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Habs Daily: Mesar On Fire, Hutson Shines, Fowler Sets Record

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Montreal canadiens forward Filip Mesar

Here are the Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed during the weekend.

 

  • ICYMI: The Habs lost 3-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Despite the shutout, the Montreal Canadiens played reasonably well, but they couldn’t match the talent level of a team that’s poised to be a Stanley Cup contender. [Canadiens Lose Sleepy Game, Hutson Advances to Semifinals]

 

  • Top prospect Lane Hutson scored the game-winning goal for Boston University in their quarterfinal matchup against Luke Mittelstadt and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Hutson will be back in action on April 11th when the Terriers face Sam Harris and the University of Denver.

  • Speaking of Harris, he also scored a clutch goal at the NCAA’s Frozen Four tournament. His powerplay marker ended up being the game-winning goal in Denver’s 2-1 win over Cornell.

 

  • Quinnipiac and Boston College participated in one of the most entertaining hockey games of the year. In the end, Jacob Fowler and the Eagles won 6-5 in overtime over the reigning NCAA champions. They’ll face Michigan in the other Frozen Four Semifinal. The win also means Jacob Fowler set the NCAA record for the most wins by a freshman (31).

 

  • Filip Mesar is enjoying a great start to the OHL playoffs. Mesar had three points in Kitchener’s 7-4 loss to Erie on Sunday afternoon. This means the first-round pick has produced six assists in the first two games of the series versus the Otters.

 

  • Fellow Habs prospect Owen Beck has also started the playoffs on a dominant foot. The cerebral centre scored a goal and added two assists on Saturday, helping the Saginaw Spirit secure a 2-0 series lead over the Owen Sound Attack. Like Mesar, Beck has six points in just two games.

  • Florian Xhekaj scored his first goal of the playoffs. It took him just a minute to score Brantford’s opening goal on Sunday.

 

National Hockey Now Network

  • We already had a pretty good idea that New Jersey Devils star defenseman Dougie Hamilton was going to be out for the remainder of the 2023-24 regular season. Interim head coach Travis Green all but confirmed that suspicion on Saturday afternoon. [New Jersey Devils]

  • Nashville Predators 2023 first-round pick Matthew Wood has two years of college of eligibility left, but he won’t be spending that at the University of Connecticut. The 19-year-old forward is reportedly entering the NCAA transfer portal. The 6-foot-3 winger is sure to have a long list of potential suitors, and Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota are reportedly in the running to land him.[Nashville Predators]

  • As non-NHL seasons come to an end, junior-league and NCAA players, like Ryan Ufko, are beginning to sign entry-level contracts with their drafting teams or the ones that hold their NHL rights. [Nashville Predators]
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Me2

Habs finish the season with 2 games against the Red Wings. Going to be interesting as the Wings might need to win both of those games to get into the playoffs.

John Stone

man .. the habs future looks bright.. cant wait till all these guys are on one team together .