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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Andrei Markov revitalizing Habs top pairing

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Here are your daily links, including what Andrei Markov adds to the Habs’ top pairing, Michael McNiven’s playoff successes, and a victory for women’s hockey

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are now scoring more goals and allowing fewer against since Andrei Markov joined Shea Weber on the top pairing. A long overdue change. [TSN 690]
  • Markov received a well-deserved ovation when he tied Guy Lapointe for 2nd all-time in points among Habs defencemen. [Canadiens]
  • Jordie’s beard game puts Jamie to shame.
  • Julien confirmed that Al Montoya is listed as day-to-day, and will not practice today in Brossard. [Canadiens]
  • Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven is having a Carey Price playoff run with the Owen Sound Attack.
  • The win over Dallas was victory 550 of Claude Julien’s career. [Stein]
  • General Manager Marc Bergevin has made some smart moves in signing prospects to early entry-level contracts. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Steve Ott sees the USA Women’s National Team boycott as something very similar to NHL lockouts of seasons past.
  • Thought the league heavily promoted the “Hockey is for everyone” motto during the NHL’s You Can Play month, there is still a long way to go before hockey can become a truly inclusive sport. [FTF]
  • With playoffs just around the corner, Sean McIndoe breaks down the 12 types of first round matchups. [Sportsnet]
  • Adding to an already difficult season, Carolina Hurricanes’ goaltender Eddie Lack was stretchered off the ice after an overtime collision in Monday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. [NHL]
  • Canada’s World Cup champions are finally receiving their rings from this summer’s event.
  • The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent Joseph Gambardella to a two-year, entry level deal, the Chicago Blackhawks inked a deal with their 2014 third round pick, Matheson Iacopelli, and the New York Islanders agreed to two-year terms with defenseman Jake Bischoff. [Oilers] [Blackhawks] [Islanders]
  • Oh, and the New Jersey Devils signed UMass captain Michael Kapla to a two-year deal. Kapla will burn off the first year of his contract this season when he joins the Devils to play out the remainder of the year. [SBN]
  • In more signing news, the Grand Rapid Griffins have signed Michael McCarron’s brother, Patrick McCarron to an amateur tryout. [Griffins Hockey]