12 years ago tonight (2003) – It was a rare Friday night home game, but Mark Parrish did not seem to mind. Parrish scored three goals for his 4th career hat trick as the Isles pounded Boston 8-4. All three of Parrish’s goals came in the first two periods. Jason Blake also scored twice (including one shorthanded) for the Isles, who led 4-2 after one period and 7-3 after two. Chris Osgood made 39 saves for the Isles while Alexei Yashin added a goal and two assists.
|Mark Parrish (undated)|
|Hats were similar to these|
The trick gave him eight goals in his last nine games as the Isles recorded their fifth straight victory.
Osgood, who would be traded two months later, improved to 5-0-2 in his last seven starts.
Haven't found much game video but here is NESN's coverage of a fracas between Eric Godard and PJ Stock.
Also on this date: (2002) – Is it something about the date? One year earlier Mark Parrish scored the 8,000th goal in franchise history as the Isles beat Pittsburgh 4-2.
All-time, the Isles have played twelve January 3rd games at the Coliseum and finish with a 5-5-2 record on this date at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.
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