January 2: On this day in 1971, the Leafs inflicted the worst defeat that the Detroit Red Wings ever suffered in their history. The Leafs scored 13 unanswered goals and came within one of tying a team record for the most goals in one game (14) set in 1957. They did set a team record with 7 goals in the third period. most assists (11) in one period. most points (18). Final score – Leafs 13, Wings 0. Jacques Plante and Bruce Gamble shared the shutout in nets. Former Wings, Norm Ullman and Paul Henderson each had two goals and two assists. Jim Harrison had four assists, two of them on goals scored by a rookie named Darryl Sittler.
January 3: On this day in 1954, the Leafs and the Red Wings skated to a 0-0 tie. The shutouts were earned by Hall-of-Fame goalies Harry Lumley for Toronto and Terry Sawchuk for Detroit. By the end of the season, Lumley had recorded a league high 13 shutouts, edging out Sawchuk who had 12. Lumley also won the Vezina trophy as a Leaf for the 1953-54 season. As of 2007, Lumley’s 13 shutouts in one season remains a Leaf team record.