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Title:
Too many men on the ice : the 1978-1979 Boston Bruins and the most famous penalty in hockey history / John G. Robertson.
ISBN:
9781476671000

9781476632889
Publication Information:
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2018]
Physical Description:
viii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents:
Introduction: Those unbeatable Habs -- 1. The arrival of Don Cherry and the "Lunch Pail A.C." -- 2. No contest: The 1977 Stanley Cup Final -- 3. A valiant effort: The 1978 Stanley Cup Final -- 4. High hopes and cautious optimism for 1978/79 -- 5. Looking like contenders -- 6. The new year brings troubles; and a tribute -- 7. Only three contenders: The 1979 Stanley Cup playoffs -- 8. The Quarterfinals: Boston sweeps Pittsburgh -- 9. An old nemsis awaits -- 10. Game 1: No penalty shot? -- 11. Game 2: A two-goal lead vanishes -- 12. Game 3: Gilbert gets the nod -- 13. Game 4: Ratelle to the rescue -- 14. Game 5: Montreal reasserts its dominance -- 15. Game 6: The Bruins' big win forces a decider -- 16. None bigger: The hype for the final game -- 17. Game 7: Too many men -- 18. The immediate aftermath -- 19. Who even remembers the 1979 Stanley Cup Final? -- 20. The end of the Don Cherry era in Boston -- 21. Who was to blame? -- 22. April 26, 1988: Liberation Day for Bruin fans.
Abstract:
"The author looks back at the season from opening night at Boston Garden to the catastrophic conclusion at the Montreal Forum, with detailed accounts of the semifinal games and a post-mortem of the infamous bench penalty"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

´╗┐ Entering the 1978-1979 season, the Boston Bruins had been one of the best teams in the National Hockey League for more than a decade. Yet they could not shake the postseason jinx the Montreal Canadiens held over them--the Habs had ousted them in 13 consecutive playoff series going back to 1940s. The Bruins wanted one more shot at their nemeses, after coming up short in both the 1977 and 1978 Stanley Cup finals. They got their chance in the semifinal round. Led by the colorful but embattled coach Don Cherry, the underdog Bruins played seven heart-stopping games. Victory seemed within their grasp but was snatched away with an untimely penalty in the final minutes of game seven. The author looks back at the season from opening night at Boston Garden to the catastrophic conclusion at the Montreal Forum, with detailed accounts of the semifinal games and a post-mortem of the infamous bench penalty.


Author Notes

John G. Robertson is a private tutor and sports historian who lives in Cambridge, Ontario. He is also the author of several books on baseball history.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Prefacep. 1
Introduction: Those Unbeatable Habsp. 5
1 The Arrival of Don Cherry and the "Lunch Pail A.C."p. 21
2 No Contest: The 1977 Stanley Cup Finalp. 25
3 A Valiant Effort: The 1978 Stanley Cup Finalp. 31
4 High Hopes and Cautious Optimism for 1978-79p. 38
5 Looking Like Contendersp. 46
6 The New Year Brings Troubles-and a Tributep. 51
7 Only Three Contenders: The 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffsp. 63
8 The Quarterfinal: Boston Sweeps Pittsburghp. 67
9 An Old Nemesis Awaitsp. 74
10 Game 1: No Penalty Shot?p. 77
11 Game 2: A Two-Goal Lead Vanishesp. 82
12 Game 3: Gilbert Gets the Nodp. 87
13 Game 4: Ratelle to the Rescuep. 92
14 Game 5: Montreal Reasserts Its Dominancep. 99
15 Game 6: The Bruins' Big Win Forces a Deciderp. 103
16 None Bigger: The Hype for the Final Gamep. 111
17 Game 7: Too Many Menp. 114
18 The Immediate Aftermathp. 126
19 Who Even Remembers the 1979 Stanley Cup Final?p. 129
20 The End of the Don Cherry Era in Bostonp. 133
21 Who Was to Blame?p. 142
22 April 26, 1988: Liberation Day for Bruin Fansp. 149
Epiloguep. 156
Appendix A Boston's Key Personnel, 1978-79p. 161
Appendix B Statistics and Game Resultsp. 186
Chapter Notesp. 190
Bibliographyp. 202
Indexp. 203