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03-14-2004, 01:54 PM
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Habfansincebirth
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Originally Posted by PecaFan
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 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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