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After reading How many times has a 4 game sweep occurred during the Stanley Cup finals?, I was curious if there has ever been a team who has not lost a game during the NHL playoff to win the cup.

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[Has there] ever been a team who has not lost a game during the NHL playoffs to win the [Stanley] cup?

Since 1939 (the first best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals), this has taken place only twice, albeit during the era in which there were only six teams in the league (and two playoff rounds).

  • 1960 - Montreal Canadiens

  • 1952 - Detroit Red Wings

Between 1926-1938, this took place five times:

  • 1930 - Montreal Canadiens
  • 1929 - Boston Bruins
  • 1927 - Ottawa Senators
  • 1926, 1935 - Montreal Maroons

Since 1939 (the first best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals), the following teams lost only once on their way to the Stanley Cup:

† - 12 teams in the league (three playoff rounds)
‡ - 18 teams in the league (three playoff rounds, division winners earned a bye to the quarterfinals)

Between 1926-1938, the following teams lost only once on their way to the Stanley Cup:

  • 1936 - Detroit Red Wings

  • 1934 - Chicago Black Hawks

  • 1933 - New York Rangers

  • 1932 - Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Damn, so Canadiens are the only ones with more than 2 rounds to ever come close? Makes me feel good as a fan (granted I did expect them to be part of this stat if they were) 2 rounds is less impressive, thanks for including only 1 loss with 3 rounds. – Yousend Apr 28 '16 at 14:23
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    @akadian There are the Edmonton Oilers of 1988, who lost twice over four rounds. In general, however, nobody has come closer than that in four playoff rounds. – user527 Apr 28 '16 at 14:33

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