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Canadiens vs Bruins Top Six Minutes: Two terrible minutes ruined a strong night

The Canadiens dominated their age-old rivals at the Bell Centre...everywhere but where it counts the most.

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This is the first Habs vs Bruins game I've gotten to see in real time this year. I'd really appreciate it if the Habs could pick up a win tonight as an early birthday present for me to write about!

First Period

  • I will not grouse about the defensive pairings. I will not grouse about the defensive parings. I will not grouse about the defensive pairings. I will not grouse about the defensive parings. I will not grouse about the defensive pairings.
  • Carr, Thomas and Flynn looking great, Carr and Thomas showing that chemistry that made them one of the best lines on the IceCaps to start the season.
  • The Eller-Plekanec-Byron line showing some offensive flair early. The Habs finally have a power-on-power line, and a second highly skilled two way line. I like this. A lot. Especially with the fourth line featuring Carr and Thomas.
  • There have been 12,000 whistles already. It's not even the ten minute mark.
  • Markov just threw hip check so big I thought it was vintage Emelin-against-Boston.
  • That goal was brought to you by Paul, Lord Byron.
  • Julien looking up in baffled amazement gives me life. Life I tell you. So does Rask's terrible luck against the Habs.
  • The Habs speed is especially on display tonight.

Second Period

  • One way to get Eller ice time is to put him with Plekanec. Another is to play 4 on 4 or down a man for long periods of time. One way to give Max Pacioretty less time is to play him with Alex Galchenyuk. One day the ice time will make sense...
  • Sven Andrighetto is an NHLer. So are Carr and Thomas, for that matter.
  • Rask looking like an actual NHL goalie against the Habs for a change, but doesn't matter. Plekanec line draws a penalty after a strong offensive zone shift.
  • Habs powerplay starts by being hemmed in it's own zone... *sigh*
  • The Bruin's powerplay is the best in the league... the Habs penalty kill is better though.
  • At the end of two, every single Habs is at 50% CF or above, and the ice time is balancing out. Beautiful.

Third Period

  • This may be the single most boring TSM I've ever written. And it's a Habs vs Bruins game.
  • The PK Subban commercial is absolutely adorable though. This team is just the best.
  • I've got nothing, guys.
  • The Plekanec line is amazing.
  • Weise gets hauled down.
  • I'd appreciate it if the Habs would look alive as well as dominant.
  • When the offence wakes up, oh boy it's gonna be pretty.
  • Oh for crying out loud. That was not what I was hoping for. That goal is what I get for saying good things about the Habs' special teams...
  • You've gotta be kidding me... two goals in less than a minute. Oy vey.
  • If Therrien activates the blender I'm going to be incredibly cross...
  • Mike Condon just saved the close game with that save.
  • Yet another game where the Habs are getting Habbed. Badly. Darn you Bergeron...
  • Pacioretty, Plekanec and Eller out for the first shift of the powerplay drawn by Desharnais. That is the single most exciting thing that has happened since that short handed goal.
  • The Habs are a minute away from losing at home for the first time since 2014.

Final thoughts

  • Keep the Plekanec line together. They were spectacular.
  • The Habs have now lost a few they deserved to win. I guess this is penance for all the games they won last year that they really had no business walking away with.
  • Here's to hoping my birthday game goes a lot better than this one did.

EOTP 3 Stars

3. Move over Jeff Petry!

2.  Eternal Salt

1. Yup.