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Old 04-12-2018, 10:49 AM   #301
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Uhh... you posted Pierre Pilote twice.
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1957-58 NHL Regular Season

In early November, Montreal goalie Marcel Paille has become the first goaltender to wear a mask in an NHL game. The news story says it all!




Paille with and without his new mask

Time for a Maurice Richard update. The now 36 year old had played in every game so far this season. Heís got 10 goals and 8 assists in 33 games. Heís fallen to a 3 star player and for the first time since his rookie year, and he isnít on the Rangers top line anymore. Maurice has 454 career goals, and I'm thinking 500 is just too far away. He just passed the 900 point plateau, but this could be his final season. Itís the first year his skills have dropped significantly.


A younger Rocket.

Um, in early January, this comes over the news wireÖ..



Fail FHM. News travels slower in 1958, but ya, this is just a mistake.

26 year old Jean Beliveau has reached the 600 point plateau!! Thatís very quick for this day in age. Beliveau is on pace to smash the career points record, and could do it by the time heís 31 or 32! Beliveau has a few things going for him. Heís been generally healthy. He hasnít played a full season since his 2nd year in the NHL, but doesnít tend to miss many games any year. He consistently plays over 60 games each year. He also doesnít seem to need big scorers around him to produce. Beliveau is in his prime, and is the most gifted scorer in hockey!


600 points by age 26!

The Toronto Maple Leafs have improved enough to be in a playoff position with 20 games to play. They look like they will take the spot of the Blackhawks, who are a one man, and one goalie team. Chicago might be smart to rebuild, and trade their two superstars to a team like Montreal, who have wonderful depth. They wonít, but it would make senseÖ.

Right after I say something good about Toronto, and bad about Chicago, the Leafs lose 8 in a row, and Chicago wins 7 in a row. Thatís enough to flip the script, and the Leafs find themselves watching the postseason again.

Final Standings



Montreal has an all time great season, losing just 13 times in 70 games. Still, they will probably make the cup final, and lose again.



Gordie Howe got hot to end the year. He scored 14 goals in the final 3 weeks of the season. If he stays that hot, Detroit has a real chance of upsetting Montreal in the first round.

Boom Boom Geoffrion wins his first scoring title. The Hart Trophy race looks up in the air. Howe, Boom Boom, Beliveau and Armstrong could all reasonably take home the hardware.

Johnny Bower and Gumpy Worlsey are now both 4.5 star goalies. At 33, Bower is now getting the playing time, (kinda like real life). Bower starts 53 games for Detroit, while Gump starts 23.

Maurice Richard finishes his 18th season with 65 games played, 22 goals and 40 points. Solid and healthy season. He finishes the year with 466 goals scored!
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1958 NHL Playoffs


Montreal vs Detroit

Montreal needs overtime to take the first game against Detroit. With 3 minutes left in the extra frame, it was Don McKenney scoring for the Habs, after Johnny Bower had just made his 40th save. 2-1 Montreal. Johnny Bower makes 30 saves in game 2, while Gerry Foley got two goals for the Red Wings. Detroit led 4-0 after two periods, and cruised to a 4-1 win to tie the series.


Don McKenney pots the OT winner in game 1!

The Habs outshot Detroit badly in the first two games, and continued that trend in game three. All the scoring in this one was done in the final period. Bill Gadsby collected 2 assists, while Ted Lindsay scored the winner in Montreal's 3-1 win. Claude Provost gave Montreal the early lead in game four. Gordie Howe then decided to finally arrive for the series. He puts the Wings on his back and scores 3 straight goals. Enough for a 4-2 win. Howeís first 3 goals of the series.


Howe's hat trick wins game 4!

An even game 5 wasnít decided until Charlie Burns, a 22 year old Red Wings 3rd liner scored twice in the final 4 minutes of the game. Those goals hand the Wings a 3-1 win, and the series lead. Marcel Paille and his new mask shut the door on Detroit in game 6. He makes 23 saves, shutting out the Wings 2-0, to force a seventh game.


The game 5 hero!

Both offenses come out of the gate hard. Itís 2-1 Detroit 5 mins into the game, but Bob Pulford scores in the final seconds of the period to tie it at 2. Dick Gamble and George Armstrong exchange goals to keep the score tied into the final moments of regulation. Instead of overtime though, Billy Dea converts a Gordie Howe pass to give Detroit the lead with just 82 seconds remaining. The Habs couldnít score, and Detroit wins 4-3!! On to the Stanely Cup!!



