Only one game in the National Hockey League last night which saw the Red Wings down the Kings 4-1. We’ll report on that and the usual Quick Hits this morning.
Wings Over Kings
The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals in the final period to cruise to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings before 9,498 fans in Los Angeles.
After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals in the middle session. Lowell Macdonald opened the scoring for Los Angeles at 9:04 with his third marker of the season. He took a nice pass from behind the net by Ted Irvine and flicked a quick shot past Detroit goaler Roy Edwards before he could move.
Gordie Howe tied things up at 14:56 with his 660th career goal. Howe scored on a power play when he picked up his own rebound after a good save by Kings goalkeeper Terry Sawchuk. Sawchuk was in no position to stop Howe’s second try.
The Kings outshot the visitors 24-9 over the first 40 minutes and it was only the work of Edwards that kept this one from being a rout. But in the final period, the Red Wings came to life and left no doubt they were the better team.
Two quick goals by the Red Wings a little over a minute apart took the wind completely out of the Kings sails. Norm Ullman’s seventh of the season was the eventual game winner at 6:06 of the third. Like Howe, he beat Sawchuk on a rebound shot.
Dean Prentice increased the Detroit lead to 3-1 just 1:28 later on a breakaway. The veteran left winger picked up the puck in his own end, skated the length of the ice and went around Kings rearguard Dale Rolfe like he was a fire hydrant. A nice move on Sawchuk resulted in the puck finding the back of the goal.
Seven minutes later Jimmy Peters Jr. netted his first of the season to put the game out of reach. Peters scored on a 55-foot screened shot which Sawchuk likely still hasn’t seen.
- Toronto Maple Leafs star centre Dave Keon’s leg injury is worse than at first expected. He’ll be out for at least another week.
- Toronto defenceman Allan Stanley has been released from a Minneapolis hospital. He will be back in Toronto in time for tonight’s game, but only as a spectator. It’s believed he won’t play for another two weeks.
- Boston Bruins forwards Glen Sather and Ken Hodge staged a spirited fist fight in a scrimmage during yesterday’s Bruins practice. Both players landed solid blows before they were separated by team mates.
- Tom Martin scored three goals to lead Toronto Marlboros to a 8-1 win over Montreal Junior Canadiens in an Ontario Hockey Association Junior A game at Maple Leaf Gardens. Terry Caffery chipped in with two goals for the Marlies.
- Guy Allen scored his first goal of the season and made it count as the winning goal to give London Nationals a 3-2 win over Ottawa 67s in an OHA game in London.
- Kitchener Rangers had 67 shots on goal as they demolished St. Catharines Black Hawks 11-1 in Kitchener. Walt Tkaczuk had three goals for the Rangers, with Denis Dupere and John Barber adding two each.
- Niagara Falls Flyers trounced Peterborough 10-3 in the Cataract City. Steve Atkinson scored four goals for the Flyers. Tom Webster had a seven-point night with two goals and five assists.
- Tim McCormack of the Eastern Hockey League Syracuse Blazers was suspended indefinitely by league president Tom Lockhart after he reportedly punched referee Bill Pringle during last night’s game vs Long Island Ducks.
- Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Dick Mattiussi will return to the lineup this weekend. He’s bene out since October 18 with a back injury.
- J.C. Tremblay of the Montreal Canadiens is a doubtful starter tonight for the Habs game in Oakland against the Seals. He has a bruised left shoulder.
- Gerry Ouellette scored a pair of goals to lead the Buffalo Bisons to an 8-4 win over the Providence Reds in an American Hockey League game at Buffalo.