Is montreal a bonafide stanley cup contender? #2
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03-14-2004, 02:54 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
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And sleepers *never* win the Cup. Ever. Carolina and Washington were never a threat to win the Cup at all. Anaheim got closer than anyone ever before, on the strength of superhuman goaltending, and a lucky 7 for 7 in overtime.
I remember a "sleeper" winning the cup in 1993, 1986 and 1971. What did they have in common with todays Habs? '71 Habs had a hot young goalie in Dryden and had traded for Frank Mahovlich much like Theodore and Kovalev. The '86 team had a young Patty Roy and super rookies Claude Lemieux and Chris Chelios à la Theo, Ryder and Komisarek, and the '93 team had Roy again, but this time with young guns like Dipietro, Dionne and Leclair playing hero, much like Ryder Ribs , Ward and Dagenais.
You can never say Montreal won't win because they have a history of pulling it off and share many of the ingredients of past Hab sleeper teams.
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