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Canadiens vs. Flyers Top Six Minutes: The Amazing Alex Radulov

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Alex Radulov’s three-point night helps the Canadiens best the Flyers.

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-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.

Pre-game Thoughts

  • What do we say to the God of Losing? Not today.
  • Oh what’s this, our top pairing is Webelin? Michel you were doing so well...
  • Sigh, I need a drink.

First Period

  • Rather unusually, today we see the debut of not a rookie player, but a rookie referee. This is going to end well.
  • Usain Byron or Paul Bolt? Discuss.
  • Montreal’s power play can generously be referred to as a work in progress. But at least the team isn’t handling the puck as if it’s a live grenade anymore. #babysteps
  • Wasn’t bringing in Shea Weber and Andrew Shaw supposed to prevent the type of hit that Andrei Markov just took? Why hasn’t the Canadiens’ leadership forcefield activated yet?
  • As amazing as it has been to have Carey Price back in net, even he couldn’t save this period from being the borefest that it was.

Second Period

  • The Habs have reverted to their "throw a hail mary pass & pray" technique. It’s as effective as you’d think.
  • Shea Weber’s shot destroyed Brayden Schenn’s stick and still found its way into the back of the net. I pity the poor souls who think they are brave enough to try and block one of MAN MOUNTAIN’s shots.
  • Alex Radulov might just have drawn his first penalty of the season, after having approximately 1283761470 calls go against him.
  • Never liked that Giroux. No wonder he was left off Team Canada.
  • Tomas Plekanec needs to hire a shaman. He’s so cursed right now.
  • Everyone needs more Radulov in their lives:

Third Period

  • Andrew Shaw doesn’t wear a visor. Hmm, that doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do.
  • Icings. More icings. Followed by more icings. I wish I was making this up.
  • Montreal’s patented dump & chase strategy is back in all its former glory. I mean, who doesn’t like watching a team protect a lead that doesn’t exist in the third period, by any means possible?
  • The Flyers be trippin (literally).
  • Sigh, here comes Montreal’s power pl...holy shit Radulov 2-1 Montreal, omg wat everything is happening?!1!!! I don’t care if it went off Gallagher’s stick, that goal was all friggin Radulov!
  • M.T. Nett meet Alex Radulov (and yes, this one is actually his goal).

EOTP Three Stars

3. Almost the entire third period in a nutshell:

2. It had to start somewhere:

1. From Russia with love:

Habs highlight of the night

Shea Weber’s point shot goes THROUGH Schenn’s stick on the way to the goal.