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Canadiens vs. Senators Top Six Minutes: The Habs win and extend their division lead

It took a shootout, but the Canadiens have increased their edge atop the Atlantic to two points.

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/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.


  • I have loaded up with a few beers for the game, lets hope its more of a "celebratory necessity" rather than a "lets forget this game" kind of medicine.
  • I don’t like the Senators, I do however like Erik Karlsson! Conflicting emotions all around.

First Period

  • Some good tempo to start this game.
  • Price looks to be revved up for the game, a good save early on.
  • Pageau with some extra curricular activity after the whistle.
  • More Price magic.
  • Jordie Benn just committed a robbery; I am sure the Ottawa police wants to talk to him during the intermission.
  • Shaw gets knocked down, when trying for a Lehkonen rebound.
  • Byron and Plekanec with some robbery of their own, wont be any Canadiens players around for the second period.
  • To be fair, that was some robbery from Anderson on Radulov too...
  • PowerKill™️
  • Danault with a penalty, during the power play, off to the sin bin for a minor.
  • Bad acting from Karlsson on a clear slashing, he should have gone for embellishment too.

Second Period

  • POST, Ottawa hits the post! Famous old Swedish goalie Leif Holmqvist said "The posts; they are my best friends!" - They seem to be Price’s best friends too.
  • Danault with a breakaway, but no go.
  • SHAW!!!! with a open net and an easy goal. Good forecheck by Lehkonen and a great pass by Danault for the set up.
  • If Carey Price was any cooler he’d have a role in Frozen.
  • The Lehkonen-Danault-Shaw line looks great tonight.
  • And a great shift by l’Arttiste , now all we need is a goal.
  • Penalty to Danault, again, this time for tripping.
  • That boxplay was bad, like really really bad, 1-1 Brassard...
  • ... and another; 2-1 bad guys. Own goal by Danault? Dzingel gets it anyway.
  • This might end up a train wreck...

Third period

  • PowerKill™️
  • Danault - ties up the game! That’s after a monster shift by Lehkonen to set up that goal.
  • 3-2 Good guys! Gallagher dangles and goes five hole!
  • No-one saw that coming.
  • Chaos in the Canadiens zone, but Price is still Price.
  • What a weak call to send Davidson to the sin bin.
  • Ottawa hits the post again!!! (see under second period).
  • That bloody Swede... Now I have to stay up for OT...
  • Lehkonen vs Karlsson, I saw that match-up during the preseason at Frölunda.


  • 3-on-3 overtime, please finish this quick. I need some
  • Carey Price - enough said.
  • Power play for Ottawa in overtime... Max Pacioretty didn’t think this through.
  • Byron with a good steal, Anderson came out to save the breakaway.
  • We are in a shoot out!


  • Ottawa hits the post again!!! (see under second period).
  • Byron with a nice goal.
  • Price is just being Price.
  • Radulov nets the win!

EOTP 3 Stars

Third star

Second star: Betty Boop has to settle for second tonight...

First star: ... because RyanWalters took one for the team