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10 Infamous and/or Tragic Headlines
(listed chronologically)

Some Top 10 Headlines From the 70s

ALL-TIME NHL WIN LEADER LOSES ULTIMATE BATTLE
June 1, 1970
-- Goaltending great Terry Sawchuk dies after three major operations to remove blood from his lacerated liver. He sustained the initial injury during an altercation with teammate Ron Stewart.

FATAL SHOOT-OUT
December 12, 1970
-- Roy Spencer, the father of Toronto winger Brian Spencer, is killed in a shoot-out with police outside a TV station. He opened fire protesting the station's decision to carry a Vancouver-Oakland game, rather than the Toronto-Chicago contest in which his son was playing.

HORTON KILLED IN CAR CRASH
February 21, 1974
-- Sabres defenseman Tim Horton dies while driving back to Buffalo after a game in Toronto where he was named one of the game's three stars. His car reached speeds of up to 100 mph when it left the highway and crashed.

WINLESS WASHINGTON
March 26, 1975
-- The expansion Washington Capitals lose their 17th consecutive game, an NHL record. The streak ends with a 5-3 victory over California two days later.

FOG BOWL
May 20, 1975
-- Thick fog develops in Buffalo's un-airconditioned Memorial Auditorium in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Sabres and Philadelphia. The play is stopped 12 times as skaters waving sheets try to dissipate the fog patches.

MOTORCYCLE TRAGEDY CLAIMS GASSOFF
May 27,1977
-- Twenty-four year-old Bob Gassoff is killed instantly after his bike collides head-on with a car. He was returning from a barbecue hosted by St. Louis teammate Garry Unger.

AN EMBARASSING END FOR SHAWINIGAN
March 13, 1978
-- Shawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL) lose 18-0 to Sherbrooke and close out their season with a 3-65-4. Three wins is the fewest in league history.

ONE TOO MANY
May 10, 1979
-- Clinging to a 4-3 lead, Boston is called for too many men on the ice with 2:34 remaining in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals against Montreal. Guy Lafleur ties the game on the subsequent man advantage and the Habs score in overtime to claim the series and two weeks later the Cup. Boston coach Don Cherry was fired the following off-season.

ESPO'S PRATFALL
September 22, 1972
-- During the player introductions before the first game in Moscow, Game 5 of the Summit Series, Phil Esposito moves off the blueline when his name is called and promptly falls on his behind. The team laughs, but sixty minutes of hockey later, their mood sours as Team Canada blows a three-goal lead in the third and loses 5-4 to the Soviets.

THE STREAK IS OVER
December 22, 1979
-- Atlanta's Garry Unger ends his Iron Man streak at 914 consecutive games despite being dressed for the game by coach Al MacNeil. It was the only game of the season he missed.



Did You Know?
January 26, 1976 - Only 537 fans turned up for the Barons-Blackhawks game after a snowstorm ravaged the Chicago area.

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