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Sunday Habs Headlines: Ilya Kovalchuk loving his time in Montreal

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In today’s links, Kovalchuk is feeding off the energy of Canadiens fans,

Vegas Golden Knights v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ilya Kovalchuk is on fire, and the revivified atmosphere at the Bell Centre is a big reason why:
  • Nick Suzuki is happy to see more players of Asian descent getting into the game of hockey. [South China Morning Post]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi explains why he felt he needed to step in to defend Ryan Poehling on Thursday night. [Montreal Gazette]
  • You’ll read plenty more about it in tomorrow’s European Prospect Report, but here’s what Jesse Ylönen was up to on Saturday:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Knowing he would be missing his game versus the Canadiens after All-Star Weekend, Alex Ovechkin decided to take care of business early:
  • The David Backes era is coming to an end in Boston, and it went about as well as most predicted when he first arrived. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • The Vancouver Canucks are now atop the Pacific Division, but also two points from being outside of a post-season position. How does the team led by several young stars handle the upcoming trade deadline? [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks aren’t close to the peak of their section. Will that lead the team to use the aging playmaker as a trade chip? [Fear The Fin]
  • Who will the Buffalo Sabres be willing to part with if they decide to sell at the deadline? [Die By The Blade]