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Canadiens @ Hurricanes Top Six Minutes: They really are a bunch of jerks

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A hard-earned point to start the season

Montreal Canadiens v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via 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.

Pre-game:

  • It’s here! It’s finally here! Let’s have some fun this season!

1st period:

  • The Tatar-Danault-Gallagher line is off and running right out of the gate.
  • Gallagher takes a big hit from Svechnikov when coming out of the corner. But he bounced back up Gally-style, so all good.
  • Let’s show these Bunch of Jerks that we too can be a bunch of jerks.
  • Power-play time. Set the tone, boys. Set the tone.
  • Aho tries to get fancy during a shorthanded attempt but Price said ‘not likely, my friend’.
  • Price thanks his ol’ pal the crossbar and Dzingle takes his shot.
  • The Drouin-Kotkaniemi-Armia could work.
  • Come on, Cale. Let’s show everyone who has the better brother.
  • Wallmark tucks it underneath the bar off the face-off to open the scoring with just over two minutes left.
  • Just finding your footing, hey guys. We get it.

2nd period:

  • Now, have you found your footing?
  • A face-off violation?! Wow, these new refs are real sticklers. Kotkaniemi serves the penalty for Tatar. What a team player.
  • Off the post again! You’re going to have to give your ol’ friend a huge hug this time, Price.
  • Nope, no footing found yet. Jerks make it 2-0.
  • A power-play goal! A power-play goal! I’m not the only one who saw that, right? TATAARRRR with the first goal of the season!
  • And Kotkaniemi shows his patience to follow it up with the second goal of the season.
  • Was that face-off violation all part of your master plan, fellas?
  • What a save by Price! No crossbar help needed there.
  • Armia, just wide. Oh, it’s getting fun now!
  • A play started by Mete and Weal takes the lead!

3rd period:

  • A three-goal period to go from zero to the lead. Let’s keep the party going!
  • Fleury on a breakaway. Oh soooo close! Cale. Not the other Fleury.
  • Time for a little four-on-four. Shall we make it goal number four while we’re at it?
  • Or you could let the Canes tie it up. Your call.
  • Chiarot, I’m all for your desire to protect your goalies but you can’t actually try to be the goalie.
  • Is Aho mad about that offer sheet? He looks like he’s out for revenge.
  • Price has faced 42 shots. A win for his efforts would be nice.
  • Looks like opening night is going to last a little longer...

Overtime:

  • I think Byron over-skated himself he was going so fast as he headed towards the net with Domi.
  • Price keeps the game going!
  • The Habs are circling. Mrazek has to be getting nervous now.
  • The battle continues as we head to a...

Shootout:

  • Hamilton gets it past Price.
  • Byron does not get it past Mrazek.
  • Haula isn’t as lucky.
  • Drouin’s backhand fails him.
  • Teravainen, nada.
  • Suzuki, you’re up! Ah, damn.

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) The Minty One is growing up

2) Don’t call them a fourth line

1) And this was just game #1