During the 1952 semifinals against Boston, Richard was knocked unconscious by a check courtesy of Leo Labine. He was revived but remained in a semiconscious state when he scored the dramatic winning goal on Sugar Jim Henry. (pic)
"It could have been a lot worse," Malone said of the shot he took in the second period Monday in Game 5. "I'm thankful. A broken nose, a swollen lip and some chipped teeth. That's a pretty good scenario."
Malone missed only a few minutes after he received a half-dozen stitches and had cotton stuffed into his nose, which he also broke earlier in the series. X-rays performed showed no fractures to his face, Malone said."
[16-year-old Douglas] Critch said he was relieved they were able to treat him quickly.
"I was thinking, 'How did I manage to play three [hockey] games like that, with four broken ribs ... I don't know how I [did] it,' he said.
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