Boston vs Chicago

Boston makes game one look easy over Chicago. They outshoot the Hawks by 12, and were 3 minutes away from a shutout. 3-1 Bruins in the opener. Johnny Bucyk and Larry Popein have Boston up 2-0 after a period, a lead they would never relinquish. Boom Boom Geoffrion scored twice in the 2nd, as Boston wins game two 4-2.


Bucyk and the Bruins have an easy time in the first 2 games.

Boston registers 40 shots on goal. Glenn Hall is left out to dry. Boom Boom scores 2 again. Bruins cruise to a 5-2 win. Facing elimination, Chicago grabs an early lead, but it is erased in the 2nd, as Boston scores 3 times. Down by 2 in the final frame, Jean Beliveau sets up Frank Mathers to make it a one goal game. Beliveauís 5th assist of the series, but thatís all they had. 4-3 Boston wins and finishes the sweep. Jean Beliveau needs some help!


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The Bruins beat the Red Wings 7 years ago when they won their first ever Cup. Since then, Boston has won 2 more, and the Red Wings have won 3. This series should decide the team of the decade! Boston still has an amazing defensive core, but Boom Boom Geoffrion has developed into a much better offensive player then he was in previous years. Detroit can match the Bruins offense, and can come close to matching the defense. This series will come down to Bower vs Plante. Whoever plays better will win!
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Detroit starts off the finals by grabbing a 2-0 lead early on. That lead holds until the third, until Johnny Bucyk assists on two Bruins goals to tie it up. The game is decided in overtime, off the stick of Kenny Wharram, 3 minutes in, to complete the Boston comeback. 3-2 Bruins take game one! Detroit falls behind 2-1 in the second game, and itís their turn to comeback. Gordie Howe grabs a goal and an assist, as Detroit scores 3 times in the third for a 5-2 win, evening the series.


Wharram with the game 1 overtime goal!

Back in Boston for the third game, Boom Boom Geoffrionís 6th goal of the postseason highlights Bostonís explosive 3 goal first period. Itís a lead Detroit isnít able to topple. Boom Boom ends up with 3 points in a 4-2 win. Detroitís Allan Stanley is the first star of game 4. He collects 3 assists, as Detroit whips Boston 5-1. Series tied at two.


Stanley with 3 helpers in game 4!

Jacques Plante shuts the door in the fifth game, making 25 saves for a shut out. Boom Boom scored twice, and added an assist. Heís in on each of the Bruins 3 goals in their game 5 win. With Detroit facing elimination, they come out on fire. Boston actually scores first, but in a 3 minute span, Gordie Howe, Larry Regan and Dick Gamble have it 3-1 Wings early in the first. Gordie Howe scores twice in 12 seconds making the lead 5-1 in the 2nd, but thats when Boston starts their come back. Amazingly, they score 4 times after Howe's heroics to tie the game at 5!!!


Would Howe's 2 goals in 12 seconds be enough to force a 7th game?

The third period is back and forth. Boom Boom gets his 9th with 5 minutes left to give Boston the lead, but Jerry Toppazzini ties it 70 seconds later for the Wings, and we need overtime. 12 minutes in, the hero is Johnny Bucyk. He scores to win the game 7-6, and give Boston their third straight cup!!




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1958 NHL Offseason News and Notes

Here are the top 10 regular season scorers.



Here are the playoff leaders.





Pierre Pilote becomes the first defenseman to win the Hart Trophy since Eddie Shore won a few decades ago. Tom Johnson wins the Norris Trophy though. Itís his 3rd time winning it, but im calling BS. Pierre Pilote is the leagues MVP, but no the best defensemanÖ.come onÖ



And ofcourse, the league MVP does not make the first team all star team!!

Blockbuster trade alert!!



The New York Rangers have traded the Rocket!! Thatís right. Maurice Richard, the greatest goalscorer in league history is going to Detroit, looking for that one last chance to win a cup! The Rangers will get Johnny Bower, who has been pretty great ever since becoming Detroitís number one goalie. Detroit decides to continue on with Gump Worlsey in net. Both teams look like they got what they wanted in this deal. NY will have great goaltending for the next few years, and Detroit adds a nice 2nd line guy with the a record breaking resume!


Bower and Richard traded!

Even without the first pick, Toronto gets the most talented player available, but in this draft, everyone is gonna be happy!!



Stan Mikita is a solid top pick for the Rangers, while Jean Ratelle is a huge addition to a very young and talented Toronto team. Infact, they add Vic Hadfield in the 2nd round. Toronto is gonna be very scary if they stay together. Montreal has the final pick in the first round, and pick up Dave Keon!! Insanely talented draft class! Hereís a look at top pick Stan Mikita!



Elmer Lach is an automatic induction into the Hall of Fame. He was an elite player, who seemed to keep getting better, age be damned. His career high 84 points, came in his third last season, as a 33 year old. Thatís not that old, but knowing he retired 2 years later, its at the end of his career. Congrats to the great Elmer Lach!



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The Leafs start out the season with 1 win in 10 games. Yes, they have some fantastic young talent, but Torontoís biggest problem is they have very little on defense. Carl Brewer and Moose Vasko are the only two NHL caliber defensemen on the team, and in the system. They are gonna have to outscore everyone, which probably means hanging Sawchuk out to dry if they canít find themselves some help on the blue line.


Young Carl Brewer is Toronto's top Dman

Maurice Richardís role on Detroit is much smaller then it was in New York. Richardís ice time has fallen from 21 mins a game to 13. Heís got 5 goals in his first 24 games, but heís also not playing in that ďI need to score every shiftĒ role. Richard is a 2.5 star player at this point.

Richards chase to 500 continues in Detroit!

Don Simmons, New York's back up goalie, just became the 4th person to make NHL history, by wearing a mask before anyone else. Ya, this is obviously a bug.

At new years, the Leafs have turned everything around. After a disastrous start, which wasnít completely unexpected, they put together a great December, going 10-1-2! They are now a game over .500 and in the playoff race! Torontoís young scoring started to really emerge, and Terry Sawchuk put up three 100 rated games, and three 99ís!! This Leaf team is on the verge of something it seems!


Sawchuk and the Leafs are winning!

Boston defenseman Tim Horton tore his meniscus during a game with the Leafs. The injury occurred on Feb 1st, and will sideline Horton for at least 3 months. That timeline puts the star out for the season. A big blow to the Bruins hoping to win their 4th straight cup.


Horton out for the year!

Gordie Howe has 77 points in 60 games heading into March, the final month of the season. The single season scoring record, as ill post the list below, is 90 points, by Ted Lindsay, done in 1953. Howe has 10 games remaining in the season. Itís sure not far fetched for him to get 13+ points in those games..



Final Standings



Toronto doesnít even get a challenge from Chicago for the final playoff spot. Jean Beliveau missed 19 games this year, and im sure the Blackhawks record in those games was pretty poor.

Credit to the Leafs for making 3 deals for NHL caliber defenseman before the trade deadline. None of the deals are big enough to spotlight, and they picked up back end guys, but all the guys they got were playing regularly with other teams, and made them and obviously more complete team.

Bostonís play did falter without Tim Horton. Heís not a player you can easily replace. Their run of Cups is in serious Jeopardy.



Gordie Howe falls one point short of tying the single season scoring record! 89 points! Howe is now 30 years old, so heís got another 25 years left!!!

Maurice Richard misses just two games all season, and scores 24 goals in Detroit. 2nd best on the team. He know has 490 career goals. If he doesn't retire, there's a great chance to hit 500 next year!
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1959 NHL Playoffs



Montreal vs. Boston

The Absence of Tim Horton is felt early as Montreal doubled Boston in shots during game one. Jacques Plante was fantastic though, stopping 33 of the 34 shots he saw. George Armstrongís goal was the only one of the game though. 1-0 Habs. The play in game two was even more slanted to Montreal then the first game. The Habs dominated from start to finish. Jacques Plante is again the only reason the game was close on the scoreboard. Plante made 35 saves. His heroics arenít enough. Montreal wins 3-1, and looks dominant.


Plante has been wonderful, but it hasn't been enough!

Down 2-0 in the third, the Bruins, in an effort to save the season, and give themselves a chance in the series, score 3 straight. The winning goal, coming at 19:05 of the period, short handed, off the stick of Larry Popein. 3-2 Boston. One bad period in nine motivate the Habs, who dominate game 4. Dickie Moore scores twice, as Montrealís attack puts up a 6 spot. 6-1 Montreal.


