50 Years Ago in Hockey – Hall Leads Hawks Past Wings

Chicago Black Hawks’ goalkeeper Glenn Hall was the star last night as his team downed the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 at a noisy Chicago Stadium.  The win was Chicago’s first in their semi-final series with the Wings, who now lead two games to one.

The Hawks came out flying against Detroit and led 3-0 after 8:01 had passed in the first period.  Bill Hay, Stan Mikita and Doug Mohns were the Chicago marksmen that furnished the home side with the  early lead.

Doug Mohns gave Chicago a 3-0 lead in the first period.
Doug Mohns gave Chicago a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Wily veteran Ted Lindsay, 39, fired a pair of goals to draw Detroit to within one goal early in the second period and the issue began to look in doubt.  In fact, to that point in the game, only goalie Hall kept the Red Wings from walking away with this one.

Bobby Hull then put his team squarely on his back and scored a pair of goals to put the game out of reach for the Red Wings.  Hull connected late in the second period and then added the Hawks; fifth goal of the night just before the seven-minute mark of the final frame.

Hall ended up making 26 saves on the night, including 12 in the final 20 minutes.  Detroit goalie Roger Crozier managed to stop only 11 of the 16 Chicago drives he faced.

Roger Crozier reaches back for a high bouncing puck during action in last night's game.
Roger Crozier reaches back for a high bouncing puck during action in last night’s game.

Detroit coach Sid Abel was downright angry after the game.  Targets of his anger were his own players and the officiating.

“They played well enough to win.  We didn’t.  Only Ed Joyal, Ted Lindsay and Bruce MacGregor were skating.  That’s not enough to win.  We just didn’t go.

“Even when the Hawks slowed down in the second period and we narrowed the lead to 3-2, we just weren’t doing things right.”

The game ended on a curious note.  Actually the game never officially ended.  With four seconds left, an icing call was made, but the clock continued to run until time expired. Both clubs left the ice and went to their dressing rooms.

Referee Art Skov declared the game over when Red Wings failed to return.

Referee Art Skov went to the Chicago room and informed them there were four seconds left to play.  When he got to the Detroit room, he was met by Abel, with whom he had a brief exchange.

“Why didn’t you face the puck off?” Abel demanded of Skov.  “Drop it in the net, give ’em another. The game’s over.”

The Red Wings remained in their dressing room and Skov went to the Detroit zone and dropped the puck for the five Black Hawks who returned for the draw.  After dropping the puck, Skov whistled the game over.  Chicago’s Matt Ravlich fired the puck into the unguarded Detroit cage, but the goal was not counted and the game finished 5-2.

Cherry, Cheevers fined

Don Cherry and Gerry Cheevers of the Rochester Americans were fined by American Hockey League president Jack Riley for their parts in a melee that took place in a playoff game Sunday evening in Quebec City.

Don Cherry was fined an extra $100 by AHL president Jack Riley.
Don Cherry was fined an extra $100 by AHL president Jack Riley.

Cherry and Quebec’s Bryan Watson received automatic $75 fines for receiving misconduct and game misconduct penalties.  Cherry was assessed an extra $100 because he “deliberately continued the fight.”

Cheevers was fined $50 for leaving his net to join the brawl.  Quebec’s Terry Gray was nicked $25 for leaving the bench to join in the fracas.

Rochester’s Jim Pappin and Quebec’s Jean-Guy Gendron were warned about stick-swinging. Riley said that the evidence was not strong enough to warrant further action.

Louis Chasse, a commentator for the CBC French-language network has told the Rochester club and Cherry that he will hold them responsible for a face injury he sustained during the brawl.  Chasse was in the stands when a detergent bottle was thrown onto the ice, landing in Cherry’s general vicinity.  It was thrown back into the stands, allegedly by Cherry, striking Chasse in the forehead.