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BH and SM: Yes.
SI: You lost in the finals four times and had a 2-0 lead in Game 7 against Montreal in '71. Bobby, you hit the post after that. Was that the toughest to swallow?
BH: Still to this day. But that shot off the post wasn't the worst part. Not having the right people on the ice at the right time sticks in my brain. We had gotten there because of Stan's line and my line. When we came onto the ice, we controlled the puck; we wouldn't let anybody touch that biscuit. Nobody else should have been on the ice at those key points in the game, but people were out there who shouldn't have been out there. If we'd won in '71, we would have had two of these [points to his ring]. That's what I try to get through to these kids [the current Blackhawks]. It might not happen again.
SI: What was it like to play in Chicago?
BH: No greater place. When that guy, Wayne Messmer, sang the national anthem, the people would start roaring. The puck would drop, and they were still roaring. We'd say, "Let's get 'em in their end in the first period and not let 'em out," and we'd win the first period.
SM: We won a lot of games like that.
SI: Bobby, you had a special connection with the fans. Did you ever turn down an autograph request?
SM: I saw one. He wouldn't sign for me. He won't sign for Stan Mikita.
BH: [Laughs] Way back my mother said, 'Robert, don't forget these kids, the fans, they're part of you.' She was right. If we didn't have them, who would we be playing for? They're our most important asset. On those nights, 22,000 people in that building, it was just a love affair all the way through. It was great.