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Tuesday Habs Links: Let the star players use their skill

Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including more on the well documented goal drought in this year's playoffs, and a surprising coaching hire by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • It has been highly publicized that goal scoring is way down in the playoffs this year. Stellar goaltending is definitely to blame. However, lack of trust in star players to use their skill in order to make a difference is also a major reason for the aforementioned goal drought. Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban definitely comprehend what we're talking about here. [CBS]
  • Many new faces arrived in Montreal this season, and they don't want their time with le bleu, blanc et rouge to come to an end. [Canadiens]
  • Hockey fans, rejoice! There will be a sequel to the "Goon" movie, once again directed by die hard Habs fan Jay Baruchel. [IndieWire]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Philadelphia Flyers have named former University of North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol their new bench boss, which is definitely an off-the-radar selection by general manager Ron Hextall. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • To absolutely nobody's surprise, former San Jose Sharks bench boss Todd McLellan is expected to be named the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers later this afternoon. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of the Sharks, highly coveted free agent coach Mike Babcock is scheduled to meet with them about their head coaching vacancy. [TSN]
  • Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk made a public statement thanking everyone for their overwhelming support during what has definitely been a very difficult time for both him, his family and the Senators organization. [Senators]
  • Russia is facing sanctions for leaving the ice and snubbing the Canadian national anthem following their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Team Canada in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Championship on Sunday in Prague. [Reuters]
  • Full credit to stars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, who didn't leave the ice and tried to convince their teammates to follow suit. [TASS]
  • The Anaheim Ducks are currently sporting a ridiculous 9-1 record in the post-season thus far. Their tremendous depth is a primary reason for the success. [Sportsnet]
  • Hey Canadians, want to place bets on single hockey games? Well, unfortunately you're out of luck! Years after the House of Commons passed a bill that would enable single-sport betting, the bill has still not been passed by the Senate. And it might not be ahead of the upcoming federal election. [CBC]
  • Tampa Bay Lighting youngster Jonathan Drouin continues to sit in the press box despite the displeasure of several fans. However, the 20-year-old is taking it all like a pro as he awaits his opportunity to get back into the lineup. [ESPN]
  • One player who is making the most of his opportunity? Tyler Johnson. The amazing 5-foot-8 forward scored the first hat trick in Lightning playoffs history last night. He leads all goal scorers with 11 goals. [YouTube]