Game 471 – Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 2

Game 471
Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 2
Thursday, November 5, 1964
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

Jean-Guy Talbot’s goal late in the second period gave the Montréal Canadiens a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, and permitted the Detroit Red Wings to move into first place in the National Hockey League.

The Wings beat the New York Rangers 3-1 in Detroit.

The Wings have 13 points, the Canadiens and Leafs 12 each, and the two Canadian teams have each tied four games this season.

The Leafs were caught changing lines after Ron Stewart had forced Charlie Hodge to a grat stop on a play set up by Dickie Moore. Claude Larose led a three-man break with Bobby Rousseau and Talbot with the defenceman beating Terry Sawchuk.

Henri Richard, playing his first game this season, shot the Canadiens’ other goal on a first period power play for a 1-0 lead.

Jacques Laperrière wrested the puck away from Don McKenney at centre ice. He passed to Jean Béliveau, who deked Carl Brewer and threw a pass out to Richard. Sawchuk had no chance on the 10 foot drive.

Richard injured his groin again in the second period and retired for the night. The same injury had kept him out for the first nine games. The Leafs employed Dave Keon infrequently. Keon suffered a pulled leg muscle in practice Tuesday and worked about 25 per cent of his normal ice time.

Brewer and Ron Ellis scored for the Leafs. With Frank Mahovlich and Sawchuk, they were the Leafs’ best.

Ellis tied the game in the first period with his sixth goal of the season, second in the NHL to Bobby Hull’s eight. Defenceman Tim Horton made the play, setting up Ellis near the faceoff circle. The young right winger used Ted Harris as a perfect screen and hit the top corner over Hodge’s right shoulder.

Brewer’s goal, his first, was threaded through four players from about 30 feet away from the net. He faked a pass, then looped the shot that caught the far side of the net.

This was a tough though not really belligerent game in which both sides had ample opportunities for further scoring but for which a tie was a fair result.

The Canadiens, with the addition of Ted Harris on defence, plus Laperrière, John Ferguson, Dave Balon and a few others, appeared unusually robust. In the early stages, their muscular deportment confused the Leafs and the Toronto team’s passing was erratic.

Béliveau, J.C. Tremblay, Talbot and Hodge were the pick of the Canadiens.

Although he did not get a point, Mahovlich played possibly his strongest game of the season. He was prominent in checking, an aspect of his play that came in for fairly steady criticism.

Perhaps taking their cue from the aroused Big M, the Leafs came up with their best checking of the season, and skated with the Canadiens throughout the game. This is something they were unable to do in the last half of the regular schedule last season, and a week ago when the Canadiens whipped them 5-2 in Toronto.

Each team took seven of the 14 minor penalties assessed by referee Vern Buffey. While playing shorthanded, neither was able to sustain power play pressure.

There may be some concern in the Leafs’ camp over the slowness with which Andy Bathgate was operating. Bathgate’s pinpoint passing accuracy is essential to the success of the Leafs’ power attack.

NOTES: The Leafs outshot the Canadiens 27-22, with their edge coming in the second period…Moore’s return to the scene of his greatest triumphs, The Forum, went almost unnoticed by the gallery. When he stepped on the ice to start the game on a line with Bob Pulford and Stewart, there was a smattering of applause…Stewart had three of the Leafs’ best scoring chances, but Hodge somehow got in front of the puck each time. Stewart has been one of the most consistent players to date…Rev. David Bauer met Leaf officials to discuss Gary Dineen’s future with the Canadian National team. Dineen quit Leaf camp and under terms of his C-form could be suspended. However, the Leafs haven’t done it yet, and Father Bauer wants to be sure they won’t before Dineen joins the Canada side. It is training in Winnipeg. Dineen is at the University of British Columbia…The NHL is investigating allegations that Sid Abel, the Wings’ coach, charged Brewer with deliberately injuring Pit Martin in Sunday’s game. Brewer’s stick caught Martin’s forehead as he cleared the puck and the resulting gash required 40 stitches. Referee Frank Udvari signalled that the mishap was accidental…Imlach and King Clancy will watch the Leafs’ Rochester farmhands in action against Providence tonight.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, November 5, 1964

1st Period

MTL PEN – 07:20 – Ferguson, charging
TOR PEN – 10:37 – Pulford, holding
MTL PP GOAL – 12:11 – Richard (Béliveau, Laperrière)
TOR PEN – 13:04 – Horton, high sticking
MTL PEN – 13:04 – Balon, high sticking
TOR PEN – 15:37 – Shack, high sticking
TOR GOAL – 19:16 – Ellis (Horton)

2nd Period
TOR PEN – 03:59 – Mahovlich, roughing
MTL PEN – 03:59 – Harris, roughing
MTL PEN – 05:14 – Béliveau, charging
MTL PEN – 08:21 – Rousseau, interference
TOR PEN – 10:20 – Mahovlich, charging
MTL PEN – 11:34 – Rousseau, high sticking
TOR PEN – 11:34 – Pulford, high sticking
TOR GOAL – 13:51 – Brewer
MTL GOAL – 17:39 – Talbot (Rousseau, Larose)

3rd Period
MTL PEN – 07:36 – Laperrière, delay of game
TOR PEN – 14:30 – Armstrong, slashing

MTL – Hodge (T, 25-27)
TOR – Sawchuk (T, 20-22)

MTL – 9+8+5 = 22
TOR – 6+13+8 = 27

MTLGoaltenders: Charlie Hodge. Defence: Ted Harris, Jacques Laperrière, Jim Roberts, Jean-Guy Talbot, J.C. Tremblay. Forwards: Ralph Backstrom, Dave Balon, Jean Béliveau (C), Yvan Cournoyer, John Ferguson, Claude Larose, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Bobby Rousseau, Gilles Tremblay.
TORGoaltenders: Terry Sawchuk. Defence: Bobby Baun, Carl Brewer, Kent Douglas, Tim Horton, Red Kelly, Allan Stanley. Forwards: George Armstrong (C), Andy Bathgate, Ron Ellis, Billy Harris, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Don McKenney, Dickie Moore, Jim Pappin, Bob Pulford, Eddie Shack, Ron Stewart.

MTL – 4-1-4 (.667)
TOR – 4-2-4 (.600)