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‘No dynasty lasts forever’: the long, slow decline of the Montreal Canadiens

They once stood with the Yankees and Celtics among North America’s iconic teams. But a quarter-century since the last of their 24 titles, the Habs’ glory days appear gone for good“The Canadiens were more conscious of what it means to win. To them, winn…

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‘No dynasty lasts forever’: the long, slow decline of the Montreal Canadiens

They once stood with the Yankees and Celtics among North America’s iconic teams. But a quarter-century since the last of their 24 titles, the Habs’ glory days appear gone for good“The Canadiens were more conscious of what it means to win. To them, winn…

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Why are Canada’s NHL teams so bad this season? The conspiracy theories explored

There is no shortage of great Canadian players but the fans’ hatred of losing could be stopping them from winning

Last week, to great fanfare, preliminary rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey were unveiled. And as usual, Team Canada stood out as being ridiculously stacked, boasting so much talent that the biggest story were the perennial All-Stars who wouldn’t make the cut.

It was a nice moment for Canadian fans, one where they could feel good about the nation’s hockey prowess. Then the NHL regular season resumed, and those feelings immediately vanished. Because as a glance at this year’s standings will confirm, Canada’s NHL teams are terrible.

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NHL Winter Classic: an Aussie view of Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins – live!

It’s the NHL’s eighth annual outdoors game – and these two old rivals face off at a chilly Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Follow all the action with Matt Cleary, who’s liveblogging from sunny Sydney

7.12pm GMT

Canadiens owning this fixture, they’ve had 12 shots on goal to two. The puck – made of galvanised rubber, they’re frozen before the game so they don’t bounce too much – is shooting about, and the players are going at it. And … well, there’s the odd call for icing, which is shooting the puck too far up the rink. Shot! Bruins attack, and make the Canadiens goal-tender make a couple of saves. Fans in the crowd, dressed in winter ski-ware, many beanies. And the Canadiens come again, and Tuuku Rask makes another save, he’s been busy, our Tuuku. And the Canadiens have a power player because Bruins No.54 got hit in the chest with a flying puck. Seems you can’t do that.

7.07pm GMT

Okay, great puffs of white ice fluffing into the air. Men scrap for the puck with the intensity of seagulls fighting for a French Fry, armed with giant whacking sticks. There’s some pushing and suchforth. Men skate off, men skate on. Puck is shooting around at very high speeds, even warp speeds, you wouldn’t want to wear it in the teeth, this much is certain.

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The forgotten story of … the Barons, Cleveland’s ill-fated NHL team

The Cleveland Barons were an honest to God, living and breathing NHL team, until they became the last major US sports franchise to fold

Ever heard of the Cleveland Barons? Don’t feel badly if you haven’t because you’re not alone. Who were they? They were a real, honest-to-goodness National Hockey League team … or just about. Or just barely. A blip in the NHL’s books, the Barons skated for just two completely and utterly fruitless seasons between 1976 and 1978, and if not for some last-minute wheeling and dealing, they might have slipped into oblivion even before their inevitable expiration. When they finally did flee the scene, their main legacy was in a link to a trivia question – name the last “Big Four” team (NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL) to cease operations.

Go ahead, ask the biggest sports fans you can find the question – they’ll never get it.

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NHL playoffs: each of the 16 teams ranked

The race for the Stanley Cup has never been tighter. Except, perhaps, for the presence of the New York Rangers

The 2015 NHL playoffs will start Wednesday, and the race has never been tighter. One would like to predict these things, but in this age of hockey parity, even fewer sure things can be found than in years past. Except for perhaps the New York Rangers – they are as close as we get. Otherwise: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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The forgotten story of … the Barons, Cleveland’s ill-fated NHL team

The Cleveland Barons were an honest to God, living and breathing NHL team, until they became the last major US sports franchise to fold

Ever heard of the Cleveland Barons? Don’t feel badly if you haven’t because you’re not alone. Who were they? They were a real, honest-to-goodness National Hockey League team … or just about. Or just barely. A blip in the NHL’s books, the Barons skated for just two completely and utterly fruitless seasons between 1976 and 1978, and if not for some last-minute wheeling and dealing, they might have slipped into oblivion even before their inevitable expiration. When they finally did flee the scene, their main legacy was in a link to a trivia question – name the last “Big Four” team (NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL) to cease operations.

