When the Habs Just Can't Win

It’s been a while. It’s been a long time actually. As a matter of fact, this will be the 27th anniversary of the Canadiens’ last Stanley Cup. The fact that they are the last Canadian team to win the Holy Grail does very little to the fan who wasn’t born or was too young to remember when current Habs’ assistant-coach Kirk Muller lifted the Cup over his head as a player, wearing Brendan Gallagher‘s number 11. Some of us were spoiled, having lived through several Habs’ Stanley Cup wins over the years. I was alive for 10 of them myself and while I mostly recall the ones from the 70’s onward, I still cherish the memories. But many can’t do that.

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The Kiss of Death? Maybe, Maybe not

Let’s face it. It’s a disappointing season for everyone. After missing the playoffs by four points last season, the players were pumped when showing up at training camp. They felt like they had a legitimate shot at playing hockey in April and they worked all summer to get ready. The coaching staff also liked their chances of helping them get to that goal. Marc Bergevin, while disappointed to lose out on Matt Duchene and Sebastian Aho, likely would not have predicted seeing his team this far out of a playoffs’ spot at this time of the season. And fans? Well, fans will be fans. But the sting of missing the playoffs once again is not easy on anyone.

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