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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Petry’s star continues to rise

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Jeff Petry is only getting better as time goes by, earning third star of the week, should the rules around head hits be revised, COVID cases rising in the league, refereeing, and more in today’s links.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Jeff Petry earns third star of the week. [Canadiens]
  • Petry is aging like the finest of fine wines, and a lot of it is down to the support he’s had off the ice. [Sportsnet | Canadiens]
  • On the ice, Petry’s influences have included former teammate Andrei Markov. [Montreal Gazette]
  • It is no surprise to anyone that Brendan Gallagher has always practiced as hard as he played. [Montreal Gazette]
  • If none of these hits to the head we’ve seen around the league, including several among the Habs, are legal, perhaps the rulebook needs an update. [The Hockey News | TVA]
  • The Habs break into the top five in DGB’s ratings. [The Athletic]
  • It’s very much a matter of circumstance, but the all Canadian league has had some upsides which it might be nice to carry into the next season when things go back to normal. [The Athletic]
  • Former Hab Ralph Backstrom has passed away. [Canadiens]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • COVID continues to plague teams in the NHL, the Sabres being the latest. [Sportsnet | NBC Sports]
  • What can be learned from the Wild’s COVID-19 outbreak. [The Athletic]
  • Officiating has been uneven around the league, and now with the events in Columbus, things have gotten even worse. [TSN | Sportsnet | The Athletic]
  • The goal is among the many things Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek talk about in their podcast. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of events in Columbus, Patrik Laine has already found himself benched. [TSN | NBC Sports | NHL]
  • Meanwhile, Pierre-Luc Dubois is still looking forward to making his debut. [CBC | Sportsnet]
  • Injuries continue to follow the Leafs around with Wayne Simmonds out for some time, which has inevitably led to some shuffling of lines and personnel. However, they’re counting on the veteran leadership to remain the same. [TSN | NHL | Yahoo Sports]
  • Barry Trotz has taken over the record for wins all time among coaches in the NHL. [NBC Sports]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov eyeing returns for the Capitals. [NHL]
  • The struggling Canucks showed signs of life against the Leafs. Now they need to build on it. [Sportsnet]
  • Haley Moore reflects on her path to becoming one of the highest ranking female executives in North America. [Sportsnet]