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Canadiens vs Islanders Top Six Minutes: Carey Price is Neo

Carey Price and the Habs came up on top, in this clash of potential Hart trophy candidates.

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

  • I ate a fortune cookie before this game. This was my fortune, "Character Is The Cornerstone For Success".
  • I swear, I did not make that up.

First Period

  • Pacioretty is playing!
  • Gonchar isn't playing, Beaulieu isn't benched and Pateryn isn't in the pressbox. What is this brave new world?
  • No Halak today but there's an ex-Sabre in net. This definitely does not bode well.
  • Weise is on the third line, so I guess that this technically means that Eller's playing with a first liner today.
  • What was that penalty on Weise for?
  • Uh oh, Mitchell looks hurt.
  • And the Habs have a powerplay. On the road. This is going to end well.
  • Fun fact: the Habs are 30th in the league when it comes to scoring powerplay goals on the road. Nope, no coaching problems here.
  • Still dumping and chasing on the powerplay. Woo hoo!
  • Weise just received his second penalty of the game, this time an actual penalty.
  • Plekanec sprung Pacioretty on a breakaway on the penalty kill, as is tradition.
  • Eller-Galchenyuk-PAP looked pretty good out there. So of course, that line is broken up as soon as humanly possible.
  • The Habs subsequently refused to leave their end of the ice.
  • Naturally, taking two penalties means a promotion to the first line…if your name happens to be Weise.
  • John Tavares split Montreal's defence to take a clear shot on net.
  • No matter, we have a Price and he has a poke check.
  • It was a great save. It was greater still, to see how pissed off Tavares was over a non-call.

Second Period

  • Don Cherry's suit is what nightmares are made of.
  • The Habs are leading in blocked shots. Teams tend to lead in categories like that when they don't have the puck very often.
  • Sweet, sweet goal by Plekanec, off a great play from Parenteau and Galchenyuk. See Habs? Good things happen when you don't dump the puck.
  • And Prust got called for a weak penalty.
  • Pacioretty scored a SHG!
  • Normally, it's Plekanec who springs Pacioretty on a breakaway when the Habs are trying to kill penalties. Eller just settles for giving Pacioretty point blank shots on net, instead.
  • The Habs are back on the powerplay, which is predictably awful.
  • But Beaulieu and Subban were out together, so progress?
  • Blind robbery by Price on Martin. Just unbelievable. Cue the CAREY CAREY CAREY chant in Nassau.
  • Galchenyuk took a shot to the chest from Plekanec.
  • Third powerplay of the game for the Habs, hopefully third times the charm.
  • Nope, the Habs PP is still pretty bad.
  • The Habs have 2-0 lead heading into the third because the Habs be habbing.

Third Period

  • An icing by Montreal to start the period.
  • Gallagher was buzzing around his natural habitat but Hamonic took exception to that.
  • A fourth Montreal powerplay has already led to a shot on net for the Islanders.
  • Insanity, thy name is Montreal's powerplay setup.
  • Galchenyuk decides to decline the powerplay 30 seconds in, presumably to save Habs fans witnessing yet another putrid PP.
  • Weird sequence where sticks were breaking, the puck was bouncing and neither side was able to touch the puck.
  • Also weird, not getting oushot to high heaven.
  • As soon as I type that, Price went into god mode to keep the Habs afloat.
  • Montreal's resident Russian Machine took a bad penalty, in the dying minutes of the third.
  • The Islanders have such a scary looking powerplay unit.
  • 6-on-4, crud. The Islanders scored too. Double crud.
  • Less than a minute to go and the Islanders pull their goalie again.
  • Pacioretty can't seem to beat empty nets.
  • But Eller certainly can and his goal gives the Habs a 3-1 lead!
  • 35 saves for Carey Price and 2 valuable points of the Montreal Canadiens!

EOTP 3 Stars

1. This is so true, it hurts. 

2. Now if someone could kindly pass this message to the coach.

3.      The definition of a Habs powerplay.

Highlights

Plekanec's Sweet Opening Goal

Pacioretty's Slick SHG

Jesus Price Makes The Stop