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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, April o, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGt HERAID If. Stan Fischler's Inside Hockey NAME hockey play- ers are among the most protected stars of the enter- tainment business, and they don't pay a penny for their unsual protection. It is pro- vided free of charge by news- papermen on the regular hockey beat. The newspapermen, acting as cleansers of locker room dirt, filter out all the messy verbal material that ema- nates from a dressing room after a game. What remains is a rather bland collection of nothing quotes and anec- dotes that sound as dull as the drone of bagpipes. Having worked first as a One of the first to become involved was Gerald Esken- azi, the gentle writer for The New York Times. Eskenazi once wrote a book called "A Year On Ice." In it there was a small section which de- scribed a scene involving a prostitute running out of an unnamed Ranger player's room at the team's training camp motel in Kitchener, On- tario. Although the Rangers sup- posedly were going to read Eskenari's book in advance was so shaken by it Eskenazi later told me, "I was ready to ouit the hockey beat." Fortunately, he didn't. Un- fortunately, the attempt to in- timidate writers whom the Rangers disliked didn't stop there. Occasionally, even the most temperate reporters lost patience with them. One of them was Hugh Delane of The New York Post, who lost his patience two months ago. On February 21st, when it appeared that the Rangers were going to blow first place for the umpteenth time, De- lane startled the public with a devastating story about the uptight Rangers. "Franks and some of his players have become overly wrote Delane, "de- fensive and less than cordial in dealing with writers be- cause of printed critical an- alysis of their recent play. It is the mark of a team frus- trated by its bad luck and in- ability to, thus far, live up to its potential.'' Another who was ed with such negative beha- vior was Michael Trott, a young writer and assistant editor of Action Sports Hock- ey Magazine. Even though the Rangers had beaten the Islanders, 6-0. on this night in question. Trott reports that he was embarrassed by Glan Sather, Dale Rolfe and Rod Selling, of the Rangers. The sports reporter for a New Jersey radio station also was equally disturbed about the Rangers behavior this son, but in a different way. He pleaded that his name be omitted for fear of retribution from the club. "Rolfe has given me the most trouble." the Jersey broadcaster explained. "It that whenever I inter- New York Rangers publicist and later as a hockey report- er for the past 15 years, I can assure you that the nasty ma- terial that betrays the true character of a small minority of hockey players rarely reaches print. But every so often r player or a team carries its hostility too far and the normally mild mannered newspaper- men decide to protect- ing and do some attacking of their own against these same hockey players they have been covering up for so long. This is precisely what has been happening to the Rang- ers in the past few years. of its publication and make necessary changes, they ap- parently never did. The au- thor assumed that the club didn't mind his training camp passage about the call-girl, and the book went on sale. But that fall, Rangers g.m. Emile Francis sum- moned Eskenazi to the team's dressing room at its practice rink in New Hyde Park, N.Y. There, in front of the entire team, Francis scrathed the unsuspecting writer. Then, Delane got to spe- cific players; goalie Ed Gia- comin for one. Ever since Giacomin became a Ranger I've known him as a fair- weather interview ap- proachable when a winner, miserable otherwise. Delane told about the time Giacomin disappeared after blowing a two-goal lead in the season's roost important game to Mon- treal on Feb. llth at Madison Square Garden. "He (Giacomin) tried to em- barrass a writer on the team flight to Montreal At times the Rangers seem quite unique as a professional team. They sulk and complain about reporting which they consid- er less than favorable. Dress- ing room doors have a way of staying