Dickie Moore leading a Montreal attack Boston is having trouble stopping.

Sugar Jim Henry has been in Montrealís net this series, and he puts the dagger into the defending champs in game 5. Henry records the 16 save shutout. Dicke Moore gets 3 points. Montreal advances with a 3-0 win. We will have new champions this year!



Detroit vs. Toronto

Gordie Howe is out with a muscle strain. Heís listed as day to day. Toronto gets a rude welcome back to the playoffs. Pierre Pilote scores 44 seconds into game one, then, amazingly, Detroit sets a record, scoring 4 seconds later. Allan Stanley scores at 48 seconds of the period. Maurice Richard ends up with 3 points in his first Red Wings playoff game, as Detroit wins the opener, 5-2. Another quick start for Detroit in game 2. Richard scores 90 seconds in, and the Red Wings add two more near the end of the period. Itís way too big a deficit for the young Leafs. Detroit cruised the rest of the way, taking it 4-2.


Pilote and Stanley score 4 seconds apart in game one!

Back at home for game three, the Leafs strike first on a Andy Bathgate goal. The lead is short lived. The next four goals all come of Red Wings sticks. Earl Ingarfield gets 3 points, Detroit wins 4-2. The Leafs put forth an unbelievable effort in game four. They hold the Wings to just 10 shots on net, while getting 35 themselves. Facing elimination, Bobby Hull gets his first career playoff goal, and Terry Sawchuk records the shut out. 3-0 Toronto stays alive.


Bobby Hull has his first playoff goal!

Detroit has a much better game five effort, putting 26 shots on net, but Terry Sawchuk was on fire. He stops every single one of those shots, getting first star honors in Torontoís 2-0 win. Toronto continues their resurgence in game 6. In a rather shocking result, Andy Bathgate scores twice, as Toronto forces a 7th game with a 6-1 win!!


Bathgate is quickly becoming an elite player!

Down 3 games to zero, Toronto and Terry Sawchuk have allowed just one goal in games 4-6. If the Leafs can win this game, it will go down as the biggest upset in NHL history! Gordie Howe returns today for his first game of the playoffs. Just intime!

Detroit scores first, just 3 minutes in. Rudy Migay gets the goal, and thatís a huge mental victory for Detroit. THEY CAN SCORE on Sawchuk. Detroit leads 1-0 after a period. Defensively, Detroit dominates the 2nd. No scoring occurs, but the shot total now reads 24-7. Toronto needs to get some pucks at Gump Worsley or their upset bid is over.

Gordie Howe scores off a faceoff early in the 3rd, making it 2-0 Detroit. The deficit facing Toronto must look like a mountain now. Kent Douglas takes a shot, which deflects off of Gary Aldcorn. Goal for Toronto! They cut the lead to 1 with 6 mins remaining. With the Leafs obviously taking risks, Pierre Pilote takes advantage, intercepts a pass, and scores on a breakaway to put the game away. 3-1 Red Wings. They survive!


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Detroit looked really weak and vulnerable against Toronto, but they were without their best player for most of that time. Gordie Howe did score in his return to the lineup. Maurice Richard did a great job stepping up with 6 points in his first playoff series in 10 years! Montreal though, looked like a juggernaut against Boston. Itís hard to believe they can be beat when they dominated a really good team like that. I suspect Howe will have to come up big, and Worsley will have to steal a game or 2.
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Gordie Howe gets the first goal of the cup final, and watched as Phil Goyette added to the early Detroit lead. Montreal fought back to tie it at two, but Earl Ingarfieldís 4th playoff goal, midway through the 3rd, held up. 3-2 Detroit takes game one! Game 2 opened the same way as the first. Gordie Howe scored, and Detroit went up 2-0. In the third, trailing by 1, Red Kelly and Bob Nevin both scored for the Habs, the go ahead goal coming with 3 minutes remaining. 3-2 Montreal evens the series.


Howe with 3 goals in 3 playoff games so far!

Game 3 is the biggest blowout in Stanley Cup history I believe. Claude Provost and Red Kelly both net hat tricks, while Dickie Moore gets 5 assists. 8-1 thrashing by Montreal. Only two goals are scored in game 4, both by the Canadiens. Jim Henry stopped 29 shots for the 2-0 shut out. Montreal leads 3 games to one.


5 assists in the third game for Dickie Moore!

