Jumping onto the way-back machine, Gardiner holds a few distinctions. One of which is being the only goalie to serve as captain of a Stanley Cup champion as he led the Blackhawks to the title in 1934.
But that postseason was incredible for a number of reasons.
It only took eight games for the Hawks to win the cup that year because of the size of the league, but Gardiner had six wins in those eight with two of them coming as shutouts.
The epic cup-clinching game ended when Mush March broke a 0-0 score at 10:05 in the second overtime. Gardiner allowed only 12 goals in those eight games.
Unfortunately, Gardiner didn't know it at the time but he was very sick during those playoffs. He struggled with vision issues and a tooth infection. Two months after winning Stanley Cup, Gardiner collapsed, went into a coma, and eventually died of a brain hemorrhage at age 29.