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Friday Habs Links: Long live the best rivalry in sports

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Here are your daily links, including the "Jiri Sekac" factor, Zach Fucale's impressive accomplishments, and the history of how Milan Lucic became the perfect villain.

Nov 13, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76)
Nov 13, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76)
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Montreal Canadiens

  • Don't miss our Boston Bruins gamestream from yesterday! (also, please watch this pre-game montage to celebrate) [EOTP]
  • Larry Robinson has only one regret: not finishing his career with the Montreal Canadiens. [La Presse] (French)
  • The "Jiri Sekac Factor": why do the Habs have a 8-1-0 record with Sekac on the ice, and a 3-3-1 record when he isn't? The article claims that the combination of Sekac, Eller, and Prust make a stronger bottom six, but with a small sample size, let's not neglect the role of luck. [Sportsnet]
  • Goalie prospect Zach Fucale is more impressive than you and me combined. Drafted 36th overall in 2013, he's also actively involved in the community. "Over the years he has made visits to schools, a frequent for "Hals Pals" and started a program with Hockey Helps to raise funds for autism near his hometown called La Fondation de l’Autisme des Laurentides". [Fansided]
  • Wished you saw last night's game in person? The average price for Montreal vs Boston tickets is $274.73, 27% above the season average. This is the most expensive they've been in the last five years. [Forbes]
  • A comprehensive history of Milan Lucic, Professional Dirtbag. Remember that famous Ryan Miller quote? "I just stuck around because I just wanted to say what a piece of sh-t I think Lucic is." [National Post]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Check out a new documentary about the Montreal Stars - the women's professional team in Montreal. Women's hockey is seriously underfunded: their entire league of four teams has a budget of $1 million. (to put that into perspective: a rookie in the NHL can earn $925,000 on his ELC). One of the players: "People would be amazed by the calibre, swiftness and beauty of our game if they’d just give us a chance." [Fansided]

  • How the New York Islanders stole their "Yes!" goal chant from the world of wrestling. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Star players like Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid take a lot of abuse. Justin Bourne defends McDavid's reaction. [The Score]
  • Ottawa Senators have it rough ever since Spezza eloped to Dallas with Hemsky, but at least they have an excellent "Kid Line" with Curtis Lazar, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman. Read a breakdown of their clever goal versus the Vancouver Canucks here. [Silver Seven]