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Thursday Habs Headlines: Nick Suzuki’s reaction to Carey Price’s miraculous save

In today’s links, Price’s saving grace, a predictable close series between Habs and Flyers, Brind-Amour fined, Penguins fired, and more.

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Nick Suzuki marvelled at Carey Price’s divine interventions:
  • Last night’s Game 1 was hardly as lopsided as some had predicted. [Sportsnet]
  • Despite everyone being in the bubble, coaches are still trying to play their cards close to the vest. Claude Julien and Alain Vigneault are no exception. []
  • Pre-series predictions, and last night’s result, suggest the Habs and Flyers are going to have to work for their goals. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s progression has been incredible to watch. [Montreal Gazette]
  • In case you don’t want to wait almost two days to see the Canadiens again,, this is how the team prepared fans for a first playoff game in three years:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Penguins lacked the winner’s mentality versus Montreal, and the GM says that needs to change. []
  • The first moves were to not renew the contracts of the assistant coaches. [PensBurgh]
  • The Penguins have also decided to keep their 15th overal pick in this year’s draft, hoping they have a later selection next year to give to the Minnesota Wild. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • How the crowd noise is being added to these playoff broadcasts. [ESPN]
  • Rod Brind’Amour was fined $25,000 for his criticism of the officials yesterday. [Canes Country]
  • The Maple Leafs losing a round of hockey before the playoffs even began? “Pretty embarrassing,” says Auston Matthews. []
  • In his own opinion, Alexis Lafrenière is now an NHL player, and he’s not going to start the 2020-21 season in any other league before training camp with his new team. []