closed longer after games." In other words, these so called professional perform- ers, made popular by the press and protected for so long by reporters, simply are bush. view one of the Rang- ers, he manages to shout ob- scenities loud enough to drown out my tape record- ing. He seems to think it's great sport to make things difficult. Why, I don't know. I don't skim pennies on the ice when Rolfe plays, so why should he hurt me in my Perhaps the Rangers are making too much money and don't give a damn about the feelings or obligations of re- porters. Perhaps they are the new spoiled brats of sport Perhaps they ought to take the advice of Hugh De- lonp "Maybe." Delane conclud- ed, "the Rangers should di- rect more of their hostility toward the opposition." GLASS OUR INSTALLATION EXPERTS CAN LOOK AFTER EVfUY REQUIREMENT. if Tractor Cobs if Picture Windows Auto Glass if Table Tops if Plexiglass if Window Glass FREE ESTIMATES LETHBRIDGE I COR. 5th AVE, and 4ffi ST. S. PHONE 327-1581 Sabres couldn't hold Habs in second period Bruins must Phil in for Esposito By THE CANADIAN PRESS BOSTON (CP) There was no joy in Beantown Thursday night. The mighty Bruins had struck out for the second time in as many nights and lost Phil Esposito for the rest of the sea- son. New York Rangers stung the Bruins 4-2 on the strength of three power-play goals and a relentless forechecking game to take a 2-0 lead in their National Hockey League quarter-final series. The best-of-seven matchup continues in New York Satur- day and Sunday nights the surprising Rangers now highly regarded to upset the defending Stanley Cup champions in the opening playoff round. The Bruins must be recalling with alarm the 1971 playoffs when, heavily favored after fin- ishing first in the East Division, they were knocked off by Mon- treal Canadiens in seven games. The prospects of their even lasting the limit appeared dim after Esposito. the centre who has won the NHL scoring title three of the last four years, was helped from the ice late in the game following a pileup in front of the New York net. ESPO IN HOSPITAL Esposito suffered a torn liga- ment in his right knee and is finished for the season- He was admitted to hospitel and a team spokesman said he could un- dergo surgery Saturday. The gloom in the Boston dressing room deepened when the team heard the extent of Esposito's injury. "We're down 2-0 going into their rink and you want to know how I shot back Bobby Orr to a reporter's question. The teams traded goals in the first period, Wayne Cashman scoring for Boston and rookie Steve Vickers for the Rangers with teams at full strength. But penalties took their toll on the Bruins in the second pe- riod when Ted Irvine and Pete Stemkowski scored with Boston players in the box. Boston narrowed the gap with Doug Roberts' second goal in two games before the middle session ended, but Walt Tkac- zuk restored the two-goal mar- gin for New York, again with a Bnrin in the penalty box, early in the third period. BRUINS LACK HUSTLE With time running out, the Rangers were content to skate around centre ice or in their own end, and Boston checkers refused to move in to cover them. "We're not skating at all, not like New Orr said, "and if we're not going to skate we're not going to get the breaks. They are. "They're working their butts off, and it shows. Look at their power plays. We're not hungry when we've got the man advan- tage but they look as if they're going after raw Emile Francis, New York's general manager-coach, threw a curve at Boston when he put out Stemkowski's line on the power play- With the usual power-play alignment of Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert just coming off a stretch, Francis threw Stemkowski out between Irvine and Bruce MacGregor, Meanwhile in Montreal Buffalo Sabres learned a lesson the hard wav in their Stanley Cup quarter-final game against Canadiens Thursday night. The Ssbres struck for first pe- riod goals by Gilbert Perreault and Richard Martin and then seemed ceatent to lay back and the Canadiens stormed back for five goals in the second period route to a 7-3 win and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. "We had a lead after the first period