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Friday Habs Headlines: Players react to recovering from last year’s disaster to clinch a playoff berth

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs are very likely going to play the New York Rangers in the first round. Should Montreal be concerned about that matchup? [TSN690]
  • The players reacted to clinching a berth after the disappointment of last season:
  • Tim Raines dropped the puck ahead of last night’s game, to a chorus of “Let’s Go Expos“ from the crowd. [Amanda Stein]
  • Raines’ introduction was just part of the night’s work for Michel Lacroix, who was honoured for 40 years of service with the team:
  • Just before reaching 50 points on the season last night, Alexander Radulov talked about his career to this point, and looked ahead to his future. [Sportsnet]
  • Jordie is no longer “the other Benn.“ He’s carved himself out his own story in a city that can appreciate his talents. [ESPN]
  • See what the Canadiens alumni have been up to in the latest newsletter. [Alumni Bulletin (PDF)]
  • Shea Weber looks back at his time in the AHL and how important it was to prepare for his professional career in the minors. [The AHL]
  • St. John’s IceCaps head coach Sylvain Lefebvre spoke about the team and its chances of making the post-season. [RDS]
  • The road will be tough, as starting netminder Charlie Lindgren will be staying with the Habs for a least the next few days:
  • IceCaps player David Broll commented on the honour of being named the team’s recipient of the community award. [Twitter]
  • The Canadiens’ prospects are doing well in the CHL playoffs. Simon Bourque is one of them, scoring the series-clinching goal as the QMJHL’s powerhouse Saint John Sea Dogs swept their first-round matchup:
  • In OHL news, both Mikhail Sergachev and Michael McNiven are up for end-of-season awards. [OHL]
  • Marie-Philip Poulin has been named captain of Team Canada for the Women’s World Hockey Championship. It’s the third year in a row she’s been bestowed with the honour. You can see her side take on Team USA tonight on TSN. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A look at the team Sweden will present in the Women’s Worlds. [The Ice Garden]
  • Playing pre-season games in China is just the first step in a long-term plan for the NHL in the world’s most populous country. [NHLcom]
  • Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is being sued by a former employee for wrongful dismissal. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • A day after Tyson Jost left the Unversity of North Dakota to join the Colorado Avalanche, junior defenceman Tucker Poolman signed with the Winnipeg Jets. [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • Which players will be listed at the top for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft? NHL Central Scouting will be meeting this weekend to create their North American rankings. []