Playoff Game 14 – Canadiens 10, Maple Leafs 3

Playoff Game 14
Canadiens 10, Maple Leafs 3
Stanley Cup Semifinals, Game 5
Thursday, March 29, 1945
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

Maurice Richard and Elmer Lach rolled the Montréal Canadiens back into the Stanley Cup playoff hunt before a crowd of 12,333 customers here tonight. The score, which should be whispered, was 10 to 3.

Richard topped the scoring pack with four goals and one assist. Coach Dick Irvin left him on long enough in the third period to wear his skates mighty thin for the sixth game, that goes at Maple Leaf Gardens Saturday night.

Lach tossed in one goal and three assists to tag close to the scoring pace of modern hockey’s greatest sniper.

The Leafs were left behind as the Canadiens scored three goals in the first six minutes of play in the opening period. Two of the three Toronto scores came shortly afterward while rookie Frank Stahan was in the penalty box, with Carr and Kennedy doing the shooting.

In the second period, the Montréalers continued their survival by outscoring the Leafs two goals to one.

The third period was held up 10 minutes when a spirit primed individual tossed an empty bottle on the ice. The flagon landed close to Frank McCool’s nets, and the fragrance as well as the fragments scattered hither and yon. Referee Bill Chadwick was in the vicinity when the bottle was hurled and stopped the game.

The byplay switched from the ice to the customers at the north end of the rink after the bottle act. Fans took up the chant “throw him out, throw him out.”

While the game was held up, a couple of husky gendarmes answered the challenge. The bottle heaver was removed by easy stages. It was only a pause in the routing of the Leafs. The score was 9-3 at that time.

The tossing of two raw rookies into the fifth game provided dividends. Eddie Emberg and Nils Tremblay from the Québec Aces appeared as Montréal’s third forward line with Dutch Hiller. It was Emberg’s first NHL appearance. Tremblay, the top scorer of the Québec Senior League, played one game with the Canadiens early in the season. The pint size Québeckers and Hillier formed one of the toughest lines a hard pressed Toronto club had to contend with.

Hap Day’s lineup was unchanged from the Tuesday comeback classic. For a time tonight, the Leafs threatened a comeback once more while Stahan was in the penalty box early in the first period. After that, they were well back of the pace.

Elwin Morris’ second period goal on a lone thrust was the Toronto defenceman’s first of the season.

Richard may not be a great hockey player on Toronto ice, but he was a swirling dervish tonight. Frenzied fans threatened to take the rook off the Forum when the Rocket scored his third goal, and they were just as vociferous on the fourth.

Coach Dick Irvin was jubilant afterward. “Ten of the 12 goals the Leafs have scored against us have been tagged with luck,” he said. “Now it’s our turn. I don’t think we’ll look back.” He praised his last minute replacements, Tremblay and Emberg, who replaced Rosy Rossignol and Fern Gauthier.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, March 30, 1945

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 00:40 – Lamoureux (Lach)
MTL PEN – 01:26 – Richard
MTL SH GOAL – 03:06 – Bouchard
MTL GOAL – 06:02 – Emberg (Hiller)
MTL PEN – 06:05 – Stahan
TOR PP GOAL – 07:37 – Carr
TOR PP GOAL – 08:10 – Kennedy (Hill)
TOR PEN – 09:13 – Hill

2nd Period
MTL GOAL – 06:36 – Harmon
TOR GOAL – 12:46 – Morris
MTL GOAL – 13:25 – Richard (Lach)

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 01:10 – Richard (Blake, Lach)
MTL GOAL – 01:35 – Lach (Richard, Bouchard)
MTL PEN – 02:25 – Harmon
MTL GOAL – 10:48 – Richard (Blake)
MTL GOAL – 15:03 – Richard
MTL GOAL – 19:06 – Fillion (Getliffe, Stahan)

MTL – Durnan (W)
TOR – McCool (L)

MTLGoaltenders: Bill Durnan. Defence: Butch Bouchard, Glen Harmon, Butch Stahan. Forwards: Toe Blake (C), Murph Chamberlain, Eddie Emberg, Bob Fillion, Ray Getliffe, Dutch Hiller, Elmer Lach, Leo Lamoureux, Maurice Richard, Nils Tremblay.
TORGoaltenders: Frank McCool. Defence: Reg Hamilton, Moe Morris, Babe Pratt, Wally Stanowski. Forwards: Gus Bodnar, Lorne Carr, Bob Davidson (C), Mel Hill, Ted Kennedy, John McCreedy, Jack McLean, Don Metz, Sweeney Schriner.