Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rare Original Six Playoff Photos

I recently found on eBay some listings of old press photos. Lots of great images from the Detroit Press as well as United Press International, most of which I've never seen before. ( http://cgi.ebay.com/1945-TORONTO-LEAFS-VS-DETROIT-WINGS-PLAYOFF-PRESS-PHOTO-/170630159148?pt=Vintage_Sports_Memorabilia&hash=item27ba599b2c )

Below are a few of the better images from various NHL playoffs between 1940 and 1955.

April 7, 1955. Game Three Stanley Cup Finals, Montreal 4 - Detroit 2
Jacques Plante battling to find the puck through Ted Lindsay and Butch Bouchard. Plante stopped 35 of 37 shots, Bernie Geoffrion scores three as Montreal wins 4-2. Detroit was still up 2 games to 1 and would go on to win in seven.

April 22, 1945. Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals, Toronto 2 - Detroit 1

Mel Hill scores on Harry Lumley, first goal of the game in the first period. Jud McAtee and Earl Seibert look on. This would prove to be the last ever NHL game for Jud McAtee. He had played one game each in 42/43 and 43/44 before scoring 15 goals in 4 games this season as a 24 year old. He added 2 goals and an assist while playing all 14 playoff matches. He would play the remainder of his career in the AHL and USHL before retiring in 1950.

March 19, 1940. Game One Semi-Finals, New York Rangers 4 - Boston 0.

Pictured Left to Right; Art Jackson, Ott Heller, Frank Brimsek, Bryan Hextall, Jack Crawford
Dave Kerr earned the shutout as the Rangers started their road to winning the Stanley Cup.

April 18, 1950 Fourth Game of Finals, New York Rangers 4 - Detroit 3 OT
Red Wing George Gee battling Ranger Pat Egan as goalie Chuck Rayner looks on. New York took the next game as well to go up 3 games to 2, but the Wings won games 6 and 7 to take the Cup.

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