Game 581 – Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 4

Game 581
Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 4
Wednesday, October 25, 1978
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Maple Leaf captain Darryl Sittler was more in a mood to ask questions than answer them after the Montréal Canadiens tied the Leafs 4-4 last night.

“Did they give (referee) Dave Newell the first star?” Sittler asked after the Canadiens fired three power-play goals to earn the tie.

It was the most successful night of the season for the Montréal power play. In six previous games, the Canadiens had scored only four times with a man advantage.

Last night, under Newell’s supervision, the Habs had six power-play opportunities to Toronto’s one. Toronto players and coach Roger Neilson had a few things to complain of, despite a solid performance all round.

Dan Maloney played his usual tough game on left wing and used his opportunities to score twice for Toronto.

However, it preyed on Neilson’s mind that the Leafs might have won the game. He said that “inconsistent” was “a nice way of describing” Newell’s handling of the match.

“The story of the game is that we had one power-play to their six,” Neilson muttered. “There’s no way it should have been that way in this kind of a game. Their first goal was a terrible call. Montréal got the puck right in front of the net.”

Replays showed that Montréal’s Réjean Houle could have been guilty of tripping or kneeing Toronto’s Jerry Butler, who was trying to move the puck out of the Toronto end.

Houle’s kneecap crashed directly on Butler’s and Mark Napier fired the puck past Mike Palmateer into the Toronto goal.

The goal stopped Palmateer’s shutout record in the Gardens at 2 hours 13 minutes 42 seconds.

“Considering we were shorthanded, we did pretty well,” Neilson said referring to Toronto’s injury situation. The Leafs are without defenceman Dave Burrows and right winger Ron Ellis. Both will be out for several weeks with knee-ligament injuries. Penalty-killing centre Jim Jones will miss two weeks with a partial separation of his shoulder.

“They went basically with four lines to our three, which helped them,” Neilson said. “Don Ashby was spotted efficiently and Joel Quenneville had two or three shifts on defence. He will play more against Philadelphia.”

The tie left Toronto with a record of four wins, three losses and a tie. Montréal’s record stands at 4-2-1.

“We’re happy with our home record. We’re undefeated,” Neilson said. “We want to make it so that other teams don’t want to come in here.”

Ron Wilson scored a first-period power-play goal and Borje Salming slammed a shot from the blueline past Ken Dryden to give Toronto a 2-1 advantage.

The Canadiens went ahead 3-2 in the second with a pair of power-play goals by Guy Lapointe and Jacques Lemaire, before Maloney scored his first to tie it 3-3 going into the third.

Maloney put Leafs ahead briefly in the last period, before Yvon Lambert fired the third Montréal power-play goal.

Lemaire’s goal came while Dave Hutchison was serving a five-minute sentence for knocking Mario Tremblay down with his stick. Newell identified it as spearing.

Hutchison claimed that Tremblay was saying unkind things when he gave him a push with his stick.

Tremblay said that Hutchison, “was not even a man (enough) to drop his gloves. There will be a next time,” he vowed.

Tremblay was not visibly scarred by the stick. The only bloodshed of the night came at the end of the game, when Dave Williams took the hardest shot to the face he probably will receive all season.

He did it to himself when he missed a check and hit the boards. He lost some skin off the end of his already-battered nose and needed several stitches on his top lip.

The Leafs play tonight in Philadelphia against the Flyers, and Palmateer will tend goal again. Saturday, Paul Harrison will have his first home appearance, against the Boston Bruins.

Story originally published in The Globe & Mail, November 26, 1978

1st Period
MTL GOAL – 06:43 – Napier
MTL PEN – 07:06 – Houle, hooking
MTL PEN – 07:47 – Gainey, high sticking
TOR PEN – 07:47 – McDonald, interference
TOR PP GOAL – 08:45 – Wilson (Sittler)
TOR PEN – 09:44 – Turnbull, holding
MTL PEN – 15:42 – Lupien, roughing double minor
TOR PEN – 15:42 – Williams, elbowing / roughing double minor
TOR GOAL – 16:22 – Salming (Maloney, Hutchison)
TOR PEN – 18:51 – Hutchison, tripping

2nd Period
MTL PEN – 05:57 – Gainey, roughing
TOR PEN – 05:57 – Boutette, slashing
TOR PEN – 10:49 – Anderson, hooking
MTL PP GOAL – 11:28 – Lapointe (Lafleur, Larouche)
TOR PEN – 16:24 – Hutchison, spearing major
MTL PP GOAL – 16:30 – Lemaire (Larouche, Lapointe)
MTL PEN – 18:26 – Lemaire, holding
TOR GOAL – 19:34 – Maloney (Salming, McKechnie)

3rd Period
TOR GOAL – 06:39 – Maloney (Turnbull)
TOR PEN – 09:11 – Turnbull, tripping
MTL PP GOAL – 10:09 – Lambert (Lafleur, Lapointe)
TOR PEN – 19:05 – Turnbull, tripping

TOR – Palmateer (T, 37-41)
MTL – Dryden (T, 26-30)

TOR – 9+12+9 = 30
MTL – 13+11+17 = 41

TORGoaltenders: Paul Harrison, Mike Palmateer. Defence: Dave Hutchison, Trevor Johansen, Joel Quenneville, Borje Salming, Ian Turnbull, Ron Wilson. Forwards: John Anderson, Don Ashby, Pat Boutette, Jerry Butler, Dan Maloney, Lanny McDonald, Walt McKechnie, Garry Monahan, Lorne Stamler, Darryl Sittler (C), Dave Williams.
MTLGoaltenders: Ken Dryden, Michel Larocque. Defence: Guy Lapointe, Gilles Lupien, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard. Forwards: Yvan Cournoyer (C), Bob Gainey, Réjean Houle, Doug Jarvis, Guy Lafleur, Yvon Lambert, Pierre Larouche, Jacques Lemaire, Pierre Mondou, Mark Napier, Doug Risebrough, Steve Shutt, Mario Tremblay.

TOR – 4-3-1 (.563)
MTL – 4-2-1 (.643)