In 1964 and for the 3rd consecutive season the Maple Leafs would find themselves in the Stanley Cup Final. And for the 2nd year in a row it would be against the same opponent, the Detroit Red Wings. With a roster full of future Hall of Famers, the Leafs, down 3 games to 2, faced a dramatic Game 6. With the game tied 3-3 in the 3rd period, Bob Baun suffered an ankle injury off a Gordie Howe slapshot. After being carted off the ice on a stretcher the game progressed to a sudden-death overtime without him. However, in courageous fashion Baun would not only return to the game but score the game-winner to force a Game 7 in Toronto.
Game 7 on April 25, 1964 at the Gardens would play out a little differently and a trade earlier in the season by Punch Imlach would prove successful. Andy Bathgate, acquired in a trade with the Rangers in February, would open the scoring in the first-period with his goal declared the game-winner as the Leafs blanked the Wings 4-0 to hoist the 1964 Stanley Cup.
On Saturday, the Leafs will celebrate and recognize the 1964 Stanley Cup winning team with a ceremony at Air Canada Centre. Take a look at the ceremony for the 1963 team HERE.