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Friday Habs Links: There will be more Canadiens hockey this season

Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including more on last night's season saving Game 4 victory, and a look at why we might be seeing a lack of goals in the playoffs this year.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs live to fight another day after a dominant and convincing 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. [TSN]
  • Bob McKenzie and Jeff O'Neil break down the win, saying the teams leaders stepped up. [TSN]
  • Despite knowing they still have a mountain to climb, the boys are starting to feel a little more confident that they can turn this thing around. [TVA]
  • Even with last night's big victory, it's still rather difficult to forget about what happened at the end of Game 3. Here's some solid analysis by Justin Bourne on the series of "un-zen-like" moves that cost the Habs a critical game. (Sorry to kill your good mood on a Friday!) [The Score]
  • As James Mirtle writes, the Habs have been trying to win with a flawed approach this season. However, who knows what we're in store for after last night. [Globe]
  • A Lightning fan was arrested for somehow bringing a gun into the Amelie Arena for Game 3. Yes, the arena is equipped with metal detectors... Yikes. [Puck Daddy]
  • Head coach Michel Therrien is ready to roll with the punches. The Canadiens bench boss is often well prepared for whatever lies ahead because of what he has been through in the past. [Sportsnet]
  • Lastly, let's hope we see more of this in Game 5 on Saturday night. [YouTube]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • We're almost midway through the playoffs, meaning it's fair to star evaluating some early Conn Smythe Trophy favourites. There's no doubt the likes of Tyler Johnson, Braden Holtby and Corey Perry sit atop the list. [Sportsnet]
  • In three of the past four years, scoring in the playoffs has dropped drastically in comparison to scoring in the regular season. In fact, the disparity is even more noticeable this year. With low scoring games night after night, it begs the question: Where has all the scoring gone? [TSN]
  • Star players often take criticism for the lack of goals, but perhaps we place far too much importance on individual players scoring in the playoffs. [CBS Sports]
  • One player who doesn't have trouble scoring? Patrick Kane. The Chicago Blackhawks star is back and playing at his pre-injury level, which is very bad news for the rest of the league. [NHL]
  • Bet you didn't see this one coming. Team USA was upset by Team Belarus at the IIHF World Championship, losing by a score of 5-2. [TSN]
  • Here's a great read on how to respond to an article regarding sexism, from a very important perspective. [PPP]
  • It appears as though we're yet another step closer to seeing NHL hockey in Seattle. [Sporting News]
  • Lastly, enjoy Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show's NHL Superlatives from the second round of the playoffs. [YouTube]