Today, a report on a momentous occasion in the National Hockey League last night. The Chicago Black Hawks, winless in their first seven starts of the 1967-68 season, finally won a hockey game. The Black Hawks skated to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota North Stars and we have all the details.
In addition, we’ll cover the other four NHL games that were played last night.
Hawks Win! Hawks Win!
It took them until game number eight of this young National Hockey League season, but the Chicago Black Hawks, defending NHL regular-season champions, finally got into the win column last night. The Black Hawks defeated the expansion Minnesota North Stars 4-2 before a standing room-only crowd of 14,674 in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The Black Hawks followed a familiar formula to claim the two points in this one. Bobby Hull, as he must, led the offence with two goals. He also, along with help from brother Dennis, drove Minnesota goalie Cesare Maniago from the North Stars net.
Maniago left the game during the second period, relieved by Gary Bauman. But it wasn’t his poor play that sent him packing. At 12:39 of first period Bobby fired a blazing drive that glanced off the top of Maniago’s skull and flew into the crowd. The North Stars netminder, who doesn’t sport the facial protection to which many goalkeepers are turning, went down like a sack of potatoes thrown off a delivery truck.
Mainago said he was only stunned briefly on that one, but most in the crowd feared he’d been killed.
At the 13:20 mark of the middle frame, Hull brother Dennis blasted a wicked drive of his own, catching Maniago squarely in the ribs. Once again he hit the ice and this time gave up. He was assisted from the ice and a nervous Bauman came into the game. The score at the time was 3-1 for Chicago.
Bauman didn’t fare too badly, giving up only Hull’s second of the night in the third period. The Golden Jet now has scored nine goals in his eight games this season. In a dominating performance, he produced 12 shots on goal for the Hawks.
The other Chicago marksmen were Eric Nesterenko and Doug Jarrett. Wayne Connelly and Ted Taylor had the Minnesota goals.
Bobby was happy with the team’s first win, but thought he could have scored more than the two goals he did collect:
“I had a couple of other chances to score tonight. We actually should have taken a bigger lead than 2-0 in the first period, because the North Stars came on a lot stronger later in the frame. But the first win was a long time coming.”
North Stars coach Wren Blair agreed with Hull about the North Stars performance after the second Chicago goal:
“After that we got going and played them even. I wasn’t too disappointed. We did some of our best passing of the season in the last two periods.”
Leafs Top Seals
The Toronto Maple Leafs took a convincing 5-2 win over the California Seals last night at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. It was the Seals fifth straight road loss, leaving them in fifth place in the Western Division, just two points ahead of last-place St. Louis.
Toronto dominated the game, outshooting the visitors 48-29. The score might have reached double figures for the Leafs had it not been for the yeoman service of Seals goalkeeper Charlie Hodge.
Although Toronto held a wide edge in play, the issue was still in doubt after two periods with California leading 2-1. Bill Hicke gave the Seals a 1-0 first-period lead. Leafs Tim Horton tied it at 7:29 of the second but George Swarbrick put California up 2-1 as the second frame came to a close.
The Seals were clearly out of gas as the third period dawned and Toronto took full advantage. Jim Pappin scored his first of two third-period markers at 3:03 and it was all downhill for California after that.
Ron Ellis netted the eventual game-winner just before the eight-minute mark. Pappin and George Armstrong later added some insurance to make the final 5-2 for Toronto.
Seals coach Bert Olmstead predicted exactly how the game would unfold with this comment before the game’s start:
“If we follow our usual pattern, we’ll give the Leafs all they can handle for about 48 minutes and then fall apart.”
One can say a lot about Olmstead’s coaching methods, but you can’t deny he does know this team.
Habs Give St. Louis the Blues
Even though they played even on a territorial basis with the Montreal Canadiens, the St. Louis Blues couldn’t best the Habs on the score board. They fell to the vaunted Candiens 4-1 at the Forum in Montreal.
