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A Night to, alas, Remember
Joe Falls
December 18, 1972
High on former Goalie Ken McAuley's 1944 list of low points you will find a certain Red Wing-Ranger hockey game
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December 18, 1972

A Night To, Alas, Remember

High on former Goalie Ken McAuley's 1944 list of low points you will find a certain Red Wing-Ranger hockey game

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It was, all in all, what might be termed a humiliating night for the embattled goalie. and when he returned to the dressing room he was fuming. His teammates recall that he slammed his stick to the floor and refused to speak to anyone. Finally, Bucko McDonald, a rotund defenseman, walked over. "Hey, don't let it worry you," he said. "There have been a lot of goalies in this league, but none of them ever set a record like that." To his credit, McAuley managed to muster a smile.

The incident set a nasty precedent—at least from the point of view of the Red Wings and McAuley in particular. Two weeks later the Rangers returned to Detroit for a rematch. The result, for the Rangers, was not much better. The Red Wings won 12-2. Syd Howe collected six goals that night.

McAuley remained as an active player in the league only one more season after his 15-0 disgrace, but—perhaps in gratitude—the Red Wings later hired him as a coach in their farm system. Today he enjoys hanging around the rinks and he coaches teams of children in Edmonton. Against which no one, happily, has ever scored as many as 15 goals.

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