J.C. Tremblay scored early in the 2nd period to give the Wings a 2-1 lead. That goal would hold up for the next 35 minutes. Gump Worsley stopped 21 shots. Detroit avoids elimination with a 2-1 win on Montreal ice!! Game 6 is never close. Gordie Howe scores twice. Charlie Burns gets four assists, and the Red Wings chase Henry from the Habs net in their 7-3 blow out win to force a game 7!


Burns gets 4 assists in Detroits game 6 win!

Montreal decides to start Marcel Paille in game 7. Paille has played 29 minutes so far this postseason.

The teams trade early goals. Howe and Armstrong score 40 seconds apart. The score stays tied until the opening seconds of period 2. Red Kelly converts a Bill Gadsby rebound to give Montreal the lead. That lead lasts 80 seconds. Charlie Burns ties it for Detroit. 18 seconds later, Gordie Howe scores, and the Wings now lead! Amazingly, 19 seconds after that, Bob Pulford ties it again!! Thatís 6 total goals on 16 total shots!


These teams are scoring at will!

We go 5 whole minutes without a goal, until Charlie Burns gives Detroit the lead back with his 2nd of the game. Guess what comes next. Thatís right, less then 2 minutes later, Dickie Moore ties it!! Before the 2nd period ends, Maurice Richard scores on the power play. 5-4 Detroit heading into the third.

Sugar Jim Henry replaced Paillie after Detroitís 5th goal, and he starts making some saves, but Rudy Migay is able to make it 6-4 half way through the final frame. The Habs get just 2 more shots on net. Neither go in. Detroit comes back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Stanley Cup!!





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This is a good universe for hockey. Look at all the closely-fought, competitive games and series!
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1959 NHL Offseason News and Notes

Here are last season's top 10 scorers.



Here are the top 10 playoff scorers.





The Cup champs win every award this year except for rookie of the year. Pierre Pilote, last yearís Hart winner, finally gets his Norris Trophy. Gordie Howe wins his 6th MVP, 4 seasonís after the last time he won!



Detroit's decision to go with Gump Worlsey seems like a good choice!

The game has pointed out 33 year old Ted Kennedy, 36 year old Kenny Mosdell and 32 year old Jim Thompson have all retired. Teeder was a two time Hart winner in his early 20ís, but played most of his career with a horrible Rangers team.

37 year old Maurice Richard, who just got his first playoff action in a decade, winning his 5th Stanley Cup, has retired from the NHL. Richardís final season in Detroit gave me hope he would play another year, as he scored 24 goals, and had a strong playoff. Richard retires with an NHL record 490 goals, and 969 points, 8 behind Milt Schmidtís career record.


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Richard did not have his number retired by the Rangers, which makes no sense, but I will honor him with a benner that will hang in MSG. He amazingly won just one post season award, the 1949 Art Ross Trophy.



Draft

The top 3 picks in the draft are all pretty similar in skill. Jacques Laperriere looks to have the best chance to be an impact player, but I think the Hawks and Leafs will be pretty happy with Gilbert and Parise. Here is the results of the draft and a look at the top pick.





Woody Dumart is the lone inductee into the Hall of Fame this year. Dumart had some very good seasons, but his career resume is why heís receiving this honour. Dumart is 4th all time in points with 877, and 5th in goals with 335.



Chicago slightly alters their logo. Here is there new look


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Many thanks for your work on this series. I'm really enjoying it and am thinking of doing something in a similar vein. I'm considering starting in 1917, playing as GM/coach for 20-25 years, retiring, and then re-entering the game as the son of the recent retiree. I'd then retire again, re-entering as the grandson, etc. I think it would be interesting to see which generation did the best.
At the outset, my guess would be "junior" or "III" because of the small size of the league from the 40's through the 70's. I would institute some "house rules" to keep the exploitation out of the game.
Thoughts or suggestions?
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Many thanks for your work on this series. I'm really enjoying it and am thinking of doing something in a similar vein. I'm considering starting in 1917, playing as GM/coach for 20-25 years, retiring, and then re-entering the game as the son of the recent retiree. I'd then retire again, re-entering as the grandson, etc. I think it would be interesting to see which generation did the best.
At the outset, my guess would be "junior" or "III" because of the small size of the league from the 40's through the 70's. I would institute some "house rules" to keep the exploitation out of the game.
Thoughts or suggestions?
I'm glad your enjoying it.

