Montreal Canadiens desperate to break Canada's NHL drought

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Canada has suffered at the hands of the NHL Gods for so many years with a drought going back 20 years since the last time a team from the country lifted the Stanley Cup.

Considering the fact that hockey is the national sport of Canada, 20 years is such a long time for the nation to go without a champion.

But could this season prove to be different before the drought turns 21?

That is the hope for the majority of Canadian hockey fans who simply want to see their nation triumph, even if it's not necessarily their own team that picks up the huge trophy.

"Hopefully, that means more Canadians will be cheering for us," said Montreal center Daniel Briere. "We showed a lot of character this season. I think this is a team to be proud of."

Even places that don't have a major affiliation with hockey have won the title such as Tampa Bay, Carolina and Los Angeles.

Whereas Montreal were the last Canadian team to bring the trophy back home in 1993.

The prospect of another win for Canada this season was dealt a huge blow when the Canadiens became the only team from the nation to make the post-season.

But the hope of the Canadiens doing some damage in the post-season was given a ray of light this week as they swept the Tampa Bay Lightning four nothing to progress to the conference semi-finals.

Montreal have plenty of recent playoff experience, having made the post-season in four of the last five seasons.

The last time they made it really deep in the playoffs though was when they lost out to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 in the conference finals.

Even though the fact that Canada only possesses one chip in the NHL playoffs for the first time since 1973, this chip might be the most important for decades.

More than half of the NHL is Canadian-born, and there is a simple reason why they won the Winter Olympics hockey gold. They are just better.

In the last 20 season Canada has had five opportunities for Stanley Cup glory, but on each occasion the team from the great North has failed to prevail.

Maybe this year will finally be different for Canada.

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