BROSSARD, Quebec -- It was nine months ago that the Montreal Canadiens hardly knew what continuity even meant.
Entering a shortened training camp prior to the start of the 2012-13 NHL season in January, the Canadiens had a new general manager, a new coaching staff and a few new players, but even the returning players had no idea what would be in store.
In fact, coach Michel Therrien couldn't have known exactly how things would work out with his line combinations when that camp began, hoping what he had drawn up while waiting for the lockout to end would ultimately click.
As it turned out, what Therrien accomplished worked wonders. The Canadiens shot out of the gates with a 6-2-0 record en route to a second place finish in the Eastern Conference.