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Red Wings Dominate Black Hawks, Force Seventh Game in Chicago

Apr. 7, 1964 - Breathing fire and scoring goals, the Red Wings routed the Chicago Black Hawks, 7-2, tonight before 13,909 happy fans at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. The charged-up Wings overwhelmed the Hawks with four second-period goals to force a seventh and deciding game in the Stanley Cup semifinal series Thursday in Chicago.

Norm Ullman (pictured) led the assault with his second hat trick of the series, scoring his third while the Wings were shorthanded, and assisting on two for a five-point night. Ullman has 12 points, tops for both semifinals.

The Wings were burned up over Sunday’s 3-2 loss in Chicago, when the Hawks tied the game in the third period on a disputed goal.

Wing coach Sid Abel’s protests were so violent — he called referee Frank Udvari “gutless” and called the game a “complete steal” — he was fined $500 by the NHL and the assessment was announced just before game time tonight, giving Abel more psychological ammunition. It’s the best $500 Abel will ever spend.

The Wings, who outplayed Chicago the last two games but lost both by 3-2 counts, made no doubt about this one, blowing it wide open in the second period. Both coaches used their third and fourth liners most of the final period, resting the big guns for the showdown game Thursday.

It’s the first time that both semifinal series have gone down to the seventh game.

If the Wings don’t win Thursday, they’ll be getting paid just $107 a game for one of the most physically tiring Cup series a Wing team has ever played. The losers get $750 per man. The winners get $1,500 per man and a minimum of $1,000 for the finals.

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