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Canadiens Top Maple Leafs, Toronto Still in Driver’s Seat with Series at 3-1

Apr. 3, 1963 - The Montreal Canadiens last night staved off elimination from the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, in the fourth game of their semifinal series. With a 3-1 series lead, the defending champion Leafs are still in a comfortable position, however, and they can wrap up the series in the fifth game in Toronto tomorrow night. Gilles Tremblay scored two goals as the Canadiens ended a seven-game playoff losing streak that began when Chicago swept four games in the semifinals last year after Montreal had won the first two of the best-of-seven set. Toronto took a 1-0 lead last night on Ron Stewart's goal at 6 minutes 12 seconds of the first period. The Canadiens got even on a 10-footer by Henri Richard 26 seconds after the second period began, and they moved ahead to stay at the 14-minute mark when Tremblay's corner pass out in front of the net was accidentally deflected past Leaf goalie Johnny Bower by a teammate.


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