Montreal Canadiens Beat Boston Bruins By 11 Goals in 1944

Published on May 19th, 2024 2:32 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Largest victory margin in hockey playoffs. What was the largest margin of victory ever in a NHL playoff game?

If you think that Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers hold the record, you'd be wrong. The Oilers own two of the top five entries in this list, but they don't hold the number one spot.

On March 30th, 1944, the Montreal Canadiens were looking to close out the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their series.

The Canadiens were the better team, having finished 33 points ahead of the Maple Leafs in the standings.

After losing Game 1 of the series, the Canadiens had come storming back to win the next three games.

The Maple Leafs were demoralized, and it certainly showed on March 30th, 1944.


The game was a reasonable 4-0 heading into the third period.

At this point, the Maple Leafs just completely gave up, and the Canadiens scored 7 more goals to win the game by a score of 11-0.

Toe Blake and Maurice Richard both did a fair amount of damage in the third period, with Blake scoring two of the seven goals.


Two more playoff games over the history of the NHL have produced 10+ goal differentials.

On April 9th, 1987, the Edmonton Oilers thrashed the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 13-3.

On April 2nd, 1969, the Boston Bruins destroyed the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 10-0.


The top five list of the biggest blowouts in NHL playoff history belong to the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins as well.

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks by 9 goals on May 4th, 1985.

On April 20th, 1983, the Boston Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 9-0.

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