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Thursday, October 23, 2014

It Happened at the Coliseum … on OCTOBER 23rd

39 years ago tonight (1975): Chico Resch made 30 saves for his 5th career shutout as the Isles blanked the Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 in the first meeting of the teams since the dramatic 7-game semi-final the previous spring.  Bobby Nystrom and JP Parise each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, who improved to 4-1-3 on the season.

“Everything seemed to go just right”, said Resch, as the Isles moved into a first place tie with the Flyers.  The Isles also handed Philadelphia their first regular season loss since March 8th.

Chico Resch with a white mask -- the painted "Long Island" mask would debut the following year

The win also began four years of Coliseum dominance over Philadelphia for the Isles; the Isles would go 9-0-4 in 13 games over those four seasons.

Chico, by the way, will be honored tomorrow by the Devils before their game with the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center.

I've shared my own thoughts on Chico, previously, and you can see them here:
 The Skinny on Chico

Also on this date: (1984) – Brent Sutter had a hat trick as the Isles beat Vancouver 6-5.

All-time, the Isles have played eight October 23rd games at the Coliseum and finish with a 3-2-3 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. 

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