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Friday Habs Headlines: Montreal was just better

In today’s links, fallout from the Evans hit and resulting suspension, a reminder that the Habs won a hockey game, and is MacKinnon the best in the world?

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Winnipeg Jets v Montreal Canadiens - Game One Photo by David Lipnowski/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Lost amidst the last minute: The Canadiens were simply better than the Jets on the night. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • The Canadiens are rallying around Jake Evans. [TSN (Video)]
  • Who should step into the lineup for Evans? [The Athletic]
  • Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice defended his forward’s hit on Evans. [Sportsnet | CBC]
  • Maurice’s comments, like the hit, were part of the game—and therein lies the problem. [The Athletic]
  • “You did the same to John Tavares”: what the Jets bench said in the immediate aftermath of the hit. [TVA]
  • An image of humanity: the story behind the viral photo of Nikolaj Ehlers protecting Evans. [The Athletic]
  • Corey Perry and Eric Staal are turning back the clock. [TSN (Video)]
  • Phillip Danault’s billets during his QMJHL days are very proud of their “adopted son.” [Radio-Canada]
  • Mattias Norlinder is very excited to have signed with the Canadiens. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Blame for their early exit lies squarely at the feet of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ core. [TSN]
  • How do the Leafs solve their choking problem? [The Hockey News]
  • Which unrestricted free agents could be leaving Toronto? [Sportsnet]
  • Despite pressing newly arrived Sergei Bobrovsky into action, the team representing the Russian Ice Hockey Federation lost to Canada 2-1 at the IIHF World Championships. [TSN]
  • Is Nathan MacKinnon the best player in the world? (and other things we’ve learned from the playoffs so far). [ESPN]
  • Seven contenders to land Columbus Blue Jackets’ defender Seth Jones in a trade. [Sportsnet]