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1950s

Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe and Sid Abel terrorized the NHL as members of the "Production Line", Red Kelly became the NHL's top offensive defensemen and Jack Stewart provided more physical play on the blue line before being traded after Detroit won the 1950 Stanley Cup. The Red Wings can thank Pete Babando for that triumph as he tallied the clinching goal eight minutes and thirty-one seconds into the second over-time period in game 7 to defeat the New York Rangers 4-3.

Detroit proved to be a talented and deep squad in the 1950 playoffs when Howe suffered a serious head injury in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Howe almost died and would miss the remainder of the playoffs, but he was out of the hospital in time to join his teammates for the on-ice celebration after Babando's goal in Game 7. The first round of the 1950 playoffs had also featured overtime heroics as Leo Reise scored the OT winner in both Games 4 and 7.

Veteran goaltender Harry Lumley backstopped Detroit to the 1950 Stanley Cup victory. But Terry Sawchuk was so impressive in a seven-game call-up from the minors while Lumley was injured, that Lumley was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks before the 1950-51 season to make room for Sawchuk.

Other future Red Wing greats arrived during this period. Defenseman Marcel Pronovost was with the team during the 1949-50 season, but didn't play. He made his Detroit ice debut the following season along with Alex Delvecchio.

Sawchuk staged one of the greatest performances in Stanley Cup playoff history when Detroit captured the 1950 Stanley Cup. He only allowed five goals in eight games as the Red Wings swept both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montréal Canadiens in four games. Even more incredibly, Sawchuk didn't give up a single goal in any of the four games played at Olympia Stadium.

That was also the first appearance of an octopus on Detroit ice at a hockey game. The eight tentacles represented the eight games that a team needed to win to capture the Stanley Cup.

Another significant event came during the first round of the 1952 playoffs. After Lindsay and Howe had received death threats if they played in Game 4 in Toronto, both played and the Wings' won to end the series. After the game, Lindsay playfully chided the Toronto fans when he skated to center ice and held his stick like a machine gun and pretended to shoot the crowd.

The 1953-54 season was Ivan's last as a coach and the Red Wings gave him a grand send off with their third cup in five seasons. The Wings then repeated as Cup champs the next season in Jimmy Skinner's first season behind the Detroit bench. The Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the finals both seasons, winning in five games in 1954, thanks to Tony Leswick's OT goal in Game 5, and in seven games in 1955.

After dropping the 1956 finals to the Canadiens in five games, it seemed that the Red Wings' dynasty would go on for the near future but questionable trades by Adams gutted the team of many good and great players.

Stars like Sawchuk, Lindsay, Kelly and young players like Glenn Hall and Johnny Bucyk were traded from 1955 to 1960 and the team got little in return. Sawchuk did return to Detroit, but one of the players sent to the Bruins to reacquire him was Bucyk, who went on to become one of the best left wings in NHL history.
 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80