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A couple of bits on Boucher from later in his career:

Game reports from the 30's are disappointingly harder to come by than 20's reports, and most of those that are available are pay documents. But at any rate, here is a small snippet from the end of the 1932 finals, in which the Rangers were slaughtered by the Maple Leafs. From the Nashua Telegraph - April 11, 1932:

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The Toronto Maple Leafs, taken as a whole, the youngest team in the National Hockey League, are the new champions of the hockey world. They won the Stanley Cup, ancient emblem of the title in a way which left no doubt as to their championship ranking. This youthful team trounced the New York Rangers, a team of veterans, in three straight games with a scoring exhibition such as seldom has been seen in a world's championship series. The scores were 6-4, 6-2 and 6-4.

Most of the Rangers had helped win the cup in the 1928 playoffs but the defense contained three "first year" men in Major League hockey and it was here that they developed a weakness. Big Ching Johnson played a great game and Goalie John Roach shone in the final game Saturday night but they could not handle the job alone.

The Leads started the final game with a dazzling rush when Andy Blair scored two goals before the first period was half over and with 15 minutes of the final frame gone they led 5-1. Then the Rangers, with the veteran, Frank Boucher, in the van, staged a great comeback but it was too late. Boucher figured in every Ranger score, making three goals himself.
Boucher would end up leading the 1932 playoffs in scoring, a somewhat amazing feat considering the fact that the Leafs scored 18 goals in three games against the porous Rangers defense in the final. The last report is from shortly before the 1933 playoffs from the Vancouver Sun - March 24, 1933:

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Greatest?

Many glamorous athletic figures will step into the playoffs that lead to the league championship and the Stanley Cup finals when play starts Saturday night. But no finer record for efficiency and sportsmanlike play in these classics will be on view than that of Frank Boucher, playmaking centre-ice ace of the New York Rangers.

Picked this season as centre player for the mythical all-star team that is selected by vote of 32 hockey experts in the cities of the National League circuit, Boucher brings into the playoffs this season an amazing record of consistent play in these finals. One of the originals of the Rangers since that team entered competition in 1926-27 he has never missed a playoff since, and leads the great Cook-Boucher-Cook forward line into the playoff action for the seventh straight time. Boucher's own playoff record is remarkable.

The spectacular part of this record is the almost complete lack of penalties. Five straight playoff series, with all the strain that these entail, without a penalty at all, two penalties in another, testify to the value of this player, always on the ice, always available.
The specifics of the article are a little peculiar. For one thing, they get Boucher's scoring wrong for his best playoff season - leaving out his four goals in the finals in 1928. The business about not taking penalties also sounds rather queer to the modern ear, but the simple fact that neutral papers were writing articles in 1933 calling Boucher the greatest playoff performer of all time says a lot.

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