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Canadiens celebrate 2007 in style
Habs continue New Year’s home-ice dominance

MONTREAL – All too used to being a long way from home during the holidays, the Canadiens proved once again that there’s nothing like returning in time to ring in the New Year in front of their fans.

Since the formation of the NHL in 1917-18, good things have happened whenever the Canadiens have christened the New Year on home ice. Following Tuesday night’s 5-2 win over the Lightning, the Habs are now 17-4-4 when kicking off the New Year at home, outscoring the opposition 102-51 along the way. Of those 17 victories in front of their home crowd, the Canadiens have gone on to win the Stanley Cup later that spring eight times. The last time was in 1976-77 when Bob Gainey and Doug Jarvis were leading the charge.

While it’s unlikely anyone in the Habs’ current dressing room was aware of the historical significance of playing at home to kick off the New Year, starting 2007 on the right foot was no accident according to Mike Johnson.

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