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Thursday Habs Headlines: Carey Price awestruck after pre-game meeting with Jack Nicklaus

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Here are your daily links, including a locker room visit by a golfing legend, Al Montoya’s comments on the ten-goal game, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Carey Price was “awestruck” by the presence of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus in the Canadiens’ dressing room before their game with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Discussing whether or not the Canadiens are among the best of the best the NHL has to offer, Bob McKenzie gives his take. [TSN 690]
  • Though McKenzie may not be up for power rankings, the Habs come in at number two league-wide in the most recent on Sportsnet. [SN]
  • With the Habs set to honour Rogie Vachon ahead of tonight’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings, Patrick Roy discusses the impact Vachon had on him personally. [NHL.com]
  • Al Montoya opened up for the first time about his game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in which he allowed ten goals:
  • David Desharnais commented on the possibility that he will be watching tonight’s game from the pressbox. [Twitter]
  • The Canadiens have a shining record in the standings, but there are lessons to be taken from the games they’ve played and the ways in which they’ve won them. [RDS]
  • Indeed, though the Canadiens have been able to climb the standings on the strength of their goaltending, it’s no secret to the team that the rest of their play needs to be better. [PHT]
  • The top two teams in the CWHL will square off on Bell Centre ice on December 10 [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Critics claimed that Mitch Marner would be too small to make it in the NHL this season, but the Maple Leafs youngster has been proving them wrong. [CBC]
  • Anaheim Ducks goalie coach Sudarshan Maharaj has overcome much adversity on his way to coaching professional hockey at the NHL level. [SN]
  • Coming into this season, many believed Auston Matthews would claim the Calder Trophy, but Patrik Laine is thus far proving to be the Alex Ovechkin to Matthews’ Sidney Crosby. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jack Han takes a look at what makes Laine as effective as he is in his most recent One-Minute Tactics. [Twitter]
  • Brent Sopel, who previously played for the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, has tackled his dyslexia through a return to school. [DNAinfo]
  • Pierre LeBrun and Eric Lindros revisit the saga that saw Lindros refuse to play for the Quebec Nordiques, through to his life after hockey. [TSN]