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Monday Habs Headlines: Can the Habs count on their third defence pairing?

In today’s links, is the third line pairing up to the challenge, praise for Suzuki and Kotkaniemi, Game 1 hits, and more.

Montreal Canadiens Vs Boston Bruins At TD Garden Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Montreal’s three best defenceman are up to the challenge to keep Pittsburgh’s offence in check, but can they count on help from the third defence pairing? [Sportsnet]
  • Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi received much praise for their performance against the Penguins on Saturday night. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Brendan Gallagher says it was great to see ‘no hesitation’ in the rookies game and is encouraged that the young duo won’t be phased by anything thrown at them. [TSN]
  • Gallagher, Carey Price, Ben Chiarot, Phillip Danault, and Claude Julien spoke to the media after Saturday night’s victory. [NHL]
  • Andrew Zadarnowski joined the Weekend Game Plan to discuss the psychological advantage that the Habs have over Pens. [TSN 690]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • There have been plenty of times when the Tampa Bay Lightning must have felt kneecapped by the Hockey Gods, but will this be the season they finally hoist the cup? [Sportsnet]
  • Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head on Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis. [Sportsnet]
  • Ovi Jr. seems to have picked up some of his dad’s hockey skills. [Twitter]
  • The status of Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine is unknown for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers against the Calgary Flames. [NHL]
  • Jets head coach Paul Maurice wasn’t happy with Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk after his hit on Scheifele.