For a long time, it looked like he would fall short. Ironically, the scoring star for most of the game was Quebec’s Jacques Richard (no relation to Rocket), who scored Quebec’s first two goals and then assisted on their next two goals as the Nordiques led 4-3 midway through the third.
Bryan Trottier would add a goal 19 seconds after Bossy’s 50th to make it a 7-4 final. The Isles set a franchise record of 5 power play goals that night that has never been equaled.
|1 - QUE : Richard 29 (Stastny A, Stastny P) (PP) 8:17
2 - NYI : Gillies 22 (Persson) (PP) 11:18
|3 - QUE : Richard 30 (Pichette, Hoganson) (EV) 7:34
4 - NYI : Kallur 27 (Tonelli, Persson) (PP) 12:48
5 - NYI : Kallur 28 (Tonelli, Goring) (PP) 13:26
6 - QUE : Goulet 22 (Richard) (EV) 18:12
|7 - QUE : Stastny A 19 (Stastny P, Richard) (PP) 5:48
8 - NYI : Tambellini 14 (Tonelli, Persson) (PP) 10:09
9 - NYI : Bossy 49 (Persson, Trottier) (PP) 15:50
10 - NYI : Bossy 50 (Trottier, Tonelli) (EV) 18:31
11 - NYI : Trottier 19 (Bossy, Persson) (EV) 18:50
Here's Parton Keeses' story from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/1981/01/25/sports/bossy-gets-50th-to-equal-mark.html
Things would go downhill quickly from there and the Isles would finish the season 15-28-5.