April 28, 2016

Stanley Cup Flashbacks: 1936: Detroit Wins Cup, Thanks To Mud and Smith

The year is 1936. The Detroit Red Wings would knock of the Toronto Maple Leafs 3 games to 1 to win their first Stanley Cup championship.

The Wings featured some great players. Players like Syd Howe, Marty Barry, Herbie Lewis, Bucko McDonald and Ebbie Goodfellow.

But the man most synonymous with the 1936 Red Wings is a seldom used rookie nicknamed "Mud:" Modere "Mud" Bruneteau.

In the semifinals against the defending champion Montreal Maroons, Bruneteau ended the longest game in NHL history with a goal at the unthinkable time of 176:30. It was the only goal of the game. 9,500 spectators witnessed Bruneteau's heroics in the sixth overtime. The game ended at 2:25 am.

Goaltender Normie Smith also deserves mention. He stopped an incredible 92 shots that night. He was incredible every night, as Detroit was out-shot in every playoff game. Smith stole the opener against the Maroons blocking all 90 shots as his team won 1-0 after 117 minutes of overtime. He followed up with 36 saves in a 3-0 shutout and was solid in every game against Toronto as he stopped 95.7% of the 281 shots that he faced.

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