950 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 8–2–3
14 W November 12, 1950 7–0 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 9–2–3
15 L November 16, 1950 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 9–3–3
16 W November 18, 1950 5–4 New York Rangers (1950–51) 10–3–3
17 L November 19, 1950 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 10–4–3
18 W November 22, 1950 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 11–4–3
19 W November 23, 1950 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 12–4–3
20 W November 25, 1950 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 13–4–3
21 W November 26, 1950 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 14–4–3
22 T November 30, 1950 0–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 14–4–4
23 T December 2, 1950 0–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 14–4–5
24 T December 3, 1950 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 14–4–6
25 W December 6, 1950 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 15–4–6
26 W December 9, 1950 8–1 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 16–4–6
27 L December 10, 1950 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 16–5–6
28 L December 13, 1950 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 16–6–6
29 W December 14, 1950 7–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 17–6–6
30 L December 16, 1950 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 17–7–6
31 W December 17, 1950 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 18–7–6
32 W December 20, 1950 6–1 Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 19–7–6
33 T December 23, 1950 2–2 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 19–7–7
34 L December 27, 1950 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 19–8–7
35 L December 30, 1950 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 19–9–7
36 W December 31, 1950 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 20–9–7
37 L January 6, 1951 2–4 New York Rangers (1950–51) 20–10–7
38 T January 9, 1951 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 20–10–8
39 T January 13, 1951 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 20–10–9
40 L January 14, 1951 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 20–11–9
41 W January 18, 1951 5–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 21–11–9
42 W January 20, 1951 2–1 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 22–11–9
43 T January 21, 1951 0–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 22–11–10
44 W January 24, 1951 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 23–11–10
45 W January 27, 1951 2–1 New York Rangers (1950–51) 24–11–10
46 W January 28, 1951 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 25–11–10
47 W February 1, 1951 3–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 26–11–10
48 W February 3, 1951 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 27–11–10
49 T February 4, 1951 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 27–11–11
50 W February 7, 1951 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 28–11–11
51 L February 10, 1951 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 28–12–11
52 W February 11, 1951 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 29–12–11
53 T February 15, 1951 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 29–12–12
54 W February 17, 1951 2–0 New York Rangers (1950–51) 30–12–12
55 W February 18, 1951 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 31–12–12
56 T February 21, 1951 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 31–12–13
57 W February 24, 1951 6–2 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 32–12–13
58 L March 1, 1951 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 32–13–13
59 W March 3, 1951 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 33–13–13
60 L March 5, 1951 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 33–14–13
61 L March 7, 1951 0–3 Detroit Red Wings (1950–51) 33–15–13
62 W March 10, 1951 5–3 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 34–15–13
63 L March 11, 1951 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 34–16–13
64 W March 14, 1951 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 35–16–13
65 W March 15, 1951 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1950–51) 36–16–13
66 W March 17, 1951 3–1 New York Rangers (1950–51) 37–16–13
67 W March 18, 1951 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1950–51) 38–16–13
68 W March 21, 1951 2–0 Montreal Canadiens (1950–51) 39–16–13
69 W March 24, 1951 4–1 Boston Bruins (1950–51) 40–16–13
70 W March 25, 1951 1–0 @ Boston Bruins (1950–51) 41–16–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 1 (One tie)[edit | edit source]

Having last met in the 1949 Semi-finals, the Leafs dispatched the Bruins again by a 4-1 series score with one game ending in a tie, the last playoff tie in NHL history.

Game 1 at Maple Leaf Gardens saw two rookie goalies play their first career playoff game. The Bruins Jack Gelineau would record his only career playoff shutout in Game 1 while the Leafs Al Rollins had a fantastic regular season and won the Vezina Trophy. Game 1 wouldn't turn out well for Rollins who gave up a goal to Lorne Ferguson at 14:48 of the first period. Less than two minutes later, Rollins was knocked out of the series after a collision with the Bruins Pete Horeck. Veteran goalie Turk Broda, who'd retire the next season, stepped in for Rollins. Broda gave up a goal early in the third period to Woody Dumart and Gelineau stopped all 24 Leaf shots for a 2-0 win.

Game 2 at Toronto was a rough affair that had a very strange ending. After Bill Barilko put the Leafs up 1-0, he'd become involved in several incidents. The second period saw seven fights break out and Barilko received a game misconduct for a hit on Dunc Fisher that resulted in Fisher leaving the game on a stretcher. Johnny Peirson tied the game up at the 9:26 of the second. The game went scoreless in the third, resulting in overtime. The first OT period was also scoreless and it was 11:45pm on a Saturday night. The city of Toronto had a curfew law that prohibited professional sporting events from occurring on Sunday. As a result, the game ended after one overtime period and was declared a draw. The game is not officially counted in NHL game registers though the statistics in the game are. In OT, Johnny Peirson suffered a broken cheek and was lost for the remainder of the series.

