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Saturday Habs Links: Shawn Thornton sticks up for P.K. Subban on the slash

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Here are your daily links, including Shawn Thornton sticking up for P.K., Max Pacioretty's not-so-secret concussion, new playoff analyses, and more.

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 5: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens and Shawn Thornton #22 of the Florida Panthers skate after the loose puck behind the net at the BB&T Center on April 5, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 5: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens and Shawn Thornton #22 of the Florida Panthers skate after the loose puck behind the net at the BB&T Center on April 5, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Montreal Canadiens

  • In case you missed it - breaking down exactly how Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell cracked Ottawa's defense in Game 1. [EOTP]
  • Max Pacioretty came back for yesterday's game, but an anonymous teammate confirms that the team knew it was a concussion. [La Presse] (French)

  • Kerry Fraser says that P.K.'s ruling was "purely an academic judgement", but ultimately says it was the right call. [TSN]
  • Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy? Mike Milbury and Shawn Thornton say that Subban didn't deserve the suspension and ejection. "Everyone knows my history with P.K.. We do not get along, but I think it was just a two-minute slash, he got him in the wrong spot." [NBC Sports]

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Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau of the Ottawa Senators talks about how much he learned from his mentor, fellow Gatineau-native Danny Briere. Briere also praises him in return - "He's a guy that's not scared of the big stage, he raises his game when he plays Montreal, for example." [ESPN]

  • Toronto Maple Leaf fans, in absence of anything else to do during playoffs, have mapped out every draft lottery combination needed for a first overall pick. Riveting stuff. Here's a sample. [Pension Plan Puppets]
1 5 8 10
1 5 9 12
1 5 9 13
1 5 12 14
  • "Can Leafs win McDavid lottery?" - The fragile hopes of Leafs fans are just too precious to bear. [The Star]

The Leafs’ chances of winning are less than 10 per cent, but Buffalo, which has the best odds, still has an 80 per cent chance of losing McDavid. You just get the feeling the Sabres won’t get their new star, that some other team — Arizona, Carolina, Edmonton — will get the nod from the gods.

Or the Leafs.

  • Craig Berube was just fired as Philadelphia's head coach. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Playoff rookies Michael Ferland and Sam Bennett are doing great for the Calgary Flames, with Ferland registering a game-high seven hits in the Canucks-Flames opener. [National Post]
  • How Peter Laviolette upped the Nashville Predators' offensive game using their defencemen. The Preds have the highest-scoring even-strength blue line in the League, and this is why. [NHL]