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Canadiens vs Lightning Top Six Minutes: Reality Check!

Steven Stamkos scored a hat-trick on route to the Lightning's blowout 7-1 win over your Montreal Canadiens. The powerplay was putrid, but on the bright side the Habs return home with a 3-1 record to face the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

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  • Picked Brendan Gallagher for the #1stHabsGoal tonight. So Tinordi's going to score first, right?
  • Habs have a chance to go 4-0 tonight versus the Lightning. Where have we seen this storyline before?
  • Markov on RDS before the game: Says the team needs a good start (duh). Not surprised by Plekanec's play. Rambles on. Confuses everyone.

1st Period

  • Montreal starts the game with their legs moving. Can't afford to get away with slow starts anymore.
  • Steve Yzerman has the posture of a man with his job on the line. Important season for him and the Lightning.
  • Jarred Tinordi just struck a linesman with a failed dump in.
  • Weaver misses a pass at the Tampa Bay blueline that makes it way back to the Candiens' zone where Carey Price tries to clear it from the halfboards and... the rest you know.
  • It took Victor Hedman some time to arrive, but the 23-year-old is among the league's best these days. The goal is already his third of the season.
  • Somehow Steven Stamkos, titanium leg and all, just victimized Tinordi. [GIF]
  • With Nathan Beaulieu in the box for interferance, Stamkos scores Tampa's fifth poweplay goal of the season and it's 2-0.
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Philly.
  • The Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Parenteau line is the first to sustain any real pressure in the Lightning's zone. Habs only have three shots through 12 minutes.
  • GALLAGHER! Off a beautiful tip from a Tinordi snap pass! Show me the money, @CanadiensMTL!
  • 2-1 and the Habs are alive!
  • The Habs powerplay is soooo bad.
  • Maybe the Canadiens wouldn't have to win so many games by one goal if the PP was working.

2nd Period

  • Bit of a chess match to start the second period.
  • RDS fills in the downtime with Manny Malholtra's faceoff stats.
  • Jiri Sekac looking for his first career NHL goal, but Anton Stralman blocks it with a baseball slide through the crease.
  • P.K. Subban draws a penalty by being P.K.
  • Habs should be allowed to decline powerplays.
  • Ben Bishop should be Ottawa's starting goalie. Silly Sens.
  • Oh look, Davey took a penalty. I guess that's his way of declining the powerplay.
  • Victor Hedman sends a tape-to-tape stretch pass from just about behind his own net to Steven Stamkos.
  • Can you guess what happened next?
  • Five hole. 3-1 Tampa.
  • Oh hey look, another powerplay for the Canadiens.
  • This is not the same Tampa team that Montreal swept. Sure a healthy Bishop and Stamkos help, but they're hungry.
  • Galchenyuk is making things happen out there. Throws a big check to free the puck and follows it up with a beauty pass to Plekanec. No goal, but still magic.
  • With Subban in the box, Stamkos slaps in his third goal of the night.
  • Pacioretty on a breakaway. Backhand. Bishopped.
  • Would you sit Price in the third?

3rd Period

  • Habs start the third period with a powerplay. Cue the comeback!
  • Why are you all laughing?
  • Dustin Tokarski takes over for Price to start the third period.
  • Look, you can't blame Price for the result of this game. You have to wonder if the team relies too much on him.
  • Subban winds up for a slapshot on the PP and his stick breaks. That kind of night.
  • Plekanec with one of the best chances to score of the period. Bishop without his stick: still makes the save.
  • Parenteau and Brewer pick up minors for breathing hotly on each other.
  • Callahan. 5-1.
  • Is anyone still watching?
  • Palat. 6-1.
  • Anyone?
  • ...
  • Is it over yet?
  • Namestnikov. 7-1.

EOTP 3 Stars

  1. That about sums it up:

  2. This guy gets it.

  3. One of us! One of us!


This was ugly:

Let's hope Stamkos never signs with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tip it like Gally!

Sekac nearly nets his first NHL goal, if not for Stralman's home plate slide.

Highlight of the night?

And Stamkos said, Let there be hats: and there were hats.

Were Subban and Markov even trying?

Wonder if the Lightning are still bitter about that sweep...

Stop watching!