NHL: Well, Montreal finally lost. At least the score was in Detroit's favor, 4-2, ending the Canadiens' 13-game string. An examination of the Red Wing scoring shows the goals were netted by Leon Roche-fort, Mickey Redmond, Bill Collins and Red Berenson—all former Canadiens. The Rangers had a 4-2 lead at Pittsburgh in the opening period and seemed well on the way lo extending an undefeated streak (six wins and a tie). But the Penguins tied it 4-4 at the end of 40 minutes and won 6-4 as Eddie Shack scored the go-ahead goal with 3:56 remaining. Los Angeles increased its West Division lead at the expense of the New York Islanders 9-2. Center Butch Goring scored three goals, the second time in three nights.
TENNIS—STAN SMITH avenged two earlier losses to Andres Gimeno this year with a 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 victory in the $50,000 French Indoor Open Championship in Paris. He received $10,000 for defeating the man who beat him in the French Outdoor Open and in a Davis Cup match.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: WILLIAM (Butch) VAN BREDA KOLFF as coach of the Phoenix Suns. General Manager JERRY COLANGELO, who replaced Johnny Kerr as interim coach after Kerr resigned in 1969-70, succeeds van Breda Kolff.
NAMED: By the PGA as Player of the Year, JACK NICKLAUS, who won six titles in 1972. He also won the award in 1967.
RECALLED: By the Memphis Tams, waivers on JOHNNY NEUMANN, unclaimed by the rest of the ABA.
RESIGNED: Effective at the end or this season, DUFFY DAUGHERTY, 57, as head football coach at Michigan State after 19 years. His Spartans are 3-4-1.
WITHDREW: From the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Wrestling Federation, the third amateur athletic association to do so. It joins the NCAA and the U.S. Track and Field Federation.
DIED: BILL DURNAN, 57, after a long illness; in Toronto. Considered by many to be the greatest hockey goalie of modern times, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964 after a career with the Montreal Canadiens during which he won the Vezina Trophy six times.
DIED: The man who recommended that the Red Sox buy Babe Ruth, FREDERICK PARENT, 96, the last surviving member of the 1903 Red Sox team—the first modern World Series winner; at Sanford, Maine.