The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on May 4, 1973 · Page 22
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The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · Page 22

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Friday, May 4, 1973
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22 Fridoy, Moy A, 1973 The Ottawa Journal r Eddie MacCabe writes: ri2 s misses mean lyionxr eai misioriune CHICAGO Frank Mahovlich is a rather dreamy big guy but he can give a coach nightmares. Twice last night he missed empty nets, the last time in the final minute of play when he had the tying goal on his stick and slid it right across the open goalmouth. So what happened? He stares Into space at the question for what seemed the longest time and then said: "I don't know. Pappin was in there, he was hooking me, and ... it didn't go in." , - ' He had the puck on his stick, Tony Esposito was out of the nets and he Just smoothly slid it right across the goal and Montreal coach Scotty Bowman jumped five feet into the air. ' Later, Bowman said: "That big . . .," and caught himself. Finishing his-remark with a withering glance at the Big 'M. That goal would have pulled Montreal into tie . in the last minute of the game and from there, it could . have been anything. . They had come back a long wayTftfm a hole they : dug for themselves in the first period whttKthe Blkck Hawks fired four goals. One of the major grave-diggers in that period was another member of the family, Peter. Mahovlich who was caught for holding, wheeled and gave Referee Art Skov the choke sign and was immediately sentenced to a misconduct. WHITE SPARKS EARLY SURGE While the" Canadiens " were shorthanded J. P. Bordeleau scored, A moment later while the Hawks were shorthanded, Bill White scored goal number three and while there were those who were anxious to point out that Peter is Montreal's penalty killer, and there he was in the box, it is still a fact that the goal was blown by Ken Dryden. Bill White came in on the left wing side with Guy Lapointe draped on his shoulders like an Indian blanket. The angle was gone ... he was too far in ... so he just -let-it go. The puck went between Dryden and the hear-post and hit the net on the far side to make it 3-0 and put the Hawks in firm command. "I" aimed just inside the post," White, said, "But 1 really didn't see any opening. I Just let it go." Ken Dryden didn't know the puck was in the net until the light went on and didn't know how it got into the net even after the game. White had a great first period. He blocked two strong shots by Yvan Coumoyer and Frank Mahovlich, he made a first class play to put Stan Mikita in for-Chicago's fourth goal, and he also got that one himself. So In that first period, the Hawks got a power play goal from Dennis Hull while Claude La rose was off for bonking him on the head with his shillelagh, they got one from Bordeleau wno stepped out of the penalty boxt and Mikita hit him on the fly to send him In alone, they got White's and then one from Mikita while the Hawks were; 'shorthanded again. FIFTH GOAL A HARMLESS SHOT Early in the second, a rather harmless looking shot . by 'John Marks went under Pierre Bouchard and then under Dryden to make it 5-0, and that again was a power play goal with Savard off for hooking, and the Canadiens seemed to be in no humor to do anything constructive at all. Where in the first two games they had been carrying the play, in this one they were back on their heels. Part of that might be attributable to the fact that the home coach gets the advantage of the last line changes and so Bowman had no chance of putting his checking people on Chicago's fire power. , Then Peter Mahovlich's ill-advised choke- sign- ' denied' Montreal the services and In that 10-minute period he was needed as a penalty killer and also to do his regular job on the power plays. "I guess," Frank Mahovlich said, "they caught us down in that first period. We weren't ready." Fancy that . a Stanley Cup final series, and they " weren't ready! With Montreal down five goals and doing nothing of a belligerent nature it looked for a period and a half as if the Black Hawks, their ancient building trembling -with-the din of-their delirious fans, might chase them out into the more perilous surroundings of the shabby neighborhood around the arena. Bowman then had to change all -Ills thinking, ' abandon, pre-game strategy and just try to storm the ' gates. "The only thing we could do," Bowman said, "I played that Coumoyer-Lemaire-Lefley line every third shift, and mixed up the others." - " . But that meant he was going with three lines only. ' CHECKING FOR FIRE-POWER .Murray Wilson, for example, was used sparingly in the last period and Jim Roberts not at all. So the advantage he had enjoyed with four lines in Montreal was lost He had to sacrifice checking for fire-power. The Black Hawks didn't quite see It that way. Dennis Hull said: -' "I guess we went into a defensive shell too early." Pit Martin disagreed: "Defensive shell?" he asked. "If we had done that, the score would have been S to 1. We just stopped doing anything." Chicago coach Billy Reay said: V - "We got a