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04-12-2013, 01:15 PM
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Here is what I was able to find...

The Maple Leaf - March 27, 1945
Quote:
Another talking point that must be considered by the boys in the bull ring, the fast men with a pencil, is the fact that the Leafs (even if lacking the all round strength of Canadiens) have in Metz and Davidson and the manner in which Hill can shadow Blake, the sort of checking club that bothers the Lach line the mostest.
Here there appears to be a specific game plan for the Punch Line.


The Calgary Herald - April 2, 1945

Quote:
Maurice Richard slipped away from the close checking with which he had to contend all evening to score the first Montreal goal, and the second went to Emile (Butch) Bouchard
This is similar to what TDMM posted...targeting a specific star player.


The Calgary Herald - March 23, 1945
Quote:
The Leafs turned back Canadiens for a second time by a one goal margin last night, using their close-checking mastery of the Canuck power to fashion a 3-2 victory to add to their 1-0 win of Tuesday night
This one could go either way depending on if you think "Canuck power" refers to the Punch Line or to their team as a whole.


The Windsor Daily Star - April 20, 1945

Quote:
That shot proved the match that ignited the fuse to dynamite-Toronto dynamite. Up to that time the Leafs had been cautious. But with everything to gain and nothing to lose, they threw caution to the winds and stormed to the attack. Coach hap Day even dusted off his "forgotten line" - a line composed of Nick Metz, Don Metz, and Art Jackson, which had not seen service as a unit in the series-and tossed them into the fray.
This isn't super valuable because it isn't a shutdown/shadow situation, but it does show Day's willingness to shuffle his lines for specific reasons. We also know he famously did this in the 1942 Cup Finals to spark his team to make the famous down 0-3 comeback.

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