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Canadiens vs Bruins Top Six Minutes: A hard-fought effort, but a shootout loss

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It was a fast-paced Saturday night after both teams return from bye-week.

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

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:

  • It’s a Saturday night Habs vs Bruins showdown!
  • Both teams are coming off their bye week.
  • This’ll be fun!
  • ...as long as the Habs win.

First period:

  • And we’re off!
  • Pacioretty opens the scoring three minutes in with a dirty rebound off the pad of Rask!
  • Dirty. Clean. Pretty. Lame. Mind-blowing. Don’t care. I’ll take whatever ya got.
  • Rask caught out wandering around his net and the Habs almost make it 2-0.
  • Prediction: We’re going to see a good ol’ fashioned Tuukka Rask flip-out tonight.
  • Habs are first up on the power play after Shaw draws a tripping penalty. Nada.
  • Hudon with a bomb that beats Rask but not the goalpost.
  • Danult heads to the sin bin for slashing.
  • Turns out the Bruins are better at power plays than us.

Second period:

  • Confession: Marchand’s goal made me nauseous. But then again, they usually do.
  • Jake De-Brusk takes advantage of a confusing Habs line change and makes it 2-1.
  • Deslauirers ties it up two minutes later with a swift snipe. We’ve got ourselves a game folks!
  • Habs head to the power play for the second time tonight. Time to take the lead.
  • Galchenyuk gets to his magic spot and rises to the occasion 20 seconds in, notching his 100th career goal in the process.
  • Prediction: See first period.
  • Miller slams Gallagher into the boards and gets called for boarding. Dude, relax. It’s just a game.
  • Danault is in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets a 123 km/hr Chara slapshot to the side of the head. That is not a typo.
  • Big goof Chara skates over to say whoopsi. Poor guy looks horrified.
  • After about six minutes of lying on the ice in a silent area, Danault is carried off the ice on a stretcher.
  • The period is cut short at 1:37 and we head into the final period with a 3-3 tie.

Third period:

  • In the words of the great Freddie Mercury, “The Show Must Go On.”
  • Drouin speeds through the middle of the ice, takes a shot and hits the goalpost.
  • Another goalpost, this time by Deslauirers. Beating Rask is a piece of cake, but that goalpost has some mad skills.
  • Time for a little four-on-four as Krug gets called for interference and Petry follows for testing out his acting chops with a little embellishment.
  • Mete with a shot and the goalpost...oh wait, Rask actually made that save.
  • McAvoy heads to the box for tripping Hudon after he makes him look like a fool.
  • Get all the goals you want, but your weaselness will always be there Marchand.
  • Twenty-two shots fired but no tie-breakers so....

Overtime:

  • Mete all over Pastrnak to keep it even.
  • Three-on-three hockey is exciting, stressful, exciting.
  • Drouin and Mete with a two-on-one but can’t follow through.
  • Price with the save with 49 seconds left to keep the game going.
  • Close call with Habs batting the puck in the blue paint but Rask decided it was time to wake up and kept it out.
  • And....

Shootout:

  • First up: Byron with a clean shot past Rask.
  • DeBrusk: Goal.
  • Drouin can’t make it past.
  • Easy poke-check for Price on Pastrnak.
  • Pacioretty couldn’t finish it.
  • McAvoy with a lame shot. Pretty sure Price laughed at that one.
  • Galchenyuk hits the post.
  • Marchand finishes the game. Excuse me while I go vomit.

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars