50 Years Ago in Hockey – Hawks Batter Brawling Bruins

The Chicago Black Hawks got over the disappointment of their loss the previous evening in Toronto by drubbing the Boston Bruins in a fight-filled contest at the Chicago Stadium last night.  In the other games, Doug Robinson scored with one second left to lift the Rangers into a 2-2 with Montreal, while Detroit downed Toronto 3-2.

Mikita nets a pair

At Chicago, Stan Mikita scored the first two goals of the game and later added an assist to set the pace and lead the Black Hawks over the Bruins.  Other Hawks goal-getters were Eric Nesterenko, Chico Maki, Pierre Pilote, Doug Jarrett and Dennis Hull.

Black Hawks’ goalie Glenn Hall made 25 saves to record the shut out.

Fleming cut in brawl

Most of the brawling took place in the final frame, and featured a nasty stick-swinging exchange involving six players.  Festivities began when former Bruin Doug Mohns and Boston’s Orland Kurtenbach began swapping slashes after chasing each other around the rink.  Bruins’ Ted Green then got into it with Stan Mikita of Chicago, before Al MacNeil of Chicago and Reggie Fleming of the Bruins dropped the gloves and went toe-to-toe for about a minute and a half.

Orland Kurtenbach engaged in a wild stick-swinging duel with Doug Mohns.
Orland Kurtenbach engaged in a wild stick-swinging duel with Doug Mohns.

Fleming suffered cuts requiring stitches, and the sight of Fleming’s spilled blood incensed Green even more, and he charged the Chicago bench swinging his stick wildly.

Mohns and Kurtenbach were given match penalties for deliberate attempts to injure and were tossed from the game. NHL president Clarence Campbell will certainly review the situation and suspensions or, at the very least, fines, will be forthcoming.

Stanfield has emergency surgery

Fred Stanfield: Hawks’ rookie underwent emergency appendectomy.

Hawks were without the services of both Bobby Hull and rookie Freddie Stanfield.  Hull sat out his sixth game in the last eight because of stretched knee ligaments in both knees.  Stanflield missed the game because of an emergency appendectomy he underwent early Sunday morning.  He became ill on the train trip from Toronto.

Robinson’s dramatic goal foils Habs

Rookie Doug Robinson, recently acquired in a trade with Chicago, scored with just one second left on the clock to give the New York Rangers a 2-2 tie with Montreal at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The scoring play originated when Don Marshall retrieved the puck in the Montreal zone and sent a perfect pass to defenceman Rod Seiling.  His drive from the point was deflected by Robinson over a prone Charlie Hodge in the Montreal goal, just before time expired.

Doug Robinson's last-second goal gave the Rangers a tie with Montreal.
Doug Robinson’s last-second goal gave the Rangers a tie with Montreal.

Robinson wasn’t sure just how he managed to get the puck past Hodge.

“I think it went off the post.  Hodge was going down and didn’t have much of a chance.”

After a scoreless initial frame, the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the second period and appeared to have the game well in hand.  John Ferguson, with his third goal in two games, and Henri Richard staked the Habs to the two-goal margin.

Marshall cut the lead in half at 11:14 of the third period, and that set the stage for Robinson’s dramatic last-second tally.

Montreal held the edge in play for most of the night, out shooting the Rangers 30-22.  Blueshirts’ goalie Marcel Paille made several great stops to keep New York in the game.  His best work came against Habs’ Ralph Backstrom and Claude Larose.

Wings tie Leafs for third

With their second consecutive 3-2 win of the weekend, the Detroit Red Wings have climbed into a third-place tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL standings.  The game was played before 14,582 enthusiastic fans at the Detroit Olympia Stadium, the largest gathering of the season.

The game was a real crowd-pleaser, with fierce checking, a fast pace and great goaltending by Leafs’ Terry Sawchuk and especially Red Wing rookie Roger Crozier.

Detroit dominated the first period, but Sawchuk left them wanting.  The Wings out shot Toronto 12-3 in that opening frame but no goals were registered by either club.

Toronto took over the play in the second, but it was Crozier’s turn to shine, as the Wings outscored the Leafs 3-1 in the period.  Toronto fired 17 mostly difficult drives at the diminutive Detroit netminder, but only Bob Pulford was able to beat him, early in the period.

Bruce MacGregor, Val Fonteyne and Alex Delvecchio followed with goals in quick succession to give the Wings the lead which they would not relinquish.

Delvecchio ties Morenz, Joliat

Delvecchio’s goal was the 270th of his career, tying him with Aurel Joliat and Howie Morenz for eighth place on the all-time NHL scoring list.

Alex Delvecchio scored his 270th NHL goal.
Alex Delvecchio scored his 270th NHL goal.

George Armstrong scored for Toronto with just over five minutes to play in the game, but Crozier held steady for the rest of the way to preserve the narrow win for the  Wings.  Leafs’ Frank Mahovlich had two excellent chances to tie the score in the late seconds, but Crozier got his pad on the first shot before the Big M fired wide on his second opportunity.

Toronto has called up Rochester goaltender Gerry Cheevers to replace Johnny Bower.  Bower left the team yesterday to attend the funeral of his mother, who passed away Saturday.