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Detroit didn't return to the Stanley Cup finals until 1961, when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Red Wings went on to advance to the finals in three of the four seasons from 1963-66, but lost each time. The team, now coached by Sid Abel, lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1963 (five games) and 1964 (seven games) and to the Montréal Canadiens in 1966 (six games).

It would be 29 years before the Wings would return to the Cup finals and 31 years before they would record another Stanley Cup finals victory.

But there had been jubilation at the Olympia on Nov. 10, 1963 when Gordie Howe broke Maurice "Rocket" Richard's record for the most career NHL goals with his 545th against Richard's former team, the Montréal Canadiens, and goaltender Charlie Hodge.

Detroit reached the playoffs four times from 1966-67 until 1985-86, a period that was highlighted by the veteran line of Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Frank Mahovlich during the 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons.