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The Habs came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in the shootout, thanks to some help from Lehkonen, Armia, and Niemi.

Montreal Canadiens v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Kevin Hoffman/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.

It's always a good night when Mike Johnson is the color guy.

First Period

  • I'm still bitter that the Islanders moved to Brooklyn the year after I moved away.
  • Well, I guess if you're gonna go on an early penalty kill, not allowing a single shot is a good way to go.
  • Bah. Come on Montreal.
  • Danault looks highly motivated on that shift. In fact, all the Habs are flying around, which is a good sign after that goal.
  • HOW YOU DROUIN!!!!!!!! (I'm so sorry. I'll stop.)
  • Charles Hudon deserves to be in the lineup every night, and that shift was proof.
  • Seriously guys? Seriously?
  • SERIOUSLY?
  • I am sorry. I have nothing entertaining to say, other than reports of the Islanders’ luck have not been exaggerated, unfortunately.
  • The hockey gods hate Lehkonen. There is no other explanation.
  • Speaking of Lehkonen, he has an A, and this makes me so happy.

Second Period

  • I always forget that Eberle went to New York.
  • Oh my Niemi!!!
  • The good news is that the Habs look much better through the second. The bad news is it hasn't led to anything.
  • Kotkaniemi draws a power play, and that entire line of Habs fans in that corner react accordingly.
  • You guys, Max Domi is on fire. How did he only score nine goals last year. How.
  • Why do the hockey gods hate Lehkonen. What did he ever do to deserve this treatment.
  • Petry rings iron, and Gallagher is causing mayhem. The former is eminently frustrating to us. the later is eminently frustrating to the Islanders.
  • Well. that was a very exciting power play, even if it didn't actually score.
  • Now if they can only play like this in the third...
  • ...Oh Charles. Oh no.

Third Period

  • Good kill, boys. Good kill.
  • Habs are flying again. Drouin and Tatar with beautiful looks there.
  • If I promise to stop loving Lehkonen so much will the hockey gods hate him less and let him score? Because this is a sacrifice I would be willing to make.
  • ...I swear, the Islanders have a force field around their net. This is getting ridiculous.
  • FRICKING FINALLY PRINCE ARTTURI.
  • (AND FROM JUULSEN JUST TO ADD ICING TO THE CAKE.)
  • The best thing about this team is that they can go down 3-1, and when they're playing right, you don't have to despair, because (SHOCKINGLY) they can actually score themselves back into it.
  • That was a very, very fast whistle. In the Habs’ favour, but still.
  • Oh geez, that was way too close to a goal for comfort...
  • And again...
  • That's two posts for Petry tonight sob
  • ...Please do not be broken, Jeff...we need you...
  • Juulsen just crushed a dude.
  • WAIT, HE HAS TWO ASSISTS??? HOW DID I MISS THIS.
  • OH my god Habs...wow. What a dumb mistake.

OT

  • Stick taps for the PK
  • Internal screaming
  • Domi and Drouin in OT so fun.
  • Mete was so close to making the Habs victors... (I'll see myself out. I'm so sorry)
  • I'm just gonna take this moment to reiterate how much I HATE SHOOTOUTS.
  • The shootout causes me so much anxiety. I would like to go hide in my closet right now.

The Shootout (AKA Namiko Panic Time)

  • Nemo 1, Eberle 0.
  • Alas, it is not Tuna time.
  • Barzal's gonna win it.
  • Or maybe not.
  • Haha Kotka.
  • Wow. Nemo is ON right now. Unfortunately, so is Greiss.
  • ARMIA WITH THE FINNISH.
  • HABS WIN 4-3!!!!!!!

Highlight of the Night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) It worked!

2) This worked, too!

1) Well three of these were a given, but still some very impressive predicitons


Team Russia vs. Team WHL

How to watch

Start time: 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now

The annual series between the best players in the CHL versus the top young players Russia has to offer kicks off tonight in Kamloops. The Russians will play their first of two games versus the Western Hockey League, working their way east over the next 11 days.

The player to watch for Canadiens fans on the Russian side is defence prospect Alexander Romanov. He has played the opening part of the 2018-19 season in the KHL, and as an 18-year-old that is quite a feat. He’s been validating the scouting staff’s surprise selection in the second round of June’s draft.

There are defencemen to watch on the Canadian side as well. Scott Walford is a stay-at-home option for the Victoria Royals, back in action after missing the Canadiens’ pre-season camps. It will also be a chance to get a look at Josh Brook, who is following up a disappointing season by being a major force for the Moose Jaw Warriors. In a showcase event, he may be even more willing to jump up into the attack than in league play, hoping to make an impression on those who will be selecting this winter’s World Juniors squad.