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The last time the Red Wings played the Bruins in the playoffs, the world was pretty different

Apr 18, 2014, 4:31 PM EDT

Gordie Howe AP

I don’t personally remember the series (it happened in 1957), but I know for a fact the Wings were expected to win the semifinal matchup after finishing the regular season with the best record in the league (granted, there were only six teams) while boasting the likes of Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay.

From a Sports Illustrated article dated March 18, 1957:

In the brash motor metropolis of Detroit, where all industry and seemingly all life revolves around auto-making, tradition is eyed with suspicion. “Last year’s sales records don’t sell 1957 models,” they tell you at the Detroit Athletic Club, social headquarters of the auto world.

The same attitude pervades an equally successful Detroit industry—that of producing championship hockey teams. Perhaps that is why no other city can claim a more consistently winning hockey tradition (if you will excuse the expression) than the one assembled by that city’s ever-changing Red Wings.

Yeah, Detroit’s economy has changed a bit since then.

Oh, and I’m not sure an NHL general manager could get away today with what Detroit GM Jack Adams said here:

“Hockey is the greatest spectator sport in the world—it’s a man’s game, but it’s best for women because the basic rules are so simple that it’s easy to understand.”

But I’d sure like to see one of them try! Just imagine the page views.

Anyway, the Bruins actually upset the Wings, 4-1, only to lose to Montreal in the Stanley Cup Final.

  1. tomas3345 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    the last quote is golden

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Bernie BOOM BOOM Geoffrion

  3. Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    “Hockey is the greatest spectator sport in the world—it’s a man’s game, but it’s best for women because the basic rules are so simple that it’s easy to understand.”

    Anyone who’s ever tried to explain Football’s rule to their wives can appreciate that one.

  4. heynyc61 - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    As a man and a lover of women. I’m offended. Laugh out loud. My sister, wife, daughter and mother in law know the rules if football and hockey better than some of my guy friends

  5. thebigwhitecat - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Is this the longest time between meetings in NHL playoff history?

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