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Canadiens vs Blues Top Six Minutes: Canadiens gave the Blues everything they had

The Blues bend but don't break against the Canadiens, in a very frustrating loss for the Habs.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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.


  • Confession Time: I haven't fully recovered from the bombshells the Canadiens dropped on me yesterday, so forgive me in advance if this TSM is somewhat cantankerous.
  • How funny is it that the day after the Canadiens traded for John Scott, they get to face of against the St. Louis the Scottrade Center.
  • Speaking of the Blues, this is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of them:

First Period:
  • Did anyone else's ears bleed courtesy of that anthem singer? He even managed to scare my cat with his rendition of both national anthems. I would be impressed, if I wasn't busy trying to claw out my eardrums.
  • I don't know what's worse, being scored on first for the umpteenth time or wasting a coach's challenge on what was so obviously a good goal that your grandmother wouldn't have challenged it.
  • Time for the Powerkill? Time for the Powerkill. Meanwhile, Daniel Carr just scored for the IceCaps today because when it rains, it might as well damn pour.
  • Remind me if you've heard this before: The Habs are out-shooting their opponents to the tune of a bazillion to eight but are still losing 1-0 to the Blues.
Second Period:
  • After having been throughly admonished by Don Cherry for the John Scott debacle (yes, this really did happen), we can now resume watching despairing about the Canadiens.
  • For whatever reason, the Blues decide to take a page out of the Bruins playbook and decided to play roughhouse with the Habs during the second. This decision backfires quite spectacularly.
  • It takes three power plays into the second period but P.K. Subban finally breaks Montreal's goose egg on shot number bazillion and one (okay I lied, it was actually the team's 24th).
  • And then the captain puts the Canadiens ahead! What is this brave new world, where the Canadiens can actually score more than a goal a game? If this is a dream, I don't ever want it to end.
  • But my dream comes to an abrupt end because the Blues are the biggest bunch of sucks to ever suck. Tie game, grrr.
  • Fight Fight Fight! This segment was brought to you by Brendan Gallagher's shit-eating grin. In typical Gallagherian fashion, he quickly becomes a marked man in St. Louis.
  • Here's a quick peek at how the Blues looked this period:

Third Period:
  • One would think that the Habs and Blues would resume jawing at each other in the third, but instead both teams decide to do things like "using their speed" and "not taking dumb penalties". Booooooo!
  • Like clockwork, the opposing team's goaltender is making crazy save after crazy save again. Wait a minute, is this some sort of curse...have the Habs just been cursed? A curse would explain everything. It was probably a Bruins fan who cast the curse.
  • Doesn't matter, had Pleks! The Habs scored 3 GOALS today! Not 1, not 2, but 3! Threeeee! Can you believe it?! This is most glorious.
  • Okay, now the Blues are just being cruel. Tie game again.
  • Pity Point! Pity Point! Pity Point!


  • I don't even care about how this game ends. The Habs have gotten a point and that's good enough for me. They can work on grabbing 2 during their next one.
  • I'm sorry I jinxed the Habs.

Three Stars

1. Probably.

2. It's strange, isn't it?

3. Sure, why not?