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As one of only five teams yet to reach five wins this season, it would be an understatement to say things aren’t going great for the Montreal Canadiens right now.

The Habs dropped to 4-12-2 on the season after last night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. They are mired in their worst start in franchise history.

In 112 years of Montreal Canadiens hockey.

There isn’t any time for excuses with this team. It’s been an extremely frustrating season to this point. It boiled over in the final minute of last night’s game as Brendan Gallagher walloped Barclay Goodrow in the mouth. Josh Anderson joined in on the fisticuffs with Jacob Trouba as time expired.

It has been a remarkable, K-T extinction level coming down to earth for a team that just a few short months ago were three wins away from the Stanley Cup.

It’s clear the Habs need to rebuild. Not necessarily the organization, although at this point everyone’s job is on the line. But rebuild their confidence? Absolutely. And they’re in the process of doing that.

But these close losses are just that much more unpalatable considering this team’s no-show performance the first month of the season.

Here are your 5 takeaways from the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers

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