The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team is a member of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. The club is officially known as le Club de hockey Canadiens. Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL, as well as one of the oldest North American sports franchises. The team's championship season in 1992–93 marks the last time a Canadien team won the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups (including their first in 1916, before the NHL existed), more than any other team.
On a percentage basis, as of 2008, the franchise has won 26% of all Stanley Cup championships contested after the Challenge Cup era, making it one of the most successful professional sports teams of the traditional four major sports of Canada and the United States. The Canadiens play their home games at the Bell Centre, which was named the Molson Centre until 2003. On February 19, 2008 the Montreal Canadians amazed many fans and other teams with a comeback record. Playing against the New York Rangers, losing 5-0, they did not give up hope and came back to win it in a shootout. With 25 minutes into the game and trailing the Rangers 5-0, Michael Ryder, Alex Kovalev, and Mark Streit led the team scoring 5 goals in a 2 period span. Then in a shootout Alex Kovalev won it.