Canadiens buy into defensive system

The Canadiens have rediscovered team defense and are back in winning style so far with a 4-2 record.

Updated: October 23, 2003, 1:53 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Those snazzy white sweaters aren't the only thing about the Montreal Canadiens that have gone retro this season. The Canadiens have rediscovered team defense under second-year head coach Claude Julien and are back in winning style so far with a 4-2 record.

Wearing white jerseys in the style of the 1945-46 Stanley Cup champions, the Canadiens proved their quick start wasn't a fluke by beating Detroit 2-1 at home and holding the Red Wings to 19 shots on goal Monday night. Montreal is tied for third with Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference and it is just two points behind Boston for the Northeast Division lead.

Patrice Brisebois
Patrice Brisebois has won over the Montreal fans this season.
Like the brainwashed members of Jacques Lemaire's Minnesota Wild cult, the Canadiens are faithfully following Julien's new defensive system and growing more confident with the positive results.

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