"Right. The Craig guy, it seemed, worked best with Neely. He was sort of a setup player, a straight man for the Neely punch lines. Without Neely, he wasn't as efficient. Oates is a more diversified player. Older, at 29, but more diversified. The rest of the guys...Harry went to the Olympics in France. He says he watched the games, but he had no idea what we could do. He thought we looked good for the future, but who can say if someone can just step from the Olympics and play for this Stanley Cup thing? Harry says he didn't have any choice. His team stunk. The Bruins were a little over .500, and nothing was working. He was putting together a new team. In February. Or may-be March. His assistant, Mike Milbury, was in Sudbury and said that maybe Murray could play. Bingo. Milbury also recommended we get Brent Hughes from the American Hockey League. Bingo. One day we're all over the place, and the next we're on the ice with Randy Moog and number 77, who just might be the best defenseman in all of hockey."
" Ray Bourque. Number 77."
"There were a lot of other almost new guys, too. Do you know how many guys played for this team this past season? Fifty-five. A team can dress only 20 for a game. Fifty-five. A normal year might see 28 different players on the roster. A tough year, due to injuries, might see 35. Fifty-five? The Bruins' farm team was in Portland, Maine, and guys went back and forth between the big club and the minors almost on a daily basis. Guys came and went, came and went. The bulk of the team is as anonymous as we are. Number 19, Dave Poulin, is a bona fide big-time player, but even he missed 61 games because of injuries and really didn't start playing until right before we arrived. Number 38, Rosie Ruzicka, and number 26, Glen Wesley, probably also are familiar names. The rest? Montreal coach Pat Burns probably said it best after we won those two games up there. He told his team, 'It's one thing to be beaten by Mario Lemieux, but another to be beaten by Peter Douris and Joe Lazaro.' "
"Jeff. Jeff Lazaro."
"Whatever. You get the point. Nobody seems to know anything about most of us. We're names pulled out of a hat. We're a collection of mysterious strangers rounded up from a bus stop. The television announcer, Fred Cusick, who is 73 and has been doing Bruin games for 39 years, says he made mistakes calling two of our big goals in Montreal. He says all the players seem to have numbers in the 40's. 'Who has numbers in the 40's?' asks Cusick. Those are supposed to be the numbers for the dogs. Now they're the numbers of some of our best players. That's us. A bunch of guys with numbers in the 40's. Ray Bourque, Randy Moog and a bunch of guys with numbers in the 40's."
"Andy. Andy Moog."
"Maybe our secret is that we don't know that what we're doing is supposed to be so hard. Dick Bowness has kept things simple, as simple as they could be kept, and we have done everything he wanted us to do. With enthusiasm. Maybe we will change after we've been in this league awhile—say four months instead of three—but now we mostly skate to the places where we are supposed to skate and drop everyone in sight. It all seems to work. We got by the Buffalo Sabres in seven games. Then we whipped the Canadiens, the best team in the division this season, in four. There was a worry when we had to play without Bourque in those last two games of the Montreal series. He'd broken the middle finger on his right hand and had to sit. But we just kept doing what we were supposed to do. It worked fine. Dick said he was proud."
"Anyway, where do we go from here? They tell us that this is the first time the Bruins have swept the Canadiens since 1929, which was the end of the first hockey season ever played at the Garden. Can that be true? They also tell us—announced in the papers, only last week—that a new, $160 million Garden is going to be built. Can this also be true? Probably anything can be true right now. We're on a grand, out-of-control roll. We even have a week off to get to know each other a little better and to wash our laundry. Won't that make us even better? An entire week? We might even practice. Then, again, why practice? Let's just keep playing. That's worked so far. We're the ultimate unknown quantity. We're the instant hockey team, just add water and ice. We're.... That next team we play had better watch out for us. Whoever it is."
"The New York Rangers or the Pittsburgh Penguins."