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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens in the driver’s seat heading toward the playoffs

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Your daily links, how the big Habs-Sens weekend put Montreal in control of the Atlantic, Pacioretty in the mix for goal-scoring lead, Les Canadiennes’ shootout tips, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs relied on some desperate and spectacular hockey to help extend their division lead. [Sportsnet]
  • The gap could get bigger between now and season’s end. [Arpon Basu]
  • Brendan Gallagher feels great about the weekend he contributed so heavily in. [TSN690]
  • Montreal definitely served notice to the Atlantic Division, but are they top-five contender material? Down Goes Brown doesn’t think so. [Sportsnet]
  • Captain Max Pacioretty is within striking distance of the goal-scoring lead, but he’s not concerned with the Maurice Richard Trophy race. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Paul Byron joins Justin Schultz and Viktor Arvidsson among the more underrated players this season. [ESPN]
  • Jordie Benn has defied the odds in making it into the NHL, and now he’s playing with the league’s most storied franchise. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The trade deadline has passed, but Keith Urban swapped guitar lessons for hockey tips while visiting the Canadiens’ practice facility in Brossard. [Canadiens]
  • Les Canadiennes’ Katia Clément-Heydra and Charline Labonté give their tips for breakaways in their latest skills video. [Les Canadiennes]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended for two games for his elbow on Drew Doughty. [NHL]
  • You thought it. I thought it. Daniel Winnik thought it too, and he’s saying as much. The NHL’s playoff format is dumb. [Sportsnet]
  • Conor Sheary is a small, undrafted player who’s now getting the benefit of playing with Sidney Crosby, and making the most of it. [Pensburgh]
  • Erik Karlsson is a dominant defenceman in the NHL. The Ottawa Senators drafted him in 2008 and haven’t regretted a moment. [Journal de Montréal]
  • The San Jose Sharks have dipped into the NCAA talent pool, signing Quinnipiac’s Tim Clifton. [San Jose Sharks]
  • Lake Superior State’s Mitch Hults also signed in California, with the Anaheim Ducks. [SBN College Hockey]
  • NHL scouts are now including Grenoble, France on their scouting trips, to check out teenager Alexandre Texier. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Auston Matthews vs. Makenna Newkirk: an excellent long read on the national development system. [Pension Plan Puppets]