St. Louis actually carried the play by a wide margin in the first period, outshooting the home side by 10-6. Canadiens had taken an early lead just before the midway mark of the opening frame on a Jean Beliveau goal, but the Blues tied it a few minutes later on Norm Beaudin’s first NHL goal.
Things were fairly even through the middle stanza, with Montreal’s Henri Richard scoring the period’s only goal with about two-and-a-half minutes left.
A pair of goals by the Habs in the final three minutes sealed the Blues’ fate. J.C. Tremblay connected at 17:11. Beliveau notched his second of the night with 39 seconds left in the contest.
Seth Martin was a surprise starter in goal for the Blues and he put in an outstanding performance. Young Rogatien Vachon was between the pipes for the Habs. While the quality of shots he faced was not as severe as those Martin had to deal with, he nonetheless made key saves when the Blues threatened to take the lead.
Red Wings Take Third Straight
The Detroit Red Wings won their third straight NHL game, taking a 3-1 decision from the Philadelphia Flyers at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
The Red Wings had a 3-1 lead at the end of two periods to cruise to the win. Ted Hampson and Paul Henderson scored first-period goals, followed by a Doug Roberts marker late in the second.
Gary Dornhoefer spoiled Roger Crozier’s shutout bid in the first minute of the second period. The big right winger tipped in a John Miszuk shot from the blue line while standing in his customary spot directly in front of the goaltender. Crozier had no chance.
The loss for the Flyers snapped their three-game winning streak. Coach Keith Allen felt that penalties spelled doom for his club in this one:
“The penalties really killed us. Every time I looked up, we were two men down. Then, after they got that 3-1 lead, they just shot the puck into our end and forechecked the hell out of us. We never could get anything started.
“I thought we played pretty good when we made it 2-1 and kept pressing for the tie. But those penalties did it. They were calling them a little closer on us, I thought.”
Despite Allen’s assessment, the game was not as close as the score indicated. Detroit outshot Philadelphia 33-20. Only the stellar play of Flyers goalie Doug Favell kept the Detroit total reasonably low.
Detroit great Gordie Howe was victimized by Favell, who stopped him from point-blank range on three occasions.
Kings Crown the Pens
Real Lemieux scored two first-period goals for the Los Angeles Kings last night, and the Pittsburgh Penguins never recovered. Although the Penguins battled back on home ice to make the score close, they never were able to recover from the early deficit. Only 6,536 were on hand to see the Kings claim a 5-3 victory at Civic Arena.
Lemieux’s goals came at 1:15 and 10:33 into the game. The Pens got one back late in the period on a goal by defenceman Leo Boivin.
Paul Andrea tied the game at 2-2 near the midway mark of the second. Andrea is replacing number one centre Earl Ingarfield who is out with an injury and looks to be taking full advantage of his opportunity.
Kings defenceman Dave Amadio once again put the Kings ahead about three minutes later.
Penguins weren’t about to give up. Ken Schinkel’s fourth of the year at 4:10 of the third drew Pittsburgh even again, but that was as close as they would get. Eddie Joyal scored what proved to be the winner for the visitors at 8:24. Bill White fired a puck into an empty Pittsburgh goal with five seconds left to cement the Los Angeles victory.
Terry Sawchuk put in a stellar performance for the Kings. Pittsburgh outshot Los Angeles by a 43-28 margin and it only Sawchuk’s brilliance kept the Penguins from taking this one.
Pittsburgh coach Red Sullivan wasn’t impressed by the Los Angeles club:
“If that’s the best they’ve got, and apparently it is, I’m not concerned. I think we’ve got a better hockey club.
“We scored three goals and missed another five for my money.”
- New York Rangers have called up forward Larry Mickey from Buffalo of the American Hockey League.
- Bernie Geoffrion of the New York Rangers collapsed at his home Friday night and is now in a Long Island, N.Y. hospital undergoing stomach tests.