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Canadiens vs. Sabres Top Six Minutes: Too little, too late

If the Habs can't have their star goalie, at least they've got their mojo back. Despite the loss, tonight's game against Buffalo proved that the Canadiens have not given up.

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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.

  • The last time these two teams met was just over a week ago. The embarrassing 4-2 loss for the Habs seems to be just the kick in the pants they needed. They've won every game since.
  • Ben Scrivens is getting his fourth straight start tonight. That's a good thing. Not only is Scrivens a big part of the winning recipe right now, it's also fun to watch his
  • Therrien is smart (you heard me) and has kept the blazing hot Gallagher-Plekanec-Galchenyuk line in tact. I like Gallagher and Galchenyk together. I also like Gallagher and Pacioretty together. Hmmm...common denominator?
  • Greg Pateryn is suiting up tonight in place of Jeff Petry who has been sidelined with an injury. An injury to the Habs? The heck you say.
  • Our short-handed star Paul Byron is back in the lineup tonight!
  • Rumors are flying hot and heavy today about Carey Price not returning at all for the regular season. I can't even.
  • It's Alex Galchenyuk's 22nd birthday! What better way to celebrate than with a few goals, hey Chucky?

First Period
  • And we're off!
  • Let's get four in a row tonight boys. I've got my victory dance all lined up. And, oh, I've got Moves Like Jagger let me tell ya.
  • Ghetto GOAL!! A pass by Captain Patches lets Andrighetto blast a one-timer off the bar to give the Habs an early lead at 3:44.Dare I say Therrien is on to something again?
  • Subban is awarded the first penalty of the evening after a holding call on Kane. I feel this is not the last we'll see of a Subban/Kane feud.
  • Off to the penalty kill we go. Looking good. Dump, dump and dump some more. And penalty killed!
  • Just minutes after that nice kill, Habs defense is down leaving Legwand all alone. Buffalo ties the game.
  • Love, love, love this GGP line.
  • Habs on the PP after an interference call drawn by Gallagher. Let's see what we've got.
  • Not much.
  • A turnover by Markov gives Kane a chance to take his anger out on Scrivens. Sabres take the lead.
Second Period
  • Deep breath. And, let's go!
  • Right out of the gate Gorges beats Scrivens, making it 3-1. Forget deep breath, cue hyperventilation.
  • Scrivens hits the bench and Mike Condon takes his place between the pipes.
  • Goaltending change means nothing. Sabres quickly slip one past Condon. Two goals in fifty seconds. Time to break out the brown paper bag.
  • And so continues the Subban/Kane shoving match. Four on four we go.
  • Eller draws a penalty and it's now a four on three. Must. Get. A. Goal.
  • Birthday boy Chucky snaps one home! Have I mentioned that I love the GGP line?
  • Another Ghetto GOAL!! We have ourselves a game again!
  • At least someone is on defense tonight. Great defensive play by Emelin.
  • Galchenyuk gets a little too excited and Foligno is given a penalty shot.
  • Foligno beats Condon making it a two goal lead once again.So seriously, when can we expect Price back?
  • Chucky redeems himself with his second snipe of the night on the PP!
  • My head is spinning. I need a drink.
Third Period
  • I'm armed with a paper bag and a full shot glass. Let's do this!
  • Sven looking for a hat trick but it's a no go.
  • GGP are buzzing, buzzing...three shots on goal but none make it to the back of the net.
  • I'm fully prepared to break out the victory dance if you'll let me boys.
  • Tonnes of pressure by the Habs but not able to tie it up.
  • Condon is pulled for the extra man. Buffalo throws one into the empty net for the win.
  • Despite the loss, there was no lack of heart from the Habs here tonight.

EOTP 3 Stars of the night

3) Truth hurts, doesn't it Buffalo.

2) Decisions, decisions.

1) And it isn't to pass the puck to players and gift them empty netters, either.