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01-13-2013, 08:47 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
The main memory I have from that season was the complaining from everyone in the media about New Jersey and the "trap".
Mario Lemieux opted to take the year off. And while he was missed, his absence (combined with age starting to catch up with Gretzky) meant that there was actually a scoring race that went down to the wire for the first time in a long time.
It was also the first time in 25 years that Montreal had missed the playoffs. At the time that was just something that never happened.
Living in Ottawa, the biggest story about the last-place Senators was when Rick Bowness had become fed up with the attitude and work ethic of the teams two marquee players, Yashin and Daigle, and decided to make them both healthy scratches for a game in Tampa. A gutsy move that payed off when Ottawa won the game.
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