Another year added to Montreal and Canada's title drought
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the Montreal Canadiens, hockey's most successful team, the 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday meant another year added to their title drought.
But the ramifications of Montreal's loss will spread so much further than Quebec's largest city.
Hockey's Holy Grail has not resided with a Canadian team since Montreal won the last of their record 24 Cups in 1993 and the Rangers' advance to the Stanley Cup finals against either Chicago or Los Angeles means the fans in the Great North will need to wait at least another year.
"It weighs heavy no matter who you are," rugged defenceman P.K. Subban told Reuters by his locker after the defeat, shrugging off the suggestion of a particular sting for the Montreal franchise.
"When you have the opportunity to go to the Stanley Cup finals and you don't go, it sucks."
Defenceman Josh Gorges said it would be quiet flight home.
"It's tough for everybody. You never know if you get a chance at this again.
"It's frustrating any time your season comes to an end if you're not the team that's holding the Stanley Cup." Continued...