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Saturday Habs Links: Charles Hudon scores a goal baseball style

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Here are your daily links, including why Montreal has trouble against Tampa, a great goal by prospect Charles Hudon, the coming Canada vs. USA final in the world championship, and more.

Sep 25, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Charles Hudon (75) before the game against Colorado Avalanche at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Charles Hudon (75) before the game against Colorado Avalanche at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • This week's 30 Thoughts form Elliotte Friedman: Alex Ovechkin isn't getting the credit he deserves for being the greatest goal scorer of his generation, plus this tidbit: [Sportsnet]

28. One succinct scout’s opinion on why Montreal has so much trouble with Tampa? "As fast as the Canadiens are, the Lightning are even faster. Can’t keep up with them."

  • Though stellar, the average ticket price for the next Canadiens at Leafs game is still lower than the price for the next Flames at Jets game. Historic rivalries just aren't what they used to be. [Forbes]
  • The Hamilton Bulldogs are in the race for an AHL playoff berth. And keep your eye on the goalie Michael Condo. "Bergevin said he would be shocked if Condon didn’t eventually find a job in the NHL." [Montreal Gazette]
  • I think the hockey gods have decided Montreal is only allowed to be good at one thing at a time - either powerplay or penalty kill. Never both.

  • Charles Hudon hits a home run using his uncanny hand-eye coordination. Nice.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Despite lower scoring, Andrew Shaw is playing fine. Without sliding into cliches like "grit" and "lots of heart", it's an interesting analysis of why a player's value extends beyond their point totals. [ESPN]
  • TSN Insider Tradings talks about the World Championships, and assesses just how embarrassing the "tanking for McDavid" storyline has been for the league. [TSN]
  • At the women's hockey championship, the Canadians just beat Finland 3-0. They will face the U.S. next in the finals. [CBC Sports]
  • Natalie Spooner scores a sick goal for Canada. Love the reaction of #41 on the bench.