Montreal's attack on the Boston goal came from bodies rather than shots. At 13:37 a Montreal shot hit [Doug Keans] and went up in the air. Bobby Smith, coming across from the left, belted Keans across the chest. He knocked him down andsent him sliding six feet into the goal. Referee Andy Van Hellemond looked at the play, but called nothing.
The only time Van Hellemond's presence was noticed before that was when he shook his finger at Montreal's Chris Nilan for some of the little things Nilan does when there is a minor scuffle - whether he's in it or not. Van Hellemond followed him along the ice and shook his finger at him again. It was a warning. Later Van Hellemond would tolerate another unnecessary play by Nilan for as long as possible before calling a penalty.
The only penalty of the period drew a TV blast from commentator Don Cherry, the former Bruins coach. He called [Keith Crowder] "a disgrace to the (Boston) uniform" because he didn't retaliate to Nilan's next trangression. Nilan chased Crowder in the Boston end, dropped his stick and jumped on Crowder's back, riding him into the boards. Then he stood over him. Crowder started to get up. Nilan cocked his fists. Crowder went back down on his knees. He did it again, and Van Hellemond finally called Nilan for roughing.
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