Monday, June 24, 2013

Chicago 1934: The First Stanley Cup

The opening paragraph in a newspaper report said it all:

For the first time in its history, the Stanley Cup went to Chicago tonight (Dateline:Chicago, April10), won by the Black Hawks, who took a defensive overtime battle from Detroit Red Wings, 1-0.
 
As we all watch Chicago and Boston clash in the 2013 Stanley Cup final, we turn the calendar back to 1934, when Chicago claimed their first championship.

Chicago opened the 1934 Cup final on the road at Detroit.

 On April 3, the Black Hawks needed double-overtime to defeat the Red Wings 2-1.

 After winning game two by a 4-1 score, the Black Hawks headed home with a 2-0 series lead in their best-of-five confrontation.

At Chicago Stadium, Detroit found their scoring touch and produced a 5-2 victory in game three.

The Black Hawks second crack at closing out the series came in game four on April 10.

After regulation time failed to settle the matter, the two clubs went into overtime tied 0-0. In the first extra-time period, goalies Charlie Gardiner (Chicago) and Wilf Cude (Detroit) remained in a stingy mood.

What tipped the scales in Chicago's favour was a penalty called against Red Wing Eddie Goodfellow for tripping Tommy Cook in the second overtime stanza.

Just past the ten-minute mark with Chicago on the power play, Mud Marsh, who scored the first NHL goal at the new Maple Leaf Gardens on November 12,1931, deposited the Cup-winning-goal. "...March drove in from the right, pulling loose from  Buswell (Detroit defence Walt Buswell) and slashed a shot into the cage behind Cude," noted the newspaper account.



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