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Friday Habs Headlines: Brett Kulak — The Canadiens’ unsung hero?

In today’s links, Brett Kulak is making the most of his opportunity, a new “big three” on the blueline in the making, and has the first week of the bubble indicated that the playoffs should be altered?

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Montreal Canadiens v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game One Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Brett Kulak is Montreal’s unsung hero so far. [Sportsnet]
  • One game away from eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins, Phillip Danault acknowledges some support from the hockey gods in getting to this point. []
  • Despite their series lead, the Canadiens can still improve. [La Presse]
  • Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, and Ben Chiarot, a new “big three” for the Habs? [La Presse]
  • Chiarot says that confidence is making the difference defensively. [CBC]
  • Long considered the team’s weakness, it is Montreal’s centres who are leading the charge. [La Presse]
  • Down 3-1, the Canadiens were not willing to go quietly into the night. [Radio-Canada]
  • The Habs are finding ways to level the playing field against the more experienced Penguins. [TSN]
  • Jake Evans is doubtful for game 4. [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A typical 12-hour day of hockey, from the eyes of the media. [The Athletic]
  • How does the fake noise operation work? [The Athletic]
  • Now that we have a taste of what it looks like, should the playoffs be permanently expanded? [ESPN]
  • The NHL and its labs insist that testing for the bubble is not overlapping with public demand. [TSN]
  • How the NHL is making sure that teams exiting the bubble don’t break it on the way out. [The Athletic]
  • Were the Penguins past their best-before date before they arrived in Toronto? [Radio-Canada]
  • Goals galore and goalies who can’t stop a beach ball. The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks are reliving 80s hockey. [TSN]
  • The WHL is hoping to start the 2020-21 season in December. [Sportsnet]