Game 223 – Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 2

Game 223
Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 2
Thursday, March 14, 1946
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

Toe Blake banged in a third period goal tonight to give the Montréal Canadiens a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Leafs’ last appearance on Montréal ice.

With towering Babe Pratt playing a standout game at the blue line and Turk Broda turning aside many threatening shots on the Toronto nets, the Leafs jumped into the lead early in the first period, and were never headed after that, and seemed well on the way to victory until Blake tied up the game late in the final period.

The game was one of the best the Leafs staged on Montréal ice this year, and play was kept at a dazzling speed until the last part of the third period, when Toronto relied on a defensive play to protect their lead, and the fans clapped for action.

The Leafs sailed in front at 9:10 in the initial period on a goal by Gus Bodnar. Bud Poile carried the puck inside the Montréal defence, and Bodnar took matters in hand from there on, and rifled a high shot into the corner of the cage.

The Canadiens opened with a goal by Maurice Richard. Richard took passes from Glen Harmon and Toe Blake in the vicinity of the right boards, weaved around the defence and coasted in on goalie Turk Broda, and fooled the latter with a shot that never left the ice.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, March 15, 1946

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 06:10 – Bodnar (Poile)
TOR PEN – 08:36 – Goldham
MTL GOAL – 12:29 – Richard (Blake, Harmon)
TOR PEN – 16:10 – Hamilton

2nd Period
TOR GOAL – 11:08 – Goldham (Poile, Bodnar)

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 16:47 – Blake (Lach, Richard)

TOR PEN – 18:45 – Pratt

MTL – Durnan (T)
TOR – Broda (T)

MTLGoaltenders: Bill Durnan. Defence: Frank Eddolls, Glen Harmon, Ken Reardon. Forwards: Toe Blake (C), Murph Chamberlain, Bob Fillion, Dutch Hiller, Elmer Lach, Kenny Mosdell, Buddy O’Connor, Jimmy Peters, Gerry Plamondon, Billy Reay, Maurice Richard.
TORGoaltenders: Turk Broda. Defence: Doug Baldwin, Bob Goldham, Moe Morris, Babe Pratt, Wally Stanowski. Forwards: Syl Apps (C), Gus Bodnar, Lorne Carr, Bill Ezinicki, Jackie Hamilton, Nick Metz, Bud Poile, Sweeney Schriner, Gaye Stewart.

MTL – 27-16-5 (.615)
TOR – 17-24-7 (.427)