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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 21,2012 STILL STANDING -- It's a record that's really stood the test of time. It involves the Bruins and was set before the United States entered World War II. And it involves shots -- lots of them. For way back on March 4, 1941 the Bruins unleashed a virtual torrent of shots against the Chicago Blackhawks. How many you ask? Many more than anyone would expect -- a total of 83. But what perhaps is even more amazing than the 83 shots on goal by the Bruins was the performance by Chicago goaltender Sam LoPresti. He played the entire game and gave an outstanding example of a goalie who keeps his team in the game. The Bruins did win but only by a 3-2 count. That's right. LoPresti made 80 saves with the Bruins only managing to score three times. The B's shot fest that night is one of sev- eral league records that the NHL has selected as least likely to be broken. Who came the closest to break- ing the mark set by those pre-war Bruins? Why, later editions of the Bruins, of course. The Black and Gold got off 73 shots in a 3-3 tie with Quebec on March 21, 1991 and 72 against the expan- sion Buffalo Sabres back on December I0, 1970. No other team has broken the 70-shot threshold. The Bruins are the only NHL team to do it. The one team that has come closest to 70 shots in recent times is Toronto. The Maple Leafs sent 61 shots towards the net back on November 23, 2009 in a game against the Islanders. A TIME TO REMEMBER -- The Houston Rockets will wear a green and purple band on their game jerseys in re- membrance of Alexandra " Sasha" McHale, the young adult daughter of head coach Kevin McHale, who passed away from complications of lupus on November 24 th. She had just tumed 23. In addi- tion, the team will also wear a green and purple patch bearing her initials on their shooting shirts. The color green represents Sasha's Buon Natale 71 Gf,I"c Gi, 5v, wfor Boston's larsest private car lockers & museum food offennss, c:" offeris, and top shelfhqueur 292 Hanover Street * Boston, Massachusetts * 617-227-0295 Happy Hofidays from Everett C0-OPERATIVE Bank 419 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 www.everettbank.com Member FDIC JqappyJlolidaus BOSTON'S ONLY FULL SERVICE TOWING COMPANW! Toll Free 1-877-568-9800 favorite color while purple signifies the color recog- nized in the national fight against lupus. The band on the jerseys will be worn through December 26 th. In honor of her father, Sasha McHale wore his Boston Celtics number (32) through- out her Minnesota high school basketball career. She played varsity basketball for three years and was named honorable-mention all-state in 2008, the year her team won the class 3A state championship. She had been a college student at the University of Minne- sota-Duluth prior to taking a leave of absence for health reasons. In addition to her parents, she leaves a sister and three brothers. Kevin McHale, remem- bered in Boston as a mem- ber of the original Big Three (along with Larry Bird and Robert Parish), took a leave of absence from the Rockets on November 10 m to be with his daughter in Minnesota during her final days. He returned to the team on December 8% Our heartfelt condolences go out to the McHale family during this difficult time. THE ICE IS DOWN- The NHL may not be playing Buon Natale Court Square Styling Shop In the Shadow of OLD CITY HALL Hair Stylists Mr. Arthur Mr. l im 15 Court Square Boston, MA 02108 (617) 523-7755 Merry Christmas and a Happy New year j ,, N E\\;W- HEAI'TH 332 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts Telephone (617) 643-8000 but the ice sheet was put down at the Garden in early December. The Bruins host a number of events that are tied into fundraising for their foundation over the holiday period. Plus, the ice show comes in the week between Christmas and New Year's. As for hockey, well, if the NHL remains in lockout mode that means that the first hockey game at the Gar- den this season will be the opening night of the Beanpot Tournament -- slated for Monday, February 4% If the entire NHL season is lost there will only be 14 hockey games at the Garden this year. The two Beanpot doubleheader nights will account for four. Then there's the state high school championship games -- seven in all (five boys divi- sions and two girls divisions) -- all played on one weekend day in mid-March. Those will be followed by the Hockey East Tournament later in March -- with a Friday night doubleheader followed by the championship game on Sat- urday night. Only five days on which hockey will be played at the Garden until next season -- unless the two sides can come to an agreement during negotiat- ing sessions in New York. But unfortunately, a few think there may be an even longer interval. DID SOMEONE SAY TWO? -- We hate to say it but someone did. Early on in the lockout there was one per- son -we forget who it was -- that predicted the lockout could last as long as two sea- sons. We didn't put much stock in that sort of thing and forgot about it. But then we picked up the December 16 th edition of the Boston Globe and we saw a quote from the B's Shawn Thornton in which he mentions that his wife Erin might be thinking along those lines. Thornton said that his wife encour- aged him to attend the ne- gotiations so he could wit- ness the process firsthand with the admonition "If this season is lost and the next one..." We don't know where E1in got that idea -- hopefully not from Shawn. That's just too awful to contemplate. Two full seasons without the NHL. Who would care after something like that? For the good of the game this situation has to be settled now. If the season is lost and the NHL doesn't re- sume until September 2013 that will be some 17 months since the Bruins last played. 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