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• The Canadiens have asked the Quebec health authorities to allow for an increased capacity at Bell Centre to 10,500 beginning with Game 3 Friday night. [Sportsnet]
• “Excitement about Price and the Canadiens’ victories has resonated throughout the small First Nation community where he is from. And the Stanley Cup run has injected what many in the community describe as a much-needed note of optimism and pride.” [The Star]
• First-round picks aren’t necessary if you’re able to build a defense worthy of winning the Stanley Cup. [Tampa Bay Times]
• With the construction of UBS Arena not expected to be completed until November, the Islanders will play their home preseason schedule in Bridgeport, Conn. and begin the 2021-22 NHL season on the road. [NY Hockey Now]
• Why Krysti Clarke’s hiring could be a game-changer for the NWHL’s Toronto Six. [The Ice Garden]
• Former NHLer Tuomo Ruutu will join the Panthers as one of Joel Quenneville’s assistants. [Panthers]