Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Updated: October 17, 4:31 PM ET
NHL All-Stars win first "official" All-Star game
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Oct. 13, 1947
The NHL played two all-star games in the 1930s, but they were considered benefit affairs. Tonight, the first "official" all-star contest is played, pitting the defending Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs against the best players of the other five teams.
Before a standing room only crowd of 14,318 in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, the home team takes a 3-2 lead after two periods, with all three Toronto goals coming against Montreal netminder Bill Durnan. But 28 seconds into the final session, the Canadiens' Rocket, Maurice Richard, receives credit for the tying goal when a shot deflects off a defenseman into the goal. A minute later, Chicago left wing Doug Bentley scores on a power play for the All-Stars.
Boston goalie Frank Brimsek, who took over for Durnan midway through the second period, lives up to his nickname of "Mr. Zero" and frustrates the Leafs the rest of the way to secure the 4-3 victory for the All-Stars.