40 Years Ago Tonight...
Isles 5, Boston 4 (OT)
The second game in Boston was punctuated by a bench-clearing brawl at the end of the first period, following four other fights earlier in the period, including two between Clark Gillies and Terry O'Reilly.
The first period ended with a total of 248 penalty minutes (124 on each team) ; the 248 combined minutes remains a record to this day. Only the Rangers (125 on 4/9/1981 in LA) have ever had more. Each team had only 13 players available past the first period as Bob Lorimer, Garry Howatt, Gord Lane, Duane Sutter, Al Secord, Wayne Cashman, Stan Jonathan and a Bruin defenseman named Mike Milbury were all ejected.
It was the only time in the Cup era that the Isles played consecutive games that went to overtime and the Isles needed just 2:26 of extra time to win the two games. It wouldn't be the last time that Gillies and Bourne would be tied together; their children (Brianna Gillies and Justin Bourne) were married in 2011.
Here's the entire game, as broadcast on TV-38 in Boston:
Here's the fight with 7 seconds to play in the first period, that preceded the large brawl (from Steve Albert and Ed Westfall on WOR). Mike Milbury is yapping, but it's the second bout of O'Reilly and Gillies.
And here's the Islander call of the brawl that followed:
And one more -- here are the two goals scored 15 seconds apart as the game goes from 3-3 to 4-4 in a hurry:
Here's the winning goal, as called by Steve Albert and Ed Westfall on WOR.
16:08 NYI Bryan Trottier (4) Ken Morrow, Bob Bourne
01:32 BOS Rick Smith (1) Rick Middleton
10:40 NYI John Tonelli (3) Stefan Persson
12:00 BOS Brad McCrimmon (1) Dick Redmond, Dwight Foster
14:33 NYI SH Lorne Henning (1) Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin
16:55 BOS Brad Park (3)
10:51 BOS Bob Miller (3) Ray Bourque, Don Marcotte
11:06 NYI Bob Nystrom (2) John Tonelli, Bryan Trottier
01:24 NYI Bob Bourne (4)
Game 3: At Isles 4/19