Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin is a world champion with his native Russia.
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The brooms came out a little early in Los Angeles, it seems.
The airtight goaltending of Mike Smith and Shane Doan’s pair of goals gave the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-0 victory over the Kings Sunday afternoon, pushing the Western Conference final to a fifth game.
On Monday, the New York Rangers look to put a headlock on their Eastern Conference final against the New Jersey, up 2-1 with Game 4 tonight at the Prudential Center. The Rangers will be without forward Brandon Prust, who on Sunday was suspended for one game as discipline for elbowing Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov in the head.
• Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin will be back in Montreal on September as a world champion, Russia having knocked off Slovakia 6-2 Sunday in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Hockey Championship. Habs forward Tomas Plekanec earned a bronze medal with the Czech Republic, thanks to a 3-2 win over Finland.
• In French, from the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan: An interview with Trevor Timmins, the Habs’ director of procurement and player development. Timmins, the Canadiens’ chief scout, was largely muzzled during the previous regime; we recall that he does, indeed, have a voice.
• Also from the Memorial Cup: former Washington Capitals coach and London Knights co-owner Dale Hunter suggests that Patrick Roy should make any career choice for the right reasons – that is, assuming Roy is part of the Habs coaching equation.
• And playoff-free Canadiens fans should take heart that their heroes have at least through the ages set a number of postseason records that never will be broken: Stubbs
Below: Captain Tomas Plekanec (wearing his Canadiens turtleneck) and Petr Nedved celebrate the Czech Republic’s bronze-medal win Sunday at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.