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Montreal Canadiens' uniform named best in sports

Friday, 08.24.2012 / 6:58 PM / News

NHL.com

One of sports' most decorated franchises, the Montreal Canadiens won another "championship" on Friday.

The Canadiens' uniform was named the best in sports by an ESPN poll.

The sports network ranked the uniforms of all 122 North American major-league teams, and the Canadiens' combination was placed ahead of the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Boston Bruins in the top five.

"Proud standard-bearers for a league, a sport, a nation and now for the uni-verse as well, the Habs have it all: an iconic logo, two distinct but equally classic uni designs (it's odd that the wraparound chest stripe only appears on the home jersey, but the road design works fine without it), and an ideal balance of red, white and blue," it said on ESPN.com. "This isn't just a perfect hockey uniform set -- it's a perfect uniform set, period. Unlike the old-school classics in the other sports (Yankees, Celtics, Raiders), it has some major visual pizzazz. Puts the biscuit in the basket, and then some."

The Bruins were described as "a traditionalist's dream."

"The Bruins' set has everything a hockey wardrobe should have: a strong, bold crest, sharp colors, tasteful stripes and a killer throwback option. First-rate," the website said.

Other NHL teams appearing in the Top 50 were the New York Rangers (No. 11), Detroit Red Wings (No. 15), Philadelphia Flyers (No. 17), Toronto Maple Leafs (No. 23), Pittsburgh Penguins (No. 26), Minnesota Wild (No. 32), Columbus Blue Jackets (No. 41), New Jersey Devils (No. 43) and Chicago Blackhawks (No. 49).

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round