and we thought we had them." said Sabres' captain Gerry Meehan. "I think we laid back and tried to nurse our lead instead of trying io make it 3-0. "You can't boM back against a club like UiaL You have to stick it to them all the time, es- petialJy in their own building. If they get one against you. they can get five or six. We played ore good period and they played two." Defenccmass -Jun Scboenfekl scored the other Buffalo goal late in Ore Ohird period but hi between the Sabres' second and third markers, Ihe Canadiens rapped in seven behind goaltcn- der Dave Dryden. Right winger Yvan Cournoyer scored three times. Serge Sav- ard, Mare Tardif, Guy Lapointe and Jacques Lemaire added singles. Cournoyer played on a line with Jacques Lemaire and Frank Mahovlich for the final two periods as coach Scotty Bowman shifted the Big M into the left wing spot normally oc- cupied by Chuck Lefley. "I had to get Frank Canadiens' coach. Scotty Bow- man said, explaining the reason for the change. "He's a big man for us. Not only is he a big goal scorer, but he can also make the plays from the wing. Mahovlich ended the game with assists on the last three Montreal goals. Bowman also made sure be had the Lemaire-Coumoyer-Ma- hovlich trio on against Buffalo's French Perreault and Rene Robert. "He was using the Perreault line a Bowman said. "I felt I had to use our top scorers against theirs. I felt that using power against power was a big tiling for us and the strategy worked. Cournoyer scored two goals against Martin." Bowman thought the turning point an the game was a save by Ken Dryden off Jim Lorentz shortly after Martin had made it 2-0 with a power play goal at of the opening period. Flyers' Ashbee sharp, equals assists record By THE PRESS Philadelphia Flyers gleefully saw one of their players tie a National Hockey League playoff record Thursday night, and they weren't sad at all about losing their chance to set a team mark. The Flyers, who had lost to Minnesota Nortb Stars the night before to tie the NHL record for consecutive playoff losses, bounced back to scuttle the Stars 4-1 in Philadelphia to tie their best-of seven quarter-final 1-1. In the other West Division playdown, Chicago Black Hawks made it two in a row at home, edging St. Louis Blues 1- 0. Both series resume Saturday, switching venues to St. Louis and Minneapolis. Defenceman Barry Ashbee tied an NHL playoff record by assisting on all three of the Fly- ers' second-period goals, by Bill Flett, Bffl Barber and Terry Crisp, as Philadelphia took a 4-0 edge into the final frame and held on to take their first play- off victory since the sixth game of a 1969 series against St. Louis. Their 10 consecutive playoff losses, including the M opener Wednesday, tied a record held by New York Rangers. Don Saleski of the Flyers opened the scoring with the only goal of the first neriod and Dean Prentice of the North Stars closed it with the only tally of the third, spoiling Doug FaveU's shutout at WIN ON DEFLECTION The only goal at Chicago came from Lou Angotti at of the first period. Defenceman Pat Stapletoa had taken a pass from Chico Maki at the point and loosed a slap shot which Angotti deflected past Blues goalie Jacques Caron. Goaltender Tony Esposito got much of the credit for the Chi- cago victory as the Blues, smarting from, a 7-1 pasting the eight before, outhustled the Hawks most of the game. They held a 20-14 shooting edge in the first two periods until the Hawks took advantage of Phil Roberto's double penalty to out- shcot St. Louis 12-9 in the third. The slashing penalty to Rob- erto triggered sorce of the game's best action. The whistle bad no sooner blown than the Blues protested the stick being used by Jim Pappin of the Hawks. It proved to be broken, Pap- pin drew two minutes, and some disgruntled Chicago fans stormed the penalty box. It took five minutes to restore order, which gave the Black Hawks time to lodge a stick protest of then- own. Roberto rtrew an additional two minutes for using an illegal curvature. FAVELL HOT In Philadelphia, the Flyers outshot Minnesota 16-7 in their profitable second period, but were even on shots in the first and ouishot 10-9 in the Urini as Favell frustrated the North