Leaf Fans Pray for Flyer Victory in 2010 Stanley Cup Finals

May 28th, 2010 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »

It was in 1961 that the Chicago Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup. 49 years ago the two players pictured here, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, were young up and coming stars on that Hawk team. Bobby was 21 and Stan 20 at the time and they finished that regular season second and third in team scoring. Little would they know this was to be not only their first Stanley Cup appearance, but also their only Stanley Cup win.

The 1961 Blackhawks were not a favorite going into the playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs had battled it out for the Prince of Wales trophy all season long with the Canadiens, winning by a mere two points. Chicago finished a distant third 15 points and 10 wins behind the Leafs.

Chicago faced the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. The Canadiens not only were the first place team they were also fresh from their record fifth Stanley Cup victory in a row. The year before they'd won the cup in the minimal, octopus sized, eight games, they had swept these same Blackhawks in the first round ...

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