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PostSubject: Roy was dealt    Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:04 am

The Canadiens failed to repeat their success in 1993–94, as the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Bruins in seven games. Montreal's loss in game six was the last playoff game ever played at the Montreal Forum.[132] The team missed the playoffs entirely in 1994–95, the first time in 25 years the Canadiens did not qualify, and the third time in 55 seasons.[133] Montreal rebounded to make the playoffs in 1995–96, but the future of the team was altered on December 2, 1995, when the Canadiens were embarrassed 11–1 by the Red Wings.[134] Patrick Roy allowed nine goals on 26 shots before he was pulled in the second period to mock cheers from the Montreal crowd.[135] Roy was furious, and felt that coach Mario Tremblay deliberately left him in to be embarrassed. After reaching the bench, he moved past Tremblay to team president Ronald Corey, who was seated in the first row, and declared "This is my last game in Montreal."[136]

Four days later, Roy was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche with Mike Keane for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko.[134] The deal vaulted the Avalanche, the former Nordiques, to the 1996 Stanley Cup. Roy won another title with the Avalanche in 2001 along with a third Conn Smythe Trophy before retiring in 2003 with more wins than any NHL goaltender.[136][137] The Canadiens, meanwhile, fell into an extended stretch of mediocrity,[134] missing the playoffs in four of their next ten seasons and failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs until 2010.[136] The team's lack of playoff success brought an end to its streak of winning a Stanley Cup in each decade from the 1910s to the 1990s.


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