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No change in Leafs means more disappointment

Updated: January 27, 2006, 4:18 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

In the eons since the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs last met in the Stanley Cup finals, there has been a curious relationship to their fortunes.

Generally speaking, when the Habs were up, the Leafs were down, which really has been most of the time.

But when the Leafs were up -- at least relatively, in the way the Canadiens would define "up," as in Stanley Cup victories -- the Habs would be down, as was the case through the late 1990s and early part of the 21st century.

Now, ...

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