Wednesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens overcoming talent deficit with high pace

In today’s links, Artturi Lehkonen’s parents thank Tomas Plekanec for taking the Finnish youngster under his wing, how underdogs are exceeding expectations with speed, and Tomas Tatar is opening eyes with his start to the season.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs are following the recent trend for underdog teams: get faster. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Ismo and Riitta Lehkonen were on hand for Tomas Plekanec’s 1000th game, as a token of appreciation for everything Plekanec has done for their son Artturi. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Plekanec has never been one to understand why he’s receiving such praise, and that’s what makes him so loved in Montreal. [The Athletic]
  • Tomas Tatar was the wildcard in the Max Pacioretty trade. [Radio-Canada]
  • Tatar is opening eyes with his hot start to the season. [Sportsnet]
  • Nicolas Deslauriers won’t change his style on the ice. [La Presse]
  • Is Nikita Scherbak’s time with the CH running out? [Montreal Gazette]
  • Monday night’s victory over the Detroit Red Wings was a little bit of revenge for Xavier Ouellet. [RDS]
  • The Habs transition game was a key factor in the offensive outburst. [The Athletic]
  • Claude Julien would agree, and says the new up-tempo style is fan-friendly as well./
  • The coach says the goal is to keep Jesperi Kotkaniemi in Montreal for the long haul, so long as the player can keep up./
  • Joel Bouchard is stamping his authority on his team, as evidenced by his outburst today when practice was a little too sloppy for his liking. [RDS]
  • Josh Brook is having a torrid start to his WHL campaign./

Around the league and elsewhere

  • More feuds, more personalities, means more fun for the NHL. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Six early surprises so far this season. [Sportsnet]
  • An oral history of the Chicago Blackhawks renaissance. [The Athletic]
  • Down Goes Brown has a look at the Connor McDavid vs. Auston Matthews debate. [The Athletic]
  • How the evolution of shrinking goaltender equipment is contributing to the early-season goal glut in the NHL. [The Athletic]
  • Arizona Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk has been cleared for contact as he recovers from a lower-body injury. [Sportsnet]
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy discusses his Vezina Trophy nomination, his mask, and turning into an octopus to stop Alex Ovechkin. [Raw Charge]
  • We’ve seen own goals occur when a team has pulled its goalie on a delayed penalty, but this one, from a game between Avangard Omsk and Barys Astana of the KHL, is unique./

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