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Wednesday Habs Headlines: A new home for Jordie Benn

In your daily links, a look at the series moving back to Montreal, the start of the IceCaps’ run for the Calder Cup, and several Canadiens players getting noticed in their first playoff action.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Things have changed very dramatically for Jordie Benn within the space of a calendar year. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • The hungrier team won Game Four. [Brian Wilde]
  • Inserting Pavel Buchnevich into the roster was a smart move for the Rangers. [TSN 690]
  • Artturi Lehkonen is drawing eyeballs for his play with and without the puck. [Corey Sznajder]
  • Brandon Davidson made a solid playoff debut on Monday night. [Dan Robertson]
  • Alexander Radulov’s feats of strength go up against Mike Hoffman being the lucky recipient of an Erik Karlsson pass in TSN’s 1v1 Challenge. [TSN]
  • The St. John’s IceCaps face off against the Syracuse Crunch in the first round of the AHL playoffs. Get the details on how the Baby Habs stack up. [Raw Charge]
  • As the IceCaps gear up for Game One, look back at the last Habs farm team to make the AHL postseason. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The first week of the playoffs have certainly been unpredictable. [TSN]
  • The NHL Awards and Expansion Draft will be held on June 21 in Las Vegas. [John Shannon]
  • As the Capitals face more potential playoff heartbreak, Pat LaFontaine recalls the Easter Epic of 1987. [Jon Lane]
  • Carrie Underwood set the tone for Game Three in Smashville. [NHL]
  • Kristian Vesalainen scored a hat trick as Finland downed Canada 6-3 at the U18 World Championships. Both teams now gear up for the quarterfinals. [TSN]
  • Artturi Lehkonen’s former team KalPa Kuopio (majority owner: Sami Kapanen) faces off against Tappara Tampere in the Liiga Championship for the rights to the Kanada-malja, or “Canada Bowl”. []
  • As the AHL playoffs begin, find out how NCAA alums have impacted this year’s season. [College Hockey Inc.]