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Posted: Friday January 23, 2009 1:15PM; Updated: Tuesday January 27, 2009 5:17PM
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Canadiens All-Era Team: The 1970s

All-Era Team

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With Dryden in the net, Montreal closed out the '70s by beating the Rangers for the Cup.
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All-Era Teams

Guy LaFleur
Right wing, 1971-85
Few sights were more frightening for a goaltender than Montreal's number 10 bearing down on him with the puck on his stick. Lafleur scored at least 50 goals and surpassed 100 points in six straight seasons, from 1974-75 through '79-80, resulting in a franchise-record 1,246 points.

Jacques Lemaire
Center, 1967-79
One of a handful of men to score the golden goal in two Stanley Cup finals, Lemaire was as consistent as he was clutch, scoring at least 20 goals in his 12 NHL seasons. He played on eight Cup champions with the Canadiens and, following his retirement, was the club's assistant general manager for two more.

Bob Gainey
Left wing, 1973-89
The first and most frequent winner of the Selke Trophy, Gainey was selected as the NHL's finest defensive forward for four consecutive seasons beginning with 1977-78. One of hockey's most respected players, Gainey was deemed the world's best all-around player by legendary Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov.

Serge Savard
Defenseman, 1966-81
Not the most glamorous member of the Canadiens' dynasty, Savard was among the most indispensable, providing a strong defensive presence for eight championship squads. The first defenseman to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Senator was one of the game's true warriors, repeatedly giving up his body for the good of the team.

Larry Robinson
Defenseman, 1972-89
The MVP of the 1978 Stanley Cup playoffs, Robinson was a mainstay in the postseason, setting playoff records for consecutive games and total games, 203 of which came with Les Habs. Despite playing on the back line, Robinson ranks third alltime in playoff scoring for Montreal, with 134 career points.

Ken Dryden
Goaltender, 1970-73, '74-79
Although he played just seven full seasons, Dryden won the Vézina Trophy five times and is the only player ever to win his sport's postseason MVP award before winning the award for top rookie. His .758 lifetime winning percentage is the highest in league history for a goalie with a minimum of 100 games.

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