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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Eagle Ascending

Kotkaniemi’s playoff ascendancy, Gallagher’s goalscoring struggles, how Manny Malhotra’s journeyman carrier set the stage for NHL coaching success, the Devils’ owners put their money where their mouth is, and more in today’s links.

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • After what many considered a disappointing sophomore season, Jesperi Kotkaniemi has been nothing short of stellar in the playoffs, allowing his coaches to rely heavily on him in big situations. [Yahoo Sports | Sportsnet]
  • Brendan Gallagher has been surprisingly quiet in the goals column these playoffs, and no one wants that to change more than he does. [NHL | Montreal Gazette]
  • To everyone’s surprise, the Habs have shown that they are not as wildly outmatched as was assumed. [TSN]
  • P.K. Subban and Marie-Philip Poulin talk cooking during quarantine. [Sportsnet]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • In this case, no news is good news as the NHL announces that week three was also COVID-19 free. [Sportsnet]
  • With only the standard 16 teams duking it out in the playoffs, these are the biggest questions facing those who were eliminated. [Sportsnet]
  • Since the Penguins were eliminated, Evgeni Malkin has had elbow surgery. Whether the injury was the cause of his unusually quiet series, or if it was sustained during play is unclear. [Sportsnet]
  • Taking a break from all this unusual August game coverage, here’s a more ordinary summer piece about the top UFAs this season. [Sportsnet]
  • P.K. Subban chats with Brock Boeser about game day meals, and specialty dishes. [Sportsnet]
  • Manny Malhotra, the career he built, and how it has made him stand out among the NHL’s coaches. [Sportsnet]
  • On the brink of being ignominiously swept by Barry Trotz and the Islanders, the Capitals are going to have to dig deep. [NHL]
  • If Nazem Kadri gets one more point this post season with Colorado, he will surpass his entire playoff output over four years on the Leafs, and that’s just the most obvious part of the resurgence his career has seen. [The Athletic]
  • Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns the New Jersey Devils among other sports clubs, has announced a $10 million budget for the next five years for investing in Black communities, and in creating a more inclusive and environment in their own business. [NHL]