Canadiens down the Bruins, a Toronto columnist wonders if the Leafs could sign Mike Babcock, plus the latest on the Canucks and Oilers. 

P.K. Subban beats Boston's Tuukka Rask on a breakaway.

P.K. Subban beats Boston’s Tuukka Rask on a breakaway.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist while Carey Price made 26 saves as the Canadiens downed the Bruins 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven division final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens speed certainly came to the fore in this one, setting what one CBC analyst called a “frantic pace” which kept the Bruins playing catch-up throughout the game. The Habs also ratcheted up the physical play, more than holding their own against the bigger Bruins. Boston also gave up two breakaway goals to Subban and Dale Weise.  Subban, meanwhile, became only the third Canadiens defenseman (joining Larry Robinson and J.C. Tremblay) to tally three straight multipoint playoff games.

TORONTO STAR: Dave Feschuk believes the Maple Leafs should try to sign away Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Feschuk considers it a “curious development” that Babcock said it is doubtful he’ll talk contract extension (he has one season left on his current deal) with the Wings this summer. He writes it’s been suggested Babcock wants to see what changes the Wings will make to their roster, that he could feel the Wings window to challenge for the Stanley Cup is closing and he might want new challenges elsewhere. Feschuk suggests the Leafs keep current coach Randy Carlyle for one more season then try to sign Babcock next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Never mind that Babcock said he likes it in Detroit and that there’s no rush to discuss a contract extension with the Wings, that he’s willing to work on a year-by-year basis, or that Wings management intends to re-sign him. I’ll let Wings blogger George James Malik explain in greater detail why Feschuk is dreaming in technicolor.  It’s a pretty dream, but not one I see happening. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman could either be promoted soon into the GM’s chair or could find himself unemployed.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis examines Anton Lander’s status with the Oilers.