Canadiens like future, unhappy with present

The Montreal Canadiens believe that their future is bright. They just wish this season didn't end as quickly as it did.

The Canadiens, surprising Eastern Conference finalists a year ago, had their sights set on getting at least that far this time around, but holding a better seed didn't produce results nearly as good.

Instead of moving on to face top-seeded Washington in the second round of the NHL playoffs, the Canadiens were back home Thursday after a Game 7 overtime loss on Wednesday in Boston.