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Tuesday Habs Headlines: The Final Push

The final push for the playoffs, a new generation of future Habs go pro, April Fools shenanigans, the cessation of the CWHL, and more in today's links.

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Montreal is very much facing an up-hill climb to make the playoffs, but their road to this point has been impressive for a team that was supposed to be closer to the draft lottery than the Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet]
  • Jöel Bouchard's Rocket team is poised to take a big step forward thanks both to their head coach and to the influx of new prospects preparing to step out of the wings. [The Athletic]
  • Josh Brook talks about his leap into the pros after joining the Laval Rocket. [Twitter]
  • Status update from Ryan Poehling, and some praise from Marc Bergevin. [Twitter | Canadiens]
  • Habs prospect Cayden Primeau bids farewell to his college coaches, fans, and teammates as he embarks on the first stages of his pro career. [Twitter]
  • Poehling and Primeau reflect on the biggest step in their careers—from college to the pro leagues. [Canadiens]
  • Phillip Danault was named this year's Jacques Beauchamp-Molsen Trophy winner, and honor that as far as Brendan Gallagher's concerned, he more than deserves. [Canadiens]
  • As the last games of the 2018-19 season approach, the race for the two Eastern Conference Wild Card spots has gotten increasingly close. So what happens if it comes down to a tie between Montreal, the Carolina Hurricanes, and Columbus Blue Jackets. [Canes Country]
  • One tech savvy Habs fan has turned his apartment into a goal light. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The NWHL is looking into expanding into Canada after the CWHL's stunning news that it was ceasing operations. [The Athletic]
  • Like everyone else connected to the CWHL, Toronto Furies GM is searching for answers. [Sportsnet]
  • John Tavares’ game winning goal against his former team secures the Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup Playoff berth.
  • It's an old adage that says defense wins championships, and it's a concept that's being challenged in today's NHL. [TSN]
  • The Arizona Coyotes embraced the spirit of the day with this announcement about Oliver Eckman-Larson. [Twitter]
  • So did CNN with this "news” about Alexander Ovechkin. [Twitter]
  • Roberto Luongo took to his legendary twitter account to comment on Sportsnet's article on his possible retirement. [Twitter]
  • Tampa's star defenseman Victor Hedman could miss the rest of the regular season. [Sportsnet]