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Thursday Habs Links: The Canadiens need to be better around Carey Price

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including Montreal's need for offence, fixing lingering powerplay issues and Tampa Bay's youth movement.

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  • The Canadiens were predicted to go as far as Carey Price could carry them. Yet, if they hope to be true contenders they will need to be more than just a team which relies heavily on their star goaltender. PK Subban echoed these sentiments. [NHL]
"As a team we've got to understand that Carey's the best goalie in the world but he's also human, things are going to happen out of his control sometimes and we've got to respond for him. Listen, Carey will always say the right things, I'm sure he's frustrated, but we need to be better around him. I don't care what Carey says, we need to be better around him and support him more. I think too many times this year he's bailed us out and that's got to change moving forward if we want to be a successful team in the regular season and the postseason."
  • While Carey Price may have taken the loss to Tampa Bay on himself, it was truly the lack of offence which cost the Canadiens dearly. The team averaged less than two goals per game on average throughout the playoffs. [The Globe And Mail]
  • Speaking of offense, Montreal's lack of powerplay success will need to be addressed. The team scored a woeful 2 goals on 36 powerplay opportunities in the postseason. PA Parenteau had this to say regarding the Habs' underwhelming powerplay. [RDS] (French)
"En séries, on sait que les buts sont encore plus rares particulièrement à cinq contre cinq et on n’a pas été en mesure de faire assez bien en avantage numérique. C’est une facette qui nous a laissé tomber aussi en séries."
  • The Canadiens cannot afford to continue to being an in transition team. It will up to GM Marc Bergevin to accelerate his timeline and figure out how to incorporate the young talents in Montreal's farm system into the main club. [TSN]
  • As easy as it to feel pessimistic about this team, it is important to note that the Habs still have an excellent core and are few changes away from establishing themselves as a true contender. [CTV News]
  • PK Subban celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday! [Instagram]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning are a scary hockey team. With players like Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, this a young team that's only going to continue getting better throughout the playoffs. [Grantland]
  • The AHL will need to focus on enforcing their rules. Too often penalties are not called and violations are left unpunished, creating an environment where prospects are needlessly injured. [Winging It In Motown]
  • Todd McLellan is probably Edmonton bound. The former San Jose Sharks' coach is expected to be announced as the next head coach of the Oilers, following the IIHF World Championships. [Puck Daddy]
  • Calgary Flames' rookie Johnny Gaudreau will return to Boston College to continue earning his Communications degree. [Sportsnet]
  • Interestingly enough, Subban shares a birthday with a rather familiar Ottawa Senator. [The Examiner]
  • Check out the latest IIHF power rankings! [Twitter]