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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
GP W L T P
 1  Detroit 70 37 19 14 88
 2  Montreal 70 35 24 11 81
 3  Toronto 70 32 24 14 78
 4  Boston 70 32 28 10 74
 5  New York 70 29 31 10 68
 6  Chicago 70 12 51 7 31
Goals Gordie Howe (33)
Assists Gordie Howe (48)
Points Gordie Howe (81)
PIM Ted Lindsay (110)
Wins Terry Sawchuk (35)
GAA Terry Sawchuk (1.92)
SO Terry Sawchuk (9)


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1953-54 SEASON IN REVIEW


Angered by their stunning loss to Boston in the 1952-53 semifinals, the Wings set out in the fall on a mission.

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.
 

1953-54 ROSTER

Forwards Defenseman
10 Alex Delvecchio 18 al arbour
17 Bill Dineen 19 keith allen
21 gilles dube
2 Bob Goldham
9 Gordie Howe 4 Red Kelly
8 Tony Leswick 3 Marcel Pronovost
7 Ted Lindsay "C" GOALIES
11 Marty Pavelich 1 dave gatherum*
20 JIMMY PETERS
1 Terry Sawchuk
10 METRO PRYSTAI
COACHES
14 Dutch Reibel Jack adams (manager)
TOMMY IVAN (Coach)

*DID NOT PLAY IN PLAYOFFS
12 Glen Skov
16 Johnny Wilson
5 Benny Woit


WINGS ROAD TO THE CUP
SEMIfinals
STANLEY CUP finals
3/23 TORONTO 0 - 5 DETROIT 4/04 MONTREAL 1 - 3 DETROIT
3/25 TORONTO 3 - 1 DETROIT 4/06 MONTREAL 3 - 1 DETROIT
3/27 DETROIT 3 - 1 TORONTO 4/08 DETROIT 5 - 2 MONTREAL
3/30 DETROIT 2 - 1 TORONTO 4/10 DETROIT 2 - 0 MONTREAL
4/01 TORONTO 3 - 4** DETROIT 4/11 MONTREAL 1 - 0* DETROIT
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


One of the most hard-fought finals in Stanley Cup history ended on one of the flukiest Cup-winning goals.

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


One of the quietest seasons of player movement in Red Wings history saw center Jimmy Peters, a member of Detroit's 1949-50 title-winning squad, reacquired from Chicago. Rookie center Earl (Dutch) Reibel shone as the pivot man between Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay, while defenseman Al Arbour and Keith Allen and right-winger Bill Dineen were other first-year players who stepped up to the top rung of the Detroit chain. Trainer Lefty Wilson blanked Montreal for 16 minutes as an emergency replacement for an injured Terry Sawchuk and the next game, rookie Dave Gatherum blocked 24 shots for a 4-0 shutout of Toronto in his NHL debut.
 

FEATURED ARTICLE: 1953-54 FINAL


Tony Leswick’s Cup-winning tally was only the second goal ever scored in overtime during the seventh and deciding game of a Stanley Cup Final series. Leswick, who notched the winner at 4:29 of the first extra period, matched the feat first accomplished by former Red Wings Pete Babando in 1950.

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.
 

1953-54 TROPHIES

TROPHY WINNER TROPHY WINNER
STANLEY CUP DETROIT RED WINGS 1ST TEAM ALL-STAR
GORDIE HOWE
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
RED KELLY
2ND TEAM ALL-STAR TERRY SAWCHUK
LADY BYNG MEM. TROPHY
RED KELLY

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