My only advice, which is what would make the game fun for me, is exactly do not exploit the AI. I think it's fairly easy to build a super team most of the time. Don't do something if you can't justify it from the CPU's point of view. Don't take advantage of the CPU's stupid waivers. Try to win, but if you see you can acquire 23 year old Maurice Richard, ask yourself why would the other team do this!!! To me, i love realism, so I have a hard time with stuff like that....

Ofcourse, the main thing is do what you enjoy. If you are the opposite of me, and you like doing the stuff i said above, go for it!! The main things is do what excited you!
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Instead of top players, here is a look at all the NHL rosters this season. I think ill do this every few years.












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1959-60 NHL Regular Season

The season starts off with an interesting trade between Detroit and Chicago.



Allan Stanley was the captain of the Red Wings. He leaves the team after 4 very good seasons in which he contributed offensively and defensively. He joins the Blackhawks for the 3rd time in his career. Stanley started out in Chicago in 1944. He was then traded to Montreal in 1950, and traded back to Chicago in 1954. Stanley will be Chicagoís best defenseman. Detroit gets Donnie Marshall. Heís a guy who has flirted with breaking out, but hasnít quite gotten there. He had 31 points in 49 games last year, but never became the guy they needed to support Jean Beliveau. Itís seems like a nice trade. An older sure thing guy for a in his prime, can he take the next step guy.


Stanley returns to Chicago.

Here is a weird event. On November 3rd, Toronto traded 24 year old Al MacNeil to Montreal for Kent Douglas. Both are young, similarly talented back end defenseman. Nothing to really see here. Two days later, the two teams make another deal. Toronto trades Kent Douglas, back to Montreal for Larry Hillman. Why, oh why wouldnít they just have done a MacNeil for Hillman tradeÖÖ.


Don't unpack your things Kent!

34 year old Doug Harvey just became the first defenseman in NHL history to hit the 600 point plateau!! The vet and probably best dman in NHL history just lost his 5 star status this year, but is still a force. He has consistently put up 35-55 points a year his whole career. Harvey now ranks 15th in all time scoring in NHL history. Hereís a list of the top 10 dman scoring in NHL history.



Speaking of Doug Harvey, he is about to pass Doug Bentley for most games played in NHL history. Like it says above, Harvey has 997 games played, tied with Bentley. He will hit 1000 in the second week of January!! Allan Stanley will join Harvey in the 1000 game club early next season, along with Ted Lindsay!


1000 games for Doug Harvey!

Milestones keep coming! Gordie Howe just hit 400 goals before new years! Heís the 2nd played to score that many, and now 90 behind is former teammate Maurice Richard. Howe is having an amazing season. In his 35 games so far, he has 34 goals and 16 assists. Gordie is on pace to shatter the single season record books!


On pace to set goal and points records!

It probably isnít a huge deal anymore, but im mentioning it cuz itís atleast an interesting deal.



Ted Lindsay seems like the type of guy a team trying to win the cup would want. So itís strange the Habs would let him go, to the team that beat them last year. Lindsay joins Detroit, probably to play a role similar to Maurice Richard last year. Lindsay is having a bad year, with 14 points in 32 games, but heís been consistently in the 50 point range the last 6 years. Detroit is playing him on the 2nd line. I like this addition. Montreal has all kinds of depth, but itís still a risky move. Jim Neilson is a very raw, 19 year old 0.5-3 star prospect.

Marcel Paille has just worn a mask for the first time in NHL history, for the 2nd timeÖ..

On March 1st, itís now time for a Record watch!!! With 3 weeks remaining in the season, Gordie Howe has 48 goals, 3 off the record, held by Maurice Richard. Howe also has 81 points, which is 9 short Ted Lindsayís 90 point record, but Montrealís Dickie Moore has passed Howe, and has 84 points! Also, Elmer Lachís record 58 assists is about to fall to Red Kelly, who has 56!! For anyone wondering, scoring is at itís highest point in a decade, but at 5.25 goals per game, itís not very far out of whack, so the higher scoring is only contributing to a point. These are some great great performances.


The record chasers. Howe, Moore and Kelly.

Final Standings



For the first time since winning the cup in 1949, the New York Rangers have made the playoffs!! They beat out the Leafs by winning their final 5 games!!



Gordie Howe sets the single season goal scoring record, beating out Maurice Richard by one! 52 goals is the new mark!

