The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in 1947

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The 1947 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs would win the series four games to two. This was the first all-Canadian finals in 12 years.

Ted Kennedy was the leader with three goals including the Cup winner. Toronto had several new players in its lineup, including Howie Meeker, Bill Barilko and Bill Ezinicki, as Toronto sported the youngest NHL team to win the Cup to that time.

The series continued a competition that had gone on all season, with Montreal and Toronto finishing 12. Montreal coach Dick Irvin was mad at the beginning the series, recalling a season-ending injury to Montreal forward Elmer Lach from a body check by Don Metz. Montreal started out strong in the series, defeating the Leafs 60 in the opener. Bill Durnan of the Canadiens reputedly said "How did those guys get in the league?", although he denied saying those words later.

The second game was a rough game, with Rocket Richard knocking two Leafs out with high-sticks to the head. Richard earned himself over 20 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct and a suspension for game three. The Leafs took advantage of the power plays and defeated Montreal 40. Richard would earn himself a further $250 fine imposed by president Clarence Campbell.

Games three and four were played in Toronto and Toronto won both to take a 31 series lead. Returning to the Forum for game five, Montreal won the game to extend the series. In the sixth game, Turk Broda showed outstanding goaltending, holding off Ken Reardon on a late break-away and the Leafs won 21 to win the Stanley Cup.

After the sixth game ended, the Cup was not presented to the Leafs. Clarence Campbell declined to present the Cup immediately, concerned over the spectre of fan violence.


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