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Tuesday Habs Links: The Canadiens are running out of time

Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including reaction to the incident involving Brandon Prust and referee Brad Watson, as well as the New Jersey Devils naming Ray Shero as their new general manager.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • The Habs aren't done yet, but time is running out to fix the many problems plaguing the team. [Metro]
  • By all accounts, Brandon Prust will not be suspended for his controversial comments following Sunday night's Game 2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey insider Bob McKenzie spoke to the guys at Montreal 690 about the incident. [TSN 690]
  • Former senior referee Kerry Fraser offers his interesting take on the incident. He believes Prust violated a "code", while indicating that refs could punish Prust to avenge Brad Watson. One way or another, the NHL is now investigating. It's safe to assume we haven't heard the end of this. [TSN]
  • Elliot Friedman echoed Fraser's remarks, stating that Prust should have kept his comments private. [Sportsnet]
  • Centre David Desharnais continues to battle the flu and did not travel with the team to Tampa Bay yesterday. His status for Wednesday night's pivotal Game 3 is not known at this time. [TVA]
  • The Habs know that Game 3 is a must-win, and they've got two days to figure out a way to finally defeat the Lightning this season. [TVA]
  • It's as simple as this: The Canadiens must show that they can handle and overcome adversity to have any shot at winning this series. [NHL]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The New Jersey devils surprised many yesterday, naming Ray Shero general manager, while announcing that Lou Lamoriello would be stepping down from his role. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Edmonton Oilers continue to make noise despite not being a part of the playoffs. New general manager Peter Chiarelli met with former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan at the IIHF World Championship in Prague. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of the World Championship, Canada continued their early dominance; defeating host Czech Republic 6-3 to move to a perfect 3-0 in the tournament. [TSN]
  • Despite the aforementioned loss, the ageless Jaromir Jagr has been having a stellar tournament thus far for the Czech Republic. [NHL]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks jumped to a 2-0 series lead over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. As Corey Masisak writes, elite talent is keeping the Blackhawks as a legitimate Stanley Cup threat. [NHL]
  • Lastly, Braden Holtby made 30 saves for the shutout and Jay Beagle was the unlikely hero as the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 1-0 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. [Jaspers' Rink]