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Detroit Red Wings - 1950 Stanley Cup Champions.

The 1950 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Rangers' first appearance in the Final since their Stanley Cup victory in 1940. The Red Wings won the series 4–3 to mark their franchise's fourth Cup win, and first since 1943.

Paths to the Final

New York defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–1 while Detroit defeated the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 to reach the Final.

The Series

Two games were played in Toronto as the circus had taken over Madison Square Garden in New York.

New York's Don Raleigh scored two overtime winners and Pete Babando scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime of game seven, the first time that happened. Detroit won the Cup without Gordie Howe, injured in the first game of the playoffs. As Stanley Cup runner-up, the Rangers would be awarded the O'Brien Cup, the last team to win the trophy, at one time the National Hockey Association championship trophy, which was retired after the season.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 11 New York 1 Detroit 4
April 13 Detroit 1 New York 3
April 15 Detroit 4 New York 0
April 18 New York 4 Detroit 3 OT
April 20 New York 2 Detroit 1 OT
April 22 New York 4 Detroit 5
April 23 New York 3 Detroit 4 2OT

† Played in Toronto.

Detroit wins best-of-seven series four games to three

Detroit Red Wings 1950 Stanley Cup Champions



† Left off the cup, but qualified to be on it.
a Played his only NHL game in Finals.
b Played his only NHL game in Semi-Finals.


Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Terry Sawchuk played seven NHL games in 1950, because Harry Lumley was injured. Sawchuk was not available for the playoffs, because he was helping the AHL Indianapolis Capitols win the Calder Cup. Instead, Harry MacQuestion was called up as the spare goalie for the playoffs. MacQuestion's name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, but he never played in the NHL. MacQuestion was left off of the Stanley Cup when it was redone during 1957–58 season.
  • Detroit did not engrave Gordon Haidy and Doug McKay on the Stanley Cup, even though they each played one playoff game and qualified to be on it.



Over 30 minutes of game footage from the Semi-finals and Finals including the presentation of the Stanley Cup.

Preceded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
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