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Friday Habs Headlines: No love lost as Game 6 looms

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In today’s links, animosity is quickly ramping up between the Canadiens and Flyers, continued fallout from Niskanen’s “hockey play,” and where might Matt Murray wind up next year?

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • There’s not a lot of love between the two clubs, something isn’t likely to change after game 5. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • The tension is mounting as we head to game 6. [Radio-Canada]
  • The Flyers described newly suspended Matt Niskanen’s actions as “a hockey play.” [Montreal Gazette]
  • Niskanen’s suspension should have taken Brendan Gallagher’s injury more into consideration. [The Hockey News]
  • Flyers fans want Uncle Nate Thompson out of the lineup. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Presenting the cast of “Habs-Flyers”, a theatrical production in 6 or 7 acts. [The Athletic]
  • ICYMI: Jacob Olofsson suffered a concussion in training with Skellefteå AIK.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Creating offence in today’s NHL is more about creating chaos and seeing what happens rather than actively breaking down defences. [Sportsnet]
  • How research into new skate blade technology may save goalies milliseconds in reaction time. [The Athletic]
  • Is Nathan MacKinnon the best player in the world? [ESPN]
  • Is Jaroslav Halak on the way to replicating 2010? [La Presse]
  • As the first round heads toward its conclusion, four teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack. [TSN]
  • Weighing possible destinations for Matt Murray next season. [PensBurgh]
  • A Simon Fraser University study shows that head impacts occur much more frequently during hockey games than people might realize. [SFU | Journal of Biomechanics]