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Eric Staal’s style of play ain’t pretty, but it works

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Those words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln. Although the context here may be less weighty a subject, the words ring just as true.

Few gave this Montreal Canadiens team a chance to win in Round 1 — some not even a single game. Montreal is now exactly (checks notes) one win away from the Stanley Cup Final.

All year long we’ve heard that the North Division is bad defensively because it lets in the most goals. But, it’s also the division with Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Leon Draisaitl, Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, Bo Horvat, and two Tkachuks.