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Founded in 1926, it would be less than a decade before the then Chicago Black Hawks hoisted their first Stanley Cup.
They finished second to the Detroit Red Wings in the American Division, despite scoring a league-low 88 goals in 48 games. However, led by Vezina Trophy winner Charlie Gardiner, Chicago also had the lowest goals allowed.
The Black Hawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens (4-3) in the quarterfinals and the Montreal Maroons (6-2) in semifinals to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Note: those were two-game, total goals series.
In the finals they would face the Red Wings in a best-of-five series. It was the Wings first appearance in the finals since their inception in 1926. It was Chicago’s second appearance, having lost 3-2 to the Canadiens in 1931.
The Black Hawks took the first two games at the Olympia in Detroit, before falling 5-2 in Game 3 at Chicago Stadium. Game 4 would need overtime, as neither team scored in regulation. Harold "Mush" March scored the Cup-winning goal in double overtime, becoming the first player in NHL history to do so.
Johnny Gottselig and Paul Thompson finished second in postseason goals with four apiece, while Elwin "Doc" Romnes finished second in playoff scoring with nine points. That said, legendary Canadian athlete Lionel Conacher, a defenseman, would likely have won the Conn Smythe Trophy for his strong performance.
It’s also worth noting that Game 4 would be Gardiner’s last, as he passed away in June of that year, at the age of 29.