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Canadiens vs. Senators Top Six Minutes: Claude Julien gets 600th win in emotional game

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Despite being victim to the worst call of the year, the Habs win their third meeting with the Senators in two weeks

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

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 thoughts

  • Can’t you guys get anyone else to play with you, Sens?

First period

  • And Peca kicks off the scoring!
  • Oh. My. God. No.
  • Price falls awkwardly thanks to Tkachuk jamming his stick in his skate as the Senators tie it up.
  • Price is out of the net trying to shake off a knee issue.
  • This is why nobody likes you Ottawa.
  • Coach’s challenge for goaltender interference but goal stands.
  • Oh, come on! If we sneeze on a goalie it’s interference. Price is taken down with a stick in his skate and it’s a good goal.
  • Gally goal...is instantly revoked.
  • Did I mention all this happened less than five minutes in?

Second period

  • Hallelujah! Price is back in net!
  • Watch your back Tkachuk. Weber is watching you. Actually, everyone is watching you.
  • Two close chances for Byron but can’t make it past McKenna thanks to a bouncing puck.
  • Both teams must have used all of their energy in the first period.
  • Senators haven’t gotten a shot on net yet and we’re halfway through the period. That’s one way to help make sure Price’s knee stays ok.
  • Annnd the one shot they do get off goes in.
  • McKenna makes a few combination saves on Gallagher. Stop being a showoff McKenna!
  • Our power play is actually looking pretty good.
  • Well, it was until Tatar got called for interference.
  • A power play do-over leads to a kerfuffle in front of the net and ends with a Gally grin.

Third period

  • The Habs are out-shooting the Senators 28-11. And losing 2-1. Something doesn’t add up.
  • Off the post...and IN! Kotkaniemi ties it up!
  • Danault shorthanded to take the lead!
  • And it’s taken away after Lehkonen gets hooked and is getting called for embellishment.
  • I’m pretty sure Lehkonen doesn’t even know how to embellish.
  • We’ve just witnessed the worst call of the year.
  • It took four shots but Weber got the puck through to take the lead!
  • On shot number 40, Byron gets the two-goal lead! You take a goal away from us with an absurd call, and we get angry.
  • Drouin wakes up just in time to make it 5-2!

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Always does the trick

2) And Nick Suzuki may be the king of this. Next year will be fun.

1) I hope the ref hears those boos in his sleep tonight