Said Defenseman Jacques Laperriere: "The best thing for Boston to do is shut up and play hockey. Last year they were supposed to put us way up there in the galleries. We didn't say anything. We just shut up and played hockey."
A couple of nights earlier, St. Louis Coach Scotty Bowman had marveled at how the Canadiens—dead tired—had somehow tied his Blues. Bowman knows his Habs, too, for he spent 14 years in the Montreal organization. "They're a proud bunch," he said. "When they lose they don't make excuses, because nobody would listen if they did. So they just play. If they play a bad game, they take it out on the team they play next. One time last year they came in here and Hubert Humphrey was campaigning for President, and he was given their hotel rooms. They wound up in a real fleabag: no hot water, no heat, bad beds, you name it. Well, the next night they blew us off the ice, that's all."
In precisely that manner were the Bruins—tight-lipped now—humiliated in the season's-biggest game so far. "The other teams, they're supposed to be up for us, aren't they?" said Jean Beliveau in the dressing room. "After all, we are the champions."