Game 112 – Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 2

Game 112
Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 2
Saturday, January 28, 1933
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

Lacking something of the old skim and skittishness of their prominent past, but still fully capable of making the opposition travel full out to beat them, the Montréal Canadiens, often referred to as those Flying Frenchmen or the Hurtling Habitants, were unable to prevent the Maple Leafs from beating them for the third time this season at Maple Leaf Gardens on Saturday night.

The score was 4 to 2, and the pastime attracted a near capacity attendance, probably the largest of the present pro campaign here. It was a good game to watch, too. While the Leafs jumped to the front in the first two minutes of the opening period and held their lead throughout, they were extended to the utmost effort at times to stave off the visitors’ determined attacks.

The Canadiens found Lorne Chabot displaying sensational goaltending, and he was perhaps the most formidable barrier to their goal gathering thrusts. On one occasion, he stopped the puck with his chin, and held up the proceedings for ten minutes while he went to the dressing room for repairs. The incident occurred while the Canadiens were launching a furious attack early in the first period, following a penalty to “Red” Horner.

Johnny Gagnon, skimming in from right wing, picked up a pass at close range and drilled a fast shot that Chabot had no chance to dodge. Chabot was in a crouching position at the time, and the puck would have entered the net had his jaw not been in the way. The goalkeeper reeled slightly, but refused to take the count, and managed to stave off a couple of other goalward drives before he called for time out to get patched up.

Chabot was not the only Leaf casualty. “King” Clancy lost three teeth in the second period, when he was accidentally struck in the mouth by a stick. The “King” was back in the game again after a brief timeout for dental treatment. They were good teeth too, and not the store kind that Eddie Shore carries around in his hip pocket during hockey games.

Johnny Gagnon of the Canadiens lost a little skin off the top of his nose early in the fracas, but outside of that the Canadiens came through unscathed.

The Leafs had just a little too much vim and vigour, and what it takes to get goals for the Canadiens to beat them. All the scoring of the game was done in the first two periods. Clancy started the Leafs off in the opening minutes, when he skated through the opposing defence, and drilled the puck past the nonchalant Hainsworth from close quarters.

The tally climaxed a three man thrust in which Jackson carried the puck partway down and passed to Conacher. The latter fed a neat pass to Clancy, who was charging down the centre lane with enough speed to carry him past the surprised Canadiens’ defence and work in on the net.

A goal by Harvey Jackson some fifteen minutes later, with Conacher again assisting, gave the Leafs a 2 to 0 margin at the first rest period. That play was neatly executed also. Georges Mantha, a moment before, had broken away on left wing and found Chabot practically unprotected. Charging in speedily, he attempted to stickhandle the puck into the net. But Chabot outguessed him, smothered his drive, cleared it to the side, and in a couple of seconds the Leafs were in full flight, bearing down on the visitors’ net. Conacher slipped the puck to Jackson, and that enabled Harvey to skate in and pick his opening, Hainsworth having little or no chance to stop his blazing waist high shot.

From the start of the second period, the visitors held the locals on even terms. They each got two goals in the middle frame, and the final period was, of course, goalless, although it provided some interesting moments.

Wildor Larochelle accounted for the visitors’ first goal, and did it cleverly. Barely more than two minutes had elapsed in the second period when he picked up a loose puck inside the Leafs’ blue line, and despite the efforts of at least two Toronto players to check him, he managed to wiggle out in front of Chabot and hoist the puck into the cage, while the goalkeeper was stretched on the ice in an effort to smother his shot.

The Leafs’ reply to that was a quick goal by “Ace” Bailey in little more than a minute. Harold Cotton sponsored that counter. Cotton had been annoying the Canadiens’ defence by a persistent effort to get a shot at Hainsworth, but he was steered into a corner. However, he managed to elude his pursuers long enough to slip a pass to Bailey, who was in front of the net, and “Ace” promptly whisked the puck into the cage.

