May 10, 1979
SF,  Game 7
Boston - Montreal4-5 OT

Summary Of Events
1  N/A  Hit  Milbury-Lambert
2  N/A  Injury   1 player 
3  N/A  Rough  Cashman-Houle
4  1:16  Rough  Miller-Tremblay
5  57:26  Event    

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 Mike Milbury  (Aggressor) 6'1'' 1205lb 10N/A
 Yvon Lambert  (Victim) 6'0'' 1195lb 10
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Sep 19, 2016 04:58 ET
Milbury crushed Lambert with nice hard clean hit. Dirty 
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LukeLaC
Oct 2, 2016 06:12 ET
in which period?Reply


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Duration N/A     Guy Lapointe   
# Players Involved: 1
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Sep 19, 2016 05:09 ET
Lapointe left the ice on the stretchers after the battle for the puck with Middleton. Emotion 
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 Wayne Cashman 6'1'' 2180lb 15N/A
 Rejean Houle 5'11'' 2165lb 15
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Sep 19, 2016 05:13 ET
Pushing and shoving near the boards in the third period. Fun 
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LukeLaC
Oct 2, 2016 06:14 ET
it was pushing and showing in the corner in Bruin zone in overtime?Reply
Samuelsson
Oct 2, 2016 09:13 ET
yesReply


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 Bob Miller 5'10'' 2175lb 15None
 Mario Tremblay 6'0'' 2190lb 15


Event at 57:26
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Duration N/A  Stan Jonathan  Don Marcotte      
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Sep 24, 2017 21:10 ET
This was the famous too many men on the ice penalty that was one of the most frustrating moments in the history of the Bruins. This was when Boston was nursing a one-goal lead against the Montreal Canadiens in game seven of the Conference Finals. The winner would go on to face the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Habs had beaten the Bruins the previous two years in the Finals. Boston had gone over thirty years since they beat the Canadiens in a playoff series. The long suffering fans were hoping the hex was going to be lifted.

The Bruins were a talented and tough squad under the tutelage of Don Cherry. The Habs had their share of toughness, brilliant goal tending of Ken Dryden, great defensive forwards and blue liners, and gifted offensive players. The B's were on the verge of securing a most satisfying upset. They took a 4-3 lead and maintained it with less than three minutes left in the game at the legendary Forum.

Don Marcotte was a focal point in the game. He was one of the excellent defensive forwards in the league. Don Cherry assigned him to shadow the super star Guy LaFleur. LaFleur may have been the best hockey player in the world in the late 1970's. He could skate like the wind, had dazzling moves, and had a terrific shot. Guy was getting a lot of ice time late in the game as Scotty Bowman was going for broke in a desperate attempt to tie up the game.

The Bruins were trying to get a line change late in the game. Marcotte was interviewed years after the event. He recounted the gist of what happened. He said that Stan Jonathan jumped on the ice and that he was so focused on keeping up with LaFleur that he didn't quite register that he needed to get off the ice. Marcotte basically took the blame for the penalty. Jonathan followed orders in getting on the ice. Marcotte continued up the ice in an attempt to shut down the dynamic Montreal offense. Don said that John D'Amico actually told him he needed to get off the ice and he was in such a competitive mode that he continued to get involved in the play. Thus, the officials had to call the too many men on the ice penalty.

The result was disastrous for the Bruins. Guy LaFleur made them pay on the power play. He had a nice give and go with Jacques Lemaire. LaFleur blasted a shot from the blue line that beat Gilles Gilbert. Gilbert fell on his back and stayed there for a few seconds. He was crestfallen. LaFleur beat him with a perfect shot from downtown. The game went into overtime. Lemaire set up Yvon Lambert with a beautiful pass and Lambert scored the game winning goal.

The Canadiens went on to beat the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins lamented the loss to the Habs because they were a better squad than the Rangers. The Rangers upset the Islanders in Cinderella fashion and were going to be underdogs against whoever won the Boston-Montreal series.

This was the end of the Don Cherry era in Boston. He had a testy relationship with GM Harry Sinden. The B's overachieved during the Cherry era. They battled the Canadiens tooth and nail, but they were never quite able to get over the top in the rivalry. The loss in game 7 of the series was painful because they Bruins were only a few minutes away from winning the series.

Fred Crieghton took over as coach of the Bruins. He loved toughness, but the team didn't play as well offensively or defensively. The window of opportunity closed for the B's to win the Stanley Cup. Jean Ratelle and Brad Park were aging. Terry O'Reilly never reached the offensive heights he did under Cherry. The club remained a good one, but it wasn't an elite squad again until the Neely-Bourque years.

I talked with an old timer one time about the Bruins rivalry with the Habs. He told me that he actually threw his television set through his window after the Bruins lost the lead and the game on this occasion. Present day Bruins fans can't relate with the angst and inferiority complex that came with watching the Bruins continually fall short against the Canadiens. Even the Orr-Esposito teams couldn't beat the Habs in a playoff series. One local sportscaster went on a rant one day about when goalie Steve Penney won a series in the early 80's with brilliant play. Penney displayed a career best performance and it seemed like someone always stepped up to dash the dreams and hopes of Bruins fans.

The Bruins had a forty year stretch where they couldn't best their Adams Division rivals in a playoff season. The patience paid off when the Bruins beat the Canadiens in 1988. I saw the series as a teenager on a small black and white television set in my room. This was a gratifying moment, but it couldn't erase the deep disappointments of the past completely. The too many men on the ice moment rates up there in Boston history like Bucky Dent hitting a bloop homer run off of Mike Torrez in 1978 to win the division. The Canadiens dominance over the Bruins was similar to the New York Yankees continually beating the Red Sox in a one-sided rivalry.
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BattleshipRules
Oct 4, 2017 22:08 ET
I saw an interview with Don Cherry on the aftermath of the disappointing loss. He was asked if he felt bad that the B's weren't going to play the Rangers. He said, "If my aunt had nuts, she would be my uncle." He was asked who he was hoping would win the Rangers-Canadiens series. He said, "That's like asking if I would rather have syphillis or gonnorhea." That was a hilarious interview from Grapes. Always keeping it classy.Reply

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