Stars time and again. At one time in the second period he faced power plays of otje-and then two-man advantages. Minnesota goalie Giles Gil- bert had trouble -with the long ones. In the first period he de- flected Simon Nofet's blue-tins shot the stick of Salesti, who scored. In the second oc- r5od Flett scored from 55 feet and Barber from 25. Crisp's goal came from just oulside the creese on a pass from Sateski. Prentice fired his goal for the North Stars from 35 feet out on the left side. The Flyers' offence got some of its spark from centre Bobby Clarke, whose right eye was scratched by a shattered con- tact lense when he was hit by a puck Wednesday night. He had a pair of soft contact lenses made up in a rush' job Thursday to eliminate the dan- ger of a similar injury, and played with a patch over his in- jured eye. Clarke, who led the division with 104 points Sn the regular season, said he could see well enough to play and felt he con- tributed to the victory. He wasn't upset about not scoring. ANDY CAPP ARE CANI COME IN _ AN1 WAIT? NOT WITH AILMgNT.' BON'TftS LIKE THAT- fe A'SICK WOMAN! SHE'S GOT BW.PITATON OF THE TONGUE Gardner bubble bursts quickly HOUSTON (CP) Los Ange- les Sharks goalie George Gard- ner did well against Houston during the regular season, but his luck ran out Thursday night. The Aeros stung him with three goals in less than three minutes in the first period and then coasted to a 7-2 victory in the first game of their bestof- seven World Hockey Association quarter-final series. The West Division second- place finishers completed the runaway with another three- goal barrage in the third pe- riod, this time against replace- ment Sharks netminder Russ Gillow. The series resumes Saturday, still in Houston, as Cleveland Leslie Cliff enters finals CINCINNATI (AP) Leslie Cliff of Vancouver posted the fastest time in the 400-yard indi- vidual medley Thursday and qualified for the finals "at the Amateur Athletic Union's in- door short course swimming championships. Miss Cliff, a silver medallist in the individual medley at the Olympics last year, was clocked in four minutes 30.6 seconds. 1.5 seconds ahead of the second fastest Gould of Australia. Miss Gould, a triple gold medallist at the Olympics, was docked in Crusaders go after their second victory against Philadelphia Blazers and Ottawa Nationals open their series against New England. The fourth series opens tonight in Winnipeg as the Jets entertain Minnesota Fighting Saints, who won the right to en- ter the playoffs with a 4-2 sud- den-death decision over Alberta Oilers Wednesday night. Larry Hale, Brian McDonald and Ted Taylor scored for Houston within two minutes and 46 seconds in the first period. DIDN'T SEE FIRST ONE Hale got the first from the left point with Gardner screened by his own defen- ceman, Jim Watson- McDonald scored on a pass from Gordon Labossiere and Taylor, Houston's No. 2 scorer, was set up when Murray Hall stole the puck, went in and passed to him at centre. Out went Gardner in favor of Gillow. Houston had to weather a two-man penalty early in the second period before Ed Hoeksia made it 4-0 at on a pass from Paul Popiel. Houston goalie Wayne Rut- ledge lost his shutout at of the second period when Jim Niekamp scored on a rebound. scored again at of the last period, with J. P. Le- Blanc assisting, to wrap up the Shark scoring. The Aeros' third-period goals came from Larry Lund, Dune McCaHum and Taylor. NEW YORK 4, BOSTON t First Period 1. Boston, Cashman 1 (Smith, Esposito) 1, Rangers, Vickers 1 (Falrbelrn, Park) Pen. allies Cashman Awrey Rousseau Second Period 3. Rangeri, Irvine 1 (Stemkowski, Harris) 4. Ran- gers, Stemkowski 2 (Irvine, Park) S. Boston, Roberts 2 (Smith) Penalties Rofehe 4-21, Smith 7.57, Awrey Gilber San- derson Third Period Rangers, Tkac- zuk 3 (Vickers, Falrbalrn) Pen- oltiet Park Roberts park Shots en goal by Rangers........... 1J-M 10-30 MONTREAL 7, BUFFALO 1 First Period Buffalo, Perreault 1 (Schoenfeld) 2. Buffalo, Martin 1 (Perreault, Lorentz) Penalties Luce, Lapointe Lefley Mickey, Savard majors Lorentz, Laoointe Second Period 3. Montreal, Sa- vard 1 (Lapointe, Houle) 4. Montreal, Cournoyer 2 (Savsrd, Le- maire) 5. Montreal, Tsrdlf 1