great first period . . . they had a great third period . . . and the middle one was even. That was the hockey game." In that 'great' Montreal third period Chuck Lefley out-hustled rookie Phil Russell behind the Hawk net and scooped the puck out to Lemaire who had a bang at it before Coumoyer scored. , Then Claude Larose made an exceptional play at the blue line before feeding it over to Frank Mahovlich who fired, and Lapointe scored on the rebound. Then Lemaire scored with Coumoyer battling in the crease, and suddenly it was 5 to 4 and the Canadiens were coming,- and the Hawks appeared to be coming apart Now it was a hockey game and for the first time it looked, and felt, like a Stanley Cup final series, , Then in the tense last minute, with Dryden out of his nets, Frank Mahovlich had that great chance and. blew It, and the Hawks flipped in two. empty-net goals to make it 7-4. NOW ITS A HOCKEY SERIES- But where in Montreal it had seemed a flat, foregone conclusion, in Chicago it has developed into a ' series. ' There is no gainsaying the fact that Dryden was less than artistic on two of the first period goals: that Pete Mahovlich's self-imposed exile brought about by that won't-be-tolerated choke sign had an impact on the Canadiens' and that Frank Mahovlich missed two open nets .... - . , . ' Nevertheless, the Hawks were all over the Canadiens in that first period, took complete command and outshot them 16 to 8. Montreal outshot Chicago 14 to 13 m the second period but with each club scoring a goal, and the Canadiens outshot Chicago 11 to 8 in the third. After Montreal, the Hawks were saying they would need magic to win a game, and they were quick to run down the list of their walking wounded . . Jarrett, Mikita, Magnuson. But only Magnuson didn't play, and he complained: - "I wish that Muhammad All would quit going around imitating me." (Both have had their jaws wired and are taking their sustenance through straws.) The others came out to make their own magic and Bill White's exceptional play in the first period buoyed them over some early reefs and got them moving toward that big lead. His defence mate Pat Stapleton, and the presence of Sun Mikita turned it all around and by the time the Canadiens realized the Indians were not going to sit back and watch their wigwams bum, they were too far down to come back. - They made a gallant try ... but it was out of reach by just inches . . . just a few inches between the Big M sliding it over the goal line, or directly across the open net And he smiled easily, and gazed dreamily, and - Bowman choked down the hot words: "That big . . ." ; , So he can be maddening, but yet he did get a goal and an assist for a total of seven and 11, and 18 points in the playoffs, and Coumoyer got one and one for a total of 19, and they're Montreal's top people in the playoffs. . But Coumoyer is awake all the time. Crippl eel Hawks rebound to down Habs 7-4 n tim ut itwr CHICAGO (CP) Chicago's ufjury-plagued Black Hawks rebounded Thursday night to nail Montreal with a 7-4 setback that left the Canadiens with a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup final. Stan Mikita, who missed the second game of the series at -Montreal with a cut middle finger on his right hand, . scored once and assisted on two other goals. And defenceman Doug Jarrett, who suffered a broken rib in a collision with Montreal's Rejean Houle in the second game, came back strong while taking a regular , shift. "It didn't surprise me," ' Montreal coach Scotty Bowman said of the appearance of the two veterans in the Chicago lineup although they had been listed as doubtful starters. "I expected them to play." Jarrett, who had his back heavily tape for the contest, said later as he stripped it off: "I feel great." - TOOK PRECAUTIONS Asked if he took a jolt in the sore spot during the game, he said he had tried to avoid contact on that side of his body. The fourth game,jf the series is scheduled for here Sunday. Starting time is 3 p.m. EDT and the game will be televised nationally by the CBC. Chicago took advantage of early power play opportunities Thursday for goals by Dennis Hull and Jean-Pierre Bordeleau. Short-handed goals a minute apart by defenceman . Bill White and Mikita both with Hull in the penalty box push the Hawks into a 4-0 first-period lead. John Marks got another power play goal early in the second period to make it 5-0. Frank Mahovlich started a Montreal rally with his seventh goal of the playoff season in the second period and the Canadiens pulled to within one goal of the Hawks with third-period scores by Yvan Coumoyer, Guy Lapointe and Jacques Lemaire. TWO INTO EMPTY NET The Canadiens threatened to tie the game up in the last few minutes but the Hawks held on and clinched the victory with empty-net goals by Hull and Jim Pappin. The two short-handed goals by Chicago marked the second time in as many National Hockey League championships that a team has scored twice while killing off one penalty. Boston pulled off the trick against New York Rangers in the 1972 final during a 6-5 Bruins victory. - White surprised himself as well as the 17,600 Chicago Stadium fans with his scoring shot from a bad angle. He seemed to be well in check and made a move as if to der Ken Dryden. "I didn't! -know if tie was shooting or throwing it out in front" - Chicago's Len Frig, up from Dallas Black Hawks of the Central League and- dressed initially as insurance in the event Jarrett was unable to play, saw a lot of action, particularly on the power play. round the Montreal net when he lifted the puck toward the front of the goal. "I think it went between his arm ' and the post," said White, "Lemaire wasn't leaning on me too heavily." HAD NO ANGLE "It . seemed he -had no angle," said Montreal goalten- Cup summary FIRST PERIOD 1 Chicago, Hull 7 (Pappin, Stapleton) ........ 