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Monday Habs Links: Canadiens take 3-0 series lead on Senators

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including the rise of Devante Smith-Pelly and more on the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Chris Johnston of Sportsnet asks if the Ottawa Senators' magic has run out. [Sportsnet]
  • Devante Smith-Pelly continues to look more and more comfortable every single game. The 22-year-old has elevated his play throughout the playoffs, finding himself on the top line with Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais. He's keeping P.A. Parenteau out of the lineup, while the man he was traded for, Jiri Sekac, has been a healthy scratch so far for the Anaheim Ducks[NHL]
  • We're all for being passionate fans of our team, but this isn't cool at all. 19-year-old Senators fan Katie Kerrick was harassed and suffered assault during Game 2 in Montreal on Friday. The Senators elected to host her in the owner's suite for Game 3 yesterday. Here's hoping the Habs will follow suite. [Puck Daddy]
  • The team recalled six players from the Hamilton Bulldogs to join the Black Aces. Injured players Michael Bournival and Jarred Tinordi are battling injuries and were not recalled, while Sven Andrighetto is representing Switzerland in the World Hockey Championship and thus was not recalled as well. [EOTP]
  • Former Canadiens star Guy Lapointe is hoping for a Montreal vs Minnesota Wild Stanley Cup final. I don't think any of us would be against the aforementioned idea. [TVA]
  • Lastly, here is an awesome photo of Brendan Gallagher not caring about Chris Neil at all during last night's Game 3. [Ottawa Citizen]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Edmonton Oilers won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes at the NHL Draft lottery on Saturday night, but the Toronto Maple Leafs were ever so close to landing the 18-year-old superstar. Heads up, Leafs fans: Reading this will sting quite a bit. [Sportsnet]
  • Don Cherry thinks the Oilers would be "out of their minds" to trade the first overall pick. I don't think anyone disagrees with you, Don. [Sportsnet]
  • Despite missing out on the first overall pick for the second year in a row, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray wants to make something clear: Jack Eichel is not a consolation prize. [ESPN]
  • This is pretty funny, yet confusing. Someone unplugged Cody Franson's controller in yesterday's Game 3 matinee against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Nashville Predators went on to lose the game 4-2. [SB Nation]
  • The New York Islanders took a 2-1 series lead over the Washington Capitals thanks to John Tavares' clutch overtime winner on home ice. [Lighthouse Hockey]