Game 3 at Boston Garden saw the 36 year old Broda play brilliantly and shut the Bruins out. Cal Gardner opened the scoring at 3:02 of the second period on a solo rush. Stopped in front of the Bruins net by Bill Quackenbush and Murray Henderson, he managed to get off a shot as he was falling that eluded Gelineau. Fern Flaman got revenge for the Bruins trading him with a Power play goal on a point shot at 13:11. Max Bentley added a goal in the third period and the series was tied.

Game 4 at Boston saw the Leafs outlast the Bruins who opened the scoring at 7:50 of the first period with Dunc Fisher's only point of the series. The Leafs Sid Smith evened the score on the power play with the Bruins Bill Ezinicki in the box. Max Bentley put the Leafs up for good two minutes later. Barilko's second of the series in the third period finished a 3-1 win and a 2-1-1 series lead for the Leafs.

Game 5 at Toronto was held after a three day layoff. With Gord Henry replacing Jack Gelineau in the Bruins net, the Leafs dominated the ailing Bruins with two goals by Joe Klukay (including one shorthanded), Fleming Mackell and Ted Kennedy before Bill Ezinicki scored a consolation goal for the Bruins.

Game 6 at Boston saw the Leafs win the series with a 6-0 whitewashing of the Bruins with Gord Henry again in net. Klukay scored twice with individual markers by Kennedy, Mackell, Sid Smith and Tod Sloan. The Leafs took the series 4-1-1.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 28 Boston Bruins 2-0 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0
2 March 31 Boston Bruins 1-1 (OT) Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0-1
3 April 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 Boston Bruins 1-1-1
4 April 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Boston Bruins 2-1-1
5 April 7 Boston Bruins 1-4 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-1-3
6 April 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 6-0 Boston Bruins 4-1-1

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 1[edit | edit source]

Every game went into overtime in this series. Bill Barilko scored the Cup-winning goal, his last goal in the NHL as he would die in a plane crash during the summer.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 11 Montreal 2 Toronto 3 OT
April 14 Montreal 3 Toronto 2 OT
April 17 Toronto 2 Montreal 1 OT
April 19 Toronto 3 Montreal 2 OT
April 21 Montreal 2 Toronto 3 OT

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Max Bentley 67 21 41 62 34
Ted Kennedy 63 18 43 61 32
Tod Sloan 70 31 25 56 105
Sid Smith 70 30 21 51 10
Cal Gardner 66 23 28 51 42
Harry Watson 68 18 19 37 18
Jimmy Thomson 69 3 33 36 76
Danny Lewicki 61 16 18 34 26
Joe Klukay 70 14 16 30 16
Fleming MacKell 70 12 13 25 40
Howie Meeker 49 6 14 20 24
John McCormack 46 6 7 13 2
Gus Mortson 60 3 10 13 142
Bill Barilko 58 6 6 12 96
Ray Timgren 70 1 9 10 20
Bill Juzda 65 0 9 9 64
Fern Flaman 39 2 6 8 64
Hugh Bolton 13 1 3 4 4
Phil Maloney 1 1 0 1 0
Bob Hassard 12 0 1 1 0
Andy Barbe 1 0 0 0 2
Dusty Blair 2 0 0 0 0
Bobby Copp 2 0 0 0 2
Turk Broda 31 0 0 0 4
Al Rollins 40 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Al Rollins 2373 40 27 5 8 70 1.77 5
Turk Broda 1827 31 14 11 5 68 2.23 6
Team: 4200 70 41 16 13 138 1.97 11

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Max Bentley 11 2 11 13 4
Sid Smith 11 7 3 10 0
Ted Kennedy 11 4 5 9 6
Tod Sloan 11 4 5 9 18
Joe Klukay 11 4 3 7 0
Bill Barilko 11 3 2 5 31
Fleming MacKell 11 2 3 5 9
Harry Watson 5 1 2 3 4
Cal Gardner 11 1 1 2 4
Howie Meeker 11 1 1 2 14
Fern Flaman 9 1 0 1 8
Gus Mortson 11 0 1 1 4
Jimmy Thomson 11 0 1 1 34
Ray Timgren 11 0 1 1 2
Turk Broda 8 0 0 0 0
Danny Lewicki 9 0 0 0 0
Bill Juzda 11 0 0 0 7
Al Rollins 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Turk Broda 492 8 5 1 9 1.10 2
Al Rollins 210 4 3 1 6 1.71 0
Team: 702 10 8 2 15 1.28 2

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

1951 Toronto Maple Leafs[edit | edit source]

Turk Broda, Al Rollins, Jimmy Thomson, Gus Mortson, Bill Barilko, Bill Juzda, Fern Flaman, Hugh Bolton, Ted Kennedy (captain), Sid Smith, Tod Sloan, Cal Gardner, Howie Meeker, Harry Watson, Max Bentley, Joe Klukay, Danny Lewicki, Ray Timgren, Fleming Mackell, Johnny McCormack, Bob Hassard, Conn Smythe (manager), Joe Primeau (coach), Tim Daly (trainer)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Highlights of Game 5 of the Finals including goals by Richard, the game tying goal with 32 seconds left by Tod Sloan and the overtime winner by Bill Barilko.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
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