4. 1960-61 Chicago Blackhawks
The 1960-61 Chicago Blackhawks make the first two Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks’ teams look foolish. In 1960-61, the league average was 70 points and Chicago had 75 points, while the league average of goals against was 210, and the Blackhawks only gave up 180.
This Blackhawks’ team played in 70 games before the playoffs started and won 29 of them with a record of 29-24-17, for a total of 75 points. They finished 3rd in the NHL, gifting them a playoff spot and a chance to capture former glory.
Led by team captain, Ed Litzenberger, and legends Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull, the Blackhawks got off to a hot start with a record of 6-1-2 after their first 9 games. They would become a streaky team that season, with their longest win streak hitting 7 games.
During the playoffs, they got their first chance at knocking off the Montreal Canadiens, a playoff rival that got the better of the Blackhawks the year prior by sweeping Chicago in the 1st round. This time around, the Blackhawks got to them quick and early by winning Game 2 and Game 3, in triple OT after getting blown out 6-2 in Game 1.
The Blackhawks would end the series by winning game 5 and 6 by a score of 3-0 in each game.
Another matchup with arguably the biggest rival in Blackhawks’ history, the Detroit Red Wings happened in the 1961 Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks would win that series in 6 games, putting them as the 4th-best Blackhawks’ team to win the Stanley Cup.