Game 117 – Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 0

Game 117
Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 0
Thursday, December 14, 1933
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Toronto Maple Leafs were shut out by the Montréal Canadiens for the second time this season tonight, when the flying Frenchmen beat them 2-0 before a crowd of 7,000.

The Canadiens scored a goal in each of the first two periods, and then fell back to an airtight defence. Lorne Chabot, the lanky Canadiens’ goaler, earned his fifth shutout of the season at the expense of his teammates of other years. The Canadiens’ regular starting line accounted for both goals.

In the first period, Joliat started a scoring play with a tricky run down the boards. He passed to Gagnon on the other wing, and Johnny drew the Toronto defence before slipping the puck to centre. Howie Morenz came hurtling over the blue line, scooped up the puck in his stride, and slammed it in the twine before Hainsworth could move.

In the second period, Johnny Gagnon weaved down the ice on a curving run, and passed to Joliat inside the Toronto defence. Joliat flipped the puck into the cage from just inside the crease. The Leafs protested loudly that Joliat had been in the goal crease, and that he had kicked the puck in, but the referees overruled their complaints.

Two goals in the lead, the Canadiens played a defensive game in the third period. Riley, Mondou and Godin, the new Canadiens’ third line, played a close checking game that tied up the Leafs successfully. Joliat’s stickhandling was another obstacle for the desperate Leafs.

Happy Day was a tower of strength to the weakened Leafs tonight, playing a stellar game on the defence and heading some dangerous raids as well. Hec Kilrea blazed up and down the ice at top speed, and was the most effective of the Leafs’ sharpshooters. Clancy, as usual, was strong defensively, but missed a couple of good scoring chances when close in.

Morenz led a fast rush into Toronto territory soon after the faceoff, and Gagnon just missed from a scramble. Primeau tried Chabot from long range with no luck. Levinsky was stopped at the Canadiens’ blue line. Charlie Sands was in on Chabot, but lost his balance and fell. Lépine got a shot at Hainsworth from just inside the blue line.

Clancy raced down and fired a hard shot that sent Chabot sprawling. Cotton picked up the rebound for a good shot, but Chabot saved.

The Canadiens went into the lead when Howie Morenz scored. Johnny Gagnon raced down the right boards, took a pass from Joliat, and centred perfectly after he crossed the Toronto blue line. Morenz came blazing in to pick up the pass and snap it into the cage from just outside the crease.

The Leafs turned on the heat for a few minutes, and Kilrea nearly rang the bell as he whizzed in on Chabot with the Canadiens’ defence nowhere near. Georges Mantha dashed down alone, and Hainsworth made a great save. Kilrea rounded the Canadiens’ defence and stopped dead for his shot. Bourgault hooked the puck away from him. The Canadiens broke up several rushes with their furious backchecking at centre ice.

Clancy was checked at the Canadiens’ defence, and Sylvio Mantha went down and split the Leafs’ defence. He overskated the puck. Charlie Conacher rounded the Canadiens’ defence and staggered Chabot with a hard drive. Chabot made a sensational save as Day swung at Chuck Conacher’s rebound on another fast rush.

The Canadiens’ kid line of Riley, Mondou and Godin tied up the Leafs for a few minutes with their tenacious backchecking and furious skating. Harvey Jackson got a wicked low drive away, and Chabot just got his skate to it.

The Canadiens got another goal from a scramble outside the Toronto goal. The Leafs put up an argument about the goal, and officials were for the moment undecided who scored. The official scorekeeper tentatively awarded the goal to Joliat, giving Gagnon an assist. The Leafs started to improve and gave Chabot a hot time. King Clancy batted the puck past an empty net with Chabot out of his cage. Conacher tried a couple from centre ice without luck.

The Canadiens had five men up in front of Hainsworth for a minute. Morenz was uncovered, but his backhander sailed over the top of the Toronto cage. Harvey Jackson broke it up with a fast rush to the other end. Morenz whirled down the right boards and lifted another shot over the cage. Georges Mantha raced through the Leafs, but Clancy checked him from behind and spoiled his shot. Cotton headed a four man rush for the Leafs, and Chabot was lucky in a hot scramble, making two hair-raising saves from close in.

The Canadiens put on Riley, Mondou and Gagnon, and the three of them tied the Leafs in knots. Riley, with his poke check, was a tough barrier to pass. Toronto pressed hard, and the Canadiens fell back on the defensive. Morenz and Godin broke away, and Godin’s shot glanced off Hainsworth’s elbow from six feet out.

The Leafs were playing everybody but Hainsworth up the ice. Godin broke away clear, but Happy Day was only a few feet behind him. Happy overhauled him just as he was about to shoot, and hooked him from behind. King Clancy fired another long shot at Chabot. Georges Mantha blazed down alone, but Happy Day checked him. Chabot grabbed Jackson’s drive out of the air with his hand. The Canadiens took to icing the puck.

Story originally published in The Globe, December 15, 1933

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 11:44 – Morenz (Joliat, Gagnon)

2nd Period
MTL GOAL – 12:04 – Joliat (Gagnon)

3rd Period

MTL – Chabot (W + SO, 23-23)
TOR – Hainsworth (L, 29-31)

MTL – 17+9+5 = 31
TOR – 7+11+5 = 23

MTLGoaltenders: Lorne Chabot. Defence: Léo Bourgault, Marty Burke, Gerry Carson, Georges Mantha, Sylvio Mantha (C). Forwards: Johnny Gagnon, Sam Godin, Aurèle Joliat, Wildor Larochelle, Pit Lépine, Armand Mondou, Howie Morenz, Paul Raymond, Jack Riley.
TORGoaltenders: George Hainsworth. Defence: King Clancy, Hap Day (C), Alex Levinsky. Forwards: Andy Blair, Buzz Boll, Charlie Conacher, Baldy Cotton, Busher Jackson, Hec Kilrea, Joe Primeau, Charlie Sands, Bill Thoms.

MTL – 7-6-2 (.533)
TOR – 10-3-1 (.750)