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Canadiens @ Canucks Top Six Minutes: Rise Above It

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The Habs overcame some...interesting calls to take a well earned victory in Vancouver.

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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.

Oh hello. I forget how to write these things. Also, just coming off an 8-2 ECHL victory where the first line got 17 points, and the team had three PP goals, a shorty, and a hat trick. It's gonna be a tough act to follow.

First Period

  • Aww, right idea, Nick.
  • Pretty good start through the first five minutes.
  • ...who on earth is number 45. Oh. Riley Barber... Who's that. (I haven't seen a Habs game since the first week of December. I feel like I have no idea who 90% of these people are.)
  • Haha the boos in Vancouver after there was no penalty on the Canucks for the bump on Price.
  • Speaking of Price, looks like he may need a skate sharpened. That's the second time he's nearly gone down.
  • Really nice from Suzuki and Cousins on that play.
  • Oh dear. A penalty.
  • Nice defense from Lehkonen. Really, good kill all around.
  • Uhg. Almost a Gallygoal.
  • Habs got lucky there with Vancouver speeding in with numbers.
  • All your off-sides belong to Montreal.
  • What a couple of nice moves from Cale Fleury. Wow.
  • THAT was a trip???? That's bad. And the fans don't like it at ALL. It's like they're in Montreal, haha.
  • OH god, One of these days Lehkonen is gonna be luckier than that.
  • So of course they score. BOOOOOO.
  • Overall, I think that was a pretty good period. Really lousy penalty call, really NICE shot.

Second Period

  • Oh lord, Montreal what was that to start the period.
  • Poehling has had a couple of really nice shifts here.
  • Even when he doesn't score, Gally does nice things.
  • Fleury is so good with the puck. What dancing through the offensive zone.
  • Weal with the wheels.
  • Thank you Carey. Carey chants in Rogers Arena.
  • The things Armia can do with the puck in zero space are honestly impressive.
  • In which Max Domi's reaction to Cousins’ goal is all of us. Speaking of Armia, that all started because of him.
  • Suzuki with a couple of good back-handed looks.
  • Oh bugger. Seriously?
  • I think that's off-side. Apparently Claude Julien does too.
  • SUCCESS. NO GOAL FOR YOU.
  • Hahah the conflicted roar of cheering and boos when it was called off.
  • Armia is so much fun.
  • Please don't give me heart attacks like that.
  • That was a pretty good PK over all.
  • Oh lord, Gally, be ok. Also, the Habs were both good and lucky on that shift.
  • Gally's fine. We're fine.
  • Armia is gonna get one tonight.
  • ARMIA GOT ONE.
  • HOW IS THIS GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE. LEHKONEN LITERALLY HAD NOWHERE TO GO. AND STILL DIDN'T LAND ON MARKSTROM. He got put straight into the goalie. And it didn't count. This is absolute GARBAGE.
  • I hope Julien goes off on them after the game. That was so bad.
  • GET THE MAN ANOTHER GOAL.
  • Dear Hockey gods, please stop hating Lehkonen.
  • Price is having a strong period.
  • Please get the puck out of the zone. Pretty please.
  • That definitely should have been a penalty on Tanner Pearson. The near ref had his back to it trying to get out of the way. What were the others’ excuses?
  • LET LEHKONEN SCORE.
  • That was a really good shift from the Habs to end the period.

Third Period

  • Habs... draw a power play!??
  • A pretty decent one too.
  • CALL THAT ONE BACK, I DARE YOU. Tuna has been on fire lately. That was incredible. What moves from Danault and Gallagher too. And they drew ANOTHER power play.
  • DO IT AGAIN.
  • THEY DID IT AGAIN.
  • CHALLENGE THAT. I DARE YOU. Weber doing some damage. Armia doesn't have a goal, but he does now have two points, so at least there's that.
  • Poor Tanev though.
  • Get Armia back his goal. This line has been all over the Canucks.
  • Price has been so rock solid.
  • WHY DOES THE UNIVERSE HATE ARTTURI LEHKONEN.
  • Ok, that Tatar trip was real this time.
  • Ben Chiarot has ice water in his veins. Good gracious.
  • Good kill, boys. Good kill.
  • LET THE OLÉS SOUND IN VANCOUVER.
  • Empty net for the Canucks with like 2:30 to go. Come on Habs. Armia or Lehkonen. Get them the goal.
  • Better yet, Carey goal.
  • They were in the offensive zone for a century and they didn't even get off a proper shot. Go Habs.
  • What a save by Price. What a game.
  • Habs win 3-1!!!

EOTP 3 Stars

3) He’s fun to watch when he’s got the puck

2) Years after the review process was implemented, and it’s still not clear

1) And a happy thought to send you off to bed