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NHL Showdown: Daryl Sittler vs Rick MacLeish

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Toronto Maple Leafs great Daryl Sittler takes on Philadelphia Flyers scoring machine Rick MacLeish in a skills competition in this episode of Showdown 78. Take a look at the passing, shooting, deking and scoring as two high-octane scorers hit the ice. 
• Rick MacLeish played 14 seasons in the NHL and scored more than 30 goals in seven of them. He scored 50 in the 1972-73 season and 49 in 1976-77. He was a three-time All-Star, two-time Stanley Cup champion and a key component in a dominant 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers team, a club that notched a 35-game win streak that season. The team reached the Cup final but lost 4-2 to the New York Islanders. Glen (Chico) Resch, the goaltender in this clip, was a member of that Islanders club.

• Daryl Sittler doesn't have his A game in this showdown, but the Toronto Maple Leafs captain was an offensive dynamo and one of the most gifted scorers to ever wear the blue and white. In 1976, he scored a remarkable ten points in one game, a feat never equaled, although Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Wayne Gretzky and Maurice Richard (among others) all managed eight points in one game. In that same season, Sittler also tied the record for most goals in a playoff game, scoring five.

• Goalie Glenn (Chico) Resch was an accomplished netminder and fan favourite throughout his 14-year career in the NHL. The Moose Jaw, Sask. native was part of one of the greatest comebacks in pro sports history when the New York Islanders bounced back from a 3-0 deficit in the second round of the 1974-75 playoffs to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, and almost duplicated the feat in the next round. The two-time all-star won a Stanley Cup in 1980.

• Resch also has the dubious distinction of being one of the few pro athletes ever ejected from a game before the game started. He and Flyers teammate Ed Hospodar took the ice and attacked Montreal Canadiens Claude Lemieux and Shayne Corson after a pre-game skate in 1987. 

Medium: Television
Program: Showdown
Broadcast Date: May 18, 1978
Guest(s): Glenn (Chico) Resch, Darryl Sittler
Announcer: Brian McFarlane
Commentator: Howie Meeker
Duration: 6:49

Last updated: April 2, 2014

Page consulted on May 6, 2014

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