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Rangers Top League-Leading Black Hawks as Henry Scores Two Goals

Dec. 27, 1963 - Camille Henry, at 150 pounds the smallest man in the NHL, beat the biggest team tonight. His two goals in the third period enabled the New York Rangers to halt the league-leading Chicago Black Hawks, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. The 150-pound Henry broke a 2-2 tie at 10:04 of the last period and then hit an empty net 38 seconds from the end before a capacity crowd of 15,925. The Rangers got three goals in the final period in turning back Chicago for the first time this season after five losses and a tie. The victory enabled Coach Red Sullivan’s club to move from the cellar to fifth place, a point ahead of Boston and five behind fourth-place Detroit. Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell were the other Ranger scorers. Jean Ratelle assisted Henry’s tie-breaking goal. Ratelle had been brought up from Baltimore of the American Hockey League to fill in at center for Phil Goyette, who was nursing an injured right leg. Jean took a pass from defenseman Don Johns at mid-ice, then spotted Henry heading toward the Hawk zone. The rookie sent a perfect lead pass which Camille picked up at the blue line, and Henry went right in on goalie Glenn Hall. He faked, feinted, and fired from in close. The cagekeeper was dead. The final tally found its way into an open net after the Hawks pulled out Hall with a minute to go. Howell cleared the rubber from in front of the Ranger cage and sent it out to the blue line. Stan Mikita went for it, but Henry beat him to it with a sweeping swipe and had clear ice and an open net in front of him. Ranger goalie Jacques Plante had another one of his better nights with 41 saves.


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