Disgusted by the whole scene, Nanne said, "I don't remember ever wanting to beat a team as bad as I want to beat these guys. Tonight's game was sickening."
Added North Star Forward Mark Johnson, "And you wonder why hockey gets a bad name."
The fans—at least the ones not being handcuffed by the police—seemed to enjoy the spectacle, and 14,367 more came back the next night when the Black Hawks wrapped up the series 5-2. Esposito returned to goal for Chicago and was superb. The North Stars had been done in by hot goaltending, which so often happens in the playoffs, especially in a short series. They had played very well and in that respect could be proud in defeat. The real loser of this series, of course, was the sport of hockey. One more loss in a long, long line.