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Canadiens vs. Islanders Top Six Minutes: A no-show at the Bell Centre

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The Canadiens made few mistakes, and paid for each.

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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.

Pre-Game

  • Ah, the good old Price-Greiss matchup.
  • Islanders let Sorel-Tracy, QC native Anthony Beauvillier take a few solo laps before warmups, a classic rookie tradition.
  • So a Quebecois rookie playing his first game at the Bell Center, that’s not good news for the Habs, is it?

First Period

  • I like the puck movement early on.
  • Hey, look Greg Pateryn with a solid shift again!
  • Beauvillier with the snipe on Price, getting that predictable magic moment out of the way. Good for him!
  • Seeing lots of support and team play, I like.
  • Danault goes to the box for two minutes to feel shame.
  • This PK is looking good - everyone moving.
  • Power play alert!
  • Is this the Habs? This PP looks awesome!
  • Greiss just put Montreal on notice - still 1-0 Isles.
  • Trailing one after one.

Second Period

  • Ahahaha McCarron and Emelin with the two-on-one, Emelin ends up shooting.
  • Excellent puck cycling in the offensive zone, Habs.
  • Greiss’ glove, man. Holy crap.
  • Don’t look now, but the Islanders are up by two. Habs need three goals to win.
  • Emelin and Weber looked terrible on that goal.
  • Could we maybe take a shot instead of cycling in circles around the boards?
  • ARGH!
  • All good, just a puck trickling past Carey Price, but it went wide.
  • Whoa, Emelin just destroyed John Tavares.
  • Clean hit, results in a shorthanded situation for Montreal, as is tradition.

Third Period

  • One goal every six minutes and change, no problem, right?
  • Slower start to this one, New York tightening up.
  • Uh oh, it’s almost been six minutes.
  • THEY DID IT!
  • NO, THEY DIDN’T! High stick on the play, no goal.
  • Now we’re behind schedule and I fear this may not end well for the Canadiens.
  • THEY SCORED!
  • Nope, they didn’t again! Punched in by Lehkonen, he knew it, too.
  • My wee heart can’t take much more of this.
  • Seven minutes left, we’re two goals behind schedule, so this ending is about to get crazy.
  • Hey wait, can I curse the Islanders by saying the word? Greiss is pitching a.... SHUTOUT so far.
  • Hehehe, watch the goals pour in now.
  • Price to the bench, fans booing - Habs deserve better than this tonight.
  • Nope, curse didn’t happen. Habs lose 3-0.

EOTP 3 Stars:

Third star: The somehow won the score-adjusted Corsi battle, this image seems fitting anyway

Second star: The famous ““Wes McCall”

First star: Perhaps they should have tried bodychecking the puck into the net

Habs highlight of the night