He had a two-inch gash on his forehead, a few inches above his left eyebrow. The eyebrow itself was stitched and swollen, but he seemed unconcerned. He smiled wearily but broadly, surrounded by rejoicing, white-shirted teammates and a gaggle of cameramen. PA announcer Claude Mouton elicited a huge roar from the Montreal Forum crowd, proclaiming the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1979 was "Robert … 'Bob' … Gainey!"
Celebrating that news, the players lifted Gainey on their shoulders, and the crowd's roar heightened. Still smiling but eyes down, clearly embarrassed by the attention, he half-waved to the crowd as Serge Savard handed him the Stanley Cup. He hoisted it over his head, photographs were snapped and the crowd roared even louder.
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