"Mind your own business," Reay yelled.
"I am minding my business," Hood countered, with some logic.
Whether or not the Canadiens deserved that goal, it made little difference. Billy Reay's team had won again and in doing so proved the Black Hawks can still do more than just stop goals. The best moments in the game were provided by young Bryan Campbell, who centers Chicago's top-scoring line for Bobby Hull and Chico Maki, and Defenseman Keith Magnuson, the youngest cop in the NHL. Campbell came to Chicago from L.A. with Goalie Gerry Desjardins and Defenseman Bill White in exchange for Gilles Marotte, Denis DeJordy and Jim Stanfield. If the Hawks' trade with Boston three years ago was one-sided in Boston's favor, that deal with Los Angeles balanced the books. Campbell has scored 10 goals for the Hawks, White is the team's steadiest defenseman and Desjardins is the other half of the best young goaltending pair in the NHL.
"In Los Angeles it was a hard thing to get up for games," Campbell says. "It was always 80� or something out there, and most of the guys couldn't think about hockey in that weather." Now he fits well with veteran Bobby Hull and, along with Stan Mikita and Pit Martin, has given the Hawks excellent balance through center.
Keith Magnuson is scrawny as ever but even tougher after taking boxing lessons all last summer from Johnny Coulon, a former featherweight contender. "Now I shadowbox every day with three-or four-pound weights in each of my hands," he said. "I'm trying to develop a good left jab." Although some might question what this has to do with playing ice hockey, the benefits were apparent last Wednesday night against such tough Montrealers as John Ferguson and Pete Mahovlich. What Keith would prefer to master, though, is one of Coulon's anatomical tricks. "Johnny touches this nerve center in your neck," Keith says, "and you can't even lift him up. He won't tell me how to do it."
It's a pity Johnny wasn't there to touch a nerve or two in Billy Reay's neck at that point, for the coach was still spluttering as Chicago headed out for Boston immediately after the game.
"This schedule is ridiculous," Reay said when they arrived. "This is our second of four games in five nights. Here we are in Boston after playing the night before 1,000 miles away. Don't you think they could have found some other night for us to play in a hotbed like this?"
In a surprise move that night, Reay elected to use his No. 2 goalie, Desjardins, who had not lost once in nine previous starts. "To beat Boston," Reay said, "we've got to skate both ways for 60 minutes. We're not like the Bruins, who can turn it off and turn it on. If we don't skate, we're in trouble all the time."
Alas, however, the Black Hawks rarely skated this night and the Bruins took a 3-0 lead in the first period. As Reay predicted, they turned themselves off for a while in the third period, so the Black Hawks scored twice within 12 seconds, but a few minutes later, in true Bruin style, they turned on again to protect their lead, and the game ended with Chicago down 3-2.
Back in the dressing room, Reay gradually talked himself down to earth as he pondered the seemingly venial sins of his top defenseman. " Magnuson's got a lot to learn," he said. "O.K., he took a five-minute penalty for fighting, but he took out a pretty good player with him." Reay was referring to Boston's equally pugnacious forward, Derek Sanderson, who also got five minutes. "But then," Reay went on, "he let Sanderson get under his skin, so he acts up and gets a 10-minute misconduct and we lose him for the game. We can't lose Magnuson for the game when we're only down by a goal.