|Detroit Red Wings||70||44||14||12||100||215||133|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||70||29||25||16||74||168||157|
|New York Rangers||70||23||34||13||59||192||219|
1951-52 National Hockey League Season
The Detroit Red Wings dominated the NHL in 1951-52, finishing first in the six team league, 22 points ahead of the second place Montreal Canadiens. For Detroit, it was their fourth straight Prince of Wales Trophy as regular season champions.
In the playoffs, Detroit performed their famous eight game sweep. In the semi-finals, they took out the Toronto Maple Leafs in four games. In the finals, the Habs bowed out in four. Montreal got to the finals by beating the Boston Bruins in the other semi-final series with the set going the full seven games.
Gordie Howe of the Red Wings took home both the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy. To earn the Art Ross, Howe totaled 86 points on 47 goals and 39 assists while playing the full 70 game schedule. He finished with 17 more points than the second place Ted Lindsay, also of the Red Wings. For Howe, it turned out to be the second highest single season goal total of his long career, two less than the 49 he put up the following year, 1952-53.
Terry Sawchuk from Detroit was an automatic for the Vezina Trophy. Sawchuk had a 1.90 goals against average and recorded 12 shutouts. The shutout total still stands as the 14th most in a single season, tied with several others.
The dimensions on the ice changed for 1951-52. The faceoff circle radius was expanded from ten feet to its current radius of 15 feet. The goal crease was enlarged from three feet by seven to four by eight.
1951-52 was the year of Bill Mosienko‘s famous 21 second hat trick. That feat still stands as the fastest three goals by one player in a National Hockey League game. It was also the first year without Bill Barilko in the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. Barilko had gone missing early in the summer and had not yet been found.
After a decade without hockey cards, Parkhurst came out with a 105 card collection for 1951-52. The 1951-52 Parkhurst cards were smaller than to modern standard and had a blank back. On the front, there were crude but colour images with information on the player.
Because it was the first hockey card set in some time, mostly all the cards were rookie cards. The most prominent belongs to Gordie Howe of the Red Wings. However, the rookie cards featuring Maurice Richard of the Canadiens and Terry Sawchuk of the Red Wings are also considerably valuable.