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Justin Trudeau urging Leafs, Habs fans to get behind Senators

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's setting aside his NHL allegiance to his beloved Montreal Canadiens for now to back the Ottawa Senators — and urging fellow hockey fans to join him.

Prime Minister says 'we're all happy to support Ottawa right now'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Montreal Canadiens fandom is well-known, but he wants all Canadians to get behind the Ottawa Senators during their Stanley Cup run. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's setting aside his NHL allegiance to his beloved Montreal Canadiens for now to back the Ottawa Senators — and urging fellow hockey fans to join him.

Many of those fans have a simple message back: no thanks.

"I think all Canadians will be rooting for the final Canadian team in the Stanley Cup playoffs," Trudeau told a news conference today in Brampton, Ont.

The Senators, who face the Pittsburgh Penguins starting Saturday, were left standing alone after the Edmonton Oilers suffered a narrow Game 7 loss earlier this week to the Anaheim Ducks.

"We're all happy to support Ottawa right now," Trudeau said, "and even Torontonians and Montrealers can agree on this particular one."

If the reaction on social media has been any indication, that may not be the case.

Leafs and Habs fans on Twitter are just some of those who are treating the comments as an affront to their collective dignity.

"Fake news," tweeted one. "This is preposterous," said another.

Added a third: "I'll cheer when the Senators start golfing."

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