For the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Forum had been a chamber of horrors for 45 years, a place where all dreams were nightmares.
The Montreal Canadiens had beaten Boston in 18 playoff series, a streak beginning in 1943 and ending on this date 11 years ago.
Ironically, a kid who grew up only a few blocks from the Forum, Steve Kasper, who showed Boston the way out of the jinx. He and teammate Cam Neely scored twice to lead Boston to a 4-1 win, before 18,904 in the Forum, who sat in stony silence.
The win gave the Bruins a four-games-to-one victory in Adams Division playoff series.
In addition to Kasper's and Neeley's scoring, Boston was boosted by superlative play of goaltender Reggie Lemelin, who held Montreal scoreless for 98 minutes during one stretch in the series.