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1940 Stanley Cup Finals

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Start date  April 2, 1940
Champion  New York Rangers
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Location(s)  New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) (1,2) Toronto, ON (Maple Leaf Gardens) (3,4,5,6)
Coaches  New York: Frank Boucher Toronto: Dick Irvin
Captains  New York: Art Coulter Toronto: Red Horner
Dates  April 2 to April 13, 1940
Series-winning goal  Bryan Hextall (2:07, OT)
Similar  1933 Stanley Cup Finals, 1929 Stanley Cup Finals, 1920 Stanley Cup Finals, 1927 Stanley Cup Finals, 1918 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1940 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York would win the series 4–2 to win their third Stanley Cup. The Rangers would not win another for 54 years.


Paths to the Final

New York defeated the Boston Bruins in a best-of-seven 4–2 to advance to the finals. The Maple Leafs had to play two best-of three series; winning 2–0 against the Chicago Black Hawks, and 2–0 against the Detroit Red Wings.

The series

The final series between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs was an exciting one that went back and forth with three overtime games. The Rangers took the first two at home and the Leafs took the next two in Toronto. The circus forced the Rangers to vacate Madison Square Garden after the first two games. The Rangers would score three game-winning goals in overtime including the Cup winner. Lynn and Murray Patrick played for the Rangers to be the third and fourth members of the Patrick family to win the Stanley Cup.

New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

New York wins best-of-seven series 4–2.

Stanley Cup engraving

a Missing from the Stanley Cup, but qualified to be on it.

  • Frank Boucher was 6th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Lester Patrick and Frank Boucher became the first (and to this date, the only) duo to win the Stanley Cup together as players and then as a coach-managerial team, having won as players on the Rangers in 1928.
  • References

    1940 Stanley Cup Finals Wikipedia