Game 181 – Maple Leafs 6, Canadiens 4

Game 181
Maple Leafs 6, Canadiens 4
Thursday, February 12, 1942
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Toronto Maple Leafs had to check a third period, four goal Canadien rally to pull off a 6-4 National Hockey League victory here tonight before a crowd of 7,036.

The victory lifted the fast moving Leafs to within two points of the second place Boston Bruins, and only four points behind the leading New York Rangers.

For two periods, the Leafs literally played the Canadiens into the ice, as they scored four goals in the initial frame and added another in the middle period for a 5-0 lead.

The cellar placed Habitants, however, came surging from behind early in the third period and scored four goals within the first eight minutes, but Sweeney Schriner spoiled their chances of gaining a tie when he came through with Toronto’s sixth goal with little more than a minute of the game remaining.

Gordie Drillon, who paced the Toronto scorers with two goals, sent the Leafs in front at 2:28 of the game, and from there to the third period, the Canadiens were unable to keep pace with the winners. Bob Goldham came through with the second Toronto goal at 3:02 of the period, then Lorne Carr and Drillon added two more for Toronto before eleven minutes of the period had elapsed.

Hank Goldup scored what proved to be the clincher in the second period, when he took Pete Langelle’s passout from behind the Canadien cage to beat goaler Paul Bibeault easily.

Big Red Goupille touched off the spark for the Canadiens’ four goal blast, with Joe Benoit, Ray Getliffe and Terry Reardon adding the other Habitant markers.

Syl Apps picked up two assists for the night, while Billy Taylor also was in on a pair of goals. Getliffe, Charlie Sands and Toe Blake also gathered two points for their night’s work.

Turk Broda played brilliantly for the Leafs, and the four goals which beat him were all earned. The Leafs protested Getliffe’s tally, claiming it hadn’t gone in the net, but referee Norm Lamport took the goal judge’s decision and allowed it.

The Canadiens used only three defencemen, as Ken Reardon remained on the sidelines with a severely injured ankle, which club officials said last night will keep him out of the game for another week at least.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, February 13, 1942

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 02:28 – Drillon

TOR GOAL – 03:02 – Goldham (Apps)
TOR GOAL – 06:28 – Carr (Taylor)
TOR PEN – 07:07 – McCreedy
MTL PEN – 07:32 – Chamberlain
MTL PEN – 09:07 – Getliffe
TOR PEN – 09:07 – Metz
TOR GOAL – 10:20 – Drillon (Apps)

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 02:58 – Goldup (Langelle)
TOR PEN – 03:58 – Metz
TOR PEN – 07:02 – McDonald
MTL PEN – 18:32 – Goupille

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 01:38 – Goupille (Getliffe, Quilty)

MTL GOAL – 03:29 – Blake (Benoit, Reardon)
MTL GOAL – 05:48 – Getliffe (Quilty, Sands)
MTL GOAL – 07:33 – Reardon (Bouchard, Blake)
TOR GOAL – 18:20 – Schriner (Taylor, Goldham)

TOR – Broda (W)
MTL – Bibeault (L)

TORGoaltenders: Turk Broda. Defence: Bob Goldham, Bingo Kampman, Bucko McDonald, Wally Stanowski. Forwards: Syl Apps (C), Lorne Carr, Gordie Drillon, Hank Goldup, Pete Langelle, John McCreedy, Nick Metz, Sweeney Schriner, Billy Taylor.
MTLGoaltenders: Paul Bibeault. Defence: Butch Bouchard, Red Goupille, Jack Portland. Forwards: Joe Benoit, Toe Blake (C), Murph Chamberlain, Bunny Dame, Ray Getliffe, Gerry Heffernan, Pete Morin, Buddy O’Connor, John Quilty, Terry Reardon, Charlie Sands.

TOR – 21-12-3 (.625)
MTL – 10-24-2 (.306)