Game 183 – Canadiens 7, Maple Leafs 3

Game 183
Canadiens 7, Maple Leafs 3
Thursday, March 19, 1942
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Canadiens marked the finish to their regular National Hockey League schedule for this season by handing the Toronto Maple Leafs a 7-3 lacing, in a game which resembled nothing more than a workout for both clubs in preparation for their forthcoming Stanley Cup playoff games, which open this weekend.

With the Leafs assured of second place in the final standing and the Canadiens holding down sixth spot, it was obvious to the crowd of more than 5,000 that they were in for a free-scoring tussle, as both sides resorted strictly to clean hockey and loose play.

The Canadiens moved into a 1-0 lead at 13:41 of the first period on Charlie Sands’ hundredth goal of his pro career. Toronto, however, came flashing back with two goals within forty nine seconds of the second period to go ahead, but that edge was short lived.

Terry Reardon evened the score at 2-2, then Ray Getliffe broke through for a beautiful goal to send the Canadiens into a lead they never lost. Ken Reardon added another Canadien goal in the second period, before Hank Goldup took Pete Langelle’s pass after a neat passing bee with Don Metz to tally Toronto’s last goal.

It was all Canadiens in the closing session, as Toronto let them flow in on Broda at will, with John Quilty, Red Heron and Joe Benoit coming through with the final three Canadien markers. Heron’s goal was his first since joining the Canadiens.

Sweeney Schriner and Lorne Carr came through with the two quick Toronto goals in the second session, with Bill Taylor assisting on both. Schriner was also in on Carr’s goal. Schriner’s goal was his twentieth of the season. Benoit also hit the twenty goal mark.

Johnny Quilty and Ray Getliffe set the scoring pace with a goal and two assists apiece, while other Canadiens who fattened their scoring averages with two points apiece were Ken Reardon, Cliff Goupille, Benoit and Charlie Sands.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, March 20, 1942

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 13:41 – Sands (Quilty, Getliffe)

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 00:26 – Schriner (Taylor)
TOR GOAL – 00:49 – Carr (Schriner, Taylor)
MTL GOAL – 02:51 – T. Reardon (Goupille, Benoit)
MTL GOAL – 03:27 – Getliffe (Portland, Quilty)
MTL GOAL – 06:39 – K. Reardon
TOR GOAL – 13:13 – Goldup (Langelle, D. Metz)
TOR PEN – N. Metz

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 05:24 – Quilty (Sands, Getliffe)

MTL GOAL – 07:35 – Heron (Goupille, Haggarty)
MTL GOAL – 10:57 – Benoit (Blake, K. Reardon)

MTL – Bibeault (W)
TOR – Broda (L)

MTLGoaltenders: Paul Bibeault. Defence: Butch Bouchard, Red Goupille, Jack Portland, Ken Reardon. Forwards: Joe Benoit, Toe Blake (C), Bunny Dame, Ray Getliffe, Jim Haggarty, Gerry Heffernan, Red Heron, John Quilty, Terry Reardon, Charlie Sands.
TORGoaltenders: Turk Broda. Defence: Ernie Dickens, Bob Goldham, Bucko McDonald, Wally Stanowski. Forwards: Lorne Carr, Bob Davidson, Gordie Drillon, Hank Goldup, Pete Langelle, John McCreedy, Don Metz, Nick Metz, Sweeney Schriner, Billy Taylor.

MTL – 18-27-3 (.406)
TOR – 27-18-3 (.594)