North Stars vs Bruins, February 26, 1981

misterjaggers
02-26-2004, 07:52 PM
Tom Caron and 'Nifty' Middleton, between-periods mention a penalty-fest. Anybody else have recollections of this game?

MeisterBruinmaker
02-26-2004, 07:54 PM
Tom Caron and 'Nifty' Middleton, between-periods mention a penalty-fest. Anybody else have recollections of this game?You had to be there. I have an old Boston Globe article about it...

usmhuskies
02-26-2004, 07:54 PM
Tom Caron and 'Nifty' Middleton, between-periods mention a penalty-fest. Anybody else have recollections of this game?


I was only 3 at the time but I do remember the first period taking 1 hour and 1/2 to play...

Gee Wally
02-26-2004, 07:55 PM
wasn't that the night Wensink challenged the whole bench ?

usmhuskies
02-26-2004, 07:57 PM
wasn't that the night Wensink challenged the whole bench ?


I think that was in Minnesota: think some of the bad blood might have spilt over to this game that they were talking about though... :)

Kirk- NEHJ
02-26-2004, 08:15 PM
wasn't that the night Wensink challenged the whole bench ?

Sure was.

misterjaggers
02-26-2004, 08:53 PM
February 26, 1981, Bruins vs North Stars

"The Bruins usually try to intimidate the North Stars at Boston Garden, where Minnesota is 0-27-7. Tonight, the North Stars don't turn the other cheek, but seek an eye-for-an-eye -- or at least a penalty for a penalty. The result is the mother of all hockey brawls.

Seven seconds into the game, the first fight breaks out, between Minnesota's Bobby Smith and Boston's Steve Kasper. By the time the period is over -- an hour and 31 minutes later -- 341 penalty minutes are assessed by referee Dave Newell and 12 players (seven North Stars and five Bruins) are ejected. The 67 penalties in the period are an NHL record.

By the time the game is over, both the Bruins and North Stars are called for 42 penalties and are penalized a total of 406 minutes, an NHL record. Minnesota is penalized a record 211 minutes -- 18 minors, 13 majors, four 10-minute misconducts and seven game misconducts.

And after the Bruins' 5-1 victory -- with three Boston goals coming shorthanded -- Minnesota coach Glen Sonmor and Boston coach Gerry Cheevers almost come to blows."
http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/moments/9902.html

b-orr-k
02-26-2004, 09:46 PM
February 26, 1981, Bruins vs North Stars

"The Bruins usually try to intimidate the North Stars at Boston Garden, where Minnesota is 0-27-7. Tonight, the North Stars don't turn the other cheek, but seek an eye-for-an-eye -- or at least a penalty for a penalty. The result is the mother of all hockey brawls.

Seven seconds into the game, the first fight breaks out, between Minnesota's Bobby Smith and Boston's Steve Kasper. By the time the period is over -- an hour and 31 minutes later -- 341 penalty minutes are assessed by referee Dave Newell and 12 players (seven North Stars and five Bruins) are ejected. The 67 penalties in the period are an NHL record.

By the time the game is over, both the Bruins and North Stars are called for 42 penalties and are penalized a total of 406 minutes, an NHL record. Minnesota is penalized a record 211 minutes -- 18 minors, 13 majors, four 10-minute misconducts and seven game misconducts.

And after the Bruins' 5-1 victory -- with three Boston goals coming shorthanded -- Minnesota coach Glen Sonmor and Boston coach Gerry Cheevers almost come to blows."
http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/moments/9902.html
The Bruins go on to get smoked by the same North Stars in a short playoff series in April (best of five I think). This includes a 9-6 loss at the Garden that featured a penalty shot by Peter McNab. The Stars point to the 5-1 loss as the stepping stone to their success.

sarge88
02-26-2004, 10:04 PM
Stupid Newell, always screwing the B's!

