Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/24/11 at 04:16 PM ET
from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,
One downside to having an enchanted, storied past is that when the news about you turns ugly, the contrast is stark. That’s where the Montreal Canadiens find themselves in this young season.
The Habs currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and only the winless Blue Jackets are keeping them from occupying the league’s basement. Going into tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers, they are 1-4-2, the legendary club’s worst start in (get ready) 70 years. You have to go back to 1941 to find an edition of Les Habitants that stumbled out of the gate worse than these guys.
That was before Maurice Richard became The Rocket, Frank Calder was the President of the NHL, and Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President of the U.S., just to provide some perspective. So, yes, it was a long time ago.
But “long time ago” is also where the Canadiens glory days reside. They last won the Stanley Cup, their 24th, in 1993, and an entire generation of their fans has never experienced anything more exhilarating than a run to the conference championship round. That might be commonplace elsewhere in the NHL, but in Montreal it has become an annual shame.
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