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Canadiens vs. Sabres Top Six Minutes: Defence Optional

It was a high-scoring game as the Habs fall to Buffalo in OT.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-Game Thoughts

  • Armia out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury which is a major bummer
  • Buffalo should be a relatively easy test tonight. Right? What could go wrong?
  • I am forced to watch the ‘away’ broadcast tonight, please pray for me

First Period

  • Yes give us all of the power plays...wait...no, I changed my mind we still don’t have man mountain back yet
  • Another call on Buffalo, we’ve got some 5-on-3
  • So one shot on that 5 on 3. Ok.
  • Four minutes in and Domi hasn’t scored so what is even the point
  • Beautiful pass from Rodrigues to Sobotka and the bad guys are up 1-0. P.S. Habs, odd-man rushes are only good when you’re the one’s doing them
  • DOMI to DROUIN and all is right in the world. Tied at 1
  • They almost let Bogosian score so it is going to be that kind of night I guess
  • Sobotka gets his second of the night on the rebound
  • Montreal challenges for goaltender interference but the goal stands
  • But it doesn’t even matter because the good guys score! Peca with a heck of an effort and sneaks it in behind Ullmark’s skate
  • ...This game is unbelievable. Buffalo gets their third of the game as
  • I can’t even finish a sentence before someone scores. I can’t make this stuff up. Montreal ties the game AGAIN - Shaw drives the net and capitalizes on Drouin’s tip in front. Tied at 3!
  • Holy moly what is defense (btw that’s who the fans at the Bell Centre ought to be barking at as opposed to Price)
  • Larsson is called for hi-sticking and the Habs head back to the power play to finish off the period but can’t get much going before the clock runs out

Second Period

  • Maybe less goals against for the next 20
  • Diving play by Lehkonen to maintain the zone and Shaw throws it right at the net but Ullmark stands tall
  • Things are getting a little chippy
  • Sabres up 4-3
  • Some back and forth and Domi sends the puck sailing to Tatar who nets his sixth of the season. We are tied. Again.
  • Deslauriers surprises literally everyone including himself by getting a shorthanded goal
  • Another exciting period and the score after two is 5-4 in favour of Montreal

Third Period

  • Goalie change for Buffalo
  • Nice little try from Lehkonen to start the period but he can’t get it past Hutton
  • Eichel wins the face off and sends it right over to Skinner. Tied. Again.
  • Ristolainen gets called for boarding on an absolutely nasty hit on Shaw
  • What is it about the Buffalo Sabres that makes them the Habs’ kryptonite
  • And we are heading to OT

Overtime

  • Ristolainen gets the winner in OT as the Habs fall 6-5

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

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