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Canadiens vs. Hurricanes Top Six Minutes: Somnolence

Twenty minutes of hustle not enough to make up for 40 minutes of mind-numbing boredom.

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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.

WE GET JOHNSON.

First Period

  • Oh hey. Byron is playing.
  • Joe. Joe, why? I have a bad feeling about this.
  • At least they killed it off. I cannot emphasise enough how much I enjoy having Mike Johnson as the colour commentator.
  • Uhg. Don't remind me of the last Carolina disaster.
  • Do. Not. Touch. Jeff.
  • I do not know when this happened, but I have become the person who yells "No!" at the TV when the other team looks like they're about to score...
  • ...I did not need to see the replay of Byron going shoulder first into the boards on Monday...
  • Joe Morrow just missed redeaming his silly penalty. Also, Drouin is good at hockey
  • “Julien wants a penalty." You and me both, dude.
  • Apparently shots are 5-0 for Carolina with 6:20 to go. This is fine. Everything is fine.
  • *chants quietly* Carey, Carey!
  • Almost Gally goal!! (And by that, I mean, Gally nearly ended up in the net.)
  • Please stop crushing Jeff.
  • That was a very, very nifty play by Drouin.
  • Well, that was certainly a very entertaining end to a very slow beginning.

Second Period

  • Those were some very dashing pocket squares from our announcers.
  • Price made that save look so incredibly easy.
  • Of course that's how they score. Of course.
  • Wow. The Canes have been whiffing on a lot of pucks tonight.
  • Remember when our biggest issue was Alexei Emelin? Good times.
  • (I mean, Emelin and a billion other things too, but shh)
  • The amount of headdesk-ing I'm doing re: Benn and that penalty is going to give me a headache. STOP PUTTING PLAYERS INTO YOUR GOALIE. STOP DOING IT. DON'T. STOP. CEASE AND DESIST.
  • Dear Gally, I appreciate your effort, but you can't score like that.
  • On the other hand, please don't punch Gally.

Third Period

  • Well. Geez. That's a great start to the third.
  • Thank you Carey.
  • So bored.
  • Thank you Carey.
  • Have I mentioned how boring this has gotten?
  • Carey is 100% the most interesting part of this period.
  • Make that the only interesting player in this period.
  • Crowd doesn't like the no call...buuuut I think that might actually be one of those instances where calling a diving call and a tripping call would actually be the logical and right thing to do.
  • So the pattern of the other two periods has returned. It's almost exactly half way through the frame, and the Habs are no longer playing in a soporific manner.
  • I may have spoken too soon.
  • When Deslauriers has one of the best chances of the night, it is not a good sign. I mean, obviously it is for him, but not so much for the rest of the team.
  • It's just one goal. They're just down one goal. Yet this game feels impossibly far out of reach.
  • Wow. Alzner with a nice play there. That was not what I would have expected.
  • Yeah, that's about the size of it. (Where was literally anyone not named Carey Price on that play?)
  • Dear lord, just put us out of our misery already..
  • That's not what I meant.
  • “If they can maintain control of the puck.” Yes, when have they done that at any time during this period.
  • Carey Price did not deserve this.
  • Habs lose 2-0.

Highlight of the night

Nope.

EOTP 2 Stars