Hockey

New poll finds Canadiens considered Canada's team

A Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey suggests the Montreal Canadiens have overtaken the Toronto Maple Leafs as Canada's team.

Canada's hockey team of choice was the one that got closest to the Stanley Cup this season, according to a new poll.

A Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey indicates that the Montreal Canadiens have overtaken the Toronto Maple Leafs as Canada's team.

The Habs, who were the only Canadian team to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs this season, were the team of choice for 40 per cent of Canadians asked.

Toronto missed the playoffs for a third straight season in 2007-08, yet finished second among those surveyed at 24 per cent.

Last season, it was the Leafs on top with 24 per cent while the Canadiens finished a close second at 22 per cent.

More than 1,000 people across Canada were surveyed April 24-28 — after the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames had been eliminated from the playoffs.

With files from the Canadian Press

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