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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Lehkonen’s scoring chances among team’s top talent

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Here are your daily links, including Lehkonen’s impressive performance down the stretch, Charlie Lindgren’s big game and Claude Julien’s re-adaptation in Montreal.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • It’s no secret to any of us that Artturi Lehkonen has showcased that he is one heck of a player in his rookie year. Ifyou take a closer look at his numbers, you’ll see that his scoring chances are second only to the likes of Max Pacioretty, and Alexander Radulov. [TSN690]
  • Clinching his second win in as many career NHL games along with the Atlantic Division title for his team, it’s safe to say that Monday night was a good one for Canadiens’ prospect Charlie Lindgren. [Gazette]
  • Carey Price has been named “otherworldly” on many occasions, but will the Habs’ star goaltender need to walk on water to bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal? [TVA Sports]
  • Making dreams come true, Carey Price spent some time on the ice during the morning skate with Amelia Meklaus, a New York native and lupus patient. [Gazette]
  • Former Canadiens Francis Bouillon will be inducted into LHJMQ Hall of Fame today. [NHL]
  • Highly responsible for his team’s late season turnaround, Claude Julien seems to be enjoying his new old digs as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. [Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Team Canada is finally taking the wheel at the Women’s Hockey World Championship with a big win over Russia, and will face Finland in the semi-finals. [National Post] [Sportsnet]
  • With the NHL’s verdict ruled as “we won’t go” when it comes to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Henrik Lundqvist was just one in a line of NHL players to voice their disappointment.
  • Despite the “firm” ruling, many still believe that there’s still a possibilty the NHL will reconsider.
  • Connor McDavid, who should have his name on the national team’s roster for many years to come, will have to wait a little longer for his Olympic dream to come true. Winnipeg Jets skaters Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine also weigh in on the NHL’s decision. [Sportsnet] [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Meanwhile, teams will need to look at an alternate plan to fill their rosters if the NHL maintains their decision not to participate. [Brandon Sun]
  • St Petersburg’s KHL team will lend hand in Russia’s time of need after Monday’s tragic events.
  • Le Phoenix de Sherbrooke have come to a five-year agreement with the City of Sherbrooke that will see the city fund the team $90K per year. [Estrie Plus]