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By Zane Miller

On Tuesday, April 10th, 1934, the Chicago Black Hawks (now Chicago Blackhawks) defeated the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium in Chicago to win the 21st Stanley Cup Finals three games to one. It was the first Stanley Cup championship for the Blackhawks franchise, and the first that was won in Illinois. These are the top five players that I felt most stood out during the series.

5. #1 Wilf Cude (Red Wings)- G

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Cude took the win for the Red Wings in game three, while nearly taking the win in game one as the Black Hawks won 2-1 in double overtime and nearly getting a shutout in game four as the Black Hawks took the 1-0 win in double overtime.

4. #6 Larry Aurie (Red Wings)- F

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Aurie earned player of the game honors in game three, getting a pair of goals along with an assist as the Red Wings took the 5-2 victory.

3. #6 Paul Thompson (Black Hawks)- F

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Thompson grabbed player of the game honors in game one, as he scored the game-winning goal in the Black Hawks’ 2-1 double overtime victory.

2. #14 Johnny Gottselig (Black Hawks)- F

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Gottselig claimed player of the game in game two, earning a goal and an assist as the Black Hawks won it 4-1.

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

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Gardiner won player of the game in game four, as he earned the shutout in the Black Hawks’ 1-0 win in double overtime to claim the series victory.

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