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:
As I walked in Subban was in his pregame jogging routine, looking intense. He saw tonight's mini Youppi kid, gave him a hi five, carried on— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 9, 2015
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
- Quick profile of new Ottawa Senators goalie prospect, Matt O'Connor.
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.