Preseason Game 22 – Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 4

Preseason Game 22
Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 4
Saturday, September 18, 1982
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

There’s an innovation at Maple Leaf Gardens this year other than the flock of kids trying for jobs with the Maple Leafs for the 1982-83 National Hockey League season.

A shots on goal counter has been added for the fans, and the Leafs gave it a good workout in its debut.

The Toronto club took 34 shots at the Montréal Canadiens net but lost, 5-4, when the Canadiens scored twice in the last minute, to open the exhibition schedule. The kids didn’t fare too badly, either.

The two clubs meet again tonight in Ottawa.

Several rookies were impressive for the Leafs, notably winger Serge Boisvert, defencemen Gary Nylund and Gary Leeman.

Mark Napier, Pierre Mondou, Guy Lafleur, Dan Daoust and Craig Ludwig scored for the Canadiens.

Stewart Gavin, Bill Harris, Boisvert and Fred Boimistruck had the Leaf goals.

The Gardens was approximately half full – the game wasn’t muscled on the season ticketholders – and the slender house saw the live wire first period in which the Canadiens held a 14-12 edge in shots on goal, but the Leafs claimed a 2-1 edge.

Vince Tremblay, who has staked a strong claim to one of the two Leaf goaltending jobs, was tested three times early by John Newberry, a rookie centre who’s making a strong bid for employment with the Canadiens.

Napier, who isn’t happy in Montréal, opened the scoring at 12:59. He kicked the puck loose along the boards, walked in front and dunked the rebound of his original shot.

The Leafs tied it at 13:30 on a goal the Canadiens disputed. Gavin’s flip backhand shot appeared to bounce off the underside of the crossbar, but referee Ron Wicks ruled it was in.

Harris shot the Leafs ahead at 13:53, backhanding home the rebound of a Frank Nigro shot.

Peter Almasy, a Czech defector trying for a spot with the Leafs, missed a glorious chance when he fired wide of a yawning Canadien net.

The Leafs had a good edge in play early in the second period, but were unable to beat Canadien goalie Richard Sévigny, who was replaced by Mark Holden halfway through the period. Rookie Ken Wregget took over for Tremblay at that point.

Wregget’s first action came on the Canadiens’ second goal during a power play, created when the Leafs’ Bob McGill initiated a scrap with the Habs’ Ryan Walter with a high stick. Mondou knocked in Guy Lafleur’s rebound.

Play slowed noticeably late in the period, as is the custom in exhibition matches.

Wregget made a tough stop early in the third on a quick shot by Bob Gainey.

Boisvert gave the Leafs a 3-2 lead at 7:16. Gavin worked the puck loose behind the net, fed it into the slot, and Boisvert connected with a low backhand to the far side.

The Canadiens needed only 15 seconds to tie it again. Lafleur popped a quick, low shot past Wregget from near the boards.

Boimistruck restored the Leaf lead on a power play when Holden failed to handle his shot from the line, and it trickled into the net.

Leaf captain Rick Vaive and Bill Kitchen of the Canadiens drew majors – Kitchen also earned a game misconduct – for a one-sided scrap in which Vaive tackled Kitchen, after he had high sticked the Leafs’ Bill Derlago.

The Leafs’ Bob McGill drew a major penalty for high sticking Newberry in front of the Leaf net.

The Canadiens pulled Holden for an extra attacker, and Daoust took advantage of some sloppy Leaf clearing to tie the count at 19:02.

Vaive drew a penalty after the goal, and the Canadiens used the power play to count the winner at 19:45, rookie Ludwig scoring on a relay from Guy Lafleur and Larry Robinson.

Story originally published in The Toronto Star, September 19, 1982

1st Period
MTL PEN – 10:09 – Kitchen
MTL GOAL – 12:59 – Napier
TOR GOAL – 13:30 – Gavin (Boisvert, Boimistruck)
TOR GOAL – 13:53 – Harris (Nigro)

2nd Period
MTL PEN – 02:21 – Mondou
MTL PEN – 13:14 – Walter, fighting major
TOR PEN – 13:14 – McGill, high sticking minor + fighting major
MTL PP GOAL – 13:28 – Mondou (Ludwig, Lafleur)

3rd Period
TOR GOAL – 07:16 – Boisvert (Gavin, Perlini)
MTL GOAL – 07:31 – Lafleur (Daoust, Walter)

MTL PEN – 08:07 – Ludwig
TOR PP GOAL – 08:56 – Boimistruck (Nylund, Vaive)
MTL PEN – 09:14 – Kitchen, minor + fighting major + game misconduct
TOR PEN – 09:14 – Vaive, minor + fighting major
MTL PEN – 09:14 – Daoust
TOR PEN – 09:14 – Derlago
TOR PEN – 11:13 – Gavin
TOR PEN – 11:51 – McGill, high sticking major
MTL PEN – 13:41 – Shutt
MTL EA GOAL – 19:02 – Daoust (Walter, Lafleur)
TOR PEN – 19:02 – Vaive
MTL PP GOAL – 19:45 – Ludwig (Robinson, Lafleur)

MTL – Sévigny (19-21), Holden (W, 11-13)
TOR – Tremblay (16-17), Wregget (L, 13-16)

MTL – 14+5+14 = 33
TOR – 12+17+5 = 34