Chico Resch and Rogatien Vachon both earn shutouts as the Islanders play the first scoreless tie in their history, before 12,254 against the Kings at the Coliseum. Resch stopped 28 shots and Vachon stopped 41. (Chico would be involved in two other scoreless ties, about three weeks apart, in 1980)
In another NY-LA game about thirty miles away, some guy named Reggie hit three home runs to lead the Yankees to the World Championship.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of FSN statistician Eric Hornick. Eric, who has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, celebrated his 25th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2007. Often referred to on-air as an actuary, he is one of 2,920 Fellows of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is the President of the Casualty Actuaries of Greater NY. You can find him in the "Best Seat in the House", about six feet to Howie and Billy's left, at most Islander home games. For more on the actuarial profession, visit www.beanactuary.org