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.
- First thing's first, rest in peace to Red Fisher. If you haven't already, please read Michael Farber's obituary on a Canadian sportswriting legend. The press horde in Montreal, and the Canadiens paid tribute to Fisher before tonight's game.
- For the third time in eight days, the Canadiens and Bruins are facing off against each other. The Bruins won the other two times, in a shootout and a regulation loss.
On this Hockey Day in Canada, the Montreal Canadiens have the distinction of being the only Canadian NHL team whose game won’t be broadcast on CBC television. (Not even on City.)— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) January 20, 2018
- Puck drops. And away we go.
- Chippy start? Hits already being thrown in the first seconds of the game.
- Marchand, Bergeron, and Brendan Gallagher get into a minor mix-up. But yeah this game feels more like a Bruins-Canadiens rivalry matchup as opposed to what we saw earlier this week.
- Scoring chances have been few and far between so far. Certainly not high quality.
- Hits are even with eight minutes to go in the opening period. 10-10.
- David Backes and Charles Hudon get into it. Chippy, chippy, chippy.
- Charles Hudon, tripping penalty. Wyd?
- Boo all you want fans, Byron Froese got done in by a great defensive play by Matt Grzelcyk. Or maybe Froese shouldn't have shown, and held, backhand as long as he did?
- So I'm really annoyed at how Charles Hudon's name gets pronounced "Hew-don".
- Paul Byron just got a stick to the puck on a two-on-one. Otherwise, the Bruins have been stingy defensively on those instances.
- Brendan Gallagher doesn't like the offside call. A loooottttt of cuss words.
- Max Pacioretty is heating up. Seven goals in his last seven games. And he just scored on a pass from FIRST LINE CENTRE PAUL BYRON.
- To quote Bob Cole..."how did that get in?" David Pastrnak just tried a shot on a bad angle and it went right off Price's back foot. Rare misstep by Price.
- So now that's two goals that Carey Price would probably like to have back. Torey Krug didn't have much of a window to shoot that as Price didn't cover that top-left corner in time. Bruins have scored two unanswered since Pacioretty's opener. The top-line of Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak has had a hand in both goals to this point (two points for each player).
- Having the 4th line on against the best line in hockey? Not a good plan. Icing really going against the Canadiens here.
- Even though he didn't score, I didn't know Logan Shaw had moves like that?
- That top line from Boston is at it again. Patrice Bergeron gets a goal pending review.
- Offside challenges stink, but good on Claude Julien using one here.
- They're taking this goal back.
- This is one of those instances where Paul Byron shouldn't have passed to Max Pacioretty. Was better off using his speed and going to goal.
- Boston eventually gets their third goal, coming from David Pastrnak, his second of the night. A 20-goal season for Pastrnak. That goal will kill the Canadiens' chances at coming back in this game.
- Empty net goal from Riley Nash. Habs will lose 4-1 to the Bruins again.
- Losing to the Bruins isn't fun.
Highlight of the night
Top line center Paul Byron picks McAvoy's pocket, dishes to Max Pacioretty who gives Montreal a 1-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/gv6QVvlljd— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 21, 2018
EOTP 3 Stars
3. But have you seen Rasmus Dahlin play?
2. Man On Fire
- He’s really getting used to his new role.