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Canadiens vs. Lightning Top Six Minutes: Close, but no cigar in Tampa

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Another Tampa-Montreal showdown requiring extra time yet again

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-Game

  • Of course Ryan McDonagh is making his Tampa debut today, there’s absolutely no way it was ever going to be anything different.
  • Also 1pm hockey is weird, especially when you thought the game was tonight.
  • What’s for lunch?

First Period

  • Why are fans booing Jonathan Drouin?
  • Oh god a power play, not sure if I want this or not.
  • LEHKONEN! What a shot to open the scoring!
  • (I did want the power play, I swear y’all)
  • God the Lightning are absolutely terrifying in the offensive zone, every guy touching the puck can seemingly score at will.
  • At least Antti Niemi is sharp so far!
  • OH MY what a chance by Charles Hudon on the breakaway!
  • Oh, de la Rose you shouldn’t do that man, killing penalties against the Bolts is like diving in a shark tank covered in chum.
  • SEE???
  • FOR GODS SAKE JACOB WHAT DID I JUST SAY?

Second Period

  • Penalty killed!
  • Galchenyuk goal scored!
  • And a multi point effort from Charles Hudon already today.
  • Noah, what did we say about penalties against the Lightning?
  • Oh my, that sequence between Drouin, Gallagher and Galchenyuk was so nice, more of that please.
  • Oh Charles, that’s not a good look, don’t slewfoot people.
  • What a great defensive play and pass by (checks notes) Karl Alzner?
  • I mean okay, cool!
  • Hey they might be playing with a billion fourth liners, and a bunch of AHL guys, but through 40 minutes the Habs look fine going blow for blow in Tampa.

Third Period

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo
  • THE ONLY JOY I’VE HAD THIS SEASON IS INJURED AND EVERYTHING IS BAD.
  • And now Brendan Gallagher gets laid out, and the bearded Benn is throwing around Cedric Paquette.
  • Is it tradition that Paquette has to fight someone every time these teams play?
  • And now Hudon is back!
  • Anddddd he’s being boarded by J.T. Miller
  • Oh look a goal line review filmed with a potato camera, I’m sure this will be conclusive.
  • Maybe less short handed rushes against guys?
  • There it is, only a matter of time before Nikita Kucherov found the net.
  • Jordie, that was less than good.
  • Seriously, what the hell did Hudon do to you Tampa Bay?
  • Now they’re booing Jeff Petry too? What gives?
  • OVERTIME!
  • Because why not right?

Overtime

  • Oh and a penalty, this is fine.
  • Penalty killed, gutsy work by Paul Byron and the penalty killers.
  • And a shootout,because this game hasn’t been nervy enough.

Shootout

  • Narratives...I mean Sergachev denied by Nemo!
  • Lord Byron stoned at the gates.
  • DROUIN SCORES!