"I'm a little disappointed, I can admit it," Resch told FanHouse moments after watching the Philadelphia Flyers join his 1975 Islanders and the 1942 Maple Leafs as the only teams in NHL history to come back from down 3-0 in a playoff series. "I know we're always supposed to say the right things in hockey, but I'm just being candid. The bittersweet feelings won't last long, believe me."
Resch, who said earlier Friday he would be a Bruins fan for one night, watched the game in his home in Minnesota. He wasn't sure if he was ready to share history with another team, even if it was the Flyers -- a franchise he played for in the late 1980s.
"I'm pretty sure by the time I wake up in the morning, the disappointment will be gone," said Resch, whose Islanders won Game 7 on the road 35 years ago to overcome a 3-0 series deficit against the Penguins, just as the Flyers did in Boston on Friday night. "What Philadelphia did was incredible. They showed a lot of heart. Maybe the best thing to take from their comeback is that it proves how hard a trick it is to pull off. Really, congratulations to everyone with the Flyers on making history."
Resch was the Islanders' starting goalie in 1975 when they became the second team in NHL history to win Games 4 through 7. In the finale, Resch led New York with a shutout in a 1-0 victory. His teammate, Bobby Nystrom, gave off unqualified positive vibes when reached by FanHouse at his Long Island home in the aftermath of the Flyers' triumph.
"I'm just so proud to be a part of something that only happens once every 35 years or so," said Nystrom, the Islanders' right wing who went on to score the overtime goal in 1980 that gave the Islanders their first Stanley Cup (coincidentally, against the Flyers).
For 35 years, Islanders coach Al Arbour, Resch, Nystrom and the rest of their teammates always knew the phone would ring when an NHL team trailed 3-0 in a playoff series. Perhaps that's why Resch revealed some initial disappointment.
"Just like that," Resch joked, "no one's going to call me anymore! I'll miss that."