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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Bruins, North Stars fight to finish
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 26, 1981

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.

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