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Canadiens vs. Canucks Top Six Minutes: A winning start to the new year

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The Canadiens started 2019 strong with a 2-0 shutout of Vancouver.

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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.

It's been a whole year since I've done Habs game coverage! :D

First Period

  • I don't know about the rest of you, but all I can think of when I see Jacob Markstrom's name is that brilliant “Do You Want To Build A Snowman"?” parody “Do You Want to Have a Goalie Fight?” from a couple of years ago.
  • JoDru and the Finnish line are looking like beasts out there in the early going.
  • Oh lord, that's not a good player to let in all alone!! cringes
  • I haven't been able to catch a Habs game for a while, so of course I missed Lehk's last goal and Jeff Petry winning the Carey Price Cup, otherwise known as the Molson Cup.
  • Elias Pettersson has been mentioned twelve million times already and we're not even half way through the first. He's so gonna score.
  • Good kill, boys. Good kill.
  • One of these days Victor Mete is gonna get a goal. One of these days.
  • WHY IS IT ALWAYS BRENDAN GALLAGHER'S HAND.
  • Good lord, JORDIE. Are we sure we didn't accidentally bring back the wrong Benn brother?
  • That was a really, really impressive delayed penalty shift!
  • Oh thank god, Gally's back. Everyone stand down on the panic.

Second Period

  • Carey Price is pretty wonderful. Just saying.
  • Oh yikes. That was a very awkward fall.
  • LEHK. Almost.
  • OH MY, DROUIN.
  • Lehk pretty much has a hat trick of almost-goals.
  • I love Brendan Gallagher, that is all.
  • CAREY. That was some serious dad power there.

Third Period

  • Vancouver has a power play.
  • And now they don't.
  • So....you call the very tight penalty on Vancouver, but not the high stick on Domi. Ok then. (On the other hand, pls do not, Max.)
  • That was actually a pretty decent power play.
  • HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN. HOW.
  • Sigh
  • So many posts.
  • TOO MUCH MAN.
  • Really would have been the cherry on the cake if Kotka had scored on that empty net there...
  • The Price is right, baby!
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY, HABS WIN 2-0!!!

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) He’s really taking that criticism to heart

2) Just putting him where the Canucks’ goons can’t get to him

1) Quite a turnaround for the netminder

And a bonus star for this one.