Dec. 11, 1963 - Stan Mikita’s 3 goals, Ken Wharram’s 2 goals, Glenn Hall’s fine goaltending, and Bobby Hull’s 200th career goal paced the Chicago Black Hawks to a 6-2 victory tonight over the hapless New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. In a wide-open game that had the 12,538 fans roaring a good part of the time at the Garden, the rugged Hawks demonstrated once again that they belong in first place. Coach Billy Reay’s big, bruising club threw up a stubborn defense — best in the NHL — and hounded the Rangers throughout in winning its 17th game in 26 starts. The Hawks have lost only three times. They have beaten New York five times and tied once. The Rangers haven’t won a game since Nov. 27. Early on tonight, they skated well and tested Hall often. But Mikita put the Hawks ahead at 8:30 of the first period when he whipped home a 35-footer. Young Gilles Villemure, who suffered his first defeat after three ties as a substitute for Jacques Plante, had no chance on the shot. Then Hull made it 2-0 with his 200th goal at 14:51. He hit a low 60-foot slap shot that caromed off Villemure’s right pad. The goal was also the 18th of the season for Hull, who is the NHL’s leading scorer. The Rangers played hard in the third period and tossed all they had at Hall, who thrilled the crowd with his acrobatics. He had to make 20 saves in the period compared with only 5 for Villemure.
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