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Thursday Habs Headlines: Travelling with Antti Niemi

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Here are your daily links, including Niemi’s San Jose picks, surgery for Jesperi Kotkaniemi, learning from Columbus, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Antti Niemi has been all around the continent as an NHL goalie, and he shared his favourite things to do in San Jose (as the Sharks advance to Round 2). [Canadiens]
  • It’s not hard to find the silver lining of a team that barely missed the playoffs. [The Athletic]
  • The Habs could learn something from the team that beat them out for a wild-card spot at the final buzzer. [EOTP]
  • ICYMI: Jesperi Kotkaniemi underwent knee surgery earlier this week for a “minor” injury. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The officials don’t want to affect the outcome of hockey games, so why do they seem to change their tactics during the playoffs? [The Athletic]
  • Mark Giordano, Wayne Simmonds, and Justin Williams were named the three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. [TSN]
  • More than just one thing had to go wrong for the Leafs to lose to the Bruins in Game 7 of the first round ... for the second year in a row. [CBS Sports]
  • Jonathan Marchessault voiced his frustration with the officials after that penalty call cost the Golden Knights in Game 7 vs. San Jose. [Sportsnet (Video)]

Thursday’s playoff schedule

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet, CBC (English), TVA Sports (French)
Elsewhere: / Rogers NHL Live

Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues

Start time: 9:30 PM EDT / 6:30 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
Elsewhere: / Rogers NHL Live