7-2 was the score, that night in New York at the Madison Square, high-flying Montreal truncheoning the hometown Rangers. Some of the fans didn’t like that. From The New York Times:
There were no penalties until the final period, and perhaps out of frustration, a fan in a leather jacket grabbed Terry Harper’s stick late in the game. Harper finally wrestled it free, but when [Dick] Duff came along and took a swipe at the spectator, the fan removed his belt and started swinging it. He was hauled away by three guards.
The wire services told a slightly different tale. UPI said the guy was trying to attack another Montreal defenceman, Ted Harris:
The fan became so enraged that he climbed to the ice before being restrained by a half-dozen Garden policemen.
For what it’s worth, the Rangers did score their second goal four seconds after play resumed following the police action. So there’s that.
Above, number 2, that’s yet another Montreal defenceman, Jacques Laperriere, offering his stick to the fan in exchange for a swipe of leather.
(Photo: Frank Johnston)