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Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante gets ready to make a save during a Nov. 1955 game between the Canadiens and Bruins.

HACKEL: Why players’ contract rights are key to lockout

Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante gets ready to make a save during a Nov. 1955 game between the Canadiens and Bruins.
HACKEL: Why players’ contract rights are key to lockout

Tim Brent of the Carolina Hurricanes flips over the boards after being checked during a game against the Canadiens last night. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

DATER: See what Carolina and Montreal land in this week’s Power Rankings

Tim Brent of the Carolina Hurricanes flips over the boards after being checked during a game against the Canadiens last night. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
DATER: See what Carolina and Montreal land in this week’s Power Rankings

Montreal Patrick Roy gets ready to defend a slapshot by Boston forward Ted Donato during a 1992 Canadiens-Bruins game. Montreal fans are hoping Roy can return to the Habs as coach or GM, but SI’s Stu Hackel believes the former goalie is more interested in bringing a team to Quebec City. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

HACKEL: Can Roy rescue the Canadiens? Don’t count on it
GALLERY: Montreal Canadiens Legends

Montreal Patrick Roy gets ready to defend a slapshot by Boston forward Ted Donato during a 1992 Canadiens-Bruins game. Montreal fans are hoping Roy can return to the Habs as coach or GM, but SI’s Stu Hackel believes the former goalie is more interested in bringing a team to Quebec City. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
HACKEL: Can Roy rescue the Canadiens? Don’t count on itGALLERY: Montreal Canadiens Legends

When looking at the top lines in hockey history, Montreal’s Dynasty Line of Steve Shutt, Guy Lafleur and Jacques Lemaire has earned a spot near the top. The group helped the Habs win five Stanley Cups, including four in a row. Click below for more of hockey’s all-time best lines. (Tony Triolo/SI)

GALLERY: Hockey’s All-Time Classic Lines

When looking at the top lines in hockey history, Montreal’s Dynasty Line of Steve Shutt, Guy Lafleur and Jacques Lemaire has earned a spot near the top. The group helped the Habs win five Stanley Cups, including four in a row. Click below for more of hockey’s all-time best lines. (Tony Triolo/SI)
GALLERY: Hockey’s All-Time Classic Lines

Henri Richard is sandwiched by Leo Boivan (20) and Fern Flaman during a 1958 Canadiens-Bruins game. Richard is celebrating his 76th birthday today. (AP) 

SI VAULT: Richard leads Habs to Cup, but is pro hockey in trouble? (5.21.73)

Henri Richard is sandwiched by Leo Boivan (20) and Fern Flaman during a 1958 Canadiens-Bruins game. Richard is celebrating his 76th birthday today. (AP) 
SI VAULT: Richard leads Habs to Cup, but is pro hockey in trouble? (5.21.73)

Montreal goalie Alex Auld pays tribute to Habs legends Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante with this mask worn during the 2010-11 season. (AP, Rick Stevens/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Goalie Masks Honoring Goalies

Montreal goalie Alex Auld pays tribute to Habs legends Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante with this mask worn during the 2010-11 season. (AP, Rick Stevens/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Goalie Masks Honoring Goalies

 Canadiens winger Guy Lafleur stickhandles during a 1978 game against the Islanders. LaFleur played 17 seasons between 1971 and 1991, winning five Stanley Cups, three Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Memorial Trophies and one Conn Smythe Trophy. His number was retired by the Canadiens. (Manny Millan/SI)  

SI VAULT: LaFleur giving Montreal a chance at winning (3.22.76)

 Canadiens winger Guy Lafleur stickhandles during a 1978 game against the Islanders. LaFleur played 17 seasons between 1971 and 1991, winning five Stanley Cups, three Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Memorial Trophies and one Conn Smythe Trophy. His number was retired by the Canadiens. (Manny Millan/SI)  
SI VAULT: LaFleur giving Montreal a chance at winning (3.22.76)

Members of the Montreal Canadiens gather around goalie Peter Budaj before their game against Washington at the Bell Centre last night. (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch Montreal-Washington highlights
POWER RANKINGS: See where the Canadiens rank

Members of the Montreal Canadiens gather around goalie Peter Budaj before their game against Washington at the Bell Centre last night. (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch Montreal-Washington highlightsPOWER RANKINGS: See where the Canadiens rank

Patrick Roy jumps to avoid a sliding Zarley Zalapski during Game 7 of the their 1992 first-round series. Montreal would go onto win the series, 4-3, but would lose in the next round to Boston. (David E. Klutho/SI)

Patrick Roy jumps to avoid a sliding Zarley Zalapski during Game 7 of the their 1992 first-round series. Montreal would go onto win the series, 4-3, but would lose in the next round to Boston. (David E. Klutho/SI)