MeisterBruinmaker
02-26-2004, 10:05 PM
If you're interested, check this article out;

DKH
02-26-2004, 10:41 PM
Tom Caron and 'Nifty' Middleton, between-periods mention a penalty-fest. Anybody else have recollections of this game?
I have many of the fights in that game on tapes; I have a friend who stays with us when traveling on business and he has houses in Chicago and Tampa and skates regularly with many of the old Hawks players and former NHLers. We are yapping and he's talking about his buddy Alex Pirius in the pickup game; he's tired and goes to bed and I keep watching the tape a few more minutes and that North Stars-Bruins fight comes on and is started or more like features Alex Piruis getting his arse handed to him by Stan Jonathan. I call him back up and we watch this particular brawl twice- it ends up with the famous John Wensink scene skating over to the Stars bench and waving them all on. As for Wensink- he was a great guy. He lived maybe 2 miles from me and one time two of my college buddies came home and had the opportunity of meeting him. My buddies were in the first big wave of weightlifting and bodybuilding and since it was the late 70's nobody was really that big- and the Bruins were certainly not into physical training yet. To this day we still talk about my roomies comments on how he couldn't believe how thin Wensink was, how nice he was, and unimposing (he had that wild hair and looked more like a porn star than today's athletes) but he was certainly tough and to take on an NHL bench downright nuts if you asked me. That game actually changed the Stars for the better because they wiped out the Bruins in the first round months later (I think) and made it to the Finals either that year or the next with Bobby Smith, Dino Cicerelli, Steve Payne, Craig Hartsburg, Brad Maxwell, Tommy McCarthy (now there's a thread I have to bring up- 30 goals first year as Bruin and then gone)- anyways the Stars back then were the present day Ottawa Senators of today- lot of flash and dash and pretty tough, thanks mainly to the lesson the Briuns taught them that night. forgot to add- I was not at the game and was actually studying for an exam in college :cry: my parents were there though- hey, Roger when we get together ask me specifically about that fight and Wensink and all

MeisterBruinmaker
02-27-2004, 01:54 AM
I have many of the fights in that game on tapes; I have a friend who stays with us when traveling on business and he has houses in Chicago and Tampa and skates regularly with many of the old Hawks players and former NHLers. We are yapping and he's talking about his buddy Alex Pirius in the pickup game; he's tired and goes to bed and I keep watching the tape a few more minutes and that North Stars-Bruins fight comes on and is started or more like features Alex Piruis getting his arse handed to him by Stan Jonathan. I call him back up and we watch this particular brawl twice- it ends up with the famous John Wensink scene skating over to the Stars bench and waving them all on. As for Wensink- he was a great guy. He lived maybe 2 miles from me and one time two of my college buddies came home and had the opportunity of meeting him. My buddies were in the first big wave of weightlifting and bodybuilding and since it was the late 70's nobody was really that big- and the Bruins were certainly not into physical training yet. To this day we still talk about my roomies comments on how he couldn't believe how thin Wensink was, how nice he was, and unimposing (he had that wild hair and looked more like a porn star than today's athletes) but he was certainly tough and to take on an NHL bench downright nuts if you asked me. That game actually changed the Stars for the better because they wiped out the Bruins in the first round months later (I think) and made it to the Finals either that year or the next with Bobby Smith, Dino Cicerelli, Steve Payne, Craig Hartsburg, Brad Maxwell, Tommy McCarthy (now there's a thread I have to bring up- 30 goals first year as Bruin and then gone)- anyways the Stars back then were the present day Ottawa Senators of today- lot of flash and dash and pretty tough, thanks mainly to the lesson the Briuns taught them that night. forgot to add- I was not at the game and was actually studying for an exam in college :cry: my parents were there though- hey, Roger when we get together ask me specifically about that fight and Wensink and allDude, when we get together, it will be a pure event. We might as well set aside a weekend. There will be philosophy talk, old games running on the tube and tons of reminiscing about the days of Neely, Bourque and Bruce Shoebottom. Havta meet the wife and daughters too..

:yo:

Oh, and by the way, I am against trading Samsonov. For one, I think the B's should find another way to filling in the roster. Two, I don't think the D is championship caliber anyways, and with all the FAs on the roster, I'd rather the B's make the best run they can, get the experience and then finish the building out the team over the long haul. Only thing is, I don't know what's gonna happen with the CBA landscape and with Murray, Rolston & Knubes being cheap UFAs. Also, I am not entirely trusting of the, well, braintrust. Lastly, this may be our only chance for the forseeable future. Still, I think Sammy should be a core guy with Joe, PB, Rayzor and Boynton.

Good funny - porn star. I know exactly what you mean.

Atauserk
02-27-2004, 03:17 AM
If you're interested, check this article out;

If nothing else , it was great to read a article by the " Man "
and what a great shot of cheesy ... :lol:
Man i get all teary eyed thinking of them days ...

Its so sad a whole generation is growing up not even knowing what its
like cheering for a "team" ... a team of the same players , year after year ..
players you could identify with , year after year ...

Bruwinz37
02-27-2004, 08:02 AM
My uncle has the tape of it. I watched that game in its entirety last year.