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Sporting News: 1977 Canadiens greatest NHL team

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With 60 wins, 132 points and 11 Hall of Famers, the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens were a force to be reckoned with, and now, according The Sporting News, they're the greatest team of all time.

The magazine, which is currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, is marking the occasion by naming the 10 greatest teams to play each sport it has covered throughout its history.

While the 1976-77 Canadiens were the 20th different Stanley Cup winner in Montreal history, their sheer dominance stands above the other great teams for that franchise and the League as a whole. Featuring the likes of Guy Lafleur, Jacques Lemaire, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden and coach Scotty Bowman, the Habs finished the regular season an astonishing 60-8-12 before completing a sweep of Boston in the Stanley Cup Final on Lemaire's tally at 4:32 of the first overtime in Game 4. That win against the Bruins would be the second of four consecutive championships for Montreal in the late 1970s.

The eight losses suffered by the 1976-77 Habs, who outscored their opponents by a record 216 goals in the regular season, are the fewest in NHL history. They lost just once in the final 11 weeks of the season before going 12-2 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Those Canadiens are one of three Montreal squads to be featured on the Magazine's list. The 1955-56 Canadiens, 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers, 1981-82 New York Islanders, 1951-52 Detroit Red Wings, 2001-02 Red Wings, 1969-70 Boston Bruins, 1964-65 Canadiens, 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins and 1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs round out The Sporting News' top 10.
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