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Rangers Drop Sixth Straight to Leafs at MSG

Nov. 14, 1963 - The New York Rangers lost their sixth straight game tonight, a 5-4 decision to the 1962 Stanley Cup champions, the Toronto Maple Leafs, at Madison Square Garden. Many of the 12,755 spectators left the arena with the impression that the club that had been regarded as superior to the 1962-63 outfit simply wasn’t. The Rangers have now lost eight of their last nine games. Three of their four victories so far have come against the pitiful Bruins. Toronto’s fourth goal was a lucky one. New York netminder Jacques Plante was flat on his back, apparently trapping a loose puck, when somehow it slipped out and Frank Mahovlich raced in and lifted the rubber over the prostrate goalie. The fifth Toronto tally, with only 3:07 left, was most embarrassing for Plante. Defenseman Tim Horton took a swipe at the puck outside the blue line, and his 65-footer bounced over Jacques’ stick into the net. With that one in the bag, the Leafs had no sweat when Vic Hadfield scored for the Blues with only 34 seconds to go. Bathgate gave the puck to defenseman Harry Howell, who shot from well out. Hadfield put in the rebound. Toronto now sits in third place in the standings, trailing Montreal and league-leading Chicago.


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