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• The journey to reach the Stanley Cup Final was a long one with various obstacles along the way for the Canadiens. [Sportsnet]
• Mark Stone on being shutout against Montreal: “I got skunked this series. That can’t happen. I’m the captain of this team. I’m the leader of this team. I take a lot of responsibility for what occurred.” [The Score]
• Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis on hiring Dave Hakstol as the franchise’s first head coach: “Maybe it was a big jump from college the first time. But now he’s been in the league for six years, worked under some different coaches and gained a lot more experience, so we’re comfortable in that regard.” [The Hockey News]
• Hockey Hall of Famer Angela James will join the Toronto Six as an assistant coach. [NWHL]
• Reload? Retool? Whatever you want to call it, the Blue Jackets need a direction. [1st Ohio Battery]
• Looking at where things fell apart with the Kings and Canucks. [NBC Sports Edge]