Montreal’s Jean Beliveau tries to squeeze between two New York defenders during a 1967 Canadiens-Rangers game. While the Rangers have started the season with an impressive 18-8-4 record, the Canadiens have struggled. Montreal is 13-13-7 on the season and ousted coach Jacques Martin just two seasons after reaching the East Finals. (James Drake/SI)

HACKEL: Five reasons the Canadiens fired Martin
PHOTO GALLERY: The NHL’s Coaching Carousel

Montreal’s Jean Beliveau tries to squeeze between two New York defenders during a 1967 Canadiens-Rangers game. While the Rangers have started the season with an impressive 18-8-4 record, the Canadiens have struggled. Montreal is 13-13-7 on the season and ousted coach Jacques Martin just two seasons after reaching the East Finals. (James Drake/SI)
HACKEL: Five reasons the Canadiens fired MartinPHOTO GALLERY: The NHL’s Coaching Carousel

On this day in 1959, Montreal’s Jacques Plante became the first NHL goalie to wear a mask. Since then, masks have taken on a wide array of styles and colors. Whether it’s Gerry Cheevers’ stitches from 1971, Patrick Roy’s Canadiens logo  from 1983 or Ty Conklin’s skeleton from 2006, the mask has become one of the few true artistic expressions in sports. Happy birthday, goalie mask. (Tony Triolo/SI, Damian Strohmeyer/SI, Tim Smith/Getty Image)

GALLERY: Scary Goalie Masks
GALLERY: NHL Goalie Masks

On this day in 1959, Montreal’s Jacques Plante became the first NHL goalie to wear a mask. Since then, masks have taken on a wide array of styles and colors. Whether it’s Gerry Cheevers’ stitches from 1971, Patrick Roy’s Canadiens logo  from 1983 or Ty Conklin’s skeleton from 2006, the mask has become one of the few true artistic expressions in sports. Happy birthday, goalie mask. (Tony Triolo/SI, Damian Strohmeyer/SI, Tim Smith/Getty Image) 
GALLERY: Scary Goalie MasksGALLERY: NHL Goalie Masks

Montreal center Henri “The Pocket Rocket” Richard skates past Jean Ratelle (No. 19) and Rod Gilbert during a 1967 game between the Rangers and Canadiens.

SI VAULT: Twenty-five years after Cup, Richard still hit in Montreal (10.7.96)

Montreal center Henri “The Pocket Rocket” Richard skates past Jean Ratelle (No. 19) and Rod Gilbert during a 1967 game between the Rangers and Canadiens.
SI VAULT: Twenty-five years after Cup, Richard still hit in Montreal (10.7.96)

Jacques Plante’s goalie mask, which he first wore at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Nov. 1, 1959. Plante is known as the player who popularized the goalie mask, though Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons was the first to wear one. (George Silk/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)

GALLERY: Hockey’s Scariest Goalie Masks

Jacques Plante’s goalie mask, which he first wore at New York’s  Madison Square Garden on Nov. 1, 1959. Plante is known as the player who popularized the goalie mask, though Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons was the first to wear one. (George Silk/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image) 
GALLERY: Hockey’s Scariest Goalie Masks

Boston forward Milan Lucic beats up on Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek during a 2009 game between the Canadiens and Bruins. The two teams face off for the first time tonight since the Bruins eliminated the Habs in the first round of last year’s playoffs. (Corbis)

TRUTH AND RUMORS: Boston’s Chara under legal cloud in Montreal
HACKEL: Hard times for proud Habs as their fans call for heads to roll
ELIOT: Which team is Canada’s best hope to snap its Stanley Cup drought

Boston forward Milan Lucic beats up on Montreal defenseman  Mike Komisarek during a 2009 game between the Canadiens and Bruins. The two teams face off for the first time tonight since the Bruins eliminated the Habs in the first round of last year’s playoffs. (Corbis)
TRUTH AND RUMORS: Boston’s Chara under legal cloud in MontrealHACKEL: Hard times for proud Habs as their fans call for heads to rollELIOT: Which team is Canada’s best hope to snap its Stanley Cup drought

Aerial view of Montreal goalie Jacques Plante ready to make a save during a 1955 game between the Canadiens and Bruins at the Montreal Forum. (Hy Peskin/SI)

POWER RANKINGS: Find out where the Bruins and Habs stack up

Aerial view of Montreal goalie Jacques Plante ready to make a save during a 1955 game between the Canadiens and Bruins at the Montreal Forum. (Hy Peskin/SI)
POWER RANKINGS: Find out where the Bruins and Habs stack up