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Canadiens: Can Habs recapture the magic?

The Canadiens have the players to contend in the East. And this time, it won't be a surprise.

Updated: October 2, 2002, 3:07 PM ET
By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell | Special to ESPN.com

At several points last year, it appeared the Canadiens' year would end with the final regular-season game.

The club was devastated by injuries and, worst of all, their captain Saku Koivu had been diagnosed with abdominal cancer. But with spring came a remarkable and inspiring recovery by Koivu, a reconnection between center Doug Gilmour and his game and a return from injury of midseason acquisition Donald Audette -- all in time to spark the team's playoff run.

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