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Saturday Habs Headlines: Kotkaniemi and Suzuki are keys to Canadiens’ success

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In today’s links, Kotkaniemi and Suzuki are critical to the offence, the Habs remains focused on winning, not revenge, and the Avs’ unpredictable power play.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Montreal Canadiens’ playoff success has been fueled by a surprising source - Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Canadiens were determined to stay focused on winning despite how they felt about Scheifele’s hit, and that is exactly what they did in Game 2. [La Presse]
  • And the best part is, the team is doing this without Brendan Gallagher playing at his best. [TSN 690]
  • Emotions were running high when Don Amero made the difficult decision to sing the national anthem ahead of game one. [Globe and Mail]
  • Canadiens legend Ken Dryden called out NHL’s tendency to be lenient when it comes to player safety. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • How does one describe the feeling of watching sports fans and their reactions to the subsequent highs and lows of the teams that they root for? [Defector]
  • The Colorado Avalanche’s formidable power play might just power them to the Stanley Cup Final. [Sportsnet]
  • Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear spoke out about the racism he faced in the aftermath of his team’s elimination from the playoffs. [CTV News]
  • Which coaches are expected to fill the existing vacancies? [The Score]
  • Unfortunately for the Columbus Blue Jackets, they will be without the services of Max Domi to start their season. [ESPN]