Too many men on the ice in Montreal
During the 1979 NHL playoffs, the Bruins lost Game 7 of the infamous “too many men on the ice” semifinal series at Montreal. Leading 3-1 heading into the third period at the Forum, the Bruins were on the verge of knocking out the Canadiens, who were looking for their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup after beating Boston in the previous two finals. After Montreal tied the game 3-3, Rick Middleton beat the venerable Ken Dryden and Boston had a 4-3 lead with under four minutes remaining.
But with 2:34 left in the game, the Bruins were called for having too many men on the ice during a line change. On the power play, Guy Lafleur beat Bruins goaltender Gilles Gilbert with just 1:14 to go to tie the game. And Yvon Lambert finished off Boston at 9:33 into overtime.
It was the right call, but controversial for Boston fans to see a foolish penalty to be taken at such a critical juncture in a championship playoff.
"It was my fault," Bruins coach Don Cherry later told the Toronto Globe and Mail regarding the too many men on the ice infraction. Cherry was fired following the season.