A. Well, I wasn't saying "Bye-bye," but I was really discouraged.
Q. How did you manage to shut them out for the rest of the game?
A. Our whole team just pulled up its socks. I paid special attention to the Hulls, but then you always have to do that. They had been responsible for Chicago's first goal: Bobby took a hard slap shot and Dennis knocked in the rebound. So I just kept telling myself to keep my eyes on the Hulls and Mikita. The Hulls can score on you from the red line in. And Mikita is so quick he moves like a greased snake. I gave those three a little bit of extra attention and it all worked out fine.
Q. You made 31 saves, you won the Conn Smythe Trophy for most valuable player, and you won a brand-new car.
A. But we won something far more important. When we got back to Montreal, there were 7,000 people at Dorval Airport. It was really touching to see the way they swarmed over us. My phone didn't stop ringing for weeks.
Q. It didn't help that you had a listed telephone number.
A. No, it didn't. We'd get long-distance calls from people who got our number from information. There was a 10-year-old boy, I remember his name was Edward Breuer, who kept calling up and asking the most intelligent questions. After a while the phone just got to be too much for Linda and me to handle. We began answering and telling people that the Drydens were not at home. One day Edward called and without thinking I said, " Ken Dryden's gone for the summer." Later he told my wife, "I phoned a few minutes ago and your husband said he was gone for the summer."
Q. I've always wondered what it would be like to be idolized by a whole town.
A. Well, it's nice, but not all that nice. You appreciate it, because the people mean well, but after a while you become aware of certain phony aspects.
Q. What do you mean?