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.
Here's what Smith had to say about his amazing streak:
"Well, gee whiz, naturally everyone was tired when we started that sixth overtime in the first game for the league championship. My stuff - underwear, pads, everything - was getting heavier all the time. They fed us sugar dipped in brandy to keep us going, even though our coach, Jack Adams, was one never to touch a drop. I never did see Bruneteau score the goal that won that 1-0 game for us. But I did see the red light flash on. Everybody was so stunned there was like a ten-second pause and then they all broke loose. I had 94, 95 stops in that game, something like that. Then there was the shutout the next game, so now I had almost four hours of goaltending without a goal being scored against me. It went over four hours and then Gus Marker picked up a long pass and he came in on me and beat me to the top right-hand corner. To be honest, I had really forgotten how long the streak had been going, and really you couldn't expect it to go on forever. "
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