Game 444 – Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1

Game 444
Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1
Thursday, November 1, 1962
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Toronto Maple Leafs emerged from a three game losing streak to defeat the Montréal Canadiens 3-1 in a fast skating National Hockey League game here tonight.

A crowd of 14,124 saw the Leafs take command in the second period and preserve it all the way for their first win on Montréal ice in two seasons. Here last year, the Leafs tied two games and lost five.

Red Kelly, Dave Keon and Ed Shack scored for the Leafs. Gilles Tremblay scored Montréal’s only goal in the first period, when a Toronto power play backfired.

The Leafs moved ahead with two goals in the second period, and although there was no scoring in the final 20 minutes, the play was dominated by the Leafs. Goalkeeper Cesare Maniago, who faced a barrage of 37 Toronto shots, made some of his best saves in the third period. The Leafs squandered several other scoring opportunities. Kelly stabbed the puck past an open net on one occasion. Later, on a breakaway, he stickhandled past the Montréal goal.

Leafs goalkeeper Johnny Bower played a meticulous game in the Toronto net, and he was supported by the strongest defence the Leafs have exhibited this season. Carl Brewer, Kent Douglas, Bobby Baun and Tim Horton repeatedly broke up Montréal plays before the Canadiens had an opportunity to zero in on Bower.

Brewer, a dynamic threat on defence and offence, inflamed the Montréal crowd with his vigorous play and twice they pelted the ice with rubbers, programs and other bric-a-brac. Brewer received three of the four penalties that the Leafs were assessed.

The Canadiens’ Jean Béliveau was injured in the second period when he was hit over the left eye by Jean-Guy Talbot’s shot. Béliveau required only one stitch, but his vision was blurred, and he sat out the remainder of the game.

Kelly gave the Leafs the lead early in the first period. Frank Mahovlich dropped a pass in the Montréal zone, and Kelly fired a shot from a few feet inside the blue line. Maniago kicked at the puck, but his timing was off and he missed it completely.

The Canadiens tied the score three minutes later, even though one of their players, Don Marshall, was in the penalty box for hooking. Talbot passed the puck to Gilles Tremblay and, from about 25 feet out on left wing, he drove the puck between Bower’s pads.

Keon, who played some of his best hockey of the season in this game, combined with Dick Duff to score a picture goal halfway through the second period. Duff whirled around Montréal defenceman J.C. Tremblay and flipped the puck in front of the Montréal net. Keon darted in at the precise instant, and tipped it past Maniago.

Shack concluded the scoring a short time later when he picked up Bobby Pulford’s rebound and lashed a screen shot past Maniago.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, November 2, 1962

1st Period

TOR GOAL – 04:18 – Kelly (Mahovlich)
MTL PEN – 05:33 – Marshall, hooking
MTL SH GOAL – 07:17 – G. Tremblay (Talbot)
TOR PEN – 12:44 – Duff, tripping
MTL PEN – 18:59 – Backstrom, boarding

2nd Period
TOR PEN – 02:25 – Brewer, hooking / roughing double minor
MTL PEN – 02:25 – Richard, roughing
TOR GOAL – 09:44 – Keon (Duff, Brewer)
TOR GOAL – 12:15 – Shack (Pulford, Harris)
MTL PEN – 14:25 – Talbot, interference

3rd Period
MTL PEN – 02:09 – Backstrom, holding
TOR PEN – 05:15 – Brewer, tripping

TOR – Bower (W, 28-29)
MTL – Maniago (L, 33-36)

TORGoaltenders: Johnny Bower. Defence: Bobby Baun, Carl Brewer, Kent Douglas, Tim Horton, Red Kelly, Allan Stanley. Forwards: George Armstrong (C), Dick Duff, Billy Harris, Dave Keon, Ed Litzenberger, Frank Mahovlich, Bob Nevin, Bob Pulford, Eddie Shack, Ron Stewart.
MTLGoaltenders: Cesare Maniago. Defence: Lou Fontinato, Jean Gauthier, Tom Johnson, Jean-Guy Talbot, J.C. Tremblay. Forwards: Ralph Backstrom, Jean Béliveau (C), Red Berenson, Bernie Geoffrion, Phil Goyette, Bill Hicke, Don Marshall, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Bobby Rousseau, Gilles Tremblay.

TOR – 4-5-1 (.450)
MTL – 4-4-2 (.500)