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Red Wings Shut Out Bruins at Boston Garden

Jan. 7, 1964 - Rookie Detroit Red Wing goaltender Roger Crozier, substituting for injured Terry Sawchuk, hung up his second shutout at the expense of the Boston Bruins tonight, the Wings improving their hold on fourth place with a 5-0 victory at Boston Garden. Floyd Smith, Ed Joyal, Doug Barkley, Alex Delvecchio, and Norm Ullman scored the goals to extend cellar-dwelling Boston’s current winless streak through nine games. The victory moved Detroit five full points ahead of idle New York in the NHL standings. The game, which attracted only 7,246, originally had been scheduled for Nov. 24 but was postponed because of the assassination of President Kennedy.

Bruins fans didn’t litter the ice as much as they had in recent games. Instead, they chanted, jeered, booed, and at one point sang the hymn “We Shall Overcome” to those their disapproval of Boston’s faltering play. Crozier, 21, was obviously happy about his second shutout over Boston, but even Roger would have to admit that the B’s did not give him a worrisome moment as he made 29 saves. They never mustered anything like a threatening attack. The passing was exceptionally faulty, and then the Bruins had the advantage twice on penalties, their so-called “power play” was almost a mockery of the term. During the second intermission, an announcement was made that tickets for Thursday’s game with the Rangers would go on sale tomorrow morning. “What do you mean, sell ‘em?” a big voice boomed from the stands. “You ought to give ‘em away!”


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