PITTSBURGH — The Montreal Canadiens wanted to allow prospect P.K. Subban to spend a full season in the minors before making the jump to the show, but injuries and other cir*****stances forced them to call up the exciting defenceman in the playoffs.

In a big Game 2 road victory Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Subban showed just how ready he was for this type of challenge.

Cammalleri, Halak lead Habs past Pens 3-1

Sidney Crosby showed his exasperation by slamming his stick against the net as the Pittsburgh Penguins were turned aside again and again by Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

Turns out it’s not just Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals that the underdog Canadiens are capable of frustrating, tormenting—and beating.

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By Jim Matheson,

Raffi Torres was a healthy scratch late for the Buffalo Sabres in their series with the Boston Bruins. He didn’t score in the 18 games after the Sabres got him from the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had just seven assists, hammering home Raffi’s nagging inconsistency. He has always been a streak scorer with a penchant for hitting hard that keeps opponents wary, but he had only 28 shots and just 14 penalty minutes in his time with the Sabres. He’s going to have a tough time getting a nice payday as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

NHLPA renames award

the NHLPA has renamed the Lester B. Pearson award (former Canadian Prime Minister) to the Ted Lindsay award (former Red Wings great)

Melnyk: Sens to 'tinker' with roster

Next season starts next week for the Senators.

Owner Eugene Melnyk told QMI Agency in an end-of-season interview Friday that he’ll sit down with GM Bryan Murray to discuss changes after the club’s first-round playoff exit in six games.

While Melnyk gave both Murray and coach Cory Clouston a vote of confidence in getting the Senators to the post-season under “difficult cir*****stances,” the boss does want improvements.