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Canadiens vs Capitals Top Six Minutes: The Capitals steal two points

The Washington Capitals capitalized on a few lucky bounces and left with two points.

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For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game.


  • Why did you reunite Pacioretty and Desharnais on the first line, coach? You were doing so well this year without using your line blender. We'd even thought you had converted to Team Corsi. Playing without Price and Gallagher is tough, but you didn't have to resort to such drastic measures. Why did you do this to us?
  • "Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn." Michel Therrien or the Joker? Discuss.
  • Watch the Habs win this game 6-1 with Weise scoring a hat trick because Michel Therrien is a mad genius when it comes to line blending. Meanwhile, I will continue binge eating Oreos.

First Period

  • How much more flukey can that first goal get? The hockey gods gift wrapped that goal for Tom Wilson. Seriously, he scored his second goal in 37 games against the Habs, on his very first shot on net. What a great start to the game for the Canadiens.
  • The Canadiens' first power play of the game was all flash and no finish. This is an ongoing tradition against Washington, where Montreal's power play efficiency has been trucking along at a rather impressive 3.3%. The Flash was also literally on the first power play unit, for reasons unknown.
  • Lars Eller is Danish for forechecking god, just as P.K. Subban is French for the best defenseman in the league, just as David Desharnais is English for shoot the damn puck.
  • Actually, the Canadiens don't look half as bad out there (despite the obvious Therrien blendering). The Habs are out shooting and out chancing the Caps but are getting Holtby'd. The Capitals are also tempting fate by blocking approximately 150,545,245 shots at the moment.

Second Period

  • There is a Caps' fan wearing a Captain America jersey at the Bell Centre. Silly human, Captain America plays for the Habs.
  • Most of this period in a nutshell: damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby, damn you Holtby.
  • Is Subban having a good game? I can't really tell.
  • It's time for round two on the power play (courtesy of the best penalty in hockey) and fans are blessed with a rare Lars Eller sighting on the power play. Of course he makes the most of it by putting one past Holtby off a sweet, sweet pass from Galchenyuk.
  • This is what playing the Habs back in 2010 must have felt like. Despite the Habs just pelting Holtby with shots, the bizarro Caps have the lead after T.J. Oshie scores another flukey goal to give the Caps the lead again (ruining everything, including my prediction).

Third Period

  • Montreal is playing so well this game and has very little to show for it. For all the criticism Therrien may get, the Habs aren't losing this game because of his decisions. Just a boatload of bad luck hanging out at the Bell Centre during this game.
  • Fortune favours the bold, as Brian Flynn scores a beauty of a short handed goal while killing off Pacioretty's penalty. Honestly, that goal looked like something straight out of NHL16. #FlynnOnFire
  • Sigh. Have I mentioned how much I hate T.J. Sochi yet? Why couldn't he have stayed in St. Louis?
  • Damnit Dale Weise. Number 22 took the most inopportune penalty with less than 2 minutes left in the third. Surely, as is consistent with Michel Therrien's other decisions, we will see Weise benched during the next game for taking such a dumb penalty (pffffffft, as if).
  • Screw the Washington Capitals.
Top 3 Stars

1. It's actually Halak.

2. This isn't funny, Caps.

3. Exactly!