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Saturday, December 06, 2014

It Happened at the Coliseum … on DECEMBER 6th

35 years ago tonight (1979) – Bryan Trottier scored twice and Mike Bossy and Bob Bourne each added a goal and an assist as the Isles edged the Boston Bruins 4-3.

Bourne’s goal was a special one, as it was his first of the season and the first since his son Jeffrey was born with spina bifida almost four weeks earlier.

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Justin and Jeffrey Bourne (summer 2014)


Bourne told Newsday’s Joe Gergen: “The team was terrific.  No one put pressure on me to come back. And when I did come back, no one put pressure on me to play well.  No one made me feel I was letting the team down.  But that’s the way I felt.”

Bossy’s tally, which broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period, came with Mike Milbury in the penalty box. 

Milbury averaged over 2 penalty minutes per game

In a sign of things to come five months later, Stan Jonathan fought Garry Howatt late in the contest with the Isles leading 4-2.

The "Toy Tiger",  Garry Howatt 
The Bruins got a late tally to make it a one-goal deficit but could not find the equalizer, which would have extended their five game unbeaten streak.

The eventual Stanley Cup champion Islanders won only their eighth game of the season (8-12-4).

Also on this date: (2003) – In a season-turning game, Alexei Yashin scored two goals as the Islanders broke their seven game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Chicago.  Dave Scatchard contributed his 99th career goal and 100th career assist as 3,863 very special fans braved over a foot of snow to reach the Coliseum.

500 PM EDT SUN DEC 7 2003
...THE FOLLOWING ARE FINAL UNOFFICIAL STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL
ACCUMULATIONS (IN INCHES) FROM THE DEC 5-7 SNOW STORM...
LOCATION SNOWFALL OF
STORM TIME/DATE COMMENTS
(INCHES) MEASUREMENT NEW YORK
PETER COOPER VILLAGE 16.0 1000 PM 12/06 EAST 23RD ST FDR
BRYANT PARK 17.8 800 AM 12/07 NORTH MEADOW 14.5 1100 AM 12/07 CENTRAL PARK 98 ST
HOWARD BEACH 16.0 800 PM 12/06
CENTRAL PARK ZOO 14.0 800 AM 12/07 MIDTOWN MANHATTAN 10.8 1155 PM 12/06 QUEENS COUNTY LAGUARDIA AIRPORT 13.1 1100 AM 12/07
LIDO BEACH 15.0 1100 AM 12/07
JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT 12.7 1100 AM 12/07 NASSAU COUNTY FARMINGDALE 19.0 900 PM 12/06 BETHPAGE 16.6 1030 PM 12/06
WANTAGH 14.0 940 PM 12/06


All-time, the Isles have played ten December 6th games at the Coliseum and have compiled a 6-4-0 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. The 11th and final December 6th home game is this afternoon –as the Isles host St. Louis at 1:00. Make sure you’re there, because after today, there are only 28 regular season games remaining.

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