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)
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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’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)
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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

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

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

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)
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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)

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