Game 186 – Maple Leafs 9, Canadiens 1

Game 186
Maple Leafs 9, Canadiens 1
Saturday, December 5, 1942
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

Apparently inspired by football men who talked of a high scoring Canadian gridiron final, but failed to produce the predicted point orgy, the Toronto Maple Leafs went riding to a 9-1 decision over the Montréal Canadiens at the Gardens Saturday night.

It was an amazing turn of events, for two big reasons. The Leafs were without Sweeney Schriner, the left wing smoothie, who has been poison for the Canadiens ever since Dick Irvin became coach of the Montréals. And they were also minus Syl Apps, the ace centre.

Hap Day trotted out two strange forward lines, added Babe Pratt to the lineup, and gave Montréal “the business” in all languages. Pratt signalled his debut as a Leaf by popping in the opening goal.

Bob Davidson showed up as left wing sub for Schriner, working with Carr and Taylor. Carr picked off a goal and three assists. Taylor duplicated that scoring count. Gaye Stewart, offering another of his fine performances, came up with two goals and an assist.

The Leafs led 2-0 at the end of the first period, and added the only goal of the second. In the third, the homesters beat Paul Bibeault six times. Dutch Hiller saved the Montréalers from a whitewashing with a score when the count stood at 6-0 for the Leafs.

Gord Drillon failed to break the scoring jinx against his ex-mates.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, December 7, 1942

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 11:51 – Pratt (Carr, Taylor)

TOR PP GOAL – 16:40 – Stewart (Copp)
TOR PENS – Hill (2 minors + game misconduct), McLean (minor + major), Hamilton (2), Poile, Pratt
MTL PENS – Lamoureux (minor + major), Bouchard (2), Benoit, Blake, Getliffe, Portland

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 13:51 – Poile (McLean, Davidson)

3rd Period
TOR GOAL – 01:55 – Hill (Taylor, Carr)
TOR GOAL – 07:43 – Stewart (Poile)
TOR GOAL – 09:21 – Carr (Taylor)
MTL PP GOAL – 10:21 – Hiller (Richard)
TOR GOAL – 14:13 – McLean (Poile, Stewart)
TOR GOAL – 15:13 – Taylor (Pratt, Carr)
TOR GOAL – 19:01 – McLean (Hill, Stewart)
TOR PENS – Carr, Copp, Stewart

TOR – Broda (W)
MTL – Bibeault (L)

TORGoaltenders: Turk Broda. Defence: Bobby Copp, Reg Hamilton, Bucko McDonald, Babe Pratt, Rhys Thomson. Forwards: Lorne Carr, Bob Davidson, Mel Hill, John Ingoldsby, Jack McLean, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Billy Taylor.
MTLGoaltenders: Paul Bibeault. Defence: Butch Bouchard, Charlie Phillips, Jack Portland. Forwards: Joe Benoit, Toe Blake (C), Gordie Drillon, Ray Getliffe, Dutch Hiller, Elmer Lach, Leo Lamoureux, Buddy O’Connor, Terry Reardon, Maurice Richard.

TOR – 7-6-0 (.538)
MTL – 4-8-2 (.357)