Thursday, December 04, 2014
It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 4th
38 years ago tonight (1976) – Chico Resch made 33 saves and Bryan Trottier scored twice as the Isles blanked the Sabres 3-0. Billy MacMillian assisted on both of Trottier’s goals (Mike Bossy’s NHL debut was still 10 months away); Ed Westfall also added two helpers.
The win broke a three-game Islander losing streak and was their first-ever regular season win over Buffalo at the Coliseum.
Trottier told Newday’s Pat Calabria: “We needed a big lift and Chico gave it to us”. It was the third shutout of the season for Resch, who regained the NHL lead in Goals Against Average from former Islander Gerry Desjardins, who took the loss in nets for Buffalo.
Also on this date: (1975) – Billy Harris scored two goals and added an assist while rookie Bryan Trottier added three helpers as the Isles beat Pittsburgh 6-1.
All-time, the Isles have played eight December 4th games at the Coliseum and finish with a 2-6--0 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.