Go ahead, ask the biggest sports fans you can find the question – they’ll never get it.

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‘He was a hero’: ice hockey reacts to death of Jean Beliveau

  • Won 10 Stanley Cups with Canadiens
  • Had 20-year career with Montreal

Jean Beliveau, the hall of famer who won 10 Stanley Cups with Montreal Canadiens, has died. He was 83.

“Like millions of hockey fans who followed the life and the career of Jean Beliveau, the Canadiens today mourn the passing of a man whose contribution to the development of our sport and our society was unmeasurable,” the Canadiens president, Geoff Molson, said. “Jean Beliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known.”

It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of Jean Béliveau. He was a true legend and a class act. My thoughts are with his family.

Lemieux on Beliveau: “Our sport has lost a great ambassador. He will be missed.” (3 of 3)

I met Jean Béliveau when I was 10 years old..That’s when I knew I wanted to play for the @CanadiensMTL -A Hero and Hockey’s Captain #RIP

A true legend has passed away. Honoured to say I wore the same colours as the man.. Condolences to the Beliveau family

Very sad to hear about Jean Béliveau! The sparkle is my grandfather’s eyes when he was talking about him was always very special!

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Flames burn bright as Rick Nash shows flickers of old Rangers form

One month in, the action on the ice is as unrelenting as the Blues have been impressive and the Canadiens disappointing. Where do we go from here? Continue reading…

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NHL opening night: Canadians go overboard as Kings’ crown slips

The LA Kings lost their third straight home opener, while in Canada – 20 years without the Cup – they are left to sing songs and remember legends past Continue reading…

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Bruins highlight NHL’s East but plenty of questions remain for the rest

With the puck dropping on the NHL season tomorrow, Colin Horgan previews the Eastern Conference and wonders whether the Bruins, Rangers, or Canadiens have enough mettle to end the Wests recent Cup dominance Colins Western Conference preview: California…

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Rangers oust Canadiens to reach first Stanley Cup Finals for 20 years

New York win Eastern Conference title in Game SixRangers’ Henrik Lundqvist shuts out Montreal 1-0Canadiens’ 21-year Stanley Cup drought continues Continue reading…

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Montreal Canadiens blunt New York Rangers surge to Stanley Cup final

Canadiens beat Rangers 7-4New York lead series 3-2 and host Game 6 on Thursday Continue reading…

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Montreal Canadiens blunt New York Rangers surge to Stanley Cup final

Canadiens beat Rangers 7-4New York lead series 3-2 and host Game 6 on Thursday Continue reading…

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NHL: Rangers’ Martin St Louis strikes late to beat Montreal Canadiens

New York Rangers defeat Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime Rangers take 3-1 in play-off series Continue reading…

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NHL playoffs preview: Canadiens seek to tie up Rangers

New York leads Montreal 2-1 after Habs’ overtime winner Chicago looks to rebound after embarrassing 6-2 defeat Continue reading…

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NHL playoffs preview: Canadiens seek to tie up Rangers

New York leads Montreal 2-1 after Habs’ overtime winner Chicago looks to rebound after embarrassing 6-2 defeat Continue reading…

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Canadiens claw way back into playoffs with overtime win over Rangers

Montreal win 3-2 in New YorkRangers lead Eastern Conference finals 2-1 Continue reading…

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Henrik Lundqvist leads NY Rangers to 2-0 lead over Montreal Canadiens

Rangers win again in MontrealEastern Conference final now heads to New York Continue reading…

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Martin St Louis leads Rangers’ rout of Canadiens before mother’s funeral

New York win Eastern finals Game 1 7-2 Rangers team to attend funeral Sunday Colin Horgan’s conference finals preview Continue reading…