Game 194 – Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 2

Game 194
Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 2
Thursday, November 18, 1943
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Leafs failed to halt the Canadiens’ unbroken streak of wins or ties here tonight, succumbing 5-2 to the more experienced Habitants before a crowd of 11,161, which is something of a record for a midweek game.

The young Toronto team tried hard all the way, but hurt its chances by drawing too many penalties. Of the 11 handed out by referee Norman Lamport, the Leafs picked seven of them. Though only one Canadien goal was scored while Toronto was shorthanded, the visitors wore themselves out by playing through 14 minutes of the piece at a disadvantage.

Lorne Carr and Bob Davidson, both veterans, were the best of the Toronto outfit. Carr scored a goal and Davidson worked tirelessly. The other Leaf goal came off the stick of Gus Bodnar, with Carr and Davidson picking up assists.

Murph Chamberlain rapped home two of the Habitants’ goals, and was the standout player on the ice. Ray Getliffe and Phil Watson, Chamberlain’s linemates, were also effective, along with Buddy O’Connor.

Play had hardly started when Toe Blake was penalized for high sticking, and the Leafs stormed the Canadien citadel. A quick pass from Lamoureux to Getliffe caught the Leafs flat footed, and Getliffe broke straight up the middle of the ice, went around Bucko McDonald, and coasted in on Benny Grant. Grant made his move too soon, and Getliffe bulged the net with a high one.

The Canadiens were back with another goal near the close of the period when a dump pass, Watson to Chamberlain, let Murph right in on top of Grant, who had no chance to save.

The Leafs were forced on the defensive early in the second period through penalties, but Grant gave a fine display to foil the Canadiens. Then, Bucko McDonald took the short route to the Habitant goal, slithered around McMahon, and chipped a pass to Lorne Carr, who fooled Durnan with a smart backhander.

Young Eric Prentice here drew his second penalty of the period, and the Leafs once more were forced on the defensive. Harmon let go a 30-footer that Benny Grant inexplicably fanned on. Both teams appeared tired in the final period. Near the five minute mark, Chamberlain took a pass from Getliffe to beat Grant, netting his own rebound.

Several minutes later, a pass from Heffernan to Blake let the latter into the clear, and his shot found an upper corner of the net. The Leafs then put on the pressure, and less than a minute after Blake’s goal, young Gus Bodnar was the anchor man on a passing play that went from Bob Davidson to Lorne Carr and then to Bodnar. The rookie’s shot handcuffed Durnan. The Leafs had a chance later in the period to pick up a couple of goals while Phil Watson was sitting in the penalty box, but Durnan was too good for them.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, November 19, 1943

1st Period
MTL PEN – 02:50 – Blake, high sticking
MTL SH GOAL – 03:52 – Getliffe (Lamoureux)
TOR PEN – 06:13 – Ingoldsby
MTL PEN – 06:58 – Heffernan
TOR PEN – 06:58 – Webster
TOR PEN – 10:17 – Dunlap
MTL GOAL – 18:43 – Chamberlain (Watson, McMahon)

2nd Period
MTL PEN – 02:35 – McMahon
TOR PEN – 07:08 – Johnstone
TOR PEN – 09:37 – Prentice
TOR GOAL – 14:27 – Carr (McDonald)
TOR PEN – 15:34 – Prentice
MTL PP GOAL – 15:50 – Harmon (O’Connor, Lach)
TOR PEN – 17:28 – Davidson

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 04:59 – Chamberlain (Getliffe, Watson)
MTL GOAL – 08:08 – Blake (Heffernan)
TOR GOAL – 09:01 – Bodnar (Carr, Morris)
MTL PEN – 11:07 – Watson

MTL – Durnan (W)
TOR – Grant (L)

MTLGoaltenders: Bill Durnan. Defence: Butch Bouchard, Glen Harmon, Mike McMahon. Forwards: Toe Blake (C), Murph Chamberlain, Bob Fillion, Ray Getliffe, Gerry Heffernan, Elmer Lach, Leo Lamoureux, Fern Majeau, Buddy O’Connor, Bobby Walton, Phil Watson.
TORGoaltenders: Benny Grant. Defence: Ross Johnstone, Bucko McDonald, Moe Morris, Babe Pratt. Forwards: Gus Bodnar, George Boothman, Lorne Carr, Bob Davidson (C), Frank Dunlap, Jackie Hamilton, John Ingoldsby, Ted Kennedy, Eric Prentice, Don Webster.

MTL – 6-0-2 (.875)
TOR – 3-3-2 (.500)