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Sunday Habs Links: Talking about Game 4 and 5 wins

Here are your daily links, including a warning against using sportswriting cliches for the Habs, Ben Bishop's reply to P.K. Subban's comment, Zach Fucale making saves backwards, and more.

May 9, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (21) celebrates his goal against Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bel
May 9, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (21) celebrates his goal against Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bel
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Montreal Canadiens

  • Business Insider ranks Carey Price as the 22 in a list of the 50 most dominant athletes alive. Number one is UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, which, okay, fair enough.  [Business Insider]

  • Why did the Habs win Game 4? Not because of mythic qualities of "character", for one thing. [The Star]

These were the same Canadiens that lost Games 1, 2 and 3. They weren’t suddenly a group of determined souls equally capable of charging an impossible hill as winning a hockey game.

They were the same players, the same team.

They just played better. And Tampa played worse.

  • Steven Stamkos failed to put a shot on goal in games three and four, but he maintains that winning games with the team  is more important than personal success. [La Presse] (French)
  • If you had to describe P.K. Subban in 140 characters or less:
  • After game 4, Subban had said that Ben Bishop "sort of was sitting on a horseshoe for a little bit there". When asked how did he take it, Bishop replied with the zinger "P.K.'s P.K., you know? Yeah." I wish hockey media was less harsh on players demonstrating any sign of personality, because Bishop sounds like he was biting back a zinger. [NHL]

  • Fans of the Canadiens have gone from praying the team just makes a series, to belief they can win it. [Sportsnet]

  • Take another look at that Carey Price save from last night.

Around the League and Elsewhere

His brow and face wet with sweat and tears, O’Connor apologized to everyone in the room. He told his teammates they deserved a better fate than the 4-3 defeat to Providence in the championship game of the 2015 N.C.A.A. Frozen Four. He thanked them for working hard, reminding them of how far they had come in such a short time. He told them how much he had enjoyed them.

Then he walked back to the door, opened it, stepped into the hallway, embraced his coach and burst into tears.

  • In the past decade, the three Californian teams have seen more playoff success than all seven Canadian teams combined. [The Star]

  • Connor McDavid just Connor McDavid-ed again. Watch him deke past three players for another highlight reel assist. [CBS Sports]

  • I'm sorry, I just really unironically dig the haircut.

  • An eulogy for the Minneosota Wild's 2014-15 season, presented as a short play starring Devan Dubnyk signing his soul to Satan. Yep. [Puck Daddy]

  • Ilya Kovalchuk scores an amazing no-look goal against Belarus as the World Championships. [Streamable]