When he is really juggling up a storm, Bowman likes to say, "In a way there are no such things as real lines anymore. They just don't last long enough." Yet there remains a one-for-all quality about even the most fleeting of today's lines, a shared awareness that if even one of the three members falters, then everybody does. This is why Lafleur can shrug off his torrid scoring race with Shutt by saying, "I really don't care who wins it, as long as we do." It is also why the two of them save a little togetherness for Fill-in-the-Blank, whoever that might be at the moment. One morning, right after Lemaire joined the line, Lafleur jokingly called out to him in the club's locker room, "Hey, Jacques, stick with Steve and me and we'll put you on the map."
A few weeks later the team was on a flight from Denver to St. Louis, and Lemaire was sitting next to a reporter who was interviewing him about the rewards and responsibilities of centering for the NHL's top two goal scorers. Lemaire suddenly turned and caught the eye of Lafleur, who was sitting farther back in the cabin. "You were right, Guy," he nodded. "You and Steve have put me on the map."