5. 1933-34 Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks came into the 1933-34 season looking for their first Stanley Cup. They first joined the league only 7 years prior in 1926 and were looking to take their struggling team to the next level.
During the 1932-33 season, the Chicago Blackhawks went through 3 different coaches and lost the mojo that took them to the Stanley Cup just 2 seasons before that. The Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the 3rd time in franchise history and really needed a spark if they wanted to turn their franchise around for the upcoming season.
The 1933-34 Chicago Blackhawks were led by their captain, Charlie Gardiner, and their new coach, Tommy Gorman, who coached half of the 1933-34 season. The Blackhawks would win 20 games with a record of 20-17-11 while putting up 51 points. This Blackhawks team finished 2nd in the American Division and earned themselves a playoff spot.
They started the playoffs by beating their newly found rival, the Montreal Canadiens, who beat them in the 1931 Stanley Cup Finals. They would go on to face the Montreal Maroons in the 2nd round and won that series easily.
The Stanley Cup Finals was a matchup that all Blackhawks’ fans would love to see today, the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, with the Blackhawks winning in 4 games just like they did in 1934. The Blackhawks had finally won their first Stanley Cup and did it convincingly.
Their record of 20-17-11 with 88 goals scored was a successful season, but not good enough to place them higher on this list.