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01-14-2008, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Al Bundy View Post
On the NHL Network, I am watching one of the bigger upsets I know of, but I don't hear as much about it as compared to others.

Anyone remember in 1980 when Minnesota upset four-time defending Cup champ Montreal?

This is an upset I don't hear about as Isles-Pens 1993, Oilers-Kings 1982 or Sharks-Blues 2000.

IMO, this was a stunner that deserves more attention.

Also, how did Minnesota pull it off?

Were there any series-changing moments?

And how different were these Habs from the Cup-winners?
The Canadiens had a nice regular season that year but I think age and loss of key players caught up to them against the North Stars. If I remember correctly Dryden Lemaire, and Cournoyer all retired after the 1979 finals. Add to that the fact that Bowman left and the Canadiens were missing some key parts to the dynasty teams.

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