It’s become a sports tradition like no other. One we all expect every spring. Much like the only undefeated team (14-0) in NFL history, the 1972 Miami Dolphins pop champagne each season when the last undefeated NFL team loses, and the hockey world collectively raises a pint as the Montreal Canadiens continue their Stanley Cup drought.

Being that winless over nearly a quarter century doesn’t happen by accident. No, no, no. It takes dedication. It takes sacrifice. It takes putting what language your coach speaks ahead of logical things like skill and ability. It takes running one of the greatest goalies to ever play the game right out of your town. It takes focus too. Like focusing on actually calling the cops over a body check and wanting players arrested. That’s something special that can’t be replicated. It’s something to be proud of.

You can’t help but applaud what they’re doing it up there, year in and year out.

So on behalf of all Boston Bruin fans, and anyone rooting for the New York Rangers over the past week or so, I’d like to congratulate the Montreal Canadiens. Twenty-four straight years of failure is not easy to swallow. But you guys sure know how to swallow. 

Ole’, ole’, indeed.

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