1951-52 Hockey Season Roster
- Dominant Team: Red Wings blow away all others in season, playoffs
- Dominant Scorer: Howe leads easily in goals (47), points (86)
- Dominant Goalie: No one close to Sawchuk’s 1.90 GAA, 12 shutouts
Few teams have dominated an NHL season the way the Detroit Red Wings did in 1951-52, on their way to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons during a dynasty that would give the Wings four Cups in a six-year run.
These Wings scored the most goals by far and surrendered the fewest by far, compiling a 44-14-12 record for 100 points (in a 70-game season) when runner-up Montreal had only 78. Then Detroit swept both third-place Toronto and Montreal in the playoffs.
The Wings had four of the six first-team all-stars, goalie Terry Sawchuck (1.90 GAA, 12 shutouts), defenseman Red Kelly (16 goals, 47 points in an era of low-scoring blueliners), left wing Ted Lindsay (tied for third in both goals, 30, and assists, 39) and league MVP Gordie Howe. Howe had 47 goals (runner-up Bill Mosienko of Chicago had 31) and 86 points (to runner-up Lindsay’s 69).
Montreal center Elmer Lach (league-best 50 assists) and defenseman Doug Harvey claimed the other first-team all-star spots. Montreal’s Bernie Geoffrion, a 30-goal scorer who led the NHL with 10 power-play goals, was the league’s top rookie.
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