Tuesday, May 2, 2017
THE LAST CUP
Exactly 50 years-ago this evening on May 2, 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens faced-off in game six of the Stanley Cup Final. The game was played at Maple Leafs Gardens. The Cup was on the line as the Leafs held a 3 to 2 games advantage over the Habs.
Going into the third period, Toronto was able to keep their opponent off the scoreboard and had a two goal lead. Ron Ellis and Jimmy Pappin found the back of the net for the home team. But at the 5:28 mark of the final frame, former Leaf, Dick Duff, brought the Canadiens to within one goal.
Toronto Daily Star hockey writer, Red Burnett, in his report the next day, brilliantly described the action after Duff's goal.
"From then until George Armstrong pounded a long shot into the Canadiens net with 47 seconds left, it was a tense, gripping duel between a desperate offence and a stubborn, clever defence.
"Coach Toe Blake lifted Worsley at 19:05 for an extra attacker after the Leafs were called for icing.
"Allan Stanley beat Beliveau to the faceoff and cleared him out of the way with his body to allow Kelly to relay the puck to Bob Pulford, who fed Army in the clear."