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Canadiens, boasting a heroic past, are contenders again as Kings hit Montreal

Canadiens, boasting a heroic past, are contenders again as Kings hit Montreal

Reminders of the Canadiens' glorious past are inescapable here, which can be a blessing and a burden to those who wear the classic bleu, blanc et rouge of the NHL's oldest team.

Banners in the Bell Centre commemorating the Canadiens' 24 Stanley Cup championships — including one before the NHL was born — publicly proclaim there's a standard to uphold, an excellence demanded. That idea is reinforced to players through a gallery of photographs lining the walls of their locker room. Jacques Plante is next to Henri Richard, who's next to Gump Worsley, who's next to Frank Mahovlich, who's next to Yvon Cournoyer, who's next to Ken Dryden and so on — all Hall of Famers....

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