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Saturday Habs Links: Michel Therrien happy with Montreal's playoffs performance so far

Here are your daily links, including the Habs' confidence heading into game 5, the Ottawa Senators as an unusual source of inspiration, Michel Therrien's comments about the team, and more.

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May 3, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien behind the bench during the first period in game two of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre. Mandatory
May 3, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien behind the bench during the first period in game two of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre. Mandatory
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Montreal Canadiens

  • The nicest thing about a 6-2 win with six different goal scorers - it sends a clear message to a team on the verge of being swept. But just how confident are the Habs heading into the game tonight? [TSN]

  • Bob McKenzie says don't rule the Habs out just yet. [TSN 690]

  • The Ottawa Senators are an unlikely source of inspiration for the Canadiens, according toBrendan Gallagher. The Sens had won games 4 and 5 while down 3-0. Now the Habs just have to do to the Lightning what the Sens had almost done to us. [RDS] (French)

  • From Michel Therrien: "The Lightning were better during the regular season and they deserved their victories. The playoffs are different. I'll repeat it: I liked the way we played since the first match, and I liked our 5 vs. 5 game." [La Presse] (French)

  • It isn't just important for Carey Price to steal game 5, it's necessary. Recall that Price has been 6-0 in elimination games since the Sochi Olympics last year, so let's cross our fingers and hope for a miracle.  [Globe and Mail]

  • At the very least we've won where it counts.

  • Time for a #BabcockWatch2K15?

  • A breakdown of why the Minnesota Wild lost in four games. Bad luck, weak offense, struggling powerplays - this rings a bit uncomfortably for Habs fans as well. [NHL]

  • Today's serving of schadenfreude: the decline of Thomas Vanek for the Wild. [CBS Sports]

But for some of them, the ones whose biggest and perhaps only contribution is their ability to score goals, once they lose just a fraction of the ability that made them so successful -- losing a little bit off of their shot, losing some of the quickness that allowed them to get to the open spot in the offensive zone, etc. -- they can have a tendency to completely fall off a cliff in terms of their production once they hit the latter stages of their career.

  • Former NHL enforcer Andre Deveaux (the one who was fired from a Swedish league for brutally slashing an opponent) is "not sorry for protecting myself when no one else would", and claims that the other player had hit him brutally a few weeks before. [CBC]

  • Fascinating read about the problems in keeping an NHL arena cool during summertime. It takes a coordinated effort between the engineering team, the operations team and the security team just to keep warm air out and cold air in.