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Black Hawks Tie Bruins on Hull’s Last-Minute Goal

Dec. 4, 1963 - Bobby Hull scored with 31 seconds left to play tonight at Chicago Stadium to lift the Black Hawks into a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins for a team record of 13 consecutive games without defeat at home. Andy Hebenton, the Boston winger, set an NHL record by playing his 581st consecutive game, breaking the mark set in 1961 by John Wilson, who played with 4 teams in 8 seasons. Hebenton started his string with the New York Rangers in 1955 and was picked up by Boston last summer. Hull’s goal was his 16th of the season. Coach Billy Reay took the goalie, Glenn Hall, out of the net with a minute to go in order to get six forwards on the ice, and the maneuver paid off. The Bruins turned back two raids. Then Bill Hay, who had been fed the puck by Stan Mikita, delivered a perfect lateral pass to Hull. The blond jet blasted a 30-footer right through Ed Johnston, Boston goalie. And a crowd of 10,123 was treated to a Hawk record that almost got away — 13 games on Stadium ice without defeat. Hull’s goal, his season’s 16th and the 198th of his career, and his assist on Hay’s opening goal, fortified his position as the league’s No. 1 scorer with 37 points.


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