On this day in 1964, Johnny Bower recorded the first-ever shutout in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-0.
Bower made 33 saves in the win, leading the Maple Leafs to a third consecutive championship and second-straight against his good friend, Gordie Howe, and the Red Wings.
“I’d like to thank the people of Toronto for having so much patience with us,” Bower told the crowd on the ice after the win, according to NHL.com. “I know we did have a few bad games. It’s certainly wonderful to win the Stanley Cup, and I give a lot of credit to Detroit, who played so well.”
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