Game 187 – Maple Leafs 8, Canadiens 1

Game 187
Maple Leafs 8, Canadiens 1
Thursday, December 17, 1942
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Toronto Maple Leafs added another shellacking to their series with the Montréal Canadiens when they turned back the Habitants 8-1 in a National Hockey League game here tonight.

Syl Apps and Babe Pratt powered the Leafs in their drive against the hapless Canadiens, with Apps collecting one goal and assisting in three others, while Pratt took home four assists to his credit.

The Canadiens showed little sparkle throughout the encounter, and couldn’t stave off the Toronto attack. The Leafs seemed to be able to score whenever they wanted to, with great weakness showing up in the Habitant backfield.

The Canadiens showed fair style in the first frame, and the Leafs only tallied once, when Bill Taylor raced in unassisted to score on Bibeault. In the second frame, Mel Hill added another for Toronto after Syl Apps had shot a pass from the right hand side of the rink. Hill was in close and sunk the shot before Bibeault could turn around. Pratt drew an assist on the play.

Buddy O’Connor scored the Habitants’ only counter when Bud Poile was occupying the penalty bench. The Habitants drove into the Toronto area and Benoit heaved a pass from the scrimmage, and O’Connor put the shot into the net. Turk Broda protested the goal, claiming O’Connor was inside the crease, but the officials overruled the protest.

George Boothman, who made his first appearance with the Leafs tonight, had one goal and one assist to his credit when the night was over. Boothman collected on a pass from Apps, and along with Apps aided Hill in scoring a goal. Lorne Carr got an easy goal off Bibeault when he shot from the blue line, and the puck sailed into the net a foot off the ice.

In the final frame, the Leafs added three more, with Pratt siding in all three. Poile collected the first and Gaye Stewart the second, with Poile getting an assist as well. The final goal was scored by Syl Apps, with Pratt and Hill combining on the play.

Attendance was estimated at 6,500.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, December 18, 1942

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 04:53 – Taylor

MTL PEN – Lamoureux

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 01:49 – Hill (Pratt, Apps)
MTL PP GOAL – 07:08 – O’Connor (Blake, Benoit)
TOR GOAL – 17:01 – Carr (Pratt)
TOR GOAL – 18:00 – Boothman (Apps)
TOR GOAL – 18:44 – Hill (Boothman, Apps)

TOR PENS – Carr, Poile
MTL PEN – Lach

3rd Period
TOR GOAL – 13:16 – Poile (Pratt)

TOR GOAL – 17:20 – Stewart (Pratt, Poile)
TOR GOAL – 19:03 – Apps (Pratt, Hill)
TOR PEN – McDonald

TOR – Broda (W)
MTL – Bibeault (L)

TORGoaltenders: Turk Broda. Defence: Reg Hamilton, Bucko McDonald, Babe Pratt, Rhys Thomson. Forwards: Syl Apps (C), George Boothman, Lorne Carr, Bob Davidson, Mel Hill, John Ingoldsby, 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 – 10-7-1 (.583)
MTL – 5-11-2 (.333)