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Sunday Habs Headlines: Andrew Shaw’s play beginning to live up to his lengthy contract

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In today’s links, Shaw is playing a strong game, Julien is trying to coach one, Les Canadiennes advance to the Clarkson up Final, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • His overtime winner last night was the most obvious sign, but Andrew Shaw has been playing much better in recent games, and looking more like the players Marc Bergevin shelled out a six-year contract for in the off-season. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens are gradually improving their play in recent games, and a look at their microstats offers a glimpse as to what is changing under Claude Julien’s watch [Sportsnet]
  • A return to form by Carey Price has been a big factor as well:
  • Julien isn’t one to seek out the limelight, but that doesn’t mean he’s not able to thrive under it. [Toronto Sun]
  • Les Canadiennes star Caroline Ouellette led her all-girls team to second place at the recent Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament. It was an impressive showing, and proves just how quickly the women’s game is progressing [La Presse]
  • Ouellette’s CWHL team also advanced to the Clarkson Cup Final with a win over the Brampton Thunder last night. Be sure to catch our recap and player interviews on EOTP later today:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL and the NHLPA had apparently reached a deal to reduce Antoine Vermette’s suspension from 10 to five games, but the Officials Association stepped in to veto that decision. [Renaud Lavoie]
  • Alex DeBrincat, who was chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks with the Canadiens’ assigned second-round pick in the 2016 draft, set an OHL goal-scoring record. [Second City Hockey]
  • Two players were sent off the ice after a fight, but they hadn’t quite gotten all the animosity out of their systems beforehand:
  • With the You Can Play initiative, an editor at SB Nation’s Coyotes site explains what the program means to her. [Five For Howling]
  • Erik Karlsson had an unexpected partner for a recent round of golf in Florida. [Sportsnet]