|BACK IN TIME
|DECEMBER 3, 1953
Uni. of Iowa scientists announced they had achieved the first human pregnancy using deep frozen sperm.
|MAY 24, 1954
IBM announced it would market an electronic calculator for business use.
|JUNE 22, 1954
Car manufacturers Studebaker and Packard announced they would merge.
|LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS
||RED WINGS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
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1953-54 SEASON IN REVIEW
Detroit opened the season against the New York Rangers looking as if they'd found a center to play with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. Earl (Dutch) Reibel marked his NHL debut by setting up all four Wings goals in a 4-1 win, establishing an NHL mark for assists and a club record for points by a player in his first game. Reibel finished with 15-33-48 totals and as runner-up to New York's Camille Henry for NHL rookie-of-the-year honors. The victory improved Detroit's home opener record to 11-0-4 over the past 15 years.
Howe won his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy, registering 81 points. Defenseman Red Kelly captured his third Lady Byng Trophy and was the first recipient of the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top blueliner, an award christened to honor the memory of former Wings owner James Norris, who died in 1952. Lindsay surpassed Sid Abel to become Detroit's career scoring leader with 527 points.
Lindsay, Howe and Kelly were NHL First All-Star selections and goalie Terry Sawchuk was a Second Team choice. Sawchuk tied his club record with 12 shutouts and coupled with one zero posted by rookie Dave Gatherum, they set a new team record for whitewashes in a season.
With 88 points, the Wings grabbed first place and the Prince of Wales Trophy for the sixth straight season, easily bouncing Toronto in a five-game semifinal. Howe scored nine seconds into a 4-3 series-clinching win on April 1 to set a Wings playoff mark for the fastest goal from the start of a game. A thrilling, seven-game final with Montreal saw each team win twice in the other's rink and an Olympia-record crowd of 15,791 packed the building to the rafters for Game 7, a tilt which fell 2-1 in Detroit's favor on Tony Leswick's overtime goal.
"You little toad," captain Lindsay said as he hugged Leswick in the post-game celebration, before kissing him twice on the cheek.
|10||Alex Delvecchio||18||al arbour
|17||Bill Dineen||19||keith allen
|9||Gordie Howe||4||Red Kelly|
|8||Tony Leswick||3||Marcel Pronovost|
|7||Ted Lindsay "C"||GOALIES|
|11||Marty Pavelich||1||dave gatherum*
|14||Dutch Reibel|| Jack adams (manager)
TOMMY IVAN (Coach)
*DID NOT PLAY IN PLAYOFFS
|WINGS ROAD TO THE CUP
||STANLEY CUP finals
|det won series 4-1||4/13||DETROIT||1||-||4||MONTREAL|
|GAME WON IN OVERTIME* DOUBLE OVERTIME**||4/16||MONTREAL||1||-||2||DETROIT**|
|det won series 4-3|
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FEATURED ARTICLE: WINGS CAPTURE THEIR SIXTH CUP
After splitting the first two games on Olympia ice, Detroit swept a pair of games at the Montreal Forum and seemed poised to make short work of the defending champion Canadiens. But Montreal had other ideas, winning Games 5 and 6 to send everyone back to the Olympia for a seventh and deciding match. Floyd Curry gave Montreal a first-period lead, but Red Kelly tied it in the second frame. After a scoreless third period, Tony Leswick's long shot in overtime eluded Montreal goalie Gerry McNeil and gave Detroit the Cup. "It seemed like an eternity before that red light went on," Wings coach Tommy Ivan said after the Cup-winning score.
The bitterness of the battle was emphasized when Montreal players left the ice before the traditional post-series handshake.
"Did you see how they shook hands?" Leswick said. "Not one of them came over." Gaye Stewart - the player the Wings traded to New York to acquire Leswick in 1951 - was the only Montrealer to later offer congratulations.
"If I had shaken hands, I wouldn't have meant it and I refuse to be hypocritical," Canadiens coach Dick Irvin explained.
FEATURED ARTICLE: LESWICK STARS IN GAME 7
The "Mighty Mouse" of the Red Wings lineup came up mighty big. Tied 1-1 and playing overtime in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final against Montreal, Tony Leswick launched a long shot towards Canadiens goalie Gerry McNeil. Montreal defenseman Doug Harvey attempted to pick the puck out of the air with his glove, but instead deflected it over the left shoulder of his netminder for the Cup-winning marker after 4:29 of the extra session. "I just shot as quickly as I could and it happened to go high," Leswick said of his famous tally.
At only 5-foot-6, Leswick was among the NHL's smallest players, but his Stanley Cup legacy was large. He and Pete Babando, scorer of Detroit's 1950 Cup winner, are the only players to settle a Stanley Cup with a Game 7 OT goal.
FEATURED ARTICLE: ASSEMBLY LINE
FEATURED ARTICLE: 1953-54 FINAL
Marguerite Norris, president of the Detroit club, was presented with the Stanley Cup by NHL President Clarence Campbell at the conclusion of the series. She became the first woman in history to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
|STANLEY CUP||DETROIT RED WINGS||1ST TEAM ALL-STAR
|PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY
||DETROIT RED WINGS||1ST TEAM ALL-STAR||RED KELLY|
|ART ROSS TROPHY
||GORDIE HOWE||1ST TEAM ALL-STAR||TED LINSDAY|
|JAMES NORRIS MEM. TROPHY
||2ND TEAM ALL-STAR||TERRY SAWCHUK
|LADY BYNG MEM. TROPHY