One from our hockey vaults

No, it’s not the Canadiens, but it’s spectacular.

Here’s a 65-second Universal Newsreel, released April 1, 1937, featuring that night’s first game of the 1937 Stanley Cup semifinal between the New York Rangers and Montreal Maroons at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers swept the two-game series – they won this match 1-0 on Babe Pratt’s goal and the shutout goaltending of Davey Kerr – before dropping a five-game Cup final to Detroit.

The Canadiens lost a five-game semifinal to the Red Wings that season after having finished atop the NHL’s Canadian Division with a record of 24-18-6. Johnny (Black Cat) Gagnon, all 5-foot-5, 140 pounds of him, led Habs scoring that season with his 20 goals and 16 assists in 48 games.


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