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Sunday Habs Headlines: Artturi Lehkonen compensating for Alex Galchenyuk’s struggles

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In today’s links, balancing the offence, looking toward the playoffs, some good news on the health front, and a truly remarkable recovery.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien is trying to figure out how to get Alex Galchenyuk back on track while also balancing his lineup. He’s not having any issues on that front with a red-hot Artturi Lehkonen. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • A record-tying overtime goal to cap off the regular season may be a big help in getting Galchenyuk’s production going. [NHL PR]
  • Looking ahead to the first-round matchup between the Canadiens and New York Rangers. [ESPN]
  • Sean Gordon doesn’t think it will be much of a challenge for the Habs at all. [TSN690]
  • The play that took Frederik Andersen out of action last night had the Montreal media recalling some words from Carey Price recently:
  • Price’s rookie backup has been faring very well in his brief NHL career to date:
  • Missing the last few games with an injury, Jordie Benn will be ready to play when the post-season begins. [Renaud Lavoie]
  • Mikhail Sergachev got the chance to play a game in what will otherwise be a long wait before the beginning of the Memorial Cup Tournament. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • Here’s what he had to say about the opportunity to get his fourth NHL game in. [LNH.com]
  • After his emergency recall for the Habs final game, Sergachev has been returned to the Windsor Spitfires.
  • The Habs played their final game at Joe Louis Arena last night. The players shared their memories of playing there. [NHL.com]
  • Richard Labbé looks back at the historic building. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • After getting back to the NHL for one final stint, Bryan Bickell will be retiring from the NHL. [NHL.com]
  • Speaking to a group ahead of a walk for multiple sclerosis, Bickell was suprised by teammates, who came out to show their support. [Canes Country]
  • Given the success of several teams that made mid-season changes behind the bench, there could be a bevy of head coaching changes in the off-season. [Sportsnet]
  • Craig Cunningham is making incredible progress in his rehabilitation:
  • With the NHL’s participation in the Olympics seemingly at an end, a look at the history of international hockey’s evolution. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The initial news was very scary, but it seems Kyle Okposo is responding to his treatment for a severe illness. [ESPN]