The 1926 Stanley Cup Final saw the National Hockey League (NHL) champion Montreal Maroons, in their first Final series appearance, defeat the Western Hockey League (WHL) and defending Stanley Cup champion Victoria Cougars three games to one in the best-of-five game series. This was the last Stanley Cup playoffs before the WHL folded, and the last time any non-NHL team would contest for the Cup, leaving the Cup entirely to the NHL.
The Cougars finished the 1925–26 WHL regular season in third place, but eventually upset the Edmonton Eskimos in the WHL championship by a combined score of 5–3 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Meanwhile, the Maroons finished the NHL regular season in second place. Montreal went on to beat the third seed Pittsburgh Pirates and then defeated the first place Ottawa Senators 2 goals to 1 in a two game total goals series, thus capturing the Prince of Wales Trophy and the right to play Victoria for the Cup.
All of the games in the 1926 Cup Final were played at the Montreal Forum. Aided by three future Hockey Hall of Famers, the Maroons ended up dominating the series. Goaltender Clint Benedict, who previously helped Ottawa in three Cup championships, recorded three shutouts. Rookie Nels Stewart scored 6 of Montreal's 10 overall goals in the 4 games. Punch Broadbent also recorded a goal for the Maroons. The Cougars' lone win came in game three, 3–2.
|Game-by-Game||Rules||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|1||March 30||NHL||Montreal Maroons||3–0||Victoria Cougars||Montreal Forum|
|2||April 1||WHL||Montreal Maroons||3–0||Victoria Cougars|
|3||April 3||NHL||Victoria Cougars||3–2||Montreal Maroons|
|4||April 6||WHL||Montreal Maroons||2–0||Victoria Cougars|
|Maroons win best-of-five series 3 games to 1|
Stanley Cup Champions
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