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Sunday Habs Headlines: Cheering for the underdog

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In today’s links, why neutral fans may choose the Habs, disrupting the Penguins, why Tampa Bay wants to face Montreal, Matt Dumba’s Hockey Diversity Alliance speech, and more.

Montreal Canadiens v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs have the longest shot of any team in the 24-team post-season format, and that makes them an easy favourite for the neutral Canadian fan. [CBC]
  • Before the series began, Tomas Plekanec said the key would be disrupting the Penguins’ forwards. [RDS]
  • Which players in the Habs-Pens series benfited the most from the lengthy pause? [RDS]
  • Why the Tampa Bay Lightning want to play the Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Raw Charge]
  • Max Domi offers his keys to living life with a compromised immune system. [SunLife.ca]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Canadian hockey fans may have to adapt to a completely different season for hockey, but it will be hockey all the same. [CTV News]
  • It’s also a summer of complete uncertainty in projecting winners. [La Presse]
  • Teams have had no issue getting into the playoff spirit. [The Washington Post]
  • Watch Matt Dumba’s Hockey Diversity Alliance speech from the opening of the Oilers-Blackhawks game yesterday. [Sportsnet]
  • Mark Scheifele left last night’s Jets-Flames game with a leg injury. [Sportsnet]
  • Pittsburgh waited until yesterday to announce their starting goaltender, and that has been a common decision for teams running tandems in the post-season. [NHL.com]
  • The Oilers “weren’t ready” for yesterday’s opener. [Sportsnet]
  • Drake Caggiula will have a hearing for his hit on Tyler Ennis in yesterday’s game. [NHL.com]