That night the Black Hawks remained mired in their disastrous scoring slump and lost 1-0 as the Flyer goaltender, Bernie Parent, got his fourth shutout in 10 games and Bill Barber beat Tony Esposito on a screened shot from inside the blue line on a Philadelphia power play. Pappin had three glittering chances to tie the score, but each time he misfired. For the Black Hawks it was their fifth straight game without a victory, dropping them six points behind the Flyers, but Reay seemed unconcerned.
"We won something here tonight," he said. "They wanted to beat us big, but they couldn't because we wouldn't let them. All things considered, losing 1-0 was not a loss as far as I'm concerned. No reason to get upset at all."
But those X-Reay eyes were at their sternest Saturday night in Minnesota. For a short time it appeared that the Black Hawks had cracked their scoring slump as they poured three quick goals past beleaguered Cesare Maniago in the North Star net. Winless in their first 11 games and facing a major personnel shakeup unless they beat the Black Hawks, the North Stars fought back to take a 4-3 lead. "You should never blow a three-goal lead," said Reay later, articulating what everyone was thinking.
Keith Magnuson tied the score for Chicago late in the third period, and as the clock ticked away it seemed Minnesota would collect its seventh tie of the season. Then the North Stars fired a harmless shot into the Chicago zone. The puck rolled against the boards to the right of Esposito. He stuck out his stick to direct the carom toward the corner, but the puck hopped over it, rolling in front of the empty net, and Dennis Hextall easily put it into the goal to give Minnesota its first victory.
Reay's reaction? Don't ask, just look.