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Canadiens vs. Avalanche Top Six Minutes: From boring to shutout in 60 minutes

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It took 50 minutes, but when the Habs kicked it into high gear Colorado didn’t stand a chance.

Colorado Avalanche v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

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.

First period

  • Sweet little flash of the leather by Price and we’re only five minutes in. I’m going to take this as a good sign.
  • And we’ve got 30 seconds of four-on-four. Show us your moves boys.
  • Turnover at the blueline and the Avalanche almost grab a short-hander. Luckily someone *cough, cough Price * was paying attention.
  • The Habs were outshot on that power play. Think that’s bad? They were outshot 1-0.
  • Now we’re picking it up. A little bit of battling results in three shots on net during this power play.
  • Maybe... just maybe, we’ll get a goal next time. Dream big!

Second period

  • Montreal has more hits than shots so far. Perhaps, time to shift focus a little?
  • I’m starting to think Claude just picked names from a hat for his line shake up.
  • There’s been a lot of Habs in good spots to take a shot. Now, if they would just take the shot...
  • Nice hit on Johnson by Gallagher. It’s always fun to see Gally take someone down with a plain ol’ check.
  • Even bigger hit on Jost by Benn. Now THAT was fun!
  • Scramble in front of the net...attempted wraparound by Drouin...and still no goal.
  • Cole nails Chaput at centre ice and draws a crowd.
  • Have I mentioned that Price is looking pretty darn great tonight?
  • Benn is like a freaking freight train! Taking down everyone who gets in his way.
  • So, period one we had penalties. Period two, we had hits. There’s only one thing left to see in period three.

Third period

  • Byron with a chance! Well, that was the most excitement we’ve seen in 40 minutes.
  • A post! Weber hit the post! I’m going to take this as a good sign too.
  • Just to make it a little more interesting, Weber gets called for hooking. A weak call, but a call nonetheless.
  • Another post! Boredom is now turning into frustration.
  • It’s in! The puck actually went in! It took 50 minutes but Kulak opened the scoring with a short-handed goal. How sweet it is.
  • Could it get any better? Yes it could my friends. Kotkaniemi makes it 2-0 with a pretty little one-timer!
  • Benn decides to lay off the hits and get an empty-netter just for something different.
  • Excuse me while I dust off the ol’ shutout dance.
  • A boring first half + an exciting final 10 minutes = a win.
  • I’ll take it.

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3: A long one, but a good point

1A & 1(P)B: Which one did it? Better give the first star to both to be sure.