Some six minutes later, “Hap” Day romped down left wing and notched the final Toronto tally. He stickhandled his way over the blue line, and from about twenty feet out, rifled a shot that entered the net through little more than a knothole of space that Hainsworth had left unguarded between his arm and the goalpost. The cool and calm Canadiens’ net guardian was just a little careless on that shot.

The final goal of the game went to the visitors. “Pit” Lépine caged the puck after combining with Gagnon and Joliat, Gagnon passing the puck out from the corner to Lépine, who was parked near the net.

Howie Morenz was a carefully marked man all evening, and he did not display his customary brilliance. Morenz worked hard, but he always met with plenty of persistent checking whenever he was in possession of the puck. The Canadiens did not show any outstanding performers. They relied mostly on passing attacks with every man on the ice endeavouring to contribute his full share.

The game was played cleanly for the most part, but some rugged body checking was indulged in by both sides. “Battleship” Leduc drew a 10 minute misconduct penalty in the second period for shooting the puck at referee Goodman. Just why he did this was not explained.

Leo Murray and “Hago” Harrington, newcomers to the Canadiens, looked fairly good. Harrington drew a penalty in the third period and became quite annoyed about it. When he returned to the ice, he began to go “haywire” for a time, but a couple of well placed body checks calmed him. Sylvio Mantha and Marty Burke presented the strongest defence. Hainsworth drew some laughs from the crowd by his studied nonchalance in handling some of Conacher’s blazing drives, but he wasn’t always so tranquil under fire.

The Leafs showed a well balanced team, with all three forward lines appearing to good advantage. Clancy, Day and Levinsky were most prominent on the defence. Joe Primeau, despite his failure to figure in the scoring, was one of the hardest working players on the ice, and was one of the stars of the game. Chabot’s excellent work, coupled with the improved playing for the “kid line” and the all-round fine performance of Bailey and Cotton, were the features of the Leafs’ display.

Story originally published in The Globe, January 30, 1933

1st Period
MTL PEN – 01:00 – Leduc
TOR PP GOAL – 01:44 – Clancy (Conacher, Jackson)
TOR PEN – 02:00 – Horner
MTL PEN – 05:00 – Morenz
TOR PEN – 08:00 – Gracie
TOR PEN – 09:00 – Levinsky
MTL PEN – 13:15 – Carson
TOR PEN – 14:00 – Horner
TOR GOAL – 15:06 – Jackson (Conacher)
MTL PEN – 19:15 – Lépine

2nd Period
TOR PP GOAL – 01:12 – Bailey (Cotton)
MTL GOAL – 02:11 – Larochelle
MTL PEN – 02:15 – Leduc, game misconduct
MTL GOAL – 04:17 – Lépine (Joliat, Gagnon)

TOR GOAL – 06:24 – Day
TOR PEN – 18:30 – Jackson

3rd Period
MTL PEN – 02:00 – Giroux
MTL PEN – 10:00 – Harrington

TOR – Chabot (W, 29-31)
MTL – Hainsworth (L, 26-30)

TOR – 13+8+9 = 30
MTL – 11+11+9 = 31

TORGoaltenders: Lorne Chabot. Defence: King Clancy, Hap Day (C), Red Horner, Alex Levinsky. Forwards: Ace Bailey, Andy Blair, Charlie Conacher, Baldy Cotton, Ken Doraty, Bob Gracie, Busher Jackson, Joe Primeau, Bill Thoms.
MTLGoaltenders: George Hainsworth (C). Defence: Marty Burke, Gerry Carson, Albert Leduc, Georges Mantha, Sylvio Mantha. Forwards: Johnny Gagnon, Art Giroux, Hago Harrington, Aurèle Joliat, Wildor Larochelle, Pit Lépine, Howie Morenz, Leo Murray, Paul Raymond.

TOR – 15-10-4 (.586)
MTL – 8-16-3 (.352)