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By Zane Miller

On Tuesday, April 12th, 1938, the Chicago Black Hawks (now Chicago Blackhawks) defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Stadium in Chicago to win the 25th Stanley Cup Finals three games to one. It was the second Stanley Cup championship for the Blackhawks franchise, and the second that was won in Illinois. The team also had a regular-season record of 14-25-9 (.385 win percentage), becoming the team with the lowest regular-season record to go on to win the championship in any of the four main U.S. pro sports leagues, as of this writing. These are the top five players that I felt most stood out during the series.

5. #1 Alfie Moore (Black Hawks)- G

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Moore took the win in game one as an emergency call-up for the Black Hawks, as starter Mike Karakas was injured and the team had no backup goaltender available. Moore allowed just one goal as the Black Hawks won it 3-1.

4. #12 Gordie Drillon (Maple Leafs)- F

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Drillon took player of the game honors in game two, scoring two goals as the Maple Leafs went on to win 5-1.

3. #3 Jack Shill (Black Hawks)- F

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Shill earned player of the game in game four, picking up a goal and an assist in the Black Hawks’ 4-1 victory to take their second championship.

2. #7 Johnny Gottselig (Black Hawks)- F

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Gottselig claimed player of the game in game one, getting a pair of goals in the Black Hawks’ 3-1 win to kick off the start of the series.

1. #1 Mike Karakas (Black Hawks)- G

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Karakas got player of the game honors in game three, as he came back from injury to give up only one goal to help the Black Hawks to the 2-1 win.

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