Best-of-seven series tied 3-3
Detroit had their second four-goal advantage of the Finals just 22:58 into the game and, unlike game one where the Leafs were allowed to come back and threaten the tying goal, the Red Wings stood their ground better this time by surviving another third period onslaught.
The Wings held a 31-14 shot advantage through two periods and it was Norm Ullman who got the ball rolling with the opening goal; Carl Brewer serving a double-minor for slashing, four of his six minutes in the first period. After Alex Delvecchio added a second goal, his first since the previous round, a mini-saga began between Kent Douglas of Toronto and Howie Young of Detroit. At the end of the first period they were both given four minutes in penalties for roughing, escalating to five a piece in the second period when they had a real scrap soon after Douglas was called for slashing on, you guessed it, Doug Young.
Between chapters of this side story Doug Barkley grabbed his first of the postseason just over a minute after the restart and, 1:36 later it was 4-0, Floyd Smith's second of the round and first since game three. The Red Wings were up against it through the final period and did not help themselves when Gadsby and Young picked up four and two minutes of penalties respectively. The penalty killing units performed well and Terry Sawchuk was again strong in the face of a Blue & White wave.
3:39 DET PPG Ullman (3) M. Pronovost
17:44 DET Delvecchio (3) Howe, P. MacDonald
1:22 DET Barkley (1) P. MacDonald, Gadsby
2:58 DET Smith (2) Fonteyne, Young
6:50 TOR Pulford (3) Harris, Brewer
19:41 TOR Mahovlich (6) Brewer
TOR Bower 40/44
DET Sawchuk 30/32