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Friday Habs Headlines: Nathan Beaulieu could be the spark the stagnant power play needs

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In today’s links power-play discussion, finding new ways to score, more on the USWNT’s boycott, and more.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The key to the Canadiens’ ongoing power-play woes may be a defenceman they seem reluctant to use. [TSN690]
  • Brendan Gallagher hasn’t been producing at nearly the same level as he’s shown in the past, and he says that his surgically reconstructed left hand is making shooting difficult. [La Presse]
  • Andrei Markov is going to weigh his career options at the end of the season, but would like to return to the Canadiens. [La Presse]
  • They used to be all about baseball, but Jeff Petry’s success as an NHL player means his relatives are now part of a two-sport family. [NHLPA]
  • After a fairly strong road trip, the Habs failed to post a win in their first game back home. Is the narrative surrounding that initial game in a team’s home building a real issue? Guillaume Lefrançois investigated. [La Presse]
  • Dwight King reflects on his time with the mostly First Nations team in Saskatchewan that launched his journey to the NHL. [Le Journal de Montreal]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The US Women’s National Team’s thanks everyone for their support of their World Championship boycott:
  • The National Women’s Hockey League playoffs will be broadcast online by ABC. [Jen Neale]
  • Alexandre Burrows says thank you to the city of Vancouver and the Canucks fans who treated him well in his time there. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets have gotten in on the NCAA’s signing frenzy, adding 6’5” centreman Samuel Vigneault. [Renaud Lavoie]
  • After being one of the teams to face financial difficulty in the KHL in recent years, Croatian team Medvescak Zagreb is going back to the Austrian league starting next season. [IIHF]
  • The IIHF has found a novel way to promote the 2017 World Championship. [Loïc Mayer]
  • Craig Cunningham is making some impressive progress in adapting to a leg amputation: