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Thursday Habs Links: Jiri Sekac shines in preseason debut

Here are your daily links, including Jiri Sekac tearing up the Bruins, Tomas Plekanec and his unwavering leadership, Drayson Bowman's heroics, the Flyers fans, well, being Flyers fans, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Sekac shined in his Habs preseason debut against the Bruins at the Bell Centre, playing on a line with fellow countryman Tomas Plekanec. [Canadiens]
  • In case you missed it, check out the highlights from the first preseason game against the rival Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. [Canadiens]
  • Drayson Bowman, who is on a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO), played hero on Tuesday night for the Habs, scoring with less than a minute left and breaking the tie to lead the Habs over the Bruins. To make matters even better, his game-winner was scored against PK Subban's younger brother, Malcolm. [TSN]
  • Despite Max Pacioretty scoring 39 goals and finishing fourth overall in the NHL in that category last year, the Habs, as a team, finished 21st overall in goals for. If the Habs are going to be a better team this year, they will need some players to step up behind Pacioretty and find the back of the net. [Globe and Mail]
  • Tomas Plekanec is taking his new role as alternate captain very seriously and has taken the initiative to mentor the youth on the Habs. [National Post]
  • Andrew Berkshire broke down the error by Nikita Scherbak and Greg Pateryn that lead to the first Bruins goal on Tuesday. [EOTP]

Outside of Montreal

  • Take a look at NHL.com's "30-in-15" teams of the day. The Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. [NHL-Flyers] [NHL-Blue Jackets]
  • Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal suffered a broken leg in a preseason game on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres after a clean hit from ex-Hab defenseman, Josh Gorges. It's not looking good for the Hurricanes, who are striving to bounce back from a miserable 2013-2014.
  • New York Rangers center Derek Stepan has also suffered a fractured leg while partaking in a conditioning drill. Stepan was in line to be the Rangers first line center again this year, but his timetable for a return is uncertain. [Newsday]
  • It doesn't look like Flyer fans are too happy without their "eye-candy" to watch. Flyer fans booed the new "Ice Boys", who replaced the scantily-dressed "Ice Girls". The San Jose Sharks also got into some trouble of their own and most NHL teams are shying away from having Ice Girls at all anymore. [Yahoo]
  • The Detroit Red Wings have been hit with the injury bug as well, unfortunately for them Pavel Datsyuk is hurt yet again. [SB Nation]