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Friday Habs Headlines: Artturi Lehkonen not giving up

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In today’s links, Lehkonen isn’t letting his goal drought get to him, Andrew Shaw takes his teammates out on Broadway, and John Tavares returns to Long Island.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Despite not finding the back of the net in 26 games, Artturi Lehkonen won’t give up. [Montreal Canadiens | RDS]
  • Andrew Shaw came to his teammate’s defence after being asked about the Finn’s lack of goal production. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Shaw took his teammates to a Broadway show during their stay in New York, demonstrating his value as a leader and a friend in the locker room. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jordan Weal actually has some Francophone ancestry, and that’s just part of why he’s excited to play his first game at the Bell Centre soon. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Marc Bergevin’s inactivity at the deadline is a message to Carey Price to shoulder the burden and carry the Habs into the playoffs, argues Jose Theodore. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Coincidentally, the star netminder now finds himself receiving Vezina consideration as he continues to climb the statistical ranks. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Price also found time to make one young fan’s dream come true on Saturday before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • Will this upcoming back-to-back bring out the best and worst of the Canadiens like the last one did? [RDS]
  • Nick Suzuki is the Guelph Storm player of the month.
  • Former Hab Marc-Andre Bergeron is now in charge of finding a team to play at the new Colisée de Trois-Rivières. [Le Nouvelliste]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The LNAH has promised to implement better security measures in its arenas after a player and his family were racially abused by fans. [RDS]
  • Some players are given a standing ovation when they return to their former home rinks with new teams. John Tavares was not one of them. [ESPN]
  • With many in the media arguing that Islanders fans should take the high road with Tavares’s return, sometimes people need to be reminded to not tell fans how they should think and feel. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • With Taylor Hall undergoing knee surgery and likely missing the remainder of the season, what will the future hold for a player who will be an UFA after next season? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Mark Borowiecki understands the frustration of Ottawa Senators fans after seeing Matt Duchene and Mark Stone depart the club at the Trade Deadline. [RDS]
  • Going behind the scenes with Allain Roy, player agent (who counts Charles Hudon as a client), on deadline day. [The Athletic]
  • How did the Vegas Golden Knights win the Mark Stone sweepstakes? [31 Thoughts]
  • As they prepare for a final push to secure a playoff spot, the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves missing Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta, and Chad Ruhwedel on their blue line. [Journal de Montreal]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks are surprisingly still in the playoff hunt, and they’re placing a great burden on Patrick Kane in order to keep pace. [TSN]
  • Jesse Puljujarvi’s season is over as the youngster will undergo hip surgery. [TSN]