Montreal, safely perched atop NHL standings with 12 points, ran unbeaten string to seven games before suddenly hot-handed New York Rangers halted leaders 4-1 to take second place from faltering Boston Bruins, who dropped three in row to Chicago 2-1, Detroit 4-3, Canadiens 4-3. Black Hawks also drew bead on Bruins, leaping over Red Wings (3-0) into fourth place as race began to tighten up.
ELECTED—Denny Shute, 53-year-old teaching pro at Akron's Portage Country Club, one of golfing's greatest match play competitors, four-time Ryder Cupper (in 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937), British Open champion in 1933, last to win two consecutive PGA titles (in 1936, 1937); to PGA Hall of Fame, at Dunedin, Fla.
DIED—Anthony J. (Tony) Morabito, 47, wealthy lumber hauler, outspoken, often controversial, founder (with brother Victor in 1945) and co-owner of San Francisco 49ers; of heart attack, while watching his team play Chicago Bears, at San Francisco.