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Canadiens vs Flyers Top Six Minutes: Habs drop a sleeper

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Canadiens come out flat as their lack of discipline cost them two points against the Flyers.

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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

  • Alex Galchenyuk returns!
  • Dale Weise also returns for the Flyers. So no shutout.
  • Also no Travis Konecny or Shayne Gostisbehere for the Flyers. For some reason.
  • Flyers are wearing their white Heritage jerseys tonight, so we get a #ThrowbackThursday with the visiting Habs in their reds.
  • Canadiens have won one of their last 10 games in Philadelphia. So that bodes well.

First Period

  • Even with the Flyers wearing white, that’s a whole lot of orange.
  • Weise introduces Nesterov to the Philadelphia boards. Probably jealous of the new guy.
  • Radulov with the two pad stack to block a shot. Effective.
  • Nikita Nesterov one-timer! From Galchenyuk and Markov. Like music to my ears.
  • Habs doing a decent job of keeping shots wide and clearing rebounds so far. Refreshing.
  • Oh there are referees here. Torrey Mitchell will go to the box and feel shame for tripping.
  • Price stopping a point-blank shot from Schenn, as he does.
  • Penalty over, period over! Still 1-0 Good Guys!

Second Period

  • Price with some big saves early. The Habs probably won’t try to sit on a one goal lead for two periods, will they?
  • Price went for a little skate just to taunt the Flyers with the puck and a wide open net.
  • Nesterov with another good chance on the delayed penalty. I like this kid.
  • The ticker at the top of my tv screen says this is a Habs powerplay but looking at the play, I’m not so sure.
  • And the Habs manage to kill off the powerplay
  • Radulov narrowly avoids a hit from Radko Gudas. I have some thoughts to share, but this is a family show.
  • Neuvirth makes a save and holds the puck ... except the puck is actually nowhere near him anymore.
  • Wide open net for Raffl but Jeff Petry magically apparates apparently to save the day and block the shot.
  • Another period ending, another Canadiens penalty.
  • At least they can’t sit on a one goal lead for another period!

Third Period

  • Plekanec maybe gets away with a trip, possibly by also falling immediately. Good strategy.
  • Habs continue their generosity by helping another NHLer snap a goalless drought. Matt Read sends a knucklepuck past Price for his first in 26 games.
  • Habs get a glorious chance, then a Flyers breakaway, Price save, and Habs penalty. Life comes at you fast.
  • Paul Byron shorthanded chance. Also water is wet and the sun rose and set today.
  • 90 seconds left in a one goal game. Habs are showing less urgency than I am waiting for the game to end to use the bathroom.
  • Emptynetter. That’ll do it. Habs lose 3-1.

If you’d like to revisit this game, check out this gallery here

EOTP 3 Stars

Third star: The night started out with such promise

Second star: And things seemed to be going the Habs’ way

First star: But in the end it was just another snoozer

Habs Highlight of the Night

Nikita Nesterov scores his first with the Canadiens