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Your Call: Who is Montreal's best-ever goaltender?

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TSN.ca Staff
11/2/2008 9:38:13 PM
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Like any Stanley Cup winning team, the Montreal Canadiens couldn't have won a record 24 championships without great goaltending.

For 100 years, the legendary club has boasted some of the hockey's best netminders.

In the early years of the franchise, famed talents like the "Chicoutimi Cucumber" Georges Vezina, George Hainsworth kept the puck out for the Flying Frenchmen. The ambidextrous Bill Durnan held the fort in the 1940s, followed by Jacques Plante, Gump Worsley and the stoic Ken Dryden. And in the late 1980's-early 1990's, it was Patrick Roy.

But with a long history of great goaltending talent, who is the best goaltender in Montreal Canadiens history? The editorial staff asked the NHL on TSN panel to pick from the Fab Four of Dryden, Plante, Roy and Vezina.

Read their picks and make your own choice below on TSN.ca's Your Call.

Bob McKenzie: I will go with Jacques Plante. He was the originator, the innovator with the mask. Nothing quite says Montreal Canadiens hockey like Jacques Plante. You can make the case for him being the greatest goaltender of all time.

Keith Jones: I was not around to see Jacques Plante play, but I was around to see Ken Dryden play. He was absolutely the best Montreal Canadiens goaltender! Six Stanley Cups in eight NHL seasons, and he was bored a lot winning them! Remember that infamous pose of him leaning on his stick and watching the play in front of him? He didn't face a lot of shots, but he had great concentration and was a terrific goalie.

John Tortorella: Patrick Roy. Three Vezina Trophies, two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP and those 10 great overtime victories en route to Montreal's 24th Stanley Cup in 1993.

Patrick Roy (Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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