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Leafs Shut Out Habs in Montreal

Mar. 30, 1963 - Goals by Eddie Shack and Bob Pulford (pictured) earned the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-0 shutout over the Montreal Canadiens tonight and a near insurmountable 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 semifinal Stanley Cup series. The Leafs beat goalie Jacques Plante in the second and third periods, while 14,773 in the Montreal Forum groaned. For Toronto netminder Johnny Bower, it was his first shutout in 38 playoff starts. The Canadiens did everything but score, just as in their 3-2 loss Thursday night in Toronto. Once again, their punchless power play contributed to their downfall. Midway through the first period, Shack was given a 5-minute major penalty for slashing Ralph Backstrom at 9:37, and Carl Brewer joined him at 12:20 for holding Bernie Geoffrion. Despite the two-man advantage -- the third of the series for the Canadiens -- they did not threaten seriously. The series resumes Tuesday night in Montreal.

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