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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Sawchuk ties playoff record in Wings sweep
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 15, 1952

With Terry Sawchuk tying a playoff record with his fourth shutout, the Red Wings complete their four-game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup final. They become the first team to win eight straight games in a postseason without a defeat.

Sawchuk, the Vezina Trophy winner during the regular season, stops 26 shots in the Red Wings' 3-0 victory. In posting his second straight shutout at home, he allowed the Canadiens only two goals in the four games. He gave up just five goals in the eight games as he blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs twice at home in the semifinals.

Metro Prystai, who hadn't scored a goal in the first seven playoff games, gets two past Montreal goalie Gerry McNeil in Game 4. He also assists on the other Detroit goal.

"You've just seen the sweetest balanced team I've ever watched in my 35 years in hockey," says Detroit coach Jack Adams. The Red Wings dominated the playoffs the same way they did the regular season, when they accumulated 100 points in 70 games to finish 22 points ahead of runner-up Montreal.

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