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April 29, 2016

Stanley Cup Flashbacks: 1937: Detroit Wins Cup With Minor League Goalie

The year is 1937. The Detroit Red Wings are attempting to defend their Stanley Cup championship against the New York Rangers.

There is only one problem. Star goalie Normie Smith badly injures his elbow, marking the downward spiral of his career. Smith, like for four of his teammates, is unable to continue in post-season activity. Enter rookie Earl Robertson, the unlikely hero of the 1937 Stanley Cup championship.

Robertson, a 10 year minor leaguer, was called up for his first taste of NHL action. Imagine that! It is your first game and you are in net for game one of the Stanley Cup finals. Talk about pressure!

But Robertson performed miraculously in leading the Wings to the Cup. He led Detroit to a three games to two victory. In the final two games he recorded consecutive shutouts, and stopped the second penalty shot in NHL playoff history.

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