Game 158 – Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 3

Game 158
Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 3
Sunday, February 12, 1939
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped out of it here tonight and really gave a battling display to defeat Les Canadiens by 4 to 3 in the second game staged by these teams in two nights.

It was a fast skating and hustling bunch of Frenchmen that the Leafs outscored before over 8,000 fans this evening, and the Torontonians had to come from behind three times. The score was knotted at three-all with only about three minutes left to play in the third period, when Haynes, the Canadien centre forward, drew a penalty for tripping Horner. Drillon scored the winning goal during a ganging attack.

Drillon obtained two goals and an assist, and Apps picked up two assists. Marker and Davidson netted Toronto’s other goals. One of the Canadiens’ goals was awarded to them by referee Ion when Drillon threw his stick after Cain had broken through the Leafs’ defence. All in all, it was a very much better exhibition of hockey than the same hockey teams gave in Toronto on Saturday, and the Leafs clearly earned their win.

Referee Ion, who gave no penalties in the overtime game Saturday night, dished out a sentence to Parsons for sending Gagnon into the boards in the first two minutes. The Leafs used plenty of bodychecking to protect Broda, and after Parsons returned, Summerhill was chased for crashing Davidson’s head with a stick. The Leafs’ ganging was ineffective.

Both teams slowed down off the early pace, but the fans were giving the Canadiens the lustiest vocal support they have been accorded in many weeks. They got a chance to really holler at 13:41, when, after a three man Canadien rush was detoured to the boards, Rod Lorrain took Drouin’s pass about a dozen feet out in front of Broda, and there was not a Leaf covered in the vicinity. He skated in closer and gave the Turk no chance.

Even Apps and Drillon were not able to get going in the early minutes of the second period. However, when three Canadiens piled into Buzzer Jackson along the boards in the Frenchmen’s end zone, Marker was left unchecked near the cage. He took Romnes’ pass, and scored easily to knot the count at 5:38.

The Canadiens got a soft goal at 9:21, when, as Cain stepped through the Leafs’ defence and failed to score, referee Ion awarded a goal to Cain, because Drillon had thrown his stick. Last Sunday night in New York, Ion also awarded a goal to the Rangers because a Leaf had thrown a stick.

Cain soon drew a penalty for tripping Apps, but the Torontonians’ ganging was very weak. As soon as their opponents were at full strength, the Leafs tied the score. Drillon parked near the net mouth and steered Kampman’s long, low shot past Cude. Apps had fed the rubber to Kampman.

After Jackson had lost the puck to Haynes in front of the Leafs’ cage, and the Canadiens’ centreman had failed to score on the easy chance, the Leafs got temporarily disorganized in their defensive work. Siebert obtained possession just outside the penalty shot line and drilled home a terrific shot. Haynes and Blake got assists. The goal came in only 55 seconds.

That goal sparked the Leafs into storming back, and they again tied the score at 4:09. A wave of them had Cude sprawled in his cage when Davidson jammed the disc past him, with Drillon and Apps assisting.

Jackson was penalized for tripping Ward, but the Leafs hung on successfully. Then Haynes got the gate for tripping Horner with just over three minutes to go.

With Haynes in the coop, at 17:25 Drillon put the Leafs ahead with a wicked shot that climaxed a good power play, in which Apps and Kampman drew assists.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, February 13, 1939

1st Period
TOR PEN – 01:40 – Parsons
MTL PEN – 04:50 – Summerhill
MTL GOAL – 13:41 – Lorrain (Drouin, Trudel)

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 05:38 – Marker (Romnes, Jackson)
MTL GOAL – 09:21 – Cain
MTL PEN – 10:33 – Cain
TOR GOAL – 13:59 – Drillon (Kampman, Apps)

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 00:55 – Siebert (Haynes, Blake)
TOR GOAL – 04:09 – Davidson (Drillon, Apps)
TOR PEN – 11:47 – Jackson
MTL PEN – 16:23 – Haynes
TOR PP GOAL – 17:25 – Drillon (Apps, Kampman)

TOR – Broda (W)
MTL – Cude (L)

TORGoaltenders: Turk Broda. Defence: Reg Hamilton, Red Horner (C), Bingo Kampman, Bucko McDonald. Forwards: Syl Apps, Murph Chamberlain, Bob Davidson, Gordie Drillon, Busher Jackson, Pep Kelly, Norm Mann, Gus Marker, Nick Metz, George Parsons, Doc Romnes.
MTLGoaltenders: Wilf Cude. Defence: Walter Buswell, Stewart Evans, Des Smith, Cy Wentworth. Forwards: Toe Blake, Herb Cain, Polly Drouin, Johnny Gagnon, Paul Haynes, Rod Lorrain, Armand Mondou, Babe Siebert (C), Bill Summerhill, Lou Trudel, Jimmy Ward.

TOR – 13-17-7 (.446)
MTL – 8-20-7 (.329)