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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty drives the Habs’ offense

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Your daily Habs links, why everyone is fawning over Max Pacioretty while he compliments Radulov. Price is nearing milestones, and another Vezina, and much more!

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Max Pacioretty is the engine behind Montreal’s offense, as is tradition. [TSN]
  • As many talk about Pacioretty’s big night against the Colorado Avalanche, the captain was talking about linemate Alexander Radulov. [TSN]
  • As of Sunday night’s games, the Montreal Canadiens lead the league in coaches’ challenges against. [Dave Stubbs]
  • Carey Price remains one win away from 250 career victories, and nears Dryden’s total. [Dave Stubbs]
  • Price is a front-runner to take home another Vezina. Let’s take a look at the closest competition so far. [Fanrag Sports]
  • Many have pondered what would happen should Alex Ovechkin decide to participate in the 2018 Olympics, but what if Carey Price decided he would play for Team Canada? [JdM]
  • Michael McNiven is one of Canada’s top junior goaltending prospects, and he’s had to grow up fast. [Toronto Sun]
  • McNiven is just one of three goalies who are fighting for the top spot at the upcoming World Junior Championships. [TSN]
  • Trois-Rivières is getting its own Bleu-Blanc-Bouge ice rink, supported by the Canadiens’ charity. [La Presse]
  • What happens when competitive professional athletes are asked to read a children’s book? Find out, as the Habs read a Christmas classic. [Canadiens YouTube]
  • Les Canadiennes made history on Saturday when they took over the Bell Center for a clash against defending Clarkson Cup champions, the Calgary Inferno. [CBC]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Eric Staal just reached the 800 point plateau. Could he reach 1,000 before he retires? [NHL]
  • Carey Price was victimized twice in this week’s NHL Slo-Mo weekly recap. Bold choice after what he did to Kyle Palmieri. [NHL Video]
  • In a galaxy far far away, the Florida Panthers came up with an awesome Star Wars night poster. [The Score]
  • The Panther’s Assistant GM took an unconventional path to his role in the NHL. [SI]
  • Cale Makar made a name for himself as an underrated junior prospect. Bob McKenzie takes a look at a Sunday night performance to remember. [TSN]
  • Mike Fisher has feelings for both Ottawa and Nashville. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • Goaltenders face more challenging mental obstacles than the average hockey player. [In Goal Mag]
  • Eric Semborski joined a rather exclusive list of players - emergency backup goaltenders. [NHL]
  • After Morgan Fritz-Ward retired, another player is leaving the NWHL after the league’s recent financial troubles. [Puck Daddy]