from John Kreiser of NHL.com, No one gave the New York Rangers much of a chance in the 1950 Stanley Cup Final. Not only were the fourth-place Rangers facing the first-place Red Wings, they wouldn’t even get to play a home game – Madison Square Garden had its annual spring visit from the circus, and the clowns and elephants took precedence over the Rangers and Red Wings.
After losing Game 1 in Detroit, the Rangers did get to play Games 2 and 3 as “home” games in Toronto before the rest of the series returned to the Olympia. But the Rangers stunned the sellout crowd in Detroit by winning Games 4 and 5 in overtime on goals by Don “Bones” Raleigh. The Wings rallied to win Game 6, then overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to send Game 7 into overtime – the first time that had happened in the Final.
New York’s Chuck Rayner and Detroit’s Terry Sawchuk were perfect through one overtime and into the second – though Raleigh had a couple of opportunities to be the hero.
“I had a couple of chanc...