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1941-1942 Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions
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Season: 1941-1942 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division: 2nd
Conference: N/A
Overall Record: 27–18–3
Home Record: 18–6–0
Away Record: 9–12–3
General Manager: Conn Smythe
Head Coach: Hap Day
Captain: Syl Apps
Team Leaders
Goals: Gordie Drillon (23)
Assists: Billy Taylor (26)
Points: Gordie Drillon, Syl Apps (41)
Penalty Minutes: Rudolph Kampman (67)
Wins: Turk Broda (27)
Goals Against Average: Turk Broda (2.76)


Regular Season - Playoffs - Main Discussion


The 1941-1942 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the Toronto-based franchise's twenty-fifth season in the National Hockey League, and fifteenth as the Maple Leafs. The team had a successful season, as they ended the season with 27 victories and 57 points, and a second place finish in the NHL. The team also went on to win the Stanley Cup Championship as NHL champion, after a successful playoff run in 1942.

Regular seasonEdit

The season began on a bright spot for the Maple Leafs,as the team won 14 of their first 19 games, and were consistently jostling with the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers for first place in the NHL. However, the Leafs then suffered through a rough streak of play, as they played to a 4–7–3 record in their next 14 games. The slump saw Toronto fall behind the Bruins and Rangers for the NHL standings lead. However, the Leafs rebounded successfully, and followed up their slump with a 7–1–0 record in their next 8 games, before ending their turbulent season by losing 5 of their final 7 games. Toronto finished the year with a record of 27–18–3, and recorded 57 points, which gave them second place in the NHL, 3 points behind NHL leader New York.

The Maple Leafs offense was led by Syl Apps, who finished tied for the club lead in points with 41, despite missing 10 games due to injury. Gordie Drillon also finished with 41 points, and he scored a team-best 23 goals, while Billy Taylor had a club high 26 assists. Sweeney Schriner managed to tally 20 goals and 30 assists, providing a well-rounded offensive set for the Maple Leafs. Bucko McDonald led the Maple Leafs defensive core, recording 21 points, while Rudolph Kampman provided strong physical play, recording 67 penalty minutes.

In goal, Turk Broda played all 48 games for the Maple Leafs, winning 27 games and posting a 2.76 goals against average, along with earning 6 shutouts.

Final StandingsEdit

GP W L T Pts GF GA
New York Rangers 48 29 17 2 60 177 143
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 27 18 3 57 158 136
Boston Bruins 48 25 17 6 56 160 118
Chicago Black Hawks 48 22 23 3 47 145 155
Detroit Red Wings 48 19 25 4 42 140 147
Montreal Canadiens 48 18 27 3 39 134 173
Brooklyn Americans 48 16 29 3 35 133 175
GP=Games Played W=Wins L=Losses T=Ties PTS=Points GF=Goals For GA=Goals Against

Game LogEdit

     Wins      Losses      Ties

Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 November 1 New York Rangers 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1–0 0
2 November 8 Boston Bruins 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1–0 2
3 November 13 Montreal Canadiens 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1–0 4
4 November 15 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1–0 6
5 November 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 8–6 New York Rangers 4–1–0 8
6 November 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Detroit Red Wings 5–1–0 10
7 November 22 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–1–0 12
8 November 23 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 6–2–0 12
9 November 29 Brooklyn Americans 2–8 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–2–0 14
10 November 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–1 Brooklyn Americans 8–2–0 16
11 December 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 Boston Bruins 8–3–0 16
12 December 6 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 9–3–0 18
13 December 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Montreal Canadiens 9–4–0 18
14 December 13 New York Rangers 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–4–0 20
15 December 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 Detroit Red Wings 11–4–0 22
16 December 20 Chicago Black Hawks 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs 11–5–0 22
17 December 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks 12–5–0 24
18 December 25 Boston Bruins 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–5–0 26
19 December 27 Detroit Red Wings 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 14–5–0 28
20 December 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Brooklyn Americans 14–6–0 28
21 December 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–4 Boston Bruins 14–7–0 28
22 January 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3 New York Rangers 14–7–1 29
23 January 3 Brooklyn Americans 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–7–1 31
24 January 10 Detroit Red Wings 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–8–1 31
25 January 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 16–8–1 33
26 January 17 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 16–9–1 33
27 January 24 Brooklyn Americans 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 17–9–1 35
28 January 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks 17–10–1 35
29 January 27 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–0 Boston Bruins 17–10–2 36
30 January 29 Montreal Canadiens 3–7 Toronto Maple Leafs 18–10–2 38
31 January 31 Boston Bruins 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 18–11–2 38
32 February 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–7 New York Rangers 18–12–2 38
33 February 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3 Detroit Red Wings 18–12–3 39
34 February 7 New York Rangers 4–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–12–3 41
35 February 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Brooklyn Americans 20–12–3 43
36 February 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–4 Montreal Canadiens 21–12–3 45
37 February 14 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 22–12–3 47
38 February 21 Brooklyn Americans 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 23–12–3 49
39 February 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–3 Detroit Red Wings 23–13–3 49
40 February 28 Chicago Black Hawks 2–8 Toronto Maple Leafs 24–13–3 51
41 March 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 25–13–3 53
42 March 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–5 Boston Bruins 25–14–3 53
43 March 5 Montreal Canadiens 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 25–15–3 53
44 March 7 New York Rangers 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 26–15–3 55
45 March 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2 New York Rangers 26–16–3 55
46 March 14 Boston Bruins 4–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 27–16–3 57
47 March 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–6 Brooklyn Americans 27–17–3 57
48 March 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–7 Montreal Canadiens 27–18–3 57


StatisticsEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Players
Gordie Drillon 48 23 18 41 6
Syl Apps 38 18 23 41 0
Billy Taylor 48 12 26 38 20
Sweeney Schriner 47 20 16 36 21
Lorne Carr 47 16 17 33 4


Goaltenders
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Turk Broda 48 2960 27 18 3 136 6 2.76

PlayoffsEdit

The Maple Leafs would open the playoffs against the best team in the league, the New York Rangers, in a best of seven semi-final series. The Maple Leafs opened the series with a victory at Maple Leaf Gardens with a solid 3–1 win, then managed to go up two games by defeating the Rangers 4–2 at Madison Square Garden. New York managed to take the third game, shutting out Toronto 3–0, however, the Leafs would go up 3–1 in the series, winning the fourth game 2–1 at home. New York staved off elimination in the fifth game, holding off Toronto for a 3–1 win. However, the Leafs ended the series in the sixth game, hanging on for a 3–2 victory, and a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.


     Wins      Losses

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - New York Rangers 2
Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 21 New York Rangers 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0
2 March 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2 New York Rangers 2–0
3 March 24 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–3 New York Rangers 2–1
4 March 28 New York Rangers 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1
5 March 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 New York Rangers 3–2
6 March 31 New York Rangers 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Toronto's opponent in the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals was the Detroit Red Wings, who finished the year with a weak 19–25–4 record, ending up in fifth in the league. Detroit defeated the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins to earn a spot in the finals. The Red Wings surprised Toronto in the series opener, winning the game 3–2. Detroit then managed to take the second game by a 4–2 score to go home with a 2–0 series lead. The Red Wings continued playing well, winning the third game at the Detroit Olympia 5–2, pushing the Maple Leafs to the brink of elimination. Toronto responded in the fourth game, narrowly defeating Detroit 4–3 to cut the Red Wings series lead to 3–1. The Leafs returned home for the fifth game, and dominated Detroit, winning the game 9–3 to put the series at 3–2 for Detroit. Turk Broda stole the show in the sixth game, shutting out Detroit 3–0 to tie the series. The Maple Leafs completed their miracle comeback in front of a crowd of over 16,000 fans with a 3–1 victory in the seventh and deciding game. The victory gave the Maple Leafs the Stanley Cup championship for the fourth time in club history, and first time since the 1931–32 season.


     Wins      Losses

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - New York Rangers 0
Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 4 Detroit Red Wings 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1
2 April 7 Detroit Red Wings 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2
3 April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–5 Detroit Red Wings 0–3
4 April 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Detroit Red Wings 1–3
5 April 14 Detroit Red Wings 3–9 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3
6 April 16 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0 Detroit Red Wings 3–3
7 April 18 Detroit Red Wings 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3


StatisticsEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Players
Syl Apps 13 5 9 14 2
Wally Stanowski 13 2 8 10 2
Billy Taylor 13 2 8 10 4
Sweeney Schriner 13 6 3 9 10
Nick Metz 13 4 4 8 12


Goaltenders
Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Turk Broda 13 780 8 5 31 1 2.38




Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Championships
1917-1918 1921-1922 1931-1932 1941-1942 1944-1945
1946-1947 1947-1948 1948-1949 1950-1951 1961-1962
1962-1963 1963-1964 1966-1967

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