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Canadiens vs Devils Top Six Minutes: No sympathy for the Devils

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A little practice makes for structured power plays

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings Tom Szczerbowski-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:

  • Between the pipes is Mr. Al Montoya, who’s riding a three-game winning streak. #Promising
  • It’s no secret that the netminders have had their struggles as of late. #Worrisome
  • It’s also no secret that the rest of the team needs to kick it up notch. #BigTime
  • Scoring just one measly goal in the last two games. #Ick
  • Philip Danult takes a spot on the top line, while Alex Galchenyuk drops to the third. #Lesson

First period

  • And we’re off!
  • Byron is off to the races but no go. Immediately after Byron is flattened and Barberio is having none of it.
  • We’re four minutes in and the Devils fool Montoya with a tip from Taylor Hall.
  • Wait, wait! On goes the headset...stick above the crossbar maybe?
  • Nope. No Hall. It was all Steven Santini. Call on the ice stands. 1-0 Devils.
  • The Habs head to the power play after Miles Wood gets called for slashing Galchenyuk. They practiced this the other day right? Should be a piece of cake.
  • Practice makes perfect! Radulov plays a little ‘looky over here’ before sending a beautiful pass to Chucky who quickly makes it even-steven.
  • I haven’t seen the Habs with this much oomph in a while. It’s quite enjoyable.
  • Pacioretty and Lovejoy continue to dance the Tango. A little shove here. A big ‘ol trip there.
  • Emelin gets two for holding and the Habs kill off the penalty. Scoring on the pp and no goals allowed on the pk. So far, so good.

Second period

  • Radulov gets a little too excited (strange, I know) when his shift starts, and ends up taking a hooking penalty.
  • Three minutes later, the Habs head to their third power play of the evening when Kyle Quincy gets called for tripping Pacioretty.
  • The Habs continue to dominate SOG; 13-3 halfway through the period.
  • Petry has five shots on goal so far. He’s gearing up. Look out Kinkaid. Sixth time’s a charm.
  • No goals allowed for the middle frame. The Habs keep their foot on the gas, barely allowing the Devils past the neutral zone.

Third period

  • Let’s go fellas. To break this stalemate, a dirty goal might be required. Flailing body parts. Off the helmet. Twirl. Bat the puck. Get creative.
  • Karl Stollery with a big hit on Beaulieu just 30 seconds in, causes a gathering that results in Mitchell getting two for roughing and Stollery five for boarding.
  • Weber scores his ninth pp marker, tickling the twine so hard that the puck gets stuck in the net behind Kinkaid!
  • A backhand pass from Radulov to Galchenyuk to Captain Max gives the Habs a two-goal lead. Now that’s creative!
  • Oh sweet, sweet revenge.
  • Kinkaid heads to the bench with 2:30 left.
  • Four straight wins for Montoya + pp and pk success = good Friday night hockey! Habs win 3-1.

Habs Highlight of the Night

Alex Galchenyuk uses a sweet backhand pass to set up Max Pacioretty

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