Photo Credit: Habs Eyes on the Prize

By Zane Miller

On Tuesday, April 14th, 1931, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Black Hawks (now Chicago Blackhawks) at the Montreal Forum in Montreal to win the 18th Stanley Cup Finals three games to two. It was the fourth Stanley Cup championship for the Canadiens franchise, and the fifth that was won in Quebec. These are the top five players that I felt most stood out during the series.

5. #9 Pit Lepine (Canadiens)- F

Photo Credit: Canadiens History

Lepine got a pair of goals in game four as the Canadiens went on to win 4-2, as well as adding another goal in game one, which the Canadiens won 2-1.

4. #16 Stew Adams (Black Hawks)- F

Photo Credit: Puckstruck

Adams got player of the game honors in game three, getting one goal and one assist as the Black Hawks took the 3-2 win in triple overtime.

3. #1 Charlie Gardiner (Black Hawks)- G

Photo Credit: Not in Hall of Fame

Gardiner earned player of the game in game two, as he allowed only one goal as the Black Hawks won it 2-1 in double overtime.

2. #1 George Hainsworth (Canadiens)- G

Photo Credit: All Habs

Hainsworth got player of the game honors in game one, giving up just one goal as the Canadiens won it 2-1 to start off the series.

1. #14 Johnny Gagnon (Canadiens)- F

Photo Credit: Third String Goalie

Gagnon picked up player of the game in games four and five, as game four saw him score a pair of goals and one assist in the Canadiens’ 4-2 victory, while game five saw him get a goal midway through the second period as the Canadiens went on to win 2-0 to earn the series victory.

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