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Leafs Take Commanding 3-1 Series Lead in NHL Finals

Apr. 16, 1963 - Dave Keon and Red Kelly flicked in unassisted third-period goals tonight at the Detroit Olympia to hand the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 triumph over the Red Wings and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Stanley Cup final series. The Leafs, who came from behind twice to tie the game before Keon's goal at 9:42 of the third period won it, now can retain possession of the Stanley Cup in the best-of-7 series by winning at Toronto Thursday. Kelly scored a pair of goals for the Leafs, tying the game at 2-2 late in the second period and adding an insurance goal at 17:45 of the final period. Keon picked up the dazzling game-winner when he skated down the center of the ice in front of Detroit goalie Terry Sawchuk, swerved to his left, then flipped the puck up into the right side of the net. Keon also assisted on the first Toronto goal by George Armstrong. Toronto netminder Johnny Bower (pictured) made 38 saves in the game, while Sawchuk had 29.

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