Game 009 – Canadiens 5, Arenas 4 (OT)

Game 009
Canadiens 5, Arenas 4 (OT)
Wednesday, February 20, 1918
Aréna Jubilée, Montréal, Québec

The Canadiens won from the Torontos by a score of five to four at the Jubilée Rink tonight, after playing an extra period of nearly five minutes in the National Hockey League fixture.

The game was one of the best furnished by the professional hockey teams on local ice this winter, the interest being kept up throughout by the closeness of the score. The players cut a fast pace, men being rested frequently, and the score was tied on three occasions.

The Canadiens started with a rush, and within five minutes had scored two goals, which gave them a great advantage over the visitors. The Torontos overcame this lead and were always well up with the locals. On two occasions, Noble tied the score through individual, unassisted rushes.

Jack McDonald, a substitute, is given the honour of winning the game. He was sent in to relieve Pitre in the extra period, and after Corbeau had carried the puck up the ice and was checked so closely that he was unable to shoot, McDonald took advantage of an opportunity that offered itself, and worked his way around the Toronto defence to lob an easy one into the nets. McDonald was sent in frequently during the game, and was one of the most useful men on the Canadien team.

In the opening period the Canadiens outscored the Torontos by 2 to 1, and forced the play throughout the twenty minutes. On changing over for the second session, the Torontos were the first to assume the aggression, and after seven minutes of gruelling play Denneny tallied, tying the score. The Canadiens added another, but with only thirty seconds of the period remaining, Noble, after an end to end rush, scored, making it three goals each.

Both teams showed more determination in the early stages of the final period than they had done at the close of the second. The Canadiens forced the pace, and for nearly eleven minutes the Torontos held them out, until Lalonde, after missing an open net, was afforded another opportunity and scored, putting the French team in the lead again.

Four minutes later Noble scored, making it four all with nearly six minutes remaining. The players, in their effort to break the tie, depended entirely on individual rushes, and the period ended without further scoring.

Ends were changed for the extra session. The Canadiens were apparently the fresher, and assumed the offensive. The Toronto forwards backed in on their defence, and in this way stalled off the winners for nearly five minutes, until McDonald netted the winning goal.

Story originally published in The Globe, February 21, 1918

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 01:30 – Malone (Pitre)
MTL GOAL – 04:30 – Malone
TOR GOAL – 17:45 – Noble

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 07:10 – Denneny
MTL GOAL – 13:10 – Malone
TOR GOAL – 19:40 – Noble

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 10:20 – Lalonde (Malone)
TOR GOAL – 14:40 – Noble (Crawford)

MTL GOAL – 04:50 – McDonald (Corbeau)

MTL – Lalonde (2), Corbeau, Hall
TOR – Mummery

MTL – Vézina (W)
TOR – Holmes (L)

MTLGoaltenders: Georges Vézina. Defence: Bert Corbeau, Billy Coutu, Joe Hall, Jack Laviolette. Forwards: Louis Berlinquette, Newsy Lalonde (C), Joe Malone, Jack McDonald, Didier Pitre.
TORGoaltenders: Hap Holmes. Defence: Harry Cameron, Harry Mummery. Forwards: Jack Adams, Rusty Crawford, Corb Denneny, Harry Meeking, Reg Noble, Ken Randall (C).

MTL – 13-6-0 (.684)
TOR – 11-8-0 (.579)