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Tuesday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens' perfect record is well-deserved

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including why Montreal's record is not a fluke, Mac Bennett's hockey career and concerns about Sidney Crosby.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Canadiens are off to a perfect start to the year, and it's no fluke. By all accounts the perfect record is well-deserved. [Metro]
  • The Habs' historically successful start has pundits debating not whether the team is a true contender, but if they are true favourites to win the Cup. [USA Today]
  • Coming into this season, Montreal's offence was deemed a liability that would hurt their contending status. Six games in, that has not been the case at all. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The noticeable change in systems employed by the Canadiens, has allowed this year's team to be more aggressive on offence. [TSN]
  • So what changed between this year and the last? Not much, according to the coach:
  • Prospect Mac Bennett took a look back at how playing professional hockey has taken him from Narragansett, Rhode Island to St. John's, Newfoundland. [PHPA]
  • After making saves like this, who else could possibly be the NHL's First Star of the week?

  • Tune into the first couple minutes of the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, where an amusing story about Max Pacioretty comes up! [Puck Daddy]
  • Prospect Angelo Miceli will be reporting to the Brampton Beast:
  • Canada's new Prime Minister is a Habs fan:


Around The League and Elsewhere

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby is trying to break out of his scoring slump, which has now seen him go pointless in five consecutive games. [CBS Sports]
  • Sidney Crosby's conspicuous absence from the scoresheet is taking a toll on his teammates as well, as the Penguins' power play has also gone 0 for 17 during that stretch. [Grantland]
  • Speaking of historical starts, the Columbus Blue Jackets have gotten off on an atrocious foot, going pointless in their first six games. [CBS Sports]
  • If the Anaheim Ducks do decide to fire current head coach Bruce Boudreau,  ex-Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach Randy Carlyle may just be the man to replace him. [TSN]
  • Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan still bears emotional scars from the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father as a child. [Sportsnet]
  • Check out one of next year's highly touted prospects, score his first ever SHL goal:
  • San Jose Sharks' GM Doug Wilson's gamble on goaltender Martin Jones seems to paying dividends. Jones, who had previously served as backup to LA Kings' net minder Jonathan Quick, has settled into the starter's position quite nicely. [ESPN]
  • Mikko Koivu was never a fan of facing off against his brother on the ice. [Star Tribune]
  • Rookie phenom Connor McDavid demonstrated just how talented he was against the Calgary Flames, as he and Edmonton's three other former first overall picks combined to produce nine points in a 5-2 win. [TSN]
  • Though he is shouldering the weight of an entire fanbase, McDavid continues to do so with exceptional poise. [Toronto Star]
  • Is Steve Dangle trying to #DangleJinx the Habs, in his new article? You be the judge! [Sportsnet]
  • Now this is just brutal: