The Ottawa Senators won the Stanley Cup in 1927

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The 1927 Stanley Cup Finals was a NHL championship series played by the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins. It was the first time the Cup was solely contested by National Hockey League teams, owing to the demise of the Western Hockey League the previous year. It was won by the Ottawa Senators, coached by Dave Gill, over the Boston Bruins, coached by Art Ross. This was the Senators' fourth win since 1920, and eleventh overall, but it marked the end of the dynasty. The original Senators would not win another. It would be the last time a team from Ottawa would play in the Finals until the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.

The Stanley Cup Final was originally intended to be a best-of-three series. After the first game was declared a draw, NHL President Calder ruled that the series would go no more than five games, with overtimes limited to 20 minutes. If the teams were tied after five games, the teams would share the championship.[1] In the end, the series went four games because of two ties. These were the last ties in Stanley Cup history, notwithstanding the unfinished 33 Stanley Cup final match between Edmonton and Boston on May 24, 1988. Ottawa's Frank Nighbor was playing in his sixth Stanley Cup series, while Boston's Sprague Cleghorn and Billy Coutu were playing in their fifth Stanley Cup series.

Rough play marred the series: in the final game, Lionel Hitchman and George Boucher were ejected for a wild fight which Ottawa police had to break up. Hooley Smith butt-ended Boston's Harry Oliver, and Eddie Shore fought with Smith in retaliation; both Smith and Shore were ejected. After the game, Billy Coutu assaulted referee Jerry Laflamme, tackled referee Billy Bell and started a bench-clearing brawl.[3] Coutu was barred from the league for life, Smith was given a one-month suspension effective in the 192728 season, while Boucher, Hitchman and Jimmy Herbert were all fined.

The April 13, 1927 game at the Ottawa Auditorium was the last Stanley Cup Final game in Ottawa until the June 2, 2007 game played at Scotiabank Place between the modern Senators and the Anaheim Ducks. It is known that one fan, Russell Williams, attended both games, 80 years apart, both games won by Ottawa.


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