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Habs For Breakfast - The Return Of Captain K

Saku Koivu is done rehabbing his broken foot bone and is returning to the lineup tonight. Is this great news or what?

I won't keep you from it. Here's today's links:

Koivu, Bouillon Are In For Game 6 - Habs Inside Out

"Koivu, this morning shaved down to the scalp, has been out of action since March 29, having finished a game in Buffalo vs. the Sabres the night before with a broken bone in his left foot. He's been skating with the past few days and had his first practice with the club this morning, taking part in the game-day morning workout at TD Banknorth Centre." - Dave Stubbs

Thomas's Success A Decade In The Making - Gazette

"It has been one of the subplots throughout this series, a mismatch on paper but hardly one on the ice: the intersecting paths of two goaltenders cutting their NHL playoff teeth. The Canadiens' Carey Price is a rookie not yet a year out of his teens, a novice pro who's been groomed for the postseason stage on which he's expected to star for seasons to come." - Dave Stubbs

Canadiens Fans Get Butt Ended By CBC - Gazette

"We love Montreal. We really do." That was the headline on a blog that appeared on the CBC website this week. It was part of an attempt by Scott Moore, the executive director of CBC TV Sports, to stem the tide of criticism directed at the network from disgruntled Canadiens fans." - Pat Hickey

Habs Screw Up Passover Plans - Gazette

"The hockey club has been in existence for 99 years, which leaves the Canadiens a few millennia short of the Children of Israel. And because our hometown heroes came up short against Boston on Thursday night, the Children of Israel have to choose between Passover and Game 6 of the playoffs. Passover commemorates the Exodus from Egypt when, if you've seen the movie, Charlton Heston led the Israelites out of slavery and into the desert, where they wandered for about as long as Toronto has waited to win another Stanley Cup." - Mike Boone

Price Should Bounce Back Tonight - Gazette

"As far as I know Price never has sought this kind of attention from people who should know better. It wasn't his idea to be mentioned in the same breath with Roy and Dryden, and from what I have read and heard he's made that clear on many occasions. What is also clear is that he will have nights like Thursday again, just as Roy and Dryden and every other goaltender who has ever played the game have had nights to forget." - Red Fisher

Koivu Could Face Bruins Tonight - Gazette

"Koivu will skate again this morning in Boston, making his return for tonight's sixth game possible. The Canadiens lead the series 3-2, but have lost two of the last three games, including a 5-1 drubbing on home ice Thursday, when many expected the Bruins to acquiesce - especially after Montreal scored first." - Herb Zurkowsky




















Price Kept Under Wraps - Globe Sports

"In the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room yesterday afternoon — really, a Potemkin dressing room, as is the norm these days, a false-front media set with slogans on the wall and pictures of the ancient greats where the players are summoned individually for interviews (they actually hang out and change their clothes elsewhere) — Carey Price was unavailable." - Stephen Brunt

Price Fluctuations - Boston Herald

"The question heading into tonight’s must-win Game 6 at TD Banknorth Center is: Do the B’s possess the mental toughness to reel that fish into the boat? Or does the marlin have the strength to wriggle off the hook? The fish in question is the Canadiens’ 20-year-old goaltender Carey Price, who was so good in the first four games of the series, giving up a total of five goals. But he allowed five more in Game 5 at the Bell Centre, and didn’t look very good in the process." Steve Conroy

Al Jazeera, A Fan Mugging, Bin Laden, And Some Excellent Excuses For The Habs - Dennis Kane's Excellent Montreal Canadiens Blog

"This is my own opinion, but I would have to guess that Bin Laden grew up cheering for the Broad Street Bullies, is now rooting for the Bruins, and also likes Sean Avery. I wonder if Bin Laden and his greasy pranksters clip the standings out of the Al Jazeera sports section and have a hockey pool every year." - Dennis Kane

A Little Something To Cheer Us Up
- Four Habs Fans



Ils sont de retour - RDS

"Pour terminer le travail face aux Bruins de Boston, le Canadien comptera sur le retour de son capitaine Saku Koivu et sur le défenseur Francis Bouillon pour cette sixième partie."

Price a-t'il été ébranlé? - RDS

"Je ne vais pas vous dire que nous l'avons ébranlé, a dit l'entraîneur des Bruins, Claude Julien. Nous avons tiré. Nous avons lancé les rondelles vers le filet. Nous avons été chanceux ici et là."

Markov joue-t-il blessé? - La Presse

"Lors d'un entretien avec l'entraîneur Vyacheslav Bykov, Markov aurait invoqué le fait qu'une vieille blessure au genou était revenue le hanter et qu'il souffrait aussi d'une blessure à l'épaule. Évidemment, nous sommes en séries et Markov n'a rien voulu confirmer. Guy Carbonneau non plus, d'ailleurs. "Il joue 27 ou 28 minutes par match", a dit Carbo, hier, à propos de Markov, qui en a joué 22 et demie jeudi." Marc Antoine Godin

Kovalev: "Nous devrons être en congé" - La Presse

"Même s'il a refusé de rencontrer les médias avant de quitter pour Boston, hier, le capitaine a montré quelques signes militant en faveur d'un éventuel retour. Un retour qui serait accueilli avec plaisir par tout le monde. "Saku serait d'une aide précieuse", a admis Kovalev." - François Gagnon

"Ils faut sentir l'urgence de gagner": Carbo - Le Journal

"Vous ne gagnerez pas souvent en marquant un seul but par rencontre", faisait remarquer Jean Béliveau jeudi soir après avoir assisté à ce désolant revers de 5 à 1 au Centre Bell. L'attaque du Tricolore est en panne et, pourtant, c'est la même équipe qui a enregistré le plus grand nombre de buts dans la LNH durant la saison avec un total de 262 !" - Pierre Durocher

"Saku nous manque": Plekanec - Le Journal

"À mesure que la série progresse, le Canadien ressent vivement l'absence de Saku Koivu. Dans le vestiaire de l'équipe, hier, Tomas Plekanec a formulé le souhait de voir Koivu reprendre sa place dans la formation sous peu. "Il nous manque, a laissé tomber Plekanec. Il est un leader, il est notre capitaine." - Serge Turcotte

Les jeunes joueurs du CH sont frustrés - Le Journal

"Les Bruins ont tout d'abord enlevé la zone centrale aux joueurs du Canadien, tout en se repliant à cinq dans leur territoire et en s'assurant de ne pas être victimes de surnombres. Devant cette façon de jouer des Bruins, les frères Andrei et Sergei Kostitsyn, Tomas Plekanec, Chris Higgins et Michael Ryder, entre autres, affichent de la frustration parce qu'ils sont incapables d'exploiter leur rapidité et de manoeuvrer avec la rondelle." - Jacques Demers

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