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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Ducharme — “Our group is in a good spot”

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In today’s links, the Canadiens head coach is confident about the state of his charges, Joël Bouchard talks about the end of the Laval Rocket’s season, and Habs and Leafs media preview the upcoming series.

NHL: MAY 06 Canadiens at Maple Leafs Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Dominique Ducharme is pleased by how his team is coming along as they prepare for game one. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens have the green light from the Quebec provincial government to host 2,500 at the Bell Centre starting on May 28. [Sportsnet]
  • Stu Cowan says that opting for experience over youth for game one doesn’t make sense. [Montreal Gazette]
  • With a full week of practice, the Canadiens now have no excuses against the Toronto Maple Leafs. [The Athletic]
  • Ducharme is confident that Shea Weber will be “100 percent” for game one. [Sportsnet]
  • Carey Price must live up to his reputation if the Canadiens are to beat the Leafs. [Sportsnet]
  • Phillip Danault, team physicality, and strong goaltending will be the keys to any Habs series success. [Radio-Canada]
  • Jonathan Drouin is the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • With his contract expiring, Joël Bouchard refuses to speculate on the future. [Montreal Gazette]
  • It’s unfortunate that the Laval Rocket will be unable to build on their regular season with a playoff run. [RDS]
  • The last time the Habs and Leafs met, it was an unsung Cam Connor who played the hero. [RDS]
  • The Canadiens pay their respects to former defender Gilles Lupien, who passed away from cancer at age 67. [Montreal Canadiens | La Presse]
  • The QMJHL will retire Guy Lafleur’s #4 from circulation league-wide. [La Presse]

Other perspectives on the upcoming series

  • After years of disappointment, can this Leafs squad find “playoff killer instinct”? [Sportsnet]
  • Dave Keon says that the Leafs need to play with urgency and not overlook the Habs. [NHL.com]
  • Andrew Berkshire and Steve Dangle talk about the Habs’ chances. [SN 590 (Audio)]
  • 82.7% vs 17.3%: Dom Luszczyszyn previews Leafs-Habs. [The Athletic]
  • What could have been: a look at the Canadiens-Leafs Cup final denied by Wayne Gretzky. [Radio-Canada]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A former player who was taught the “craft” of fighting at age 16 wants the WHL to be held accountable. [TSN]
  • Canada’s deputy chief public health minister doesn’t see the rest of the country following Quebec’s lead for the time being, but is not ruling out the possibility of cross-border travel later on this season. [Sportsnet]
  • The Vancouver Canucks are talking with Henrik and Daniel Sedin about front office roles with the organization. [TSN]
  • “I didn’t know anything that was happening, but I was so, so into it”: How Lightning-Panthers made new hockey fans. [The Athletic]
  • Saying one nice thing about every non-playoff team. [The Hockey News]
  • May 18, 2021 was declared Fred Sasakamoose Day in Saskatchewan. [Chicago Blackhawks]
  • Three-time Olympic medalist Kacey Bellamy has announced her retirement. [Yahoo! Sports]