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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Top Six Minutes: KO in TO

The Habs fall to 0-5 in the pre-season after a tough match in Toronto.

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Pre-game thoughts

  • Alright people, one week remaining in the preseason. We can do this.
  • (But also, can we maybe win this game? Thank you.)

First period

  • Oh good grief. 47 seconds in, Matthews makes his mark.
  • Powerplay Montreal! Let’s do this!
  • Pleka—nope! Pleky rings one off the crossbar, but he comes just millimetres shy.
  • Toronto creates a tornado in front of Montoya, who can’t make the save from his back. 2-0 TO, less than 5 minutes in.
  • Carrick trips up Jacob de la Rose, and the Habs are off to the man advantage yet again.
  • Artturi Lehkonen on the first PP unit with Max Pacioretty. Yes, please.
  • Victor Mete really does move the puck beautifully along that blue line.
  • (BTW, Habs 0-2 on the powerplay).
  • Both #11s drop the gloves — Hyman and Brendan Gallagher go toe to toe in what ends up looking like an odd, bear hugging slow dance. Better than Gally reinjuring his hand, however…
  • Paul Byron came this close with a SWEET back pass from de la Rose, but can’t get it home.

Second period

  • And we’re back. You know, as bad as that first period looked on paper, the Habs didn’t do too badly in the first.
  • And just as I’m typing that, Patrick Marleau makes it 3-0 Leafs.
  • “The Leafs have won back to back games in the preseason.” That must be nice for them.
  • Zaitsev to the box once again and the Habs head back on the man advantage.
  • What do we think? Something? Maybe? Anybody? Bueller?
  • WE HAVE A GOAL! Jeff Petry with a sweet feed from Victor Mete! 3-1 Leafs!
  • But Hemsky’s off to the box for slashing, so, you know, womp, womp.
  • Ugh, the Leafs are, like, a decent team, now, aren’t they? What kind of world do we live in?

Third period

  • Aaand less than three minutes into the third frame, Matthews gets the hat trick on a breakaway from the neutral zone.
  • Byron Froese goes off for slashing, and as you can probably guess, William Nylander makes it 5-1 Leafs.
  • Charles Hudon with the nifty dangle through the slot, but Anderson remains solid for Toronto.
  • Torrey Mitchell to the box for slashing with less than two to go.
  • And that’s it. Habs lose 5-1.
  • ...It’s gonna be a long week, guys.

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