The 1916 Stanley Cup Final
was played between the National Hockey Association
(NHA) champion Montreal Canadiens
and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association
(PCHA) champion Portland Rosebuds
. This was the first time that a best-of-five Cup championship went the distance. Also, the Rosebuds were the first team based in the United States
to play for the Cup. The Canadiens defeated the Rosebuds three games to two in the best-of-five game series.
Paths to the final
Montreal won the NHA title after finishing the 1915–16 regular season
in first place with a 16–7–1 record. Meanwhile, Portland clinched the 1915–16 PCHA title
with a 13–5 record.
The games of the series were played at Montreal's Montreal Arena
as it was the turn of the NHA champions to host the series. This was not the home rink of the Canadiens, but it was larger than their home Jubilee Rink
. Games one, three and five were played under NHA rules; Games two and four were played under PCHA rules. Ernie Johnson
's share of series revenues was by court order to be paid to the Montreal Wanderers
, whom he had left while under contract to go to the PCHA. For the entire series, future Hockey Hall of Fame
goaltender Georges Vezina
aided Montreal by posting a 2.60 goals-against average. Didier Pitre
led the Canadiens in scoring with 4 goals.
Portland arrived by train the day before the game but showed no weariness, recording a shutout.
Despite missing Newsy Lalonde
and Jack Laviolette
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