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Canadiens @ Maple Leafs Top Six Minutes: Battle of the Bubble

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Both the Habs and Leafs iced rosters of primarily bubble players, so it is perhaps unsurprising that it was the Habs’ NHLers who made the difference.

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.

Ok Habs, I really need you to win, or certain dear friends of mine are never going to let me live this down.

First Period

  • Jesperi and Kasperi. This is gonna be a fun night!
  • The Habs defense tonight makes me want to weep. And not the good kind of weeping.
  • At least Lehkonen has an A, which is enough to cheer anyone up.
  • This is gonna be not fun. On the other hand, Nick Suzuki is definitely fun.
  • Oh no.
  • ÅÅÅÅÅÅÅRTAAAAANNNNN!!!!!! Finns got Finnish. #PrinceArtturi (At what point does Prince Artturi become King Artturi? Asking for a friend.)
  • Thank you Nemo.
  • This is very not the way I expected this game to go....
  • le sigh Oh hey. It stood!!
  • I'm so glad they've put all the Finns together on this power play.
  • Kotkaniemi and Suzuki have a dueling goalposts thing going on, apparently.
  • Mango with his best preseason outing so far. (For those of you who are unfamiliar, Mango is Nikita Scherbak.)

Second Period

  • Look. The Habs are gonna be bad. But at least early indications are that they'll be entertaining and bad this season.
  • God. You could feel that Kapanen goal coming from a mile away.
  • Ouellett strikes again. That was very nice.
  • OMG CHARLES. (Also, GOALIE POINT!!!) That spin move was so good.
  • Simon Despres giving everyone a heart attack when he lay on the ice for a century.
  • Prince Artturi has been at the right place at the right time an awful lot tonight!!!!!!!
  • Oh Byron...
  • Oh lord... this 5-on-3 is gonna end well...
  • Oh hey. It went just fine.
  • Kotkaniemi is looking so good.
  • Sorry the second period was so bland...I was too busy watching the Hudon goal on repeat.

Third Period

  • Get Prince Artturi a hattie. Get Ouellet a hattie! All the hatties.
  • Speaking of getting people goals, get Suzuki one please.
  • Chaput had a really pretty look there. Sparks got that one.
  • Nemo making more good saves.
  • This is definitely one of the Leafs’ best shifts since the first period. Kapanen almost got another.
  • OH GOD. NOT HUDON.
  • Oh. He seems to be ok. Everyone stand down.
  • Lehk rings the post...
  • Some very determined Habs fans are olé-ing in Toronto.
  • Well. That was fun.
  • HABS WIN 5-1!!!!!

Highlight of the Game

A spinning beauty from Charles Hudon. Niemi got an assist too.