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Friday Habs Links: Carey Price will be the X factor against the Lightning

Here are your daily links, including Lars Eller on the powerplay at practice, Marc Bergevin on shoring up defense, the schedules for World Championships, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • It won't be easy, but if the Habs can shut down Steven Stamkos and count on elite goaltending from Carey Price, they have a shot at winning. Check out this series preview written by our own Marc Dumont. [Metro]
  • From last morning's practice: Lars Eller took Alex Galchenyuk's place on the powerplay. Do my eyes deceive me? Can this be true? [La Presse]
  • Also from last morning: Sergei Gonchar is back on ice for practice. [Canadiens]
  • Guess who's also back?

  • Although the Habs are the second lowest scoring team in Round 1, Bergevin maintains that the key to winning against the Tampa is shutting down their offense. [Sportsnet]

"My mentality, and I’m very firm on this, is you’re going to win games with good defence," Bergevin said. "I won’t change that. We’d certainly like to add scoring to the team, but not at the cost of our defence."

  • TSN Hockey Insider Derren Dreger repeating what we're all thinking - Carey Price deserves the Hart. [TSN 690]
  • Sports Illustrated compiled the best sights and sounds of first round, in case you need to get pumped up for second round. Check out that little moment between Gallagher and Pageau.