Game 128 – Maple Leafs 7, Canadiens 2

Game 128
Maple Leafs 7, Canadiens 2
Tuesday, November 19, 1935
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

A four goal scoring splurge in the second period was the finishing blow as the Toronto Maple Leafs sped to a 7 to 2 triumph over the Canadiens here tonight in their first National Hockey League meeting of the season, in a game that was fast and wide open most of the way.

Paul Haynes got in for the first shot from the faceoff, but was knocked off balance and it went wide. Boll made the first threatening move for the Leafs when he sped down left wing, only to have his shot go wide. Gagnon finished a nice play with Haynes by bouncing a hard shot off Hainsworth’s pads.

The lines changed, and Primeau brought Cude to his knees with a hard drive after a flashy combination with “Busher” Jackson. Joliat sidestepped his way in for a shot Hainsworth had to jump on to save, then at the other end, Conacher brought Cude out with a diving save as he lashed a hard drive to the corner. Andy Blair drew a tripping penalty as the lines changed.

Mondou, Goldsworthy and Georges Mantha piled in with the aid of defencemen, but were held to one dangerous shot Hainsworth handled nicely. Kelly broke away for an ankle high drive Cude kicked out before the Leafs were back at strength. Boll and Finnigan beat the Canadien defence, and Frank lashed a drive Cude just turned aside.

Runge gave Joliat a great chance when he drew the defence over and shoved a nice pass to the midget winger. Joliat’s backhand shot just missed the post with Hainsworth beaten. On the return attack, Clancy led the play for the first goal when he gave a scoring pass to “Pep” Kelly, who blazed it in from fifteen feet out.

Finnigan and Boll had successive shots before Hollett was penalized for tripping, but the bell ended the period before the Canadiens could get organized.

Hollett was still on the penalty bench when the second period opened, and McGill, Gagnon and Haynes, with Lesieur up from the defence, kept the puck in Toronto territory without getting a clean shot before Hollett came back. Conacher made a nice play for Primeau to get a hard shot at Cude, then just missed the rebound himself.

Clancy and Conacher came right back from centre ice, but were blocked. Then Runge missed an open net as Joliat fed him a pass behind the Toronto defence. Kelly and Metz had a try after Joliat had bounced one off Hainsworth’s chest.

Hollett shot in another Toronto goal on a solo dash from the defence. He went round the defence and put the puck in neatly behind Cude.

The Leaf starting line came on and scored twice within twenty seconds when Thoms took a close-in pass from Boll and beat Cude easily. The same pair came right back almost from the faceoff in a nice passing play that baffled the Canadiens defence, with Thoms again scoring. Lesieur made a nice rush, and was through when tripped by Clancy, who went to the penalty bench, and the Canadiens were awarded a penalty shot. Pusie took the shot and missed the net.

The Canadiens tried hard while Clancy was off, but poor shooting spoiled their chances, and Hainsworth stopped beautifully the only shot dangerous, a short drive by McGill that made him dive.

Kelly sent the Leafs five up when he raced in fast to take a rebound from Art Jackson’s shot and score. Joliat was close with a short drive as the period ended.

Gagnon had the first shot of the period, a slow drifter Hainsworth poked behind. Boll had a weak try at the other end. Then pokechecking kept the play in the mid-ice area for a few minutes before Conacher, Primeau and H. Jackson came on to get a goal on one of their typical plays. “Busher” streaked from centre ice, passed to Primeau as he crossed the blue line, and Joe relayed to Conacher for his bullet drive to the corner to make the score 6-0.

Runge was in the clear with Hainsworth, but held his shot too long, and the chunky goalkeeper smothered it. Joliat made the play for another dangerous raid, and again Runge was beaten by Hainsworth, who jumped out to block the shot with his stick.

The Canadiens put five forwards on the ice in a try for goals. Goldsworthy had a sharp drive from the wing, which Hainsworth turned aside. The Canadiens got a chance when Clancy went off for roughing, and Day followed him for the same offence. Two men down, Boll broke away and held the puck against the boards when crowded to the corner.

A mass attack brought results on the next play, when McGill shot in a goal after Hainsworth had saved twice. Clancy came back, but the Canadiens still had the advantage and piled in. Day was back before they could add another.

Thoms broke away from a gang attack, but Cude came away out to block the shot, and on the return attack Haynes made it two in a scramble, with Joliat, Gagnon and McGill in on the play.

Conacher sailed in for a short shot Cude smothered. Then the Canadiens came back five strong again. Goldsworthy got away a good shot. Conacher, Jackson and Primeau broke away, with no one but Cude to beat. The little goalkeeper was equal to it, and stopped Conacher’s drive.

Mondou was crowded to a corner before he could get a shot away, then Harvey Jackson broke away and drew Cude aside for the seventh Toronto marker as he took Kelly’s pass. The game ended after Gagnon shot wide.

Story originally published in The Globe, November 20, 1935

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 15:31 – Kelly (Clancy)
TOR PENS – Blair, Hollett

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 08:34 – Hollett
TOR GOAL – 09:47 – Thoms (Boll)
TOR GOAL – 09:58 – Thoms (Boll)
TOR GOAL – 16:55 – Kelly (A. Jackson)
MTL PEN SHOT – Pusie missed
TOR PEN – Clancy

3rd Period
TOR GOAL – 04:05 – Conacher (B. Jackson, Primeau)
MTL GOAL – 12:40 – McGill (Gagnon, Haynes)
MTL GOAL – 14:38 – Haynes (Joliat, McGill)
TOR GOAL – 18:52 – B. Jackson (Kelly)
TOR PENS – Clancy, Day

TOR – Hainsworth (W, 22-24)
MTL – Cude (L, 28-35)

TOR – 10+11+14 = 35
MTL – 4+6+14 = 24

TORGoaltenders: George Hainsworth. Defence: King Clancy, Hap Day (C), Flash Hollett, Red Horner. Forwards: Andy Blair, Buzz Boll, Charlie Conacher, Frank Finnigan, Art Jackson, Busher Jackson, Pep Kelly, Nick Metz, Joe Primeau, Bill Thoms.
MTLGoaltenders: Wilf Cude. Defence: Walter Buswell, Art Lesieur, Georges Mantha, Sylvio Mantha (C), Jean Pusie. Forwards: Rosie Couture, Johnny Gagnon, Leroy Goldsworthy, Paul Haynes, Aurèle Joliat, Wildor Larochelle, Jack McGill, Armand Mondou, Paul Runge.

TOR – 3-0-1 (.875)
MTL – 1-2-0 (.333)