1.59 2 Chicago, Bordeleau 1 (Mikita, Koroll) 11.44 3 Chicago, White 1 (Stapleton, Backstrom) , . . ." 13.20 4 Chicago, Mikita 5 (Koroll, White) 14.20 Penalties Larose M 0.45, Bordeleau C 9.37, P. Mahovlich M minor, misconduct 10.31, Hull C 12:39. SECOND PERIOD 5 Chicago, Marks 1 (Frig, Mikita) 2:08 6 Montreal. F. Mahovlich 3 (Robinson, P. Mahovlich) 10.25 Penalties Savard M 1.08, Korab C 2.50, Savard M 6:12, Stapleton C 7.38, Lapointe M 13.42. . THIRD PERIOD 7 Montreal, Coumoyer 12 (Lemaire, Lefley) .. 1.20 8 Montreal, Lapointe 6 (F. Mahovlich, Larose) 7.15 9 Montreal, Lemaire 7 (Coumoyer, Tardif) ... 8.01 10 Chicago, Hull 8 19.29 11 Chicago, Pappin 6 (Hull) -. 19.49 Penalties None. Shots on goal by Montreal 8 14 1133 Chicago 16 13 8 37 Goal Dryden, Montreal; Esposito, Chicago. Attendance 17,600. He originally got credit for Marks' first playoff goal with Canadiens' Serge Savard in the penalty box. The goal was later credited to Marks who was standing in the slot in front of Dryden. "I just saw a crowd in there, but I could see the crossbar of the net," Frig said. "I saw John was in there so I just shot. It hit his leg and dropped in." CHANGED OVER Bowman, whose juggling of lines in the past has left his colleagues shaking their heads, either in wonder or admiration, used about 15 different line combinations in the last half of the game to shake up his offence. "Why not when you're behind," he said later in the Montreal dressing room when asked about the juggling of lines. The Canadiens were pressing right to the final whistle, missing several good scoring opportunities that might have changed the final outcome had they been able to score earlier. Bowman removed Dryden with about a minute to go and Hull almost immediately- put the game out of reach with a rink-length shot into the unguarded goal. Dryden was still on the bench in favor of an ex-, tra attacker when the second empty-net score, by Pappin, connected with 11 seconds to go. - .EXPECTED COMEBACK Chicago coach Billy Reay said he wasn't surprised to see the Montrealers open up after falling behind 4-0. "They had to, the way -e4 Vw.&' -"S v Stanley Cup scorers GAP Hull, C 8 13 21 Coumoyer, M 12 7 19 i. Mahovlich, M . 7 11 18 Lemaire, M . 7 I IS Mikita, C . 5 10 15 Stapleton, C - 2 13 15. Lapointe, M 6 6 12 Pappin, C .. . 6 - -6 12 Perreault, Buf 3 7 10 Savard, M 2 8 10 Argos trade KEEP AWAY CHICAGO Chicago Black Hawks' Stan Mikita (21) uses his stick to keep Montreal Canadiens' Yvan Coumoyer (12) away from the puck during the first period of Stanley Cup play in Chicago Thursday. . . (APvlownM wirtfMte) Moro to Esks TORONTO (UPI) Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League announced Thursday tight end Tony Moro has been sent to the Edmonton Eskimos in a trade for quarterback Wayne Allison and a future consideration. . Moro, 2S said this week he expected to be "gone" because of contract-signing difficulties he was. having with Argo management. The five-foot-Cleven, 218-pound native of Italy, who grew up in Toronto and played college football for the University of Dayton, was going into his fourth season with the teamr" Allison, 23, a six-foot, 185-pound quarterback and defensive half, was the Eskimos' number one pick in the Canadian college draft this year. He attended the University of Waterloo. j things were going. They had - to open up in the first game, too, when we grabbed a 2-0 lead. The second game was pretty well even, but that one out there tonight was really a thriller diller." . Reay said the Canadiens "threw caution to the wind" in an effort to catch up. "They weren't scoring from die points, though. They were just dropping it in." .- Montreal centre Henri Richard, in his 16th playoff season, set a career record with his 165th playoff game. Red Kel-ley had the previous record of 164 playoff game appearances - in 19 seasons with Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. 4 W T i v . ii 4 jrViK.a,A. - m"-.f fv m ,v aU-B -. .v . the Cambridge man is always in the winners1 circle i- . . . . because he keeps his cool in a single-breasted, , three-button crisp glen check suit of Tera-Cool, a superb worsted blend of Terylene and fine wool. Sure to finish first: the blue-ribbon Cambridge tailoring and handsome details in slant flaps arid ticket pocket. Take a tip ... put your money on Cambridge. I 3S& 1973 OUR 68th YEAR -c3!S . Cambridge & Country Squire Clothes At Our Sparks St. Store Country Squire Men's Suits In Our Branch Stores

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