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Thursday Habs Headlines: What is leading to the team’s potent power play?

In today’s links, looking at the red-hot power play, Jakub Jerabek is looking for a new contract, and Olympic fever has hit its peak.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Why is the Canadiens power play doing so well without Shea Weber? [TSN Radio]
  • Jeff Petry has taken on a lot of new responsibilities in recent weeks, including being the QB for the power play, and he’s thriving in that role. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Trading Max Pacioretty is a contentious issue for the Habs right now, but it might be the right move in the end. [The Athletic]
  • Their playoff chances are nearly gone at this point, but the Canadiens are staying focused on doing things to improve their play this season. [CBC]
  • Jakub Jerabek has had a trial by fire in his first North American season, and he’s hoping he can turn this experience into a new contract. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Hab Chris Nilan battled players on the ice, and personal demons off it, and he’s bringing a message to midget hockey players in PEI about that. [The Guardian]
  • Les Canadiennes are well represented at the Olympics in PyeongChang, hear what their teammates had to say before they take the ice.
  • Carey Price with puppies, need we say anything more?

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Despite not receiving an NHL contract in the off-season, Brian Gionta has aspirations of Olympic gold in South Korea. [Rochester Business Journal]
  • The Vezina trophy is up for grabs this year, so who are the candidates most likely to be named a finalist for the award? [The Hockey News]
  • Kristian Vesalainen gives his thoughts on his season in Europe and what his future holds. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The KHL’s biggest trophy took a trip to the final frontier!
  • Alex Burrows has been suspended for his knees to the head of Taylor Hall.
  • Members of the 2014 gold medal winning team recall the final moments of Team Canada’s victory over the United States. [Metro News]
  • Speaking of Team Canada, plenty of people are sending their well wishes, including swimming phenom Penny Oleksiak.