Afterward, in the Montreal dressing room, Robinson was asked how a team with so many rookies could play with such defensive composure. "I've been hearing about our rookies all series," he said with an edge to his voice. "I was a rookie, too, once. That isn't an excuse to make a mistake. When I came here, I wasn't looking for Frank Mahovlich or Serge Savard or Guy Lapointe to play for me. I worked my butt off to prove to them that I belonged up here, that I could do the job myself. It's the same way with these guys. We're all just hockey players. We're all in this together."
It says it right there in the dressing room, in big bold letters up next to the photos of all the past greats, the Richards and Drydens and Beliveaus. You've probably heard the Canadiens' motto before, but it's a good motto and bears repeating: TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW THE TORCH, BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH.
This young and young-at-heart crew of Canadiens seems capable of doing exactly that.