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Referee Mel Harwood dropped the puck for the faceoff while Wares was still on the ice and he promptly called a too-many-men penalty on Don Grosso. At the end of the game, Red Wings' coach Jack Adams attacked Harwood, punching him in the face following a profanity-laced outburst. This was the first time one team shut out the other for the first three games in Stanley Cup Finals history.
However, the series played out similarly to the last time the two teams met in the Finals, inwhen the Maple Leafs, down 0—3 forced a seventh game, this time with Detroit winning the next three games to force a seventh game. In game four, the Maple Leafs had a chance to win the Cup at home, but the Red Wings got on the board for the first time in the series when Flash Hollett opened the scoring 8: Four other Red Wings players, including rookie Ted Lindsay who scored what transpired to be the game-winner at 3: Games five and six were Harry Lumley's time to shine, shutting out the Leafs, including an overtime shutout in the sixth game, and extending the Finals.
The series returned to Detroit for a seventh game, with the Red Wings hoping to avenge their "choking" against the Leafs in Maple Leafs' coach Hap Day almost had to eat his words of a few years back when he said of the Leafs' comeback from being down 3—0 in games, "There will never be another experience like this.
Lumley left the ice almost immediately after the end of the game, but a Detroit Olympia crowd chant of "We want Lumley! This is the first time in the history of game sevens of the Stanley Cup Finals that the home team did not win.
The home team did not lose a game seven final again until the Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Black Hawks in The rivalry heightened to a fever pitch due to an incident in the playoffs when the Red Wings' young star, Gordie Howemistimed a check on Maple Leafs' Ted Kennedy and fell head-first into the boards, suffering severe injuries and needing emergency surgery to save his life.
The result was a violent playoff series won by the Red Wings and increased animosity between the teams. Howe and Lindsay combined for three goals in Detroit's 5—4 win, with Lindsay turning his stick like a rifle, pointing it at the Toronto crowd, circling the rink while making machine gun noises.
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Angered over a magazine article where Kelly had suggested the Red Wings forced him to play with a broken ankle in the —59 NHL seasonAdams traded the all-star to the Maple Leafs. When the Maple Leafs eliminated the Red Wings in the playoffsKelly couldn't resist another jab at Adams, telling the Ottawa Journal "it's nice to be with a winner. In game six, he was taken off the ice with an injury that later would be diagnosed as a broken leg. Baun eventually returned to the game and scored the OT winner to even the series at 3—3.
The Leafs went on to win game seven and win the Cup, part in thanks to Baun's unlikely heroics earlier in the series. Maloney was charged with assault causing bodily harm, part of a crackdown on hockey violence by Ontario attorney general Roy McMurtry.
A plea bargain left Maloney performing community service work while being banned from playing in Toronto for two years. Ironically, Maloney subsequently played for the Maple Leafs from —82, then served as their head coach from — After the Leafs scored their sixth goal, the Red Wings' head coach, Brad Parksent his players over the boards, and Leafs head coach Dan Maloney followed suit. By the games conclusion, the Maple Leafs won 7—4, and over minutes in penalties was assessed, with minutes from the third-period brawl alone.
The Red Wings will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set after falling Friday night to the visiting Ottawa Senators, However, there's a pretty good chance the Islanders will be thinking more about their previous game against the Red Wings than the loss to the Golden Knights.
The comeback was fueled after Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall delivered a blindside hit to New York captain Anders Lee, who needed eight stitches over his left eyebrow and lip to close his wounds.
Normally mild-mannered Islanders center Josh Bailey responded by crashing into Kronwall and fighting with center Dylan Larkin. Islanders head coach Barry Trotz told reporters he would leave any further actions up to his players, though he noted, "Players have long memories.
We've got to win a hockey game.
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We had an opportunity here to win at home and we didn't win it, so we've got to go find a way to win Saturday. They're both on the outside looking in on the Eastern Conference playoff picture and in need of a victory Saturday night.
Detroit has lost five of seven while New York has dropped six of eight Red Wings number one goalie Jimmy Howard started and took the loss Friday, when he made 28 saves, so backup Jonathan Bernier will likely be in net Saturday. Bernier last played Tuesday, when he took the loss and was chased after allowing five goals on just 15 shots over two periods as Detroit fell to the Washington Capitals The Islanders haven't announced a starter yet, but Thomas Greiss would seem to be in line to start after Robin Lehner played the last two games.