THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Thursday, Feb. 8, 1979
Mike Bossy scores for All-Stars
Islanders star Mike Bossy had a goal and an assist as the NHL All-Stars beat the Soviet Union, 4-2, before a crowd of 17,438 in the opener of the three-game Challenge Cup Series at Madison Square Garden. The exhibition replaced the NHL's All-Star festivities that year. The Soviet Union rallied to take the series with a 5-4 win in the second game and a 6-0 rout in the finale. Bossy, then in his second year, finished that season with a league-high 69 goals.
NHL All-Stars 4, Soviet Union 2
Soviet Union1 0 1 - 2
NHL All-Stars2 2 0 - 4
First period - 1, NHL, Guy Lafleur 0:16. 2, NHL, Mike Bossy, 6:22. 3, SU, Boris Mikhailov, 11:25.
Second period - 4, NHL, Clark Gillies, 8:14. 5, NHL, Bob Gainey, 15:48.
Third period - 6, SU, Vladimir Golikov, 3:02.