Game 379 – Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 2

Game 379
Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 2
Thursday, January 2, 1958
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

Dickie Moore, who is making a career out of tormenting the Toronto Maple Leafs, scored two goals here tonight as the Montréal Canadiens downed the Leafs 5-2 in a National Hockey League game.

And linemate Henri Richard, who is just as determined to embarrass the Leafs, scored one goal and assisted on two others. The three points kept Richard in front in the individual scoring race, and Moore is only a step behind.

Moore and Richard have each scored 18 goals. Richard has scored seven of his on the Leafs, Moore has fired six. They might feel impelled to split their bonus money with the Leafs.

Claude Provost and Jean-Guy Talbot scored the other Montréal goals. George Armstrong and Brian Cullen were the snipers for a disorganized Toronto team.

Tonight’s win was the fourth in a row for the Canadiens, who somehow haven’t realized that aces Jean Béliveau and Maurice Richard are out with injuries. It extended their first place lead on the New York Rangers to 12 points, and the Rangers have played two more games. By losing, the Leafs missed an opportunity to move into third place.

A crowd of 14,275 saw a game that alternated between mediocre and dull. The Leafs had occasional flurries of ambition, but there was always the feeling that the Canadiens could turn it on whenever they desired. And Montréal’s nomadic goalie, Jacques Plante, had one of his better nights.

Frank Mahovlich, hobbling on a bruised ankle, made only a few unimpressive starts for the Leafs in this game, and coach Billy Reay had to juggle his lineup. Rudy Migay and Ron Stewart subbed for Mahovlich. Stewart played on defence and right wing.

Moore scored his first goal at 15:11 in the first period, tipping in a pass from Henri Richard. Provost made it 2-0 early in the second, rapping Phil Goyette’s pass past Ed Chadwick from about three feet out.

Armstrong scored his first goal since his return to the lineup, on a Toronto power play. He boomed in a 35-footer after taking a rink-wide pass from Dick Duff. Tod Sloan had previously given Duff a long forward pass.

But Talbot restored Montréal’s two goal lead late in the period with a slap shot from the blue line. Chadwick stopped the shot, but kicked the puck into his net as he fell.

Henri Richard grabbed a Moore pass at the one minute mark in the third and flew in from right wing to outshift Chadwick to score. Brian Cullen rapped Jim Morrison’s rebound between Plante’s skates for the Leafs’ second goal, but Moore came back to nullify it, almost on a carbon copy play of Richard’s goal.

Leaf Bobby Baun and André Pronovost had a brief spat in the third period, for which they drew majors.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, January 3, 1958

1st Period

MTL PEN – 00:18 – Moore, holding
TOR PEN – 00:58 – Pulford, cross checking
TOR PEN – 06:48 – Mahovlich, holding
MTL PEN – 11:54 – Olmstead, interference
MTL GOAL – 15:11 – Moore (Bonin, Richard)
MTL PEN – 15:45 – Provost, tripping

2nd Period
MTL GOAL – 02:15 – Provost (Goyette)
MTL PEN – 05:00 – Plante, interference
TOR PP GOAL – 06:55 – Armstrong (Duff, Sloan)
TOR PEN – 16:20 – Stewart, holding
MTL GOAL – 19:05 – Talbot (Marshall, Geoffrion)

3rd Period
MTL GOAL – 01:00 – Richard (Moore, Harvey)
TOR GOAL – 04:06 – Br. Cullen (Morrison, Ba. Cullen)
TOR PEN – 07:14 – Baun, fighting major
MTL PEN – 07:14 – Pronovost, elbowing + fighting major
TOR PEN – 07:14 – Réaume, roughing
MTL PEN – 07:14 – Provost, roughing
TOR PEN – 08:07 – Morrison, holding
MTL GOAL – 11:00 – Moore (Richard, Harvey)

MTL – Plante (W, 28-30)
TOR – Chadwick (L, 25-30)

MTL – 8+9+13 = 30
TOR – 15+4+11 = 30

MTLGoaltenders: Jacques Plante. Defence: Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Dollard Saint-Laurent, Jean-Guy Talbot, Bob Turner. Forwards: Gene Achtymichuk, Marcel Bonin, Floyd Curry, Bernie Geoffrion, Phil Goyette, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore, Bert Olmstead, André Pronovost, Claude Provost, Henri Richard.
TORGoaltenders: Ed Chadwick. Defence: Bobby Baun, Tim Horton, Jim Morrison, Marc Réaume. Forwards: Gary Aldcorn, George Armstrong (C), Barry Cullen, Brian Cullen, Dick Duff, Billy Harris, Paul Masnick, Frank Mahovlich, Rudy Migay, Bob Pulford, Tod Sloan, Ron Stewart.

MTL – 23-8-5 (.708)
TOR – 13-16-7 (.458)