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

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]