Red Kellyís 66 assists is a new record, beating out Elmer Lachís old mark of 58!

Finally, both Dickie Moore and Gordie Howe eclipse the 90 point barrier, but Dickie Moore takes it a bit further, becoming the first player to scored 100 points in a season! The 29 year old finishes the year with 44 goals and 56 assists! A season for the ages!!


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1960 NHL Playoffs

Montreal vs Boston

The Habs dominated Boston in last years playoffs. The Bruins were without Tim Horton during that series though. This year, Doug Harvey is questionable for the series, and will miss game one. Boston, determined to make a better showing, scores three times in the first period, but only get a one goal lead in that time!. Montreal then goes on to score 3 more goals, leaving people wondering if Bostonís vaunted defense is too old to keep up with the deep Canadiens. 6-4 Montreal behind two goals from Bob Pulford and Bob Nevin. Montreal out shoots Boston 43-20 in the second game, but goalie Jacques Plante comes up big, allowing just one goal in regulation. Boston only manages one goal aswell, and we need overtime. In the extra period, Bob Pulford is the hero, with his 3rd of the series. Montreal wins 2-1.


Pulford scores three times in the opening games, including the game 2 winner in overtime!

It becomes clear to everyone that for Boston to have a chance, itís on Jacque Plante. Montreal outshoots the Bruins 48-19 in game three, but the Bruins get that wow performance from Plante, who stops 47 shots. Boston gets the winning goal from Larry Popein in the 2nd, and hold on to the 2-1 win. The Bruins get a much better team effort in the 4th game, and arenít outplayed in this one. Kenny Wharram gets 3 points, and Boom Boom Geoffrion finally gets on the board. 4-2 Bruins tie the series.


Plante having a great series for the Bruins

Plante canít save the day for Boston in game 5. Montreal gets 45 shots, and 6 goals. Two from Don McKenney. 6-2 Habs take it and lead the series 3-2. Dean Prentice scores 2 goals two minutes apart early in the first period of game 6. Plante makes 29 saves, and the Bruins force a game 7 with a 2-1 win!


Doug Harvey returns to Boston's lineup for game 7!

Doug Harvey will suit up for the seventh game. He makes his presence known early, assisting on the first goal of the game, scored by Vic Stasiuk. 1-0 Boston. Billy Harris ties the game 3 minutes later. Johnny Bucyk scores on a breakaway just before the end of the period, and itís 2-1 Boston, looking for the big upset.

Montreal dominates the 2nd period, and finally get the tying goal off the stick of Claude Provost. Shots after 2 periods. Montreal 23, Boston 5.

Down two men, Montreal canít keep Boston off the board. Bucyk gets his 2nd of the game, on Bostonís 8th shot! 3-2 Bruins with 15 mins remaining. Lou Fontinato then adds another for Boston a few minutes later. That insurance is needed, as George Armstrong cuts the lead to 1 with 4 mins remaining. Dickie Moore then TIES IT 70 seconds after Armstrongís goal, on Montreal's 40th shot of the game. We are tied! Overtime!


Moore forces overtime!

Dickie Moore is the hero! He scores his 2nd of the game, and the Habs come back from 2 down in the final 4 minutes to win the game and the series! Final shots. Montreal 46, Boston 16!! Habs escape!



Detroit vs New York

The Red Wings open defense of their championship against a team who are pretty full of players who have never played a postseason game. Still, the Rangers give Detroit all they can handle in the opener. The two teams trades goals and would need overtime to settle it. Just 12 seconds in, Harry Howell tips home a Pierre Pilote shot to give Detroit the 3-2 win. Game two is also very close. Dick Duff gets a goal and an assist for the Rangers, but fall short thanks to Al Arbour's winner in the third. 4-3 Detroit takes a 2-0 series lead.


Johnny Bower taking on his old team in the playoffs! Unsuccessfully so far!

Madison Square Gardens hosts itís first playoff game in a decade, but it doesnít go well for the home team. Gordie Howe gets 3 points, and Detroit leads 4-0 before the Rangers get on the board. Detroit cruises to a 6-2 win. The Rangers are held to just 11 shots in the fourth, and final game of the series. Gump Worsley stopped all 11, while former Red Wing, Johnny Bower, did his best, stopping 39 of 42 shots, but it obviously wasnít enough. 3-0 Detroit, to complete the sweep!


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