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Canadiens like future, unhappy with present

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BROSSARD, Que. (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens believe that their future is bright. They just wish this season didn't end as quickly as it did.

The Canadiens, surprising Eastern Conference finalists a year ago, had their sights set on getting at least that far this time around, but holding a better seed didn't produce results nearly as good.

Instead of moving on to face top-seeded Washington in the second round of the NHL playoffs, the Canadiens were back home Thursday after a Game 7 overtime